My New Crush Gave to Me

Title: My New Crush Gave to Me Author: Shani Petroff Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Swoon Reads Release Date: October 31, 2017 Pages: 288 Eager for a date to the holiday season “Lover’s Ball,” school newspaper editor Charlie rigs the school’s Secret Santa exchange to woo the boy of her dreams.   Review: “My New Crush Gave to Me” would have been much better as a short story.  As a book, it’s cute and a quick read, but there is […]

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe Author: Melissa de la Cruz Genre: Fiction Publisher: Wednesday Books Release Date: October 17, 2017 Pages: 240 Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe from New York Times bestselling author, Melissa de la Cruz, is a sweet, sexy and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy. Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for […]

The Hanging Girl

Title: The Hanging Girl Author: Eileen Cook Publisher: Hmh Books for Young Readers Release Date: October 3, 2017 Pages: 320 Another unputdownable, twisty, cat-and-mouse thriller by the author of With Malice about a girl who claims to have a psychic vision that could help find a missing teenager.   Review: “The Hanging Girl” is a good read for someone in the mood for a quick and fun young adult mystery.  The plot is entertaining and would come in handy for […]

The House at 758

Title: The House At 758 Author: Kathryn Berla Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Amberjack Publishing Release Date: October 17, 2017 Pages: 250 Sixteen-year-old Krista is having a hard time. She’s still grieving the recent death of her mother when her father’s girlfriend, Marie, moves into their home, and Krista feels like there’s no one she can talk to about her sadness. To make matters worse, her best friend, Lyla, is heading to Maine for the summer to spend time with […]

A Messy, Beautiful Life

Title: A Messy, Beautiful Life Author: Sara Jade Alan Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Entangled: Teen Release Date: October 2, 2017 Pages: 239 Life is funny sometimes. And not always the ha, ha kind. Like that one time where a hot guy tried to kiss me and I fell. Down. Hard. And then found out I had cancer. I’m trying to be strong for my friends and my mom. And I’m trying so hard to be “just friends” with that […]

Select (The Select, Book 1)

Title: Select Author: Marit Weisenberg Genre: JUVENILE FICTION Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing Release Date: 2017 Pages: 352 Coming from a race of highly evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect lifeEor so she thinks. After she accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity by falling for a normal human guy, Julia is banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.   Review: “Select” is one of those books that sounded so good and then failed to […]


Title: Rescued Author: Peter Zheutlin Genre: Pets Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 2017 Pages: 256 “In the follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Rescue Road, acclaimed journalist Peter Zheutlin offers a heartwarming and often humorous new look into the world of rescue dogs. Sharing lessons from his own experiences adopting dogs with large personalities as well as stories and advice from dozens of families and rescue advocates, Zheutlin reveals the often surprising and inspiring life lessons rescue dogs teach us.” […]

But Then I Came Back

Title: But Then I Came Back Author: Estelle Laure Publisher: Hmh Books for Young Readers Release Date: April 4, 2017 Pages: 320 From the author of This Raging Light comes the story of Eden Jones, a seventeen-year-old girl who feels lost after surviving a near fatal accident. Unable to connect with her family and friends, Eden forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit Jasmine, a friend who may soon be gone forever. […]


Title: Freefall Author: Joshua David Bellin Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: September 26, 2017 Pages: 368 Cam is eager to leave Earth with the rest of the elite 1% until he connects with one of the 99%, Sofie, and joins her in the fight for Lowerworld rights.   Review: I am definitely in the minority with this, but “Freefall” felt blah to me.  There was a good story and good world-building in there, but it […]

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

Title: A Short History of the Girl Next Door Author: Jared Reck Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Release Date: 2017 Pages: 272 After years of pining for the girl next door, fifteen-year-old Matthew Wainwright must deal with Tabby dating a popular senior just when he needs her most.   Review: I’m not sure how to rate “A Short History of the Girl Next Door.”  If I say too much, it will take away from the […]

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