Unwholly

Title: UnWholly Series: Unwind Dystology, Book 2 Author: Neal Shusterman Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: 2013-10-15 Pages: 402 “Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa, and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens and, in the same stroke, providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, […]

Crossed

Title: Crossed Series: Matched, Book 2 Author: Ally Condie Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Puffin Release Date: 2013 Pages: 367 Seventeen-year-old Cassia sacrifices everything and heads to the Outer Provinces in search of Ky, where she is confronted with shocking revelations about Society and the promise of rebellion.   Review: Unlike many second books in series, “Crossed” managed to not only match, but surpass, the first. As with the first, Cia is discovering more about the Society than she was ever […]

Independent Study

Title: Independent Study Series: The Testing, Book 2 Author: Joelle Charbonneau Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Release Date: 2014 Pages: 310 Now a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas, Cia Vale attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s grueling and deadly Testing put her and her loved ones in great danger.   Review: My feelings on “Independent Study” are torn.  On the one hand, it lacks the quick pace and […]

Ashen Winter

Title: Ashen Winter Series: Ashfall, Book 2 Author: Mike Mullin Genre: Juvenile Fiction Release Date: 2012 Pages: 576 More than six months after the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano, Alex and Darla retrace their steps to Iowa hoping to find Alex’s parents and bring them to the tenuous safety of Illinois, but the journey is ever more perilous as the remaining communities fight to the death for food and power.   Review: “Ashen Winter” is a solid second installment in […]

Eleanor and Park

Title: Eleanor & Park Author: Rainbow Rowell Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Macmillan Release Date: 2013-02-26 Pages: 328 “Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try”–   Review: After reading “Eleanor and Park”, I felt an overwhelming urge to write a love letter to Rainbow Rowell.  It was everything my old, nerdy, hipster heart needed […]

Breaking Point

Title: Breaking Point Series: Article 5, Book 2 Author: Kristen Simmons Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Tor Teen Release Date: 2014-01-07 Pages: 416 After escaping prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are taken in by the Resistance, but when Ember tops the government’s most-wanted list, Chase urges her to run and Ember must decide whether to hide again or fight back.   Review: I really enjoyed “Article 5” and had high hopes for the series.  Unlike many dystopias, this series continued […]

No Safety in Numbers

Title: No Safety in Numbers Series: No Safety In Numbers, Book 1 Author: Dayna Lorentz Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Puffin Release Date: 2013-04-04 Pages: 288 Teens Shay, Marco, Lexi, and Ryan, quarantined in a shopping mall after a biological bomb goes off in an air duct, learn that in an emergency people change, and not always for the better, as many become sick and supplies run low.   Review: I began “No Safety in Numbers” with the highest of hopes. […]

Through the Ever Night

Title: Through the Ever Night Series: Under the Never Sky, Book 2 Author: Veronica Rossi Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: HarperCollins Release Date: 2013-12-23 Pages: 368 In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.   Review: Aria and Perry continue their quest to escape the tumultuous atmosphere, save the lives of others, and make me question whether or not […]

Vampire Academy

Title: Vampire Academy Series: Vampire Academy, Book 1 Author: Richelle Mead Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 2007 Pages: 332 St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place […]

Matched

Title: Matched Series: Matched, Book 1 Author: Ally Condie Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Puffin Release Date: 2011 Pages: 369 Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.   Review: “Matched” is the perfect book to introduce younger readers to […]