Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Book 1 Author: Ransom Riggs Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Quirk Books Release Date: 2013-06 Pages: 368 After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.   Review: I’m not sure what I expected judging by the cover and the blurb, but this was most certainly not it. […]

Ashfall

Title: Ashfall Series: Ashfall Trilogy, Book 1 Author: Mike Mullin Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Tanglewood Press Release Date: 2012-10-01 Pages: 466 After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a new society.   Review: I absolutely love this book, and the only reason for four stars instead of five is that I felt the beginning dragged […]

Article 5

Title: Article 5 Series: Article 5, Book 1 Author: Kristen Simmons Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Tor Teen Release Date: 2013-01-08 Pages: 384 New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned. The Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the Moral Statutes. There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back. Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is […]

Dorothy Must Die

Title: Dorothy Must Die Series: Dorothy Must Die, Book 1 Author: Danielle Paige Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: 2014-04-01 Pages: 432   Review: Amy is a girl with a less than stellar life in her little Dusty Acres trailer park in Kansas.  That is, until a tornado picks up her and her mother’s pet rat and unceremoniously deposits them in Oz.  Of course, every girl from Kansas knows the story of Oz, and Amy is more than a […]

Top Secret Twenty-One

Title: Top Secret Twenty-One Series: Stephanie Plum, Book 21 Author: Janet Evanovich Genre: Fiction Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group Release Date: 2014-06-17 Pages: 320 Stephanie Plum is back in an all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich. This time Stephanie’s in deep. To get to the bottom of the mess, she’s going to have to keep things Top Secret.   Review: I read Janet Evanovich’s novels for the same reason I read the late Lillian Jackson Braun’s:  They are […]

Paper Towns

Title: Paper Towns Author: John Green Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Puffin Release Date: 2009 Pages: 305 One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Reprint.   Review: I love John Green.  No other author can turn a phrase […]

The Registry

Title: The Registry Series: The Registry, Book 1 Author: Shannon Stoker Genre: Fiction Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Release Date: 2013-06-11 Pages: 336 Welcome to a safe and secure new world, where beauty is bought and sold, and freedom is the ultimate crime The Registry saved the country from collapse, but stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, […]

Under the Never Sky

Title: Under the Never Sky Series: Under the Never Sky, Book 1 Author: Veronica Rossi Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books Release Date: 2012-12-04 Pages: 400 When Aria is exiled from the enclosed city of Reverie, she forms an unlikely alliance with an Outsider named Perry, who could be her only chance of survival providing they can overcome their prejudices.   Review: Before I begin the review, I have an embarrassing confession about a misconception I formed at the […]

The Darkest Minds Never Fade

Title: The Darkest Minds Never Fade Series: The Darkest Minds, Book 2 Author: Alexandra Bracken Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Hyperion Release Date: 2013-10-15 Pages: 512 “In the second installment of The Darkest Minds trilogy, Ruby joins forces with the revolutionary Children’s League to find critical information about the epidemic that has torn both her life and America apart”–   Review: Ruby and friends are back, with the book picking up only a few months after the first one left off. […]

The Darkest Minds

Title: The Darkest Minds Author: Alexandra Bracken Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Hyperion Release Date: 2012-12-18 Pages: 496 “Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run ‘rehabilitation camp’ for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children”–   Review: To put this out there right up front, this is one of my favorite books ever and the beginning of one of my top three favorite dystopian series. Ruby and company are part of a generation […]