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 […]

I, Eliza Hamilton

Title: I, Eliza Hamilton Author: Susan Holloway Scott Genre: Fiction Release Date: 2017-09 Pages: 400 In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza–a fascinating, strong-willed heroine in her own right and a key figure in one of the most gripping periods in American history. “Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness . . .” As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth […]

Enzon Races in the Rain

Title: Enzo Races in the Rain! Author: Garth Stein Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: HarperCollins Release Date: October 7, 2014 Pages: 40 [Enzo Races in the Rain!; TR 9780062295330] New York Times bestseller Garth Stein’s picture book debut about the lovable dog Enzo from The Art of Racing in the Rain is a heartwarming tale of coming home. Fans of Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan and Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond will delight in Enzo’s unforgettable personality and […]

The Agony of Bun O’Keefe

Title: The Agony of Bun O'Keefe Author: Heather Smith Publisher: Razorbill Canada Release Date: 2017-03 Little Miss Sunshine meets Room in this quirky, heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty and discovery. It’s Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O’Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world. What she’s learned about life comes from the random books and old VHS tapes that she finds in […]

The Border

Title: The Border Author: Steve Schafer Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Release Date: September 1, 2017 Pages: 368 One moment changed their lives forever. A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them. Crack. Crack. Crack. Not fireworks—gunshots. The music stops. And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them. Then they are seen by the gunmen. They […]

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, Book 1)

Title: Nyxia Author: Scott Reintgen Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers Release Date: 2017 Pages: 384 Emmett accepts an interstellar space contract but learns en route that to win the promised fortune he and nine other recruits face a brutal competition, putting their very humanity at risk.   Review: I’ll say right off the bat that “Nyxia” borrowed quite a few elements from other science-fiction and dystopian works.  That being said, it didn’t diminish my enjoyment. […]