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 […]


Title: Unwind Series: Unwind Dystology, Book 1 Author: Neal Shusterman Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: 2009-06-02 Pages: 352 In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to survive until they turn eighteen.   Review: To be honest, I am not sure how to put into words just how profound this book […]


Title: Divergent Series: Divergent, Book 1 Author: Veronica Roth Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Release Date: 2012-02-28 Pages: 576 Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek of Insurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, a Divergent playlist, faction manifestos, and more! In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), […]

The Testing

Title: The Testing Series: The Testing, Book 1 Author: Joelle Charbonneau Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Release Date: 2013 Pages: 344 Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing. 100,000 first printing.   Review: Cia is a girl from a small colony who is chosen to go, not by choice, to compete for […]

The Maze Runner

Title: The Maze Runner Series: The Maze Runner, Book 1 Author: James Dashner Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Release Date: 2009 Pages: 375 Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.   Review: This book is difficult to put down from the first page.  Thomas arrives with no memory of anything aside from […]

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. […]


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 […]