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2015 Book Reviews

January 2015

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson with illustrations by Christine Larsen

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Cut Me Free by J. R. Johanson

The Prey by Tim Isbell

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman

Twisted Fate by Nora Olson

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moscowitz

Top Ten Clues Your Clueless by Liz Czukas

Playlist for the Dead by Michael Falkoff

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

February 2015

Promposal by Rhonda Helms

The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross

Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena and Claire Dunkle

Tomboy by Liz Prince

The Bargaining by Carly Anne West

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

March 2015

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Beast in the Mirror by Laura Bradley Rede

Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

What If I’m an Atheist? by David Seidman

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner

April 2015

Invincible by Amy Reed

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

THE TRUTH ABOUT US by Janet Gurtler

THE HIT by Delilah S.Dawson


Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Every Last Promise by Kristin Hallbrook

May 2015

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Vanished by E.E. Cooper

Finding Paris by Joy Preble

Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon

Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt01

June 2015

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

They Still Break Girls, Don’t They: A Reflection on THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY for #FSYALit

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb (MG)

Summer Love: An LGBTQ Collection

About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding

Joyride by Anna Banks

2014 Book Reviews

January 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halsen Anderson

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

September Girls by Bennett Madison

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

February 2014

Anyone but You by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

No Surrender Soldier by Christine Kohler

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

NIL by Lynne Matson

Historical Heartthrobs by Kelly Murphy

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

The Hit by Melvin Burgess

March 2014

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Erased by Jennifer Rush

Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford (MG)

Invasion by Walter Dean Myers

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Khuen

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Uses for Boys by Erica Loraine Scheidt

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Killer Instinct by S. E. Green

April 2014

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready

Outside the Box, a book of poems

Scared Stiff, Everything you need to know about 50 famous phobias by Sara Latta

The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

Live Through This by Mindi Scott

May 2014

Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

Hungry by H. A. Swain

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

Poisoned Apples, Poems for You My Pretty by Christine Hepperman

Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

June 2014

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour

Proxy by Alex London

Guardian by Alex London

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd (MG Lit)

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (MG Lit, Graphic Novel)

Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan (MG Lit)

Cleopatra in Space Book 1: Target Practice (MG Lit, Graphic Novel)

A Death Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

July 2014

Firebug by Lish McBride

Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Boch

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Revenge of the Flower Girls by Jennifer Ziegler

Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Loom Magic craft series

Amity by Micol Ostow

A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

August 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

Some Boys by Patty Blount

Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

September 2014

Mortal Danger by Anne Aguirre

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

October 2014

Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither

Get Happy by Mary Amato

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

November 2014

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Words and Their Meanings by Kate Bassett

2013 Book Reviews

January 2013

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab

The Dead and the Buried by Kim Harrington

Tempestous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

MG Review: Whatever After, If the Shoe Fits by Sarah Mlynowski

Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder

Scowler by Daniel Kraus

Sparks by S J Adams

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

October Mourning by Leslea Newman

GN Review: Once Upon a Time Machine

Return to Me by Justina Chen

February 2013

Holy Spokes by Rob Coppolillo

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa, book 2 in the Blood of Eden series

Hooked by Liz Fichera 

Dare You To, book 2 in the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Andrew Jenks: My life as a young filmmaker by Andrew Jenks

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Prey (The Hunt #2) by Andrew Fukuda

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

Homeland by Cory Doctorow

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

March 2013

Hide and Seek by Kate Messner

Rotten by Michael Northrop

When the Butterflies Came by Kimberly Griffiths Little

The Look by Sophia Bennett

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gatz

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison

The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney

Period 8 by Chris Crutcher

Permanent Record by Leslie Stella

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

5 Great Reads for High School Seniors: Death, Dickinson and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez, Golden by Jessi Kirby, When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney, Return to Me by Justina Chen and Just One Day by Gayle Forman

5 Great Reads for High School Freshmen

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

April 2013

Death, Dickinson and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Also Known As by Robin Benway

Trinkets by Kirsten Smith

Deadly by Sarah N. Harvey

Agent Angus by K. L. Denman

Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Prophecy Girl by Cecily White

The Collector by Victoria Scott

May 2013

Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein

Canary by Rachele Alpine

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Winger by Andrew Smith

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey

Maid of Secrets by Jenn McGowan

The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

June 2013

Frosting and Friendship by Lisa Schroeder

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown

Chomp by Carl Hiassen

Reality Boy by A. S. King

Super Pop! by Daniel Harmon

Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore

July 2013

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zach Stentz

Night School by C. J. Daugherty

Vordak, Time Travel Trouble

Quarantine 2: The Saints by Lex Thomas

Contaminated by Em Garner

BZRK: Reloaded by Michael Grant

Saving Thanehaven by Catherine Jinks

A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland

What I Came to Tell You by Tommy Hayes

Fire & Ash (Rot & Ruin 4) by Jonathan Maberry

The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross

Infinity Glass by Myra McEntire

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

August 2013

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin

Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer L. Hubbards

Marie Antionette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

AntiGoddess by Kendara Blake

Blackout by Robison Wells

Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

Coda by Emma Trevayne

Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde

Little Fish by Ramsey Beyer

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

W.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer (audio)

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt (audio)

If I Ever Get Out of Here Alive by Eric L. Gansworth

The 100 by Kass Morgan

September 2013

Over You by Amy Reed

Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

White Lines by Jennifer Banash

Scorched by Mari Mancusi

The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater

Inheritance by Malinda Lo

How Not to Be a Dick by Meghan Doherty

5 Nonfiction Titles from VOYA’s 2012 Nonfiction Honor List

Sick by Tom Leveen

October 2013

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick

Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart

Inhuman by Kat Falls

Control by Lydia Kang

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Croak by Gina Damico

Rebel Belle by Rachelle Hawkins

Ketchup Clouds by Ann Pilcher

Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison

The Wrap-Up List by Steve Arntson

The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

Watermark by Krissi Dallas

Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

November 2013

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

Why? Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions by Joel Levy (nonfiction)

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes

Coaltown Jesus by Ron Koertge

More Than This by Patrick Ness

December 2013

Pawn by Aimee Carter

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Warrior by Ellen Oh

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend

Reboot by Amy Tintera

A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer

2012 Book Reviews

January 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

BZRK by Michael Grant (The Mr.’s Second Opinion)

February 2012

The Catastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Skyship Academy: the Pearl Wars by Nick James (The Mr.’s Mini Review)

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Starters by Lissa Price

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

March 2012

Ashes by Ilsa Bick

The Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

The Future of Us by Jasy Asher and Caroln Mackler

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Variant by Robison Wells

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

April 2012

The Hunt by Andrew Fulcuda

Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Partials by Dan Wells

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQueery

One Moment by Kristina McBride

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

May 2012

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Rotters by Daniel Kraus

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Lexapro and Cons by Aaron Karo

Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan

No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

June 2012

Cornered, 15 stories of bullying and defiance

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Every Day by David Levithan

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

July 2012

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Lost Girls by Ann Kelley

Giants Beware by Rachel Rosado

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

MG Reads: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead, Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller & Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Zom-B by Darren Shan

Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams

Battlefield by J F Jenkins

August 2012

Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry

Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

Butter by Erin Jade Lange

Shelftalkers: Knocked Up Teens

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Shelftalkers: Bunheads

The Diviners by Libba Bray

September 2012

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King (reviewed by Jenny Torres Sanchez)

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Skinny by Donna Conner

Shelftalkers: Cancer in teen fiction

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Between You and Me by Marisa Calin

Capture the Flag (MG) by Kate Messner

Son by Lois Lowry

October 2012

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

Endangered by Eliot Schefer

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Dear Teen Me edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

My Super Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Conjure by Lea Nolan

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel (GN)

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

November 2012

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch

Zoo Station, a memoir – the story of Christiane F.

Regine’s Book, a teen girl’s last words by Regine Stokke

Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens by Kakthy Beleg and Marke Bieschke

Uncool, a Girl’s Guide to Misfitting In by Erin Elisabeth Conley

Girls Against Girls: Why we are mean to each other and how we can change by Bonnie Burton

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Curiosities: a collection of stories by Maggie Steifvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff

Gravity by Melissa West

Origin by Jessica Khoury

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

December 2012

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand

Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Altered by Jennifer Rush