Category Archives: YA books

Book Review: Demon Freaks by J.R.R.R. Hardison

Demon Freaks by J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison Fiery Seas Publishing, 2017 ISBN-13: 978-1-946143-16-7 Available: Paperback, Kindle edition   Jim Hardison’s Demon Freaks pits high schoolers on the eve of their SAT exams against wicked would-be wizards and monsters, with the fate of the world at … Continue reading

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The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

High school junior Wylie has always had anxiety issues, but since her mother’s death four months earlier she is unable to even leave the house. Her father, a researcher in emotional intelligence, unsure of how to handle her problems, buries … Continue reading

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Review: The Dare by Brett Williams

Walking to school the day before Halloween, Davey and Dennis spot a cat hanging in front of the old, abandoned Bentley place.  Dennis tells Davey the story of how the Victorian house is said to be haunted after old man … Continue reading

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Review: Sleepless by Thomas Fahy

After a trip to New Orleans, the students of Saint Opportuna High begin to have nightmares: horrible nightmares about killing people. The only problem is that they aren’t just nightmares. After several nights, the students wake up to realize that … Continue reading

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Review: Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Megan just wants to make sure that her new boyfriend, Ryan, stays out of the clutches of his smitten best friend, Samantha. That’s why she’s working for the summer at the Land of Enchantment, an amusement park filled with fairy … Continue reading

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Review: Monster’s Proof by Richard Lewis

Ten year old Darby Ell is brilliant at mathematics, but not so good at being liked. Intrigued by the “thingamabob conjecture” his aunt Ludy discovered just before she went bananas, he becomes obsessed with proving it. As he works on … Continue reading

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Review: Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Alexis, a budding photographer and anti-popular-kids activist, lives in the oldest house in town. Like all old houses, this one has a long and strange history, and some very odd things begin to happen after a photo shoot in the … Continue reading

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Review: ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Charlotte Usher is friendless. She wants to be noticed, but her classmates, including handsome, popular Damen Dylan, don’t know she’s alive. And then she chokes to death. Charlotte has unfinished business, though, and she ends up in Dead Ed with … Continue reading

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Review: Weregirls: Birth of the Pack by Petru Popescu

Tor Teen, 2007 ISBN: 0765316412 Available: New Lily Willison and her friends Nikki, Arielle, and Grazia start up a girls’ soccer club at her school called the Weregirls.  When the new girl, Andra Hewlit, senses that Lily has supernatural powers, … Continue reading

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Review: Stories for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe, ed. by Andrew Delbanco and ill. by Gerard DuBois

Sterling Publishing, 2006 ISBN: 9781402715150 Available: New This book is a good introduction for the reader getting ready to take on the intricacies of language in the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. The book starts with a brief biography of the … Continue reading

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