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Aspect of Winter More Info Borrow
By Tom Early. From Harmony Ink Press.
(14 reviews) Amazon rank #2,832,790

2nd Edition

High school isn’t easy for any gay teen, and on top of everything, Fay struggles to understand his supernatural powers―and keep them hidden from everyone but his best friend Sam. It’s almost too much for anyone to cope with, and it’s all Fay can do to endure.

Then Fay and Sam come to the attention of a representative from Janus University, a college for people who display magical potential.

carefully everywhere descending More Info Borrow
By L.B. Bedford. From Harmony Ink Press.
(20 reviews)

Audrey Anderson has one chance to escape poverty―excel academically and get into a good school. She’ll let nothing stand between her and her goal: not dating and certainly not snotty Scarlett West. The girls can’t stand each other, so why is Scarlett hanging around Audrey and getting under Audrey’s skin―in more ways than one?

Scarlett needs a tutor, and Audrey doesn’t want the job. She still resents Scarlett offering to pay Audrey to do her homework, but her compassionate best friend talks Audrey into giving Scarlett a second chance.

Failstate: Nemesis (Failstate Series) More Info Borrow
By John W. Otte. From ENCLAVE PUBLISHING.
(2 reviews) Amazon rank #1,112,319

Abaddon will destroy you all! Robin Laughlin (a.k.a. the superhero Failstate) has finally achieved his dream. Not only is he a licensed vigilante, but he’s respected by his fellow heroes, feared by criminals, and he’s finally achieved peace in his family, especially with his brother, Ben (a.k.a. the superhero Gauntlet). That, plus the love of his girlfriend, Charlene, has made life good. But then Failstate learns a secret about his father. Rather than the loving family man he remembers, Failstate’s father was a criminal who got himself killed when he crossed the wrong people.

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Into the Dark More Info Borrow
By Caroline T. Patti. From Month9Books, LLC.
(10 reviews) Amazon rank #1,350,484

A “sweet sixteen” party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of a girl’s life. But on the night of her party, Mercy Clare wakes up in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she would never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes. Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor tells her, referring to her as Lyla, that Mercy is lying in the hospital bed waiting to die.

The Other Inheritance More Info Borrow
By Rebecca Jaycox. From Rocking Horse Publishing.
(21 reviews) Amazon rank #1,743,351

Seventeen-year-old Reggie has been having a tougher time than usual. As if dealing with her alcoholic mother and fighting school bullies isn’t enough, this biker dude shows up in her dreams, babbling about magic and a world called the Other. Then, in biology class, her finger brushes a dead frog set out for dissection and it leaps off the table, scaring everyone, including her. Reggie’s life is changing, and she has no idea why.

The Sister Pact More Info Borrow
By Stacie Ramey. From Sourcebooks Fire.
(73 reviews) Amazon rank #50,492

In Electronic Format Who holds your secrets?

Allie is devastated when her sister commits suicide-and it’s not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they’d always be together, in life and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why.

Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief.

But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface.

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Rotters REVIEW

Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he's never known, and who's the town pariah.
Sixteen-year-old Joey’s life takes a very strange turn when his mother’s tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he’s never known, and who’s the town pariah.

Rotters by Daniel Kraus

Available in Print, ebook, Downloadable Audiobook, and CD Audiobook.

This was a unique story, and I could not get it read fast enough. Rotters follows a teen boy named Joey. After his mom is killed, he is sent to live with a father he has never known. I hate repeating the synopsis of the story (you can read it below the book cover picture), so here is my opinion on what I read… it was fantastic! The idea that grave-robbers still exist and the methods they use to get the job done without being discovered was a unique perspective. On top of that, Kraus adds some real history to the story when he mentions bits and pieces about grave-robbers from the past who dug up bodies for doctors to use. The imagery used could be considered fairly gross and graphic, as decomposing bodies are described. The story is fast-paced, alternating between Joey at school dealing with bullies, and Joey at home or at “work” with his dad. The reader learns alongside Joey, and feels his inward struggle and pain over losing his mom and accepting this new life. Kraus gives you characters that you can root for and that you want to see grow and survive. Even when those characters are weak or do things that you may not approve of, you can understand where they are coming from.

-Review by Michelle Frost

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Calling Maggie May REVIEW

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Through a series of entries in the diary she left behind, a teenager, living a normal life, describes how seemingly minor choices quickly spiraled into a life as a sex worker.

Calling Maggie May by Anonymous

Available in Print.

This particular novel is written diary style by a young girl named Maggie May. At first we get a couple of boring entries but then suddenly she starts really writing. We learn about her school crush and about Ada, a mysterious girl at her school that is unlike all the other girls. Maggie comes from a normal home where there is a lot of pressure put on her to excel academically. However, Maggie loves to swim and doesn’t care so much about academics. Constantly compared to her over-achieving and smart brother, she frequently feels less-than.

Eventually Maggie an Ada have an encounter and as the story progresses we learn that Ada is a prostitute. Maggie becomes one, not because she comes from a broken or abusive home, but simply just because. She is interested and it is easy money. Besides, if Ada can handle it, so can she. Maggie seems to have her head in the clouds with idealistic views of how things can be, but the reality never quite seems to match up.

-Review by Michelle Frost

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After REVIEW

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In complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport leaves her baby in the trash to die, and after the baby is discovered, Devon is accused of attempted murder.

After by Amy Efaw

Available in Print, CD Audiobook, ebook and Downloadable Audiobook.

I finished this audiobook in two days and absolutely loved it. How could someone deny a pregnancy, and what happens when they can no longer deny it?

This story provided an interesting perspective behind why someone would hide their pregnancy and throw their baby away. It also provides the reader with a glimpse into the judicial system, although the majority of the story revolves around fifteen year old Devon and how/when she comes to terms with the reality of what she did.

The only part of the audiobook that I did not like was the mother’s character. It didn’t seem authentic to me. She was always a little TOO perky, upbeat, outgoing… even in inappropriate circumstances. She seemed more immature than her daughter, Devon, which is perhaps how the author intended for her to be.

I’m looking forward to reading future books by this author, but after reading her bio and how she is busy with 5 kids of her own, it may be a while.

-Review by Michelle Frost

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Between the Lines REVIEW

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Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer (Jodi’s daughter!)

Available in Print and Audiobook.

Between the Lines is about Delilah and Oliver. They meet, fall in love, have a barrier they must overcome in order to be together, and then live “happily ever after.” Or, do they?

There is a twist. Oliver is a character in a book that Delilah finds in her school library. For some reason, she is the only one that has ever been able to hear him or see him move. Her mom thinks she is going crazy, her BFF feels neglected and hurt, and occasionally she brings up missing having a father.

Oliver is stuck. He is the Prince in a fairy tale, destined to repeat each scene every time the book is opened. When the book is closed, all the characters live lives that may be somewhat contrary to what the story tells the reader. For example, the villain is not really a villain at all, behind the scenes. And Oliver, well, Oliver is not in love with the Princess that he is supposed to live happily ever after with. He wants out, and when he meets and falls in love with Delilah, it becomes imperative.

The book alternates between the voices of Oliver, Delilah and The Book. The rest of the story is about the various ways Oliver and Delilah try to get him out of the book and into her world.

Look for the sequel, Off the Page (also available as an ebook).

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-Review by Michelle Frost

 

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