Review: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Title: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Author: Becky Albertalli Genre: YA Contemporary/ Romance/ LGBTQ Publication Date: April 7, 2015 Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon…

Poetry Review: ThankU – Xavier Words

Title: ThankU Author: Xavier Words Genre: Poetry Publication Date: July 31, 2017 Amazon Synopsis: THANKU is a collection of poems, inspirational quotes, and drawings. The Brooklyneer minimalist writer poetically describes his life through the art of words and illustration. Inspired to write by a New York physic and oracle name Uversa Oumbajuah, he channeled spiritual guidance through…

Review: The Book of Iudex – Tachina Eva

    Title: The Book of Iudex Author: Tachina Eva Series: The Paralleled Series #1 Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: November 24, 2017 Goodreads Synopsis: Rose is a post-recession, struggling graduate, who is suddenly taken into a mirrored, shadowy world, where she learns she is the new queen of Iudex. She is rescued by the king of Ignusia, who she…

Review: Fated Loss – Claudia Caren

Title: Fated Loss Author: Claudia Caren Series: Red Rose & Black Ash #1 Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: July 29, 2017 Goodreads Synopsis: For two years, her memories were lost. For two years, she believed a lie. For two years, thousands of lives rested in her hands. But she didn’t even know. Because she can’t…

Poetry Review: Uncaged Wallflower Extended Edition – Jennae Cecelia

Title: Uncaged Wallflower Extended Edition Author: Jennae Cecelia Genre: Poetry Publication Date: October 5, 2017 Goodreads Synopsis: An extended edition off of the best-selling poetry book, Uncaged Wallflower. This edition has over 110 new poems and over 50 images. Uncaged Wallflower is for those who feel trapped in the thoughts their minds produce, unable to…

Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Author: J.K. Rowling Series: Harry Potter #2 Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: June 2, 1999 Goodreads Synopsis: The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s…

Review: Pen & Xander – Laekan Zea Kemp

Title: Pen & Xander Author: Laekan Zea Kemp Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance / Mental Health Publication Date: October 31, 2017 Goodreads Synopsis: Pen Prado has a passion for cooking. Specifically, cooking her father’s food in her father’s restaurant. It’s the heart of their immigrant neighborhood, a place where everyone belongs, and second chances are…

Review: The Gettysburg Story: Battlefield Auto Tour

A few weeks ago my fiance and I went on vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was both of our first time being there as we were too lazy to do the work in middle school to go on the school trip. I mean, who wants to write an 8-page paper and be at the school…

Flashback Review: Fallout – Ellen Hopkins

Title: Fallout Author: Ellen Hopkins Series: Crank #3 Genre: YA Verse, Social & Family Issues Publication Date: September 14, 2010 Goodreads Synopsis: Hunter. Autumn. Summer. Different homes. Different guardians. Different last names. Different lives. But there is one person who binds them together. Kristina. Nineteen years after Kristina Snow met the monster—crank—her children are reeling from…

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi Author: Sandhya Menon Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance Publication Date: May 30, 2017 Goodreads Synopsis: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some…