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Solo

Well, I need to learn to read it seems. When I grabbed “Solo” for review, I didn't read the full blurb and details. I didn't see where it said this book was in poetic style. Go me! Well, I am kind of glad I didn't see that this was written...

4 Stars
  • Authors: Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Young Adult, Diverse Books
  • Publisher: Blink

You're Welcome, Universe

“You're Welcome, Universe” started out really well. I really loved how the main character stood up for her friend when it came to a slur. The school was in no hurry to stand up and do anything. I think we all strive to have a friend like th...

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Allegedly

“Allegedly” covers the court system and how African Americans are treated within it. It does a great job with this. However, it does also have a lot of issues, in my opinion. Within the first few pages we have the three quotes. "You'd think...

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The Revenge Artist - Evelyn Hernandez Book 1

Philip Hoy engagingly depicts the volatile world of high school, where emotions run high and vicious gossip runs amuck. Evelyn Hernandez deals with familiar adolescent issues – first loves, trials with parents and friends, her emerging sexu...

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  • Author: Philip Hoy
  • Review by: Jane Eliot
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Susp: Action / Thriller, * Young Adult, Diverse Books, Romantic Elements, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Evernight Teen

A Time to Dance

The cover was the first thing that drew me in to A Time to Dance. And well that is not where it ended. The about this book section also dug deep within my heart. This is a story about a girl who loves to dance and then loses her leg. So as...

5 Stars

Like No Other

Like No Other is a very bittersweet story. Both Devorah and Jaxson are bright, honest, and hardworking young people whose coming together would have been a welcome happening, had circumstances been different. Though this story is touted to...

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  • Author: Una LaMarche
  • Review by: WTFAreYouReading
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Romantic Elements, Diverse Books, Religion & Spirituality
  • Publisher: Razorbill

Legend of the Tribes - The Dragons Saga, #3.5

"Legend of the Tribes" offers readers glimpses into the worlds of two of the lesser mentioned tribes of the 'Dragons Saga' series. The Aero Dragons swoop in with tales of love supplanting tradition, as an arranged marriage finds itself rear...

5 Stars
  • Author: J.F. Jenkins
  • Review by: WTFAreYouReading
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, * SF: Fantasy, Diverse Books, * Young Adult, * Under 45k Words, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Astraea Press, LLC

Ship of Souls

This book is definitely a keeper in our house. I am excited to share it with my own 11 year old son. With only 120 pages, it is a fairly short read, but excellent for the younger reader. Interesting concepts and turns of events keeps the re...

4 Stars
  • Author: Zetta Elliott
  • Review by: Isis
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Diverse Books, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore

Lovetorn

Shalini and her family move to L.A. from India after her father gets a new job. How can she handle it after she's taken away from Vikram, the boy she's been betrothed to since three. Shalini finds life very different in L.A. Her sister fits...

4 Stars

Mirror Beware

Mirror Beware was written by Dream Summore and seemed to want to accomplish the goal of informing teenagers that they can live for God even through the worst of trails. Toni, the lead character, is an abused teen, who grew up without her bi...

2 Stars

Trouble in My Way

This is one of the best multiracial books that I have read in a long time. I really found myself relating to all of the characters. Trouble in My Way is perfect for the YA audience as it brought back many feelings that I myself had at that...

4 Stars

Fair-Weather Friends - The fifth book in The Good Girlz series

This book will be able to hit close to home with a lot of people. If you feel like you have been judged according to the color of your skin or your background then you will be able to relate. The girls learn that one of their own has been j...

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Friends 'til the End - The sixth book in The Good Girlz series

This series just gets better and better. I think this could be my favorite one. Gang violence is something that really happens and it can be devastating. How can someone deal with losing a family member? Sometimes when you have such a great...

5 Stars

Getting Even - The fourth book in The Good Girlz series.

I really liked this one. It isn't just a story of revenge but of friendship. It shows how one guy can come between friends sometimes pretty easily. We want to have someone with us that makes us feel good and says all the right things. Too o...

4 Stars

With Friends Like These - The third book in The Good Girlz series

I think what I like about this series is how real the characters are. They interact like you would think any teenager would with not only their friends but there family too. The things that happen are things that can happen to anyone or at...

4 Stars

Blessings in Disguise - The second book in The Good Girlz series.

While the first book in The Good Girlz series was told through all the girls point-of-views this one is just through Jasmine’s. That through me at first and I actually kind of missed learning about the other characters. I actually fin...

4 Stars

Nothing But Drama - The first book in The Good Girlz series.

If you think of movies that could describe this book you would be thinking of Take the Lead or even maybe Freedom Writers. A group of girls are brought together either out of curiosity, something they want to do or they are being forced but...

4 Stars

It's a Curl Thing - (Divine & Friends)

It is just about time for Rhyann Hamilton to go to her Sophomore Prom.  In preparation of this special event, her Auntie Mo has made her a beautiful copy of a Valentino gown she saw on Rodeo Drive.  She has even spent the last cou...

4 Stars
  • Author: Jacqueline Thomas
  • Review by: Dianna
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Diverse Books
  • Publisher: Pocket Books

Divine Match-Up - The Divine Series #4

There is only one guy for Divine Matthews-Hardison, and his name is Madison.  When she takes him back after a brief breakup, she hopes that he will not break her heart again.  She is so in love with him.  While doing a report...

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  • Author: Jacqueline Thomas
  • Review by: Dianna
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Diverse Books
  • Publisher: Pocket Books

Divine Confidential - The Divine Series #2

Divine Matthews-Hardison has survived living with her overprotective Aunt Phoebe & Uncle Reed.  Now a sophomore, she feels she deserves more freedom than she is getting from them.  Use to getting her own way, she is chomping a...

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  • Author: Jacqueline Thomas
  • Review by: Dianna
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Diverse Books
  • Publisher: Pocket Books

Divine Secrets - The Divine Series #3

Divine Matthews-Hardison has grown to love Temple, Georgia.  Her new friends mean as much to her as the ones she has back in Hollywood.  When one of those friends starts to have problems with her boyfriend, Divine does all she can...

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  • Author: Jacqueline Thomas
  • Review by: Dianna
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Diverse Books
  • Publisher: Pocket Books

Simply Divine - The Divine Series #1

Divine Matthews-Hardison is a spoiled rich kid from Hollywood.  She’s the daughter of R&B artist Kara Matthews and Hollywood bad boy Jerome Hardison.  Used to wearing designer clothes and shopping on Rodeo Drive, she can...

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  • Author: Jacqueline Thomas
  • Review by: Dianna
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Diverse Books
  • Publisher: Pocket Books