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Refuge for Masterminds - A Stranje House Novel, #3

Can I scream? YES, YES AND YES this is the story I have been waiting for. Man I really don’t want the Stranje House series to end! I really love how these books have different points of view. You don’t miss anything as the series goes along...

5 Stars

For Love and Honor

I have enjoyed every book that I have read of Jody Hudlund. I loved “For Love and Honor” just as much! This medieval fantasy series is one of my absolute favorites! The author has a way of grabbing you and keeping you reading until the very...

5 Stars
  • Author: Jody Hedlund
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Zondervan

The Seven Year Dress

Myra was only looking for a room to rent while she was in college. She wasn’t looking for a friend or new family member. When she answered Helen Stein’s ad for a room for rent, she got more than she expected. During the interview, she notic...

4 Stars

Yakimali's Gift

What a beautiful story! “Yakimali's Gift” is so well written. It’s about the Marquina family. They make their journey in 1775 from Mexico to California. They deal with the Spaniards and Indians. During the trip there is hardships. Readers w...

5 Stars

Girl on a Plane

“Girl on a Plane” starts out like any other. A girl is getting ready to go back to school. She is flying out the next morning. She is part of a family that moves around a lot due to her dad being in the military. The author did an amazing j...

5 Stars

The Lost Deposition of Glynnis Smith McLean, Second-Class Survivor of the RMS Titanic - A Historical Novel

“The Lost Deposition of Glynnis Smith McLean” by Scott Stevens is an historical novel based on fact. Glynnis was a survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster. She and her new husband were sailing from Ireland to America to start their new life. S...

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Ghostly Echoes - A Jackaby Novel, #3

I have been a fan of the Jackaby series since it started and I am very sad to see that this third story just didn't work out for me. The wonderful Mr. Jackaby fell so flat for me that he really was only good for seeing the other world in th...

3 Stars

A Forest of Wolves - The Uprising, #2

As I was introduced to the new series, "The Uprising," I was intrigued by the depth of the novel's actual synopsis. Sadly my interest did not hold for long. I do not like to think of any novel as a bad read and yet this material was closely...

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  • Author: Chelsea Luna
  • Review by: LWynters
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Series: Read in Order
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.

Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

Well I was kind of disappointed with Risuko. It’s much closer to Middle Grade vs Teen YA. The first part of the book was very confusing, but it did get better. Reading about a different culture was great. So many people have done so many th...

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Exile for Dreamers - A Stranje House Novel, #2

Although I do miss Georgie's POV I have to say that I did enjoy Tess's. I really love how the author sets up the next book by introducing us to the new romance. It’s PERFECT, I really can't wait to be in Jane's POV! With her witty comebacks...

5 Stars

The Smell of Other People's Houses

This was an awesome little book that will grab you from the moment you read the title. I haven't seen or read a lot of books that have the setting of Alaska so this was a nice change of pace. This one has multi POVS but don't worry you won'...

5 Stars

A Daring Sacrifice

I was super happy to find to A Daring Sacrifice on my list. So first off this is not really a book two. It’s a companion to book one, An Uncertain Choice. So if you haven't read book one don't worry about it, you won't be lost. That being s...

5 Stars

The Yearbook

The Yearbook, by Carol Masciola, is an intriguing book. Lola Lundy is a fabulous character who all can relate to. She wants a place to fit in and finds it, in the past. The description of a past visit draws one in and holds you. Each and ev...

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These Shallow Graves

THESE SHALLOW GRAVES by Jennifer Donnelly is shrouded in mystery and deception. If you think you know what's happening, you're very wrong. Jo Montfort comes from a privileged, upper class family. She enjoys writing interesting stories like...

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  • Author: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Review by: Sarah Dizon
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller, * Young Adult, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press

Twenty-One Heroes

Twenty-One Heroes is a pretty fast read. It’s a great book for teens to get interested in the Revolutionary War time period. Reading this made me want to look up a ton of stuff that was in this book, especially Dr. Joseph Warren. The charac...

4 Stars

Velvet Undercover

Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown is an amazing Young Adult story about an intelligent young British girl who is sent on her first spy mission to Germany during World War II. Her assignment is to help rescue a spy known as Velvet but no one k...

4 Stars
  • Author: Teri Brown
  • Review by: Jessie
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller, * Young Adult, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray

A School for Unusual Girls - A Stranje House Novel, #1

A School for Unusual Girls was amazing!!! It gives a “what if” story of the historical events of 1814. And it was so yummy. I really wish that it would have ended on a better note, as book two is going to be in Tess's POV. So I really hope...

5 Stars

When the Crows Fly Low

This story was not only an intensely beautiful read, but it was also heart-wrenching with its diverse plot. From the opening chapter the author held my attention throughout the book, and by doing so the story flowed perfectly without anythi...

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  • Author: V.J. Patterson
  • Review by: LWynters
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: V.J. Patterson

An Uncertain Choice

Although this book was really good. The ending was very lacking. I wish it had more closure. I understand that this is a book one. But it would have been nice to have it wrapped up in the end. I saw another review that says that you should...

4 Stars
  • Author: Jody Hedlund
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, * Romance: Inspirational, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Zondervan

The Eighth Guardian - Annum Guard Book, #1

I had a hard time reading The Eighth Guardian. While the story concept was great the actual story telling was not for me. I want a book that catches my attention within the first 50 to 100 pages and unfortunately with every chapter that I r...

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  • Author: Meredith McCardle
  • Review by: ErinP
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Skyscape

Blackout - Annum Guard Book, #2

I thought Blackout was book one to the Annum Guard series and then found out that it was book two. I have since ordered book one. Oh my God, this book was so good! Even without reading book one I wasn’t too lost. A friend had read book one,...

5 Stars

The Conspiracy of Us

I don't know where to start on this one. It was up in the air for me, at points I really loved this one and at points I was left feeling confused and other points I felt like this story shouldn't end to feeling like it couldn't get over qui...

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  • Author: Maggie Hall
  • Review by: ErinP
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Debut Title, Historical Fiction, * Romance: Historical, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Color Song - A Passion Blue Novel, #2

Do you ever get tired of Gender roles? Ever say I want to do this but can’t because of my gender? Well this book can give you the courage you may need to do something about it. Color Song is about one girl whose only wish is to paint and sh...

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  • Author: Victoria Strauss
  • Review by: ShaniquaHarris
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Skyscape

Life Behind the Wall - Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure

Have you ever wanted to know how it felt to be a teenager growing up in Berlin…after Hitler killed himself? What about during the time when the wall was just built? Or even when it finally opened the borders to everyone? If so I recommend y...

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Wanted: Dead or In Love

Wanted: Dead or In Love was a great and fast read! I couldn't put it down. I jumped at the chance to read a teen paranormal version of Bonnie and Clyde. I am not a fanatic ha-ha, but I loved the movie that was out a few months ago. So when...

4 Stars
  • Author: Kym Brunner
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Romantic Elements, Suspense: Action / Thriller, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Merit Press

Cinderella's Dress

I loved the contrast of WWII history with the fairytale of Cinderella in Cinderella's Dress. I imagined the relics in my mind, picturing the amber necklace and the beautiful dress as they might look on a regal princess. The author did a goo...

4 Stars
  • Author: Shonna Slayton
  • Review by: SavingsInSeconds
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, * Young Adult, Suspense: Mystery, Supernatural, * Fantasy
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen

Starling - Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #3

I have to say this is another series that I am so happy that I got a chance to read it all the way through. As if I had to wait for each book to come out I would have cried. Starling was an amazing conclusion to this wonderful series. The a...

5 Stars
  • Author: Fiona Paul
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Romantic Elements, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Philomel

Tsarina

This novel dares you to ask what you think about one thing: Is it your fault where and into what situations you are born into? The truth of the fact is that we have no control over that. Yet, aren’t we to blame if we simply accept things th...

5 Stars
  • Author: J. Nelle Patrick
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Razorbill

A Breath of Frost - The Lovegrove Legacy, #1

A Breath of Frost combines magical mayhem, a murder mystery and the high society of Regency London full of balls, afternoon tea and finishing schools with a difference. I loved the mystery surrounding the girl's powers and why Emma's mother...

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A Mad, Wicked Folly

In a time where if you were born a girl that was all you were. Vicky darling wants more. She want to go to art school and further her craft. But since she was born a girl one single action of posing nude for other artists gets her kicked ou...

5 Stars

The Deepest Night - The Sweetest Dark, #2

Fantasy, dragons, and magic! What more could a story need?! The Deepest Night was a one day read and was so good! Shana Abe is definitely an author that I am going to want to read more from! This is book two in the The Sweetest Dark series...

5 Stars
  • Author: Shana Abe
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Bantam

Tarnish

I don't know much about this time period, but I did enjoy how the author had an "author's note" explaining what was Fiction and what was real. Anne was a strong character, and I really liked her. Her love interests were a little annoying th...

3 Stars

Maid of Secrets - Maids of Honor, #1

I was over joyed when I received Maid of Secrets in the mail from Night Owl Reviews. Not only was it something that I really wanted to read, but it came as a finished copy. That just made me even happier! However the happy stopped there. I...

4 Stars

The Sweetest Dark

I had very little back story before beginning The Sweetest Dark, having only read the synopsis on the back cover, and I'm glad I did. The less you know the better. Orphan and ex-insane asylum patient Lora (Eleanor) can hear sounds and songs...

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  • Author: Shana Abe
  • Review by: Emireally
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Bantam

The Jericho River

Jericho River by David Carthage was a wonderful read. The history of Western Civilization such as Egypt or Ancient Greece has always been one of my favorite things to learn about. I enjoyed that while it was a fantasy novel is was also hist...

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The Lucky Ones - A Bright Young Things Novel

While I wasn't a fan of Godbersen's Luxe series, I snatched up Bright Young Things in a second. You see, my favorite required reading in high school was by far The Great Gatsby. As soon as I read the synopsis and saw the gorgeous covers, I...

4 Stars
  • Author: Anna Godbersen
  • Review by: Emireally
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperCollins

Venom - Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1

Venom by Fiona Paul is filled with intrigue and mystery. The setting of Italy is magic in itself but combined with the eeriness of the Canals of Venice, and the masquerade balls the setting has a life of its own. Cass always follows the rul...

4 Stars
  • Author: Fiona Paul
  • Review by: Sarah Dizon
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Philomel

Braving the Titanic - A Tossed through Time Adventure, #1

In 1912, the RMS Titanic set off on a journey that would only be completed at the bottom of the ocean. Kade West knows the story and will do anything he has to do to see the Titanic exhibit at a local museum, even if that means being part o...

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Emma (HarperTeen)

As one who doesn't like to review classic books, I find myself at a loss for words when it comes to Emma. In a language and time all in its own, where do I begin? From the setting, the manners, the society, and the roles of men and women, t...

4 Stars

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare is a fantastic classic for any reader. The supernatural element is delightful and intriguing. The characters are funny and relatable without being obnoxious. There is a reason why Shakespeare...

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  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Review by: Sarah Dizon
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Persuasion

While Jane Austen may not be the perfect fit as an author for everyone, I quite enjoyed reading Persuasion. I think that, of the books that I have read by Jane Austen, it is my favorite. The reason for that is that it includes a smaller cas...

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  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Review by: Lilyraines
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

A Clockwork Fairytale - Clockwork Fairytales, #1

I have to say, "A Clockwork Fairytale" is exactly as described, priests, magic, doodads, and all. If you are attached to steam punk novels, however, that aspect is only lightly handled here, instead falling into a perception of mechanical f...

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Beautiful Days - A Bright Young Things Novel

I have to find a way to write this review without spoiling EVERYTHING. When a person (say me) loves something so much, they (say me) just want to talk and talk and talk about it. One thing I love SO much about Anna Godbersen's Bright Young...

5 Stars
  • Author: Anna Godbersen
  • Review by: Books4Betty
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Jane Eyre (Harper Teen)

What can one say about a classic without saying what's already been said a hundred times? Not much. Jane Eyre is as lovely as always. It's one of those wonderful, interesting and quirky books that will live on. This time around Harper Teen...

5 Stars
  • Author: Charlotte Bronte
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Sense and Sensibility (Harper Teen)

What can one say about a classic without saying what's already been said a hundred times or a thousand? Not much. Sense and Sensibility is as lovely as always, just as interesting and wonderful and quirky and so. It's a good book. We got th...

5 Stars
  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Drought

This was a seriously fantastic story to read. It had so many things going on at different times that it was almost never dull or boring. There was a lot going on that even the narrator wasn't aware of in spite of the fact she was the one te...

5 Stars
  • Author: Pam Bachorz
  • Review by: IntoTheMorning
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Supernatural, * Science Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Egmontusa

Father of Lies

Throughout most of this book, I was kept off-balance and wondering what was really going on. The story is told through the perspective of an odd fourteen-year-old girl named Lidda, as she watches the seemingly orchestrated but chaotic rise...

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  • Author: Ann Turner
  • Review by: Laurie-J
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen