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Annotated Sandman Vol. 1

This annotated edition of Neil Gaiman's celebrated graphic series "The Sandman" is a strange beast. On the one hand, it is designed to satisfy the most ardent fans of "The Sandman." After all, only those already closely familiar with this e...

3 Stars

Glimmer

Two teens (we later learn their names are Elyse and Marshall) wake up naked in a bed in a house they don't recognize. They don't know who they are and how they ended up in this disturbing situation. They are scared and suspicious of first e...

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  • Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
  • Review by: Tatiana
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Fair Coin - Coin, #1

It is a pleasure to see Pyr commit to publishing science fiction for young adults with appeal to boys and with actual science in it. E.C. Myers' debut effort "Fair Coin" follows 16-year old Ephraim who, after finding his troubled alcoholic...

3 Stars

Arcadia Awakens

"Arcadia Awakens" is a modern version of "Romeo and Juliet" with a paranormal twist, delivered courtesy of a popular German writer Kai Meyer. Rosa Alcantara belongs to one of the most influential Sicilian Mafia families. After spending her...

3 Stars
  • Author: Kai Meyer
  • Review by: Tatiana
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Hallowed - An Unearthly Novel, #2

It's a relief that "Hallowed" is a successful follow-up to "Unearthly." Even though I liked "Hallowed" a little less than its predecessor, the series is still going strong the way I see it. Whatever was praiseworthy in the 1st book remains...

4 Stars
  • Author: Cynthia Hand
  • Review by: Tatiana
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

There Is No Long Distance Now - Very Short Stories

"There Is No Long Distance Now" is a collection of, as the book's subtitle points out, very short stories. No longer than 1000 words or 5 pages each, these stories are rich in language, evocative, lyrical, which can be easily explained by t...

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  • Author: Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Review by: Tatiana
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Under 45k Words, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Planesrunner - Everness, #1

"Planesrunner" is a first class teen science fiction novel, which I believe will appeal to the fans of such boy-oriented books as Paolo Bacigalupi's "Ship Breaker" and Scott Westerfeld's "Leviathan". Everett Singh's divorced father is a sci...

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LIE

"Lie" opens with a real life quote from "The New York Times" article covering the murder of a Hispanic immigrant on Long Island: "The attacks were such an established pastime that the youths, who have pleaded not guilty, had a casual and de...

4 Stars

A Conspiracy of Kings - Thief of Eddis, #4

"A Conspiracy of Kings" is the 4th book in Megan Whalen Turner's remarkable fantasy series. Unlike previous 3 novels which were written primarily about Eugenides, this book is most and foremost Sophos's story. Sophos is the heir to the thro...

5 Stars
  • Author: Megan Whalen Turner
  • Review by: Tatiana
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Withering Tights - Misadventures of Tallulah Casey

A new series from Louise Rennison and, thank vati, it does not disappoint. Talullah Casey is Georgia Nicolson's 14.5-year old cousin and an aspiring performer. She is lucky to have been accepted to a performing arts college Dother Hall for...

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  • Author: Louise Rennison
  • Review by: Tatiana
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Mara Dyer wakes up from a coma to find out that her 3 friends have died in an accident which she miraculously survived. She doesn't remember the circumstances of it, but something strange starts happening to her. She seems to be seeing ghos...

3 Stars

Eona - Eon, #2

If you liked "Eon" and your eyes didn't glaze over every time you read about Eona uniting with her dragon, easing into her mind-sight, channeling her Hua and so forth, I don't see any reason for you to dislike this novel. I really don't. I...

5 Stars

Everlost - The Skinjacker Trilogy, #1

Everlost is a limbo, a middle place between life and death. Nick and Allie awake in Everlost after dying in a gruesome car accident. This novel is about their journey to uncover the secrets of this strange world and to find their way out of...

4 Stars

Department 19

First, it is nice to know that some publishers still remember that boys read too. A lot of YA urban fantasy has been published over the last couple of years, but almost none of it that would appeal to guys. "Department 19" takes a non-spark...

4 Stars
  • Author: Will Hill
  • Review by: Tatiana
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Supernatural
  • Publisher: Razorbill

Purple Heart

18-year old soldier Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Baghdad. His memories of the events leading up to his hospitalization are spotty at best; he is suffering from TBI - traumatic brain injury. Matt is told that an RPG exploded ne...

4 Stars
  • Author: Patricia Mccormick
  • Review by: Tatiana
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Delirium

“Delirium” is Lauren Oliver’s sophomore novel. Her debut, “Before I Fall,” was one of the most memorable entries into the genre of YA fiction in 2010. With “Delirium” Oliver takes a step away from r...

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Jellicoe Road

Jellicoe Road is the location of a boarding school for kids that are often neglected or with criminal tendencies. Taylor Markham is residing in the school because her mother had abandoned her at the age of 11 at a nearby 7-Eleven. Now Taylo...

5 Stars
  • Author: Melina Marchetta
  • Review by: Tatiana
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen