Contemporary YA Review: Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

drawtheline_laurentlinnDraw the Line by Laurent Linn

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: mobi

Genre: YA/LGBT+

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Alex

What to Expect: A teen comes into his own when he exposes the truth about a hate crime…with art.

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Contemporary YA Review: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

girl-mans-upGirl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Published by: Harper TEEN

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA/LGBT+

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Alex

What to Expect: A superb tale of a teen coming into her own.

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YA Fantasy Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

skye-2Title and Author: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Published by: HarperCollins Publishers

Format: E-Book

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy

Reviewed by: Madison

What to Expect: A gripping story of magic and romance set in a fantasy world based on the Romanov’s Russia. Read More

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Audio Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

monster callsTitle and Author: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books

Format: Audio

Narrator: Jason Isaacs

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Order Link: Amazon; Audible 

Reviewed by: Alisa

What to expect: A heart touching story about a boy coming to terms with his mother’s serious illness.

Blurb: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

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YA Fantasy Review: Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember


unicorn tracksUnicorn Tracks
by Julia Ember

Published by: Harmony Ink Press

Format: mobi

Genre: YA, Fantasy, F/F Romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Abbi

What to expect: A deep and beautiful world. So many mythological creatures. Characters you can root for. A VILLAIN WITH KNIVES FOR TEETH.

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YA Fiction Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine


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Ink and Bone (The Great Library Bk 1)  by Rachel Caine

Published by: Penguin Group (New American Library)

Format: Paperback ARC

Genre: YA, Alternate History

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Sara Beth

What to Expect: I will tell you what not to expect, despite what you have likely heard: this is not Harry Potter, and this is not the Hunger Games.
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YA Romance Review: Wake by Lisa McMann

wake lisa mcmannWake by Lisa McMann

Published by: Simon & Schuster

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Abbi

What to expect: A weird power/curse, depending on your point of view. Realistic teen angst. The beginning of a trilogy about a girl who catches dreams. Read More

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YA Graphic Novel review: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya's Ghost coverAnya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Published by: First Second

Format: Paperback graphic novel

Buy it here: Amazon

Reviewed by: Judith

Rating: This sarcastic and poignant coming of age with a supernatural twist hits close to home and points out that so often what looks picture perfect just isn’t. YA + comics + supernatural = a spooky, gripping page turner for teens *and* adults. Get it for the beautifully crafted images and stay riveted by the profound message. Read More

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YA Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Published by: Simon and Schuster

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: all of the stars ever given anywhere, ever

If you’re here on I Love YA Fiction, you more than likely know that I…well, I love YA fiction. Really love it. I love the character development, the moment of self-awareness, the deepening maturity and the subtle change from child to adult. It’s a heady mix and beautiful to read. Only problem? I read so much of it over the last three years that it all got rather tired and monotonous; the dreaded B word cropped up quite a lot whenever I talked about books. You all know the B word, right? It’s the kiss of death for authors and reads alike: BORING. That’s right. All the YA books I read were just boring.

So when a friend suggested I give Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe a shot, I was skeptical and ready to be bored bored bored.

But ya know what? I was wrong wrong wrong! This book is outstanding! It’s all the best parts of YA with none of the BS. And if you’re anything like me, it’ll hook you just as quickly…

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YA/NA Review: How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by JC Lillis

how to repair a mechanical heartHow to Repair a Mechanical Heart by JC Lillis

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Inc

Format: Kindle edition

Genre: Contemporary YA

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 10/10

Let me tell you a secret: I’m not sure why but I had it in my head that I didn’t like this book. Don’t look at me like that. Stop. Let me explain. I have a notoriously bad memory and it told me (repeatedly) that I’d tried How to Repair a Mechanical Heart before and for whatever reason, I just didn’t like it. No idea as to why and no idea where that came from but that voice inside of me kept whispering this crap for ages and it WAS WRONG! Dead wrong. Now, I don’t admit mistakes often – I’m an Aries, we’re perfect…and beautiful and wonderful and funny and amazingly humble – but I’m stating it for the record now, mea culpa and all that. This book is fabulous. No, wait. It’s more than that. It’s so cool that I’m sure in some alternate universe I have neon glitter pink font and some blinking gifs of celebrities screaming at anyone who will listen in order to show what an excellent read this is…cause it truly is!

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