Category Archives: Young Adult Reviews

Eve of Destruction by Patrick Carman

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The sequel to the strangely entertaining Dark Eden continues the multimedia frenzy that began with the original book. A variety of files, links, and add-ons are all available in various formats but this review focuses on the physical printed book itself alone. We return to the world of Will Besting and his fellow patients, after their first go-around at Fort… Read more »

Away by Teri Hall

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The sequel to the previously reviewed The Line (and part of The Line Trilogy), we’re reintroduced to the world of The Line and Rachel herself. After crossing The Line, Rachel finds herself ‘Away’. She’s welcomed into the world of The Others and the boy called Pathik. Searching for her missing father, Rachel tries to adapt to the curious and unknown… Read more »

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

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The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas is the first in a planned trilogy entitled ‘The Elemental Trilogy’. Set in England in the 1880s with both a magical world and a normal world, if you’ve been searching for your Harry Potter replacement – this is it. The Burning Sky recalls common elements grounded in reality, such as the English 1880s setting,… Read more »

{FC} Relic (The Books of Eva I) by Heather Terrell

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A few weeks ago, I was contacted by SOHO Teen about Relic: The Books of Eva, and as I read the promotional summary of the book itself – I was intrigued. It’s described as a sort of fantasy meets dystopian world and is the first in a trilogy. I’ll be the first to admit that I do love dystopian fiction,… Read more »

{FC} Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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{Editor’s Note: The {FC} tag in titles such as this one, and the previously reviewed Scissors indicate a forthcoming title at the time of the review publication.} Not a Drop to Drink is what the spectacular failure Water, Inc. by Varda Burstyn had hoped to be. I haven’t reviewed that book, mainly because I couldn’t finish it at all. But… Read more »

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

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Dark Eden by Patrick Carman is an interesting twist on the typical “dystopian” or “science fiction” young adult novels being currently published. The other major series/trilogies published recently that I would place into the same category as Dark Eden would be The Hunger Games, Divergent, Tunnels, and Marie Yu’s Legend. All have their own twists and turns based on something unique to… Read more »

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off, so we can see what Tris and company have been up to after the exciting ending of Divergent. Some more answers are revealed in this book – such as the background of Four and how the relationship between the two of them deepen, alter, and change throughout the book, just like an angsty… Read more »

The Line by Teri Hall

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Edition: Dial (March, 2010) ISBN: 978-0803734661 Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket Page Count: 224 Paper Quality: Smooth (Excellent) Original Language: English Other Notes: Young Adult Science Fiction Also available as: Kindle e-book, or as Speak Paperback (Penguin – 2011) Book 2 of this series (Away) will be released on September 15, 2011 (Dial, HC). The Line introduces the reader to… Read more »

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Edition: Katherine Tegen Books (May 2011) ISBN: 978-0062024022 Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket Page Count: 496 Paper Quality: Semi-matted glossy white (Good) Original Language: English Other Notes: Book 1 of a planned trilogy A post-apocalyptic Chicago contains a human community divided into five factions. Each of the factions represents that tribe’s belief in the most powerful aspect of humanity: fearlessness, knowledge,… Read more »