Category Archives: Young Adult

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

TJ Burns — September 9, 2017 Wow! Just wow! What an exhilarating ride! Interesting, likable characters! Unexpected, unpredictable twists and turns! This story is amazing! It blew me away. Before I knew it, I was finished and dazed – I … Continue reading

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The Border by Steve Schafer

TJ Burns — August 2017 Pato, Arbo, Gladys, and Marco are such genuine, well-developed characters, I feel I know them — really know them. I had a stake in their fate – I needed to see them through their trials, … Continue reading

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Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S. Jae-Jones

TJ Burns — July 2017 I was intrigued and thoroughly captivated at the start. Liesl is an interesting character. Such untapped and unappreciated talent, such passion with no outlet to express it… she just had to explode (sooner rather than … Continue reading

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Maddie & Sayara by Sanjyot P. Dunung

TJ Burns — August 20, 2017 My 10-year-old daughter gave it 4/5 points, but I have to give it 2.5-3/5 points. We both agree with the message: Girls have a right to be treated with respect and as equals to … Continue reading

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RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

TJ Burns — January 10, 2017 I received a copy of this book from Amulet Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.   Published January 10th 2017 by Harry N. Abram. You can find this book at: Amazon: … Continue reading

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A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess

TJ Burns — February 28, 2017 I very much like Ms. Cluess’ writing style – it flows nicely. I was pulled in right from the start –intrigued, interested — and had so many questions: What is the prophecy? What does … Continue reading

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Knights of the Borrowed Dark Trilogy #1) by Dave Rudden

TJ Burns — May 17, 2017 Knights of the Borrowed Dark is exciting, suspenseful, and entertaining! Full of mystery and intrigue. The story is both thrilling and entertaining. Particularly amusing is the contrast between Denizen’s thoughts and his words/actions. Denizen’s … Continue reading

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The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

TJ Burns — January 2017 Wow! That was a difficult read. But I’m so glad I pushed through. The Bone Sparrow is amazing — tragic, heart-breaking, tear-jerking… yet hopeful, showing the power of friendship, family, love, story-telling, and remembering. I … Continue reading

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The Big L Hotel by Sjoerd Kuyper

TJ Burns — June 21, 2017 Fantastic! Creative! Refreshingly original! Surprises at every turn (and there were a lot of turns)! Kos is a sympathetic, interesting, and entertaining character — I loved following his thoughts and being privy to his … Continue reading

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The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1) by Crystal Cestari

TJ Burns — May 1, 2017 I liked the voice. Amber’s matter-of-fact, sarcastic, joke-dropping, sassy, and a little self-depreciating style resonated with me, as did the setting — my parents are from Chicago. I thoroughly enjoyed Amber’s snide remarks and … Continue reading

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