Category Archives: Young Adult

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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Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

TJ Burns — April 4, 2017 I loved this book right from the start — the quick foreshadowing of the events to come pulled me right in and didn’t let me go, as questions upon questions accumulated, straight through until … Continue reading

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Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

TJ Burns — March 2017 Perfect was a fantastic read! Everything I hope for in a book and more! Suspense, mystery, unexpected twists and turns, thought-provoking content, intelligent (and at time witty) dialogue, interesting/intriguing characters who experience character growth, and … Continue reading

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The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity 0) by Elizabeth Wein

TJ Burns — March 11th, 2017 The characters in The Pearl Thief are so vivid and each is unique! I really feel that I know them. The writing is amazing! …and the mystery! I couldn’t stop reading. Julie is a … Continue reading

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Freeks by Amanda Hocking

TJ Burns — February 20, 2017 Freeks was exciting and enjoyable! It starts out colorful and mysterious, and then takes a dark turn. The story moved along so fast — the action pulled me in and wouldn’t let me get … Continue reading

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The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

TJ Burns — January 23, 2017 Well, huh. I have to say, in a weird way, I really enjoyed this book. I was frustrated to no end at the stupidity of some of the characters’ choices, especially Billy’s. But because … Continue reading

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Alterations by Stephanie Scott

TJ Burns — December 2016 Alterations is an entertaining and refreshing new take on the age-old “Sabrina” story. In the original Sabrina story, Sabrina goes off to learn how to “be a lady” — I like much more the idea … Continue reading

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