Review

This is Not a Test

“This is not a test. Listen closely. This is not a test.” But I think she’s wrong. I think this is a test. It has to be. There is no doubt that This is Not a Test is an intelligently and thoughtfully written book, but for some reason or another I was felt a slight… Read More This is Not a Test

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We All Looked Up

Reminiscent of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It, Tommy Wallach’s We All Looked Up is a riveting thriller that will engross you from start to finish with its deep philosophical roots and sophisticated writing. Before, we let ourselves be defined by labels – the athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever. But then… Read More We All Looked Up

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Survival: Hawaiian Style

Wow! To be completely honest, I sincerely did not know what to expect from author Austin Aslan’s debut novel The Islands at the End of the World. But I am coming away sincerely impressed and slightly even terrified with this stunningly original debut. Right before my eyes, my beautiful islands are changing forever. And so… Read More Survival: Hawaiian Style

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Ashfall

Reminiscent of Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer and Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (both of which I really enjoyed), Mike Mullin’s debut novel Ashfall was both a fascinating and frighteningly realistic post-apocalyptic tale. Ashfall follows 15-year-old Alex, whose family decides to go on a weekend away in Illinois. Alex decides to stay… Read More Ashfall

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Not a Drop to Drink

“There’s a famous line from a poem about the ocean,” Mother had finally said to end the discussion. “‘Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.’” Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis was just the kind of book I needed to read right now. It’s definitely one of those types of books… Read More Not a Drop to Drink