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Seaborne #1: The Lost Prince - YA Review by Tristan HB



Reader: Tristan HB
Age: 13
Title: Seaborne #1: The Lost Prince
Author: Matt Myklush
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pub Date: 05/26/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The character development was amazing in this book, and it’s impossible not to feel something while reading this book.
Memorable or Forgettable: The most memorable part in this book is that the author, who used to work at MTV, could write a story like this.
Cover: The cover did tempt me to pick up the book and it does reflect a part in the book.
Age Range: Under 12 through 13
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
Annotation: child born at sea turns out to be the possible heir to an island. He must face dangerous tasks to prove he is the heir.



tags:  adventure / mystery / pirates / ya lit



Storm (The SYLO Chronicles #2) - YA Review by Derek



Reader: Derek D.
Age: 13
Title: Storm (The SYLO Chronicles #2)
Author: D.J. MacHale
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub Date: 03/25/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book is the second book in the SYLO Chronicles series. I really liked this book because it was full of action, suspense, and a couple of plot twists. The four main characters from the first book - Tucker, Tori, Kent, and Olivia - grow closer together as they travel across the country searching for answers. Even though they sometimes break each other’s trust and get angry at each other, they always look out for one another and stick together to the end. The situations that they get into are also very interesting and full of action. They meet lots of characters on their cross country quest. Most of those characters are only in a short part of the book, but they are still noticeable. The plot of the story is very fascinating and answers many questions from the first book, but still leaves some to be answered in the next.
Memorable or Forgettable: The action and plot of this book helped make it really memorable. Also, the characters and their development also made reading this an unforgettable experience.
Cover: The cover does reflect the contents of the book, but it only shows an image of something that happened near the end of it and doesn’t show the overall contents of the book.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal


tags:  action / adventure / apocalyptic / dystopian / science fiction / SYLO Chronicles / ya lit



Firefight - YA Review by Simon D-S



Reader: Simon D-S
Age: 14
Title: Firefight
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pub Date: 01/06/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This was a very well rounded book , The dialogue was quite real, and I liked it. The plot was good and well paced with just enough plot to balance out the constant explosions.... And sure, there might be some character development in there somewhere, but the important part is that the second book in the Reckoners series is HERE people! Sorry, but it is SO good that it is just the best.
Memorable or Forgettable: Okay, let's get something straight. Steelheart is one of the best books written ever. So, once you accept that, you can understand how frickin’ amazing and awesome Firefight is. I am SO excited for Calamity which comes out next year. Very memorable and really good.
Cover: Yep. The metal explosions were a sure way to make me pick it up.
Age Range: Under 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read it
Additional CommentsRead it. Right now. Stop what you are doing and find it.
Annotation: With Steelheart defeated in Newcago, David and Prof head to defeat a new high epic: Regalia, an epic with absolute control of the sea.


tags:  science fiction / dystopian / superheroes / The Reckoners series / ya lit




Firefight - YA Review by Nick B



Reader: Nick B.
Age: 15
Title: Firefight
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pub Date: 01/06/15
Galley: No
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The story is absolutely amazing. The author creates a suspenseful story in which he keeps you guessing the motives of the characters until the very end. The idea of superpowers driving everyone who has them to be corrupt is incredibly original and interesting.
Memorable or Forgettable: The author has great character development. The ideas and thoughts of the characters are very realistic. The characters and story are so realistic you forget you’re reading a book. The sensory details and descriptions of the characters make the book memorable and enjoyable to read.
Cover: I think the cover is a bit ironic. It consists of flames and a fiery skyline.  Whereas the book takes place in a paradise surrounded by water. The cover reflects a couple major scenes from the book, but I would have rather seen the city on the cover since it seems very eye appealing.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal


tags:  science fiction / dystopian / superheroes / The Reckoners series / ya lit




Elena Vanishing - YA Review by Sophie L



Reader: Sophie L.
Age: 14
Title: Elena Vanishing
Author: Elena and Claire B. Dunkle
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pub Date: 05/19/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: Overall, I liked this book. The beginning was a little confusing, the setting wasn't explained very well in the beginning but eventually it made sense. The character descriptions were good throughout the book. Elena Vanishing is about a girl who has an eating disorder-it was a very heavy topic and it was hard to read at some points. Not only was it hard to read, but the fact that this story is true made it even harder. This book made me look at eating disorders in a new way, and I've never read a book like this. I don't think most people know the risks and consequences of eating disorders and this book explained that and was a look into the mind of someone with an eating disorder. Throughout the book, Elena had a voice in her head telling her that she was fat and very negative things about her. This was interesting for me to read and understand more about eating disorders.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book is very memorable because it was unique, and also because it was true and all of the bad things that happened to her actually happened. It made me think a lot about how it can be very hard to overcome obstacles in life, but it is possible to get through it.
Cover: I like the cover design and it reflected the contents well because it was a spoon and the book is about eating disorders.
Age Range: 16 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal


tags:  memoir / anorexia / ya lit




The Bunker Diary - YA Review by Claire W



Reader: Claire W.
Age: 13
Title: The Bunker Diary
Author: Kevin Brooks
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Pub Date: 04/01/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book was heartbreaking. Linus is just such an interesting person. The way he develops to care for a nine year old named Jenny who was also kidnapped. I can barely think about the book without sobbing.
Memorable or Forgettable: The whole idea of the book was completely horrifying. But so riveting at the same time.
Cover: I liked the cover a lot because it fits in right along with the book.
Age Range: 16 through1 8 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
Additional CommentsI feel this book so deserved the award it won.
Annotation: Linus was just trying to help someone. But he was tricked and kidnapped. He wakes up in a bunker, put there by an unknown man. Linus calls him the Big Man.


tags: suspense / ya lit




Backlash - YA Review by Veronica K



Reader: Veronica K.
Age: 14
Title: Backlash
Author: Sarah Darer Littman
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub Date: 03/31/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The characters were amazing. They interacted well, they were real people, and I can see the problems that they have actually being a problem that a real person can have. The plot moved quickly enough to be interesting, but slow enough to make sense. What bothers me stylistically about this book is the nonlinear plot. (Part one is after a character tries to kill herself, part two is previous to that, and part three is the same time as the first part.) That bothers me, but it worked, and I can see other people liking it.
Memorable or Forgettable: What really stood out to me is the family set up. Both younger siblings felt like they were dragged into their family problems against their will, and that their parents did not understand them, and that everything was against them. This is almost exactly like a lot of people's lives, and nobody wants to mention it. There are actually a lot of problems in this book that a lot of people are scared of mentioning, and that is what will make this book memorable.
Cover: The cover turned me away. Not a good cover. But that is just me, and I am special, so it is probably okay. Except for the fact that it did not reflect its contents as well as it could have.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal


tags:  coming of age / social media / teen suicide / dysfunctional families / ya lit




My Best Everything - YA Review by Ruby F



Reader: Ruby F.
Age: 14
Title: My Best Everything
Author: Sarah Tomp
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: 03/03/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: I really enjoyed reading My Best Everything. The story line was unlike any other book I'd read before and it had just the right amount of action. There was an insane amount of character development in not just the main character Lulu, but in the lesser characters as well.
Memorable or Forgettable: My Best Everything was a wonderfully written book. The thing that I appreciated the most about the story was that it was a completely original and unique novel.
Cover: The cover was as alternative as the story line itself, and I loved the simplicity of it. It didn't quite come off as a reflection of the contents, but it's certainly an interesting illustration.
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal


tags:  coming of age / ya lit




Infected - YA Review by Katie J



Reader: Katie J.
Age: 14
Title: Infected
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pub Date: 01/06/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: I loved the main character in this book. First, she's a runner like me, which just makes her awesome right away. Second, even though her uncle and mom both died, she isn't dependent on anyone but herself. And finally, she ends up defeating the bad guys with her awesome ninja-ish track skills.
Memorable or Forgettable: The best part of this book was definitely the main character and how she's not afraid of anything.
Cover: I like the cover, but I think it could have been better.
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read it
Annotation: Carina, a high school track star and the niece of a scientist whose research deadly agents will do anything to obtain, is injected with a performance enhancing drug that will kill her unless she can find the antidote in 36 hours.


tags:  suspense / action / ya lit




The World Without Us - YA Review by Veronica K



Reader: Veronica K.
Age: 14
Title: The World Without Us
Author: Robin Stevenson
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 02/15/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The plot moved quickly enough, the story made sense. The thing that felt wrong was the characters. I do not really buy the whole Mel and her parent’s relationship. That did not really make sense. And I felt like I was outside the characters. An amazing book takes you along with the characters, inside their heads. This felt more like I was watching from a distance.
Memorable or Forgettable: I think the only reason I will forget it is because this is the third or fourth book I read like this in two or three months. It did not really move me in any way to make it stand out amongst them.
Cover: What? The cover? Oh, yeah. Um, that is a pretty picture. It reflects the contents well.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal


tags:  teen suicide / ya lit