One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart
(YA Contemporary, hardcover, 272 pages; published April 14, 2015 by Chronicle Books; source: publisher)
Gorgeous writing, gorgeous setting make this book a standout. Can’t help but feel for Nadia, as she slowly unravels during her search for a boy no one else has seen. 4 stars.
The World Within by Jane Eagland
(YA Historical, hardcover, 336 pages; published March 31, 2015 by Arthur A. Levine Books; source: publisher)
Truth: I hated Wuthering Heights. Not much record of Bronte’s life so author filled in the gaps. Emily was kind of whiney, melodramatic (not surprising, considering Catherine). 2 1/2 stars.
The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn
(YA Contemporary, hardcover, 288 pages; published January 22, 2015 by Razorbill; source: publisher)
Interesting concept (+diversity!) but not a fan of stereotyping of those other cultures, races (ie, the pseudo-Native American “ritual”). Plus, depressing ending. 2 stars.
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
(YA Contemporary Romance, hardcover, 399 pages; published June 2, 2015 by Simon Pulse; source: publisher)
Did you know this is loose, contemporary retelling of Little Mermaid? No real magic, per se, but story of a girl who finds her voice. Enjoy Ockler’s writing. 4 stars.
Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally
(YA Contemporary Romance, hardcover, 304 pages; published July 7, 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire; source: publisher)
Kenneally writes such entertaining reads. This story’s is no exception. Particularly like the relatable characters, effortless storytelling. 4 stars.
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