A blog full of reviews from VCL's Teen Coordinator Katrina Hohlfeld & Teen Guest Authors. Check back for new reviews on all things YA! Want more? Check out Katrina's lists for summer reading recommendations.
If you are a fan of fairy tale re-tellings, you simply cannot miss Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreakers series. Beauty and the Beast happens to be one of my favorites (in all its many iterations) and this series takes the story to a whole new level. Featuring an unwilling heroine with Cerebral Palsy, a cursed prince, and a stoic guardsman, Kemmerer spins a magical tale of fighting evil and falling in love. I mean come on, just look at these gorgeous covers! A terrifying enchantres
So in these times of quarantine, I've been especially on the look out for some series I can binge. And what's better than a series full of virtual realities where people can hang out online in a virtual game world? Warcross and the sequel Wildcard by Marie Lu (author of the Legend series) proved to be the perfect distraction! Teenage orphan Emika Chen has been living rough in a futuristic NYC, barely scraping together a living as a bounty hunter. In her spare time, she does w
If you are looking for a well-written YA murder mystery, then look no further! I started reading Maureen Johnson's "Truly Devious" series when I saw that the third and final novel was being published in January of 2020. A whole mystery series to binge! In the first novel we are introduced to a dazzling cast of characters, including our main character, Stevie. Stevie never thought she was all that special, and she applies to the prestigious, highly selective, and rather myster
If you're in the mood for a contemporary mystery/thriller, look no further! One Of Us is Lying markets itself as "The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars", and that's pretty accurate. You've got the jock, the nerd, the princess, and the bad boy. What brings these high-school students together? A murder investigation in which they are all suspects. This novel uses rotating perspectives so we get a glimpse of each character and what they're going through. I had a little t