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.
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
Michigan, I'd be on your team any day. This contemporary novel follows Michigan Manning, a dedicated hockey player and high school junior. When the school cuts the girl's hockey team due to lack of funds, Michigan is left with only two options: give up hockey, or try out for the boy's team. There's no way she's giving up hockey. If Michigan is anything, she is not a quitter. Even though she is a skilled player who out-skates quite a few of the guys, the coach and her teammate
Yes! Highly recommend. First of all, Alaine is an engaging character with a strong voice. I felt like I knew her (and totally wanted to hang out with her) by the end. After a bit of a kerfuffle at school, Alaine is sent to Haiti to work with her aunt's non-profit group for the spring semester of senior year. Alaine doesn't know all that much about her family's country, but that is all about to change. Told entirely through emails, journal entries, and news clippings, Alaine u
This book is important. Yes, you can absolutely compare it in some ways to Lord of the Flies and The Handmaid's Tale, but this novel is entirely its own creature. I was immediately drawn in to the strange (but eerily imaginable) world of Garner County. In Garner County, 16-year-old girls are banished for one year to release their dangerous magic into the wild, thereby protecting men from their powerful sensuous spells. What happens during that year is never spoken of, but not
I could not put this down! I was instantly invested in Jo Kuan and her story. She is a bright, witty, and wise character that totally makes this book worth a read even if you don't generally like historical fiction. By day, Jo works as a housemaid to a wealthy Atlanta family. By night, she writes a controversial advice column for a struggling newspaper under the pseudonym "Miss Sweetie". But that isn't Jo's only secret... The plot is intricate, fast paced, and absolutely sati
Crown of Coral and Pearl features a strong and likable heroine, dastardly political schemes, and textured world building. Need I say more? Ok fine, I will. I loved the relationship between Nor and her twin sister Zadie. Maybe it’s because I’m an older sister, but I really connected with the bond these two share and the lengths they are willing to go to protect each other. There was the perfect dollop of romance, but this story is primarily about the challenges Nor faces, the