In Echo After Echo, Zara’s dream is coming true. She’s only a junior in high school, yet she is cast in her dream role, playing Echo in the Greek Tragedy, Echo & Ariston, on Broadway at the infamous Aurelia theater being directed by the notorious Leopold Henneman. When she gets to New York, her first stop is the theater. She’s so excited to get started she doesn’t even go by her new apartment. It’s weird that the back door to the theater is open but she goes in anyway. T
Yep, I knew I was going to like this one before read a single page when I saw a quote from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s famous “Love is love is love” speech he made the night after the Orlando nightclub shooting, as one of the opening quotes. That made my heart happy, and so did this story of Tanner and Sebastian. Feels. I have lots of them in the afterglow of this book. Having read a handful of Christina Lauren’s ‘new adult’ genre books, I was intrigued to see how they would transla
Finally! A new John Green book! John Green fans, rejoice! It’s been since 2012 since we’ve had new JG material. I must warn you, though, don’t expect this new novel to have the same tone as TFIOS which featured teens dying of cancer in a really beautiful, poetic, sweet, often-funny, and tragic way. Turtles All the Way Down is the exact opposite of TFIOS. It’s a raw, gritty, painful, often-difficult to read, brutal look at the reality of anxiety and OCD and the thought sp
Wild Beauty is a gorgeous book, saturated in every color imaginable with lush flowers and beautiful gardens as the backdrop to this story of the Nomeolvide daughters. The writing is fluid, imaginative, gorgeous, and seemingly effortless. For over a hundred years, the Nomeolvide girls have been living on La Pradera land, owned by the wealthy Briar family, making the land come to life with their gift of growing flowers in exchange for letting them live on the land. They make th
The horror genre for teens is a bit lacking. I constantly recommend the Rot and Ruin series, Anna Dressed in Blood, the Monstrumologist series, Ten by Gretchen McNeil, and Sweet by Emmy Laybourne, but after readers get through those, I’m pretty much out of excellent YA Horror. When I found out the favorite YA romance author, Stephanie Perkins, was writing a horror novel, I was intrigued and cautiously optimistic. I am thrilled to report that I was not disappointed. One yea
Flynn’s life is about to change and not necessarily in a good way. He’s had a bit of a week, realizing that he probably is gay and therefore, not attracted to his girlfriend, January. Not that it matters since she broke up with him a few weeks ago and he hasn’t heard from her since then. The last time Flynn saw her was at the barn on her new stepfather's estate. Now, coming home for the night, he is greeted by the police asking if he knows where January is. She didn’t come h
“Super hero icons meet megastar authors” is the tagline from the publishers of a new set of YA novels and Leigh Bardugo, of Six of Crows and Grisha fame, has the honor of being the first one published. Any self-respecting underoos wearing adult, as a child, of course, has fallen under the spell of the blockbuster movie of the same title, Wonder Woman. Bardugo allays any fear of needing to see the movie before reading her book, but I was glad I did just the same. Any backgroun
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