by Nicola Yoon
Natasha believes in science,
facts, and things that can be proven with evidence. She doesn’t care for fate,
and she most certainly doesn’t care for love. Not that she has time to worry
about either of those things. She and her family are being deported to Jamaica
in twelve hours, and she is going to do everything in her power to stop that
Daniel wants to be a poet. In
fact, he is a strong believer in fate and the way of the universe. But that’s
not the path his parents have planned for him, and rather than following his
dreams he plans on meeting his parent’s high expectations. This changes when he
meets Natasha. He knows something greater is at play—it’s destiny, decided by
the universe, and he can’t let Natasha go.
The Sun is Also a Star explores themes of fate and destiny, and how they
compare and connect to science and reasoning. Both main characters are people
of colour, and I really enjoyed the chapters that explain the history behind
elements of their cultures as they are mentioned. I also like Yoon’s style of
storytelling, which includes the main storyline, the cultural history parts,
pieces of the characters’ pasts, and side characters who only appear in a few
scenes but are crucial to the story.
This book is perfect for those who are just getting into reading, and people want a quick or fast-paced read that will hold your attention, because the entire story takes place over twelve hours. I think this is a five-star read, and I really enjoyed reading it!
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by Rick Riordan
Jason has amnesia. He wakes up
on a bus full of kids he doesn’t recognize, and a girlfriend and best friend
he’s sure he’s never met. His friends inform him they go to the Wilderness
School for “troubled youth,” but he has no idea what he’s done, or why he’s
even there, but he can tell that something is terribly wrong.
Piper has a way with words.
She’s been sent to the wilderness school for stealing a BMW, except she didn’t
really. She simply asked the car dealer for it, and he obliged. But Piper’s dad
is missing, her boyfriend Jason doesn’t recognize her, and she’s having awful
nightmares that may lead her down a horrible path.
Leo is good with tools, he’s
known for his expert ability with them. He spent his childhood running from
foster home to foster home but finally feels comfortable with his friends Jason
and Piper. Of course, with his luck, things take a turn for the worse.
Monsters attack the three on a
field trip, and Jason can somehow fight them off using wind powers. However,
it’s not Jason who saves them, but some teenagers calling themselves demigods,
flying down from a chariot. The trio is taken to a place called Camp
Half-Blood, where they learn they are children of the Ancient Greek gods. But
Jason, Piper, and Leo are special even amongst demigods and must embark upon a
quest that could determine the fate of the mortal world.
This is the first book in the series after the Percy Jackson books, and I think fans of those books will love it. The Lost Hero has lovable characters, an excellent plot, and like all of Riordan’s books, plenty of humour. I’d recommend it to younger audiences or anyone who read the Percy Jackson books!
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by Kylie Schachte
Flora Calhoun has a history of finding dead bodies. First, it was Lucy, a classmate whose body she discovered while out for a jog. Now, years later, Flora is still resentful toward the polices inability to arrest the killer.
At school, Flora now has a reputation for sticking her nose in other people’s business and getting into trouble. One night, Flora receives an unexpected phone call from Ava McQueen, a girl who captured her heart, then stopped talking to her.
When Flora arrives to help Ava, she finds her bleeding on the pavement, and Flora is launched back into her memories of finding Lucy. Now, after finding not one, but two bodies, Flora sets herself out to find the murderer, no matter the cost.
Kylie Schachte has written a gripping thriller! An intense story with a flawed main character, You’re Next is bound to be your next favourite read.
by Karen M. McManus
At Bayview High, everyone has
secrets. Thanks to Simon Kelleher, runner of the school’s notorious gossip app,
About That, those secrets are displayed for everyone to see. In one week, Simon
is planning his juiciest reveal yet, but unfortunately, the plan is
interrupted. The day before the reveal, five students enter detention–Bronwyn
(the brain), Cooper (the athlete), Addy (the beauty), Nate (the criminal), and
Simon himself. Only four of them make it out alive, the same four students
whose deepest secrets were scheduled to be released the next day. But Simon is
dead, and the four are now the prime suspects in his murder.
Everyone has secrets, but who
would go this far to prevent them from getting out?
This book is perfect for fans of The Breakfast Club, Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars, and Love, Simon, since it feels like a crossover between all of them. This book is fast-paced, exciting, and the plot twists will continue to shock you and keep you guessing. It also has a bit of everything, from drama to mystery to coming of age, friendship and romance. I’d recommend this book to people who enjoy teen dramas, people looking to get into mysteries, or anyone who may have gotten bored of reading and needs something that moves along quickly to keep them interested. I’d also recommend listening to the audiobook if you like that format because it’s read by a full cast! I’d rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and suggest reading the sequel, One of Us is Next, or Karen McManus’ other book Two Can Keep A Secret if you want more.
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Heartstopper Vol. Two
by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol. Two picks up where Heartstopper Vol. One left off. Charlie and Nick are slowly discovering that their bond may be more than friendship.
As Charlie discovers who he is, and who his friends are, Nick grapples with his mental illness and his love for Charlie.
Together, they share the small things in life that equal the big picture. And in each other they find a love worth sharing.
A beautiful second installment in the Heartstopper series, Alice Oseman has created a story about love, friendship and finding yourself.
by Eric Walters
In the novel Camp X by
Eric Walters, 11-year-old George and his older brother, Jack, move to Whitby,
Ontario, in the year of 1943. One day, as they were playing around and having a
good time, they stumble across a military spy base, known as Camp X. Their
curiosity levels grew as they kept exploring the place, but soon enough they
were caught and were forced to sign the Offical Secret Act, which states how
they are forbidden to tell anyone about the secret military base, if told, the
punishment is death. Since then, the boys learn much more about the camp and
are assigned to different tasks. One day, the boys were delivering newspapers,
when all of a sudden, they were caught by German soldiers. They were tortured and
humiliated, but they gain a lot of information about the germans and learn
their evil plot against the camp. They risk their own lives of escaping and
warning Camp X about the German’s evil plan. In the end, they were proud of
their work and success.
Overall, this book was entertaining and interesting. This book relates to WW2 and the events that took place during the war. It gives the reader an important lesson on how preparation is key when facing any type of situation. The book contains a perfect amount of humour, mystery, tragedy and suspense, to help the reader show more interest in it and enjoy the whole story. I would definitely recommend this action-packed novel to all ages.
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Heartstopper Vol. One
by Alice Oseman
Charlie and Nick could not be more different. Charlie, an openly gay, anxious teen has spent the last year avoiding bullies and dealing with being outed at school. Nick is a soft hearted jock who just happens to be the star of the school rugby team.
Nick and Charlie do not know each other, at least not yet. As Charlie learns more about Nick and gets to know him, he discovers that there may be something there that’s bigger than friendship.
Meanwhile, Nick thinks he’s chasing after something that’s impossible. Little does he know that Charlie may be exactly what he’s looking for.
A beautiful and heartfelt romance, Heartstopper Vol. One is the book version of the heart eye emoji.
by Shveta Thakrar
Sheetal Mistry has secrets. One, her hair is an unnatural silver that she dyes black. Two, the stars seem to call her by name. And three, her mother is a star. Since her mother was called back to the sky, Sheetal has been hiding herself away, living with her father on Earth.
As her 17th birthday approaches, Sheetal feels the pull of the stars more strongly than ever before and is unable to control her power. In a tragic accident, Sheetal loses control of her star fire and burns her father, sending him to the hospital. With no options, Sheetal and her cousin venture into the sky to collect the blood of a full star in order to heal her father.
When they arrive, Sheetal realizes that she was being called for a very specific reason, one that sits uneasily with her. Thrown into a competition for power, Sheetal must compete with mortals in order to win the favour of her family.
An adventure unlike any other, Sheetal discovers the dark past of the stars and must decide where she belongs.
A beautiful story brimming with light and friendships, Shveta has created a magical world full of sparkle and grandness.
I Killed Zoe Spanos
by Kit Frick
Anna Cicconi has high hopes for the summer. A fresh start, and a babysitting gig at an elegant home in the Hamptons. What could go wrong? Almost immediately, Anna notices something off about the small town of Herron Mills. After asking some questions she realizes she has stepped into a town that is still reeling from the loss of one of it’s residents; teenager Zoe Spanos. Not only does Anna bear an uncanny resemblance to Zoe, she also finds herself remembering Zoe, even though she has never met her.
But Anna brushes this off, chalking it up to nerves and her lack of sleep.
However, when Zoe’s body is found at the bottom of a lake, Anna can’t ignore the memories she is having of Zoe, and her possible murder.
When Anna confesses, local podcaster Martina Green immediately notices that her confession is full of holes, and sets off to prove the truth of what happened to Zoe Spanos.
A slow burn thriller, Kit Frick amps up the chills in this compelling YA novel.
by Jordan Ifueko
Tarisai has only ever known loneliness. Raised by a mysterious and often absent mother, she craves a family and the love that comes with it. After years of studying and being kept at arms length, Tarisai’s mother, The Lady, sends her to the Capital for a mysterious compeition.
Once there, Tarisai realizes she is there to compete with other children for the coveted spot on the Crown Princes council. If she is chosen, Tarisai will be connected to the Crown Prince by The Ray, a powerful and unbreakable bond.
Wanting nothing more than a family, Tarisai relishes the idea of becoming one with the council. However, The Lady has another plan. Use Tarisai to gain the Crown Prince’s trust, and then, through a magical wish, have her kill him.
Will Tarisai overcome The Lady’s last wish, or will she kill the boy her destiny is entwined with.
Jordan Ifueko has created a sparse yet lush story, with characters that spring off the page. An emotionally charged and own voices novel, a perfect read for those who love YA Fantasy.