Young Adult Fiction

Journey To Territory U by L.J. Epps

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Journey to Territory U (Extinction of All Children #3) by L.J. Epps
Series: Extinction of All Children #3
Published by L.J. Epps on November 10, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Format: ebook
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four-stars

Emma Whisperer’s journey continues in the third and final book in the Extinction series. Emma Whisperer and her friends are given ten days by President Esther to get their petitions signed to see if the people of Territory U agree with the walls being torn down. They can freely walk through the territory and talk to people.What is life like in Territory U? Will the people of Territory U be accepting of their message?Emma and her friends—old and new—explore Territory U and find the rich aren’t always as happy as they seem. They come upon some strange things happening in the territory and also underneath it. Friendships will be tested. Will Emma and her friends come out of it alive?Emma has already accomplished so much—getting President Esther to let them walk freely through Territory U. Will Emma find and save Abigail? Will she save the people of Territory L? Or, will certain truths destroy her spunky spirit and good heart? Emma’s final journey brings about new challenges and revelations. Will these new discoveries weaken her or make her stronger?President Esther has more in store for Emma than she could ever imagine. Will Rich get his revenge against Emma? Will President Esther win in the end? See how Emma and her friends handle the misery and destruction the president puts them through.Take a ride with Emma as she makes some horrifying discoveries and finds the strength to continue on and finish the quest she started.

This is the second book in this series that I have read, and like the first one I really did enjoy this book. The characters were great and the story keeps your attention with the plot twists and turns. A great read for this summer at the pool or the beach.

Journey To Territory M by L.J. Epps

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Journey to Territory M (Extinction of All Children #2) by L.J. Epps
Series: Extinction of All Children #2
Published by L.J. Epps on November 10, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
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four-stars

Emma Whisperer’s journey continues in this sequel to the Extinction series. Emma, the last eighteen-year–old in Territory L, finally escapes Territory L and makes it into Territory M. She tries to find her niece, Abigail, and searches for the leader of Territory M to see if the walls can come down. She brings two friends with her on her journey to finish what she started back in Territory L.
Emma hides out, trying not to get caught. Who can she trust? Will they find Abigail? Is she still alive? Will they find the newbie camp? Will they find out who the leader of Territory M is? Will the leader help them bring the walls down?
Emma thought escaping from Territory L would solve all of her problems. She soon finds out that escaping to Territory M is not all she envisioned it would be. President Esther, Rich, and the leader of Territory M have more in store for Emma than she bargains for.
Take a ride with them as their adventure begins in an abandoned college where they meet up with some unruly characters. Will these people, known as the runaways, be friends or foes?
Emma and her friends—old and new—find themselves searching for places to hide out from President Esther and her henchman Rich, all the while trying to find the leader of Territory M.
Take a ride with Emma as she finds some much-needed answers.

This is an action packed story that keeps you interested from the beginning. While this book is the second in the series I did not find myself lost at all since I did not ready the first book. I found the main character Emma to be very realistic, meaning at times I really liked her and what she was doing and at others I was like why are you doing that. Set in a dystopian   world like Hunger Games or Divergent this is another story where the main character is struggling to make things better for others. The trials and tribulations they go through are not ones most people would want to deal with, but Emma just wants to find her niece and to have the walls lowered to benefit the people. 

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich; Steven Levenson; Benj Pasek; Justin Paul

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Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
Published by Poppy on October 9, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: ebook
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five-stars




From the show’s creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.
Dear Evan Hansen,
Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.
Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore–even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy’s parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he’s doing can’t be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be?
No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.
A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

I really had a good time reading this book. My daughters choir is going to see the play next year so I jumped at the chance to read this one. This story is so powerful, sad and full of hope wrapped into one. I think that this is the perfect story for kids to read, to see that they are not alone if even they feel like they are.

After reading this book I can’t wait till we can go and see the play.

five-stars

The Dark Lands by Christina Bauer

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The Dark Lands (Angelbound Origins #5) by Christina Bauer
Published by Monster House Books LLC Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 300
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four-stars




Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life–she’s now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn’t suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens.
Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace.
Now it’s up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker’s disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that a criminal named the Viper took Walker in order to somehow release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels who’s a bloodthirsty maniac.
Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have just twenty-four hours to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Myla’s own father allows his past friendship with Lucifer to threaten Walker’s future.
Publisher’s Note: Christina Bauer is a non-linear thinker who came up with ARMAGEDDON and then went back and wrote some earlier books. This is why you’ll see ARMAGEDDON (Book 7) and the Offspring series available before THE BRUTAL TIME (Book 6). We’ve told her to stop this practice, but she keeps giving us lewd hand gestures in response. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience.

This was a great read! The first book in the Angelbound Origins series that I have read. This is another book I will recommend to my 13 year old daughter to read.  The characters, dialog, storyline are very engaging and keep you wanting to read more. I look forward to reading more stories from Christina Bauer, and especially from this series.

four-stars

The Reader by Traci Chee

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The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1) by Traci Chee
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young on September 13, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 442
Format: ebook
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four-stars




Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.
Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.
Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.

This was a great read, and one that I hope my daughter will read (She’s 13 and has a mind of her own, though she’s liked every book I’ve told her to read so far) The characters in this book are ones that you get invested in and you want to see them come out on top.  The writing is very good, and while a bit slow and confusing in the beginning if you stick through that I can assure you that you will fall in love with this book.

four-stars

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

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Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Published by Penguin on August 28, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Action & Adventure, Pirates, Social Themes, Friendship
Pages: 332
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four-stars




“One of the year’s most anticipated new fantasies.” —Entertainment Weekly
The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafire follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
Pairing gorgeous prose with pulse-pounding action, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.

I only received a sample of this book to read, and I have to say I am looking forward to reading the rest. This is a story of a young girl losing her whole family, in part to her own actions. She then coming back with a whole gang of girls to avenge her family and others who were persecuted by the bad guys. It a David and Goliath type story and I like the fact that they are using girls to stand up and save the day.

From the preview that’s really all I have for this book, I plan on coming back to add onto this review after I finish the whole book.

four-stars

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