Hollow Fires

This book draws from several real events to craft a story about a boy who is murdered after he gains attention for being arrested. Jawad makes a jetpack to use in his Halloween costume. A teacher calls the police to […]

Find Layla

This isn’t the type of book I’d generally pick up but I’m glad I did. Layla, her mother, and her younger brother live in extremely dangerous conditions. Her mother is not mentally well and has addiction issues. A series of […]

Cemetery Boys

This book was so well done. You see so many books that have magical systems that are strictly gender-based. This book takes that idea and turns it on its head. In this world the men work with ghosts. They monitor […]

Slay

Slay is a great book if you are capable of massive suspension of disbelief. I love the description of the game.  The virtual reality world that this game exists in sounds absolutely amazing.  I’d love to see video games like […]

Internment

I was really looking forward to reading this book.  I preordered it as soon as I heard about it.  I was interested in a book about Muslim internment from a Muslim author. The book starts out well.  She captures the […]

On The Come Up

I’ve been mildly worried about this book.  Second books are always hard but how do you follow up a phenomenon like The Hate U Give?  I didn’t want to hear a lot of snide talk about, “It’s good but it […]

Dread Nation

When  the bodies of the dead come back and attack people, the fighting in the Civil War stops. What doesn’t stop is the racism that was inherent in the United States. Now, 20 years after the shamblers first appeared, black […]

American Panda

This book is so good!   Conflict between immigrant Asian parents and their American-born kids is a staple in a lot of books.  What I appreciated about this book is that it took a deeper look at the people involved to […]

The Belles

I wanted to love this book so much more than I did.  I’ve been hearing about it for so long and have heard such glowing praise of it that when I finished it and felt a bit blah towards it, […]