The Scar Boys

9781606844397The Scar Boys
by Len Vlahos

The Scar Boys is one of the best YA manuscripts I have read in a very long while.  Len has written such a brilliant book about a boy who is scarred through and through.  Harbinger Robert Frances Jones, “Harry”, hit by lightning as an eight year old, learns to use his scars as the gateway through pain, suffering and ridicule.  This story has such heart and real poignancy that you will cheer for Harry when he finds true friendship and a passion for music.  Harry’s voice is so clear and deeply personal-that you can’t help but root for him and his band.

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Dear Killer

DearKillerDear Killer
by Katherine Ewell

This is a whole new twist for YA literature!  Take a teenage serial killer that kills from letters addressed  “Dear Killer”, add some money and you get a  – response that is deathly permanent. A whole new take on the “Dear Abby” advice letter.  This book will explore the fine line between what is moral, what is ethical and when the horrific becomes mundane.  Kit, the teenage “Perfect Killer”  will get under your skin and she won’t let go until the satisfying climatic ending.  This is a great YA crossover that adults will devour as well.

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On Little Wings

9780670786060On Little Wings
by Regina Sirois

Family secrets and heartache are at the center of this beautiful story.  But what makes this story fly “On Little Wings” is the memorable characters, the love of words and literature and the persistence of a teenage girl bound to heal the pain and longing of the family and friends around her. This is a read you hate to turn the last page but one that will stay with you for a good long while!

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The 5th Wave

9780399162411The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave is a totally unique, gritty, terrifying and one of the most furious page turners I’ve read in a great long while.   What if there is life out beyond our planet-what if there are Others who look like us-but trusting another human being can cost you your life.  Cassie is that rare protagonist that shows fear with every act of bravery. The 5th Wave will knock you out!!!

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Pulse

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Pulse
by Patrick Carman

PULSE is the future where technology rules our world-where tablets are carried like they are parts of our bodies.  PULSE is the power some teens have to use their minds to move objects.  PULSE is a book full of action, heart pounding adventure,  great characters, and relationships. Your PULSE will quicken with each and every page of this creative and unique look at the future. Can’t wait for book number two in this fresh Sci-fi trilogy!

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The Light Between Oceans

9781451681758The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

A lighthouse on a small island off the coast of western Australia is the setting for this gorgeous novel of loss, love and the decisions that make or destroy us.  The light that shines is the love between main characters Tom and Isabel and the child that they adopt as their own when a baby washes ashore on the island. At times heart aching this book will stay with you long after you dry your last

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Unsaid

9781599954097Unsaid
by Neil Abramson

One of the most memorable reads in a long while, “Unsaid” will move you to tears, joy and celebration.  This is a story of the life that comes after, the love we have for each other and the love we have for the animals in our lives.  It’s the relationships we make and the words we must never leave “Unsaid”. The power of love is what makes this a book everyone should read.

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