City of Bones by C...

City of Bones is the first book of the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Clary, who has lived a very mundane life discovers that there is more to her existence than she ever expected. She falls for the wrong guy and drags her best friend, Simon, into a terrific mess. With the...

Where it Began by ...

Gabby lived a simple life until the makeover her mother insisted on. When she started her senior year her ho-hum life changed to parties and dating a boy she thought to be way out of her league. The next eight months with Billy were bliss…Until the accident. Billy is not around and her...

Dr. Bird’s Advice ...

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos described in one word is genuine. The narrator, James, is a high school kid with depression, anxiety, an expelled (from school and home) sister and parents who only make all of this worse. James needs a therapist, but can’t see one. So...

Kill Me Softly by ...

Kill Me Softly is a “fairy tale”/Brothers Grimm style story about almost-sixteen-year-old Mirabelle, who runs away from her way too strict God Mothers’ home. She wants to find her parents, although dead, and learn about the life that she had been so shielded from. She immediately...

Shiver by Maggie S...

Shiver is a suspenseful love story about a girl in love with the wolves. With her terrifying past, out of everyone in town, she should be the one to hate the wolves, not love them. Though, one wolf in particular has caught her eye as she watches him every night of winter. While every summer...

Divergent by Veron...

Right on the heels of the The Hunger Games craze, Roth is taking a chance with this sound-a-like trilogy. Divergent is the first book and tells us the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior and her place in a world where, at the age of 16, members of society are given an aptitude test. The...

Something Like Nor...

I chose this book because I read a lot of young adult materials and it was hard to find something that wasn’t my typical YA read. One subject I tend to avoid are stories about war. I just find them sad… However, “Something like normal” gave me a look inside the life...

Changeling by Phil...

Changeling by Philippa Gregory was a very enjoyable book about a young man named Luca Vero. Luca’s mission is to investigate the evil that is spreading all over the world. His mission takes him to a few curious places that are packed with adventure. Along the way he meets the beautiful,...

The Selection by K...

I loved The Selection by Kiera Cass. After I read the Hunger Games trilogy, I didn’t think that I would find another book, let alone a series, that could capture my interest as much it had. The Selection provides girls from the eight castes of Illea the opportu- nity to compete to win...

Episode Five

Young Adult Books Podcast...