Tag: YA

The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Author: Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Published: June 14, 2016
321 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4  stars

Book Description:

It’s 1929, and twelve-year-old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family. But, despite the Gatsby-like parties and trimmings of success, she suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household—specifically with Rose Sewell, the formerly vivacious lady of the house who now refuses to leave her room. The other servants say Rose is crazy, but scrappy, strong-willed Martha thinks there’s more to the story—and that the paintings in the Sewell’s gallery contain a hidden message detailing the truth. But in a house filled with secrets, nothing is quite what it seems, and no one is who they say. Can Martha follow the clues, decipher the code, and solve the mystery of what’s really going on with Rose Sewell . . . ?

Inspired by true events described in the author’s fascinating note, The Gallery is a 1920s caper told with humor and spunk that readers will love.

Kim’s Review:

This is another book with an amazingly beautiful cover! Plus, the story was pretty good too. It was simpler than I was expecting. By the time it was over, I felt like not a whole lot had happened, but it was more a lack of crazy plot twists and turns. The plot was uncomplicated and smooth, with very few bells and whistles. Martha is a spunky Irish girl who is too curious for her own good; I really liked her. She’s intuitive and doesn’t miss much. Considering the timeline is relatively short, Martha seems to grow up quite a bit throughout the story. Fitzgerald did a great job of taking a mysterious historical event and weaving in fiction to fill in the details. I feel bad for not saying more, but there’s just not much else to say without giving away more of the plot. Overall, this was great historical fiction and good for just about anybody!

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The Leading Edge of Now

Author: Marci Lynn Curtis
Published: September 4, 2018
336 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 19-23, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he’d spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn’t mean returning to New Harbor.

Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she’s lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever.

People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn’t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find — and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?

Jessica’s Review

The Leading Edge of Now is a very well written novel that deals with tough subjects: Loss and sexual assault at a young age. Grace is still trying to deal with the loss of her father and what happened to her one night two years ago. Grace was in foster care for the two years until her only relative, her uncle, decides to take her in.

Grace also lost her best friend and boyfriend while in foster care.  Now, she is with her uncle and she finds herself back around those that she did not think she would see again, which includes the person she believes assaulted her.  She begins to have doubts as to who it may have been and mixed feelings of everything that has occurred.  The answer of who did assault her is discovered and you can feel everything Grace does with the discovery. With the discovery, the story is not over. Grace ultimately discovers who she is.

Grace has a genuine ‘realness’ to her with all of her thoughts and emotions. Curtis has written a very powerful novel that all teen girls should read.

Thank you KCP Loft for my arc copy I was granted!

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Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

Author: Danielle Vega
Published: May 24, 2016
288 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating:  4 stars

Book Description:

Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars in this pulse-pounding novel from the author of The Merciless.

Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse…

…until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone.

Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway tunnels, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.

They’re being hunted.

Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”

Kim’s Review:

Danielle Vega is the queen of creepy fiction! The Merciless Series was awesome and this book was almost as good. To be honest, I think I understood this one a little better than I did the Merciless Series. Survive the Night is a great metaphor for the dangers of drugs. Vega took a serious problem facing teens and turned it into an ominous story. The teens are all believable and realistic. I hated Shana so much because she is that typical teen who does whatever she wants and does things just because she can; I wouldn’t even mind it, except she drags everyone down with her. I really dislike selfish teens . . . if y’all didn’t already get that. One thing that I really liked was the fact that Vega was so meticulous and specific with her details that it just added another level of frightening. All the mud and murky water, and sludge; it was like I could feel the dirt and muck while I was reading! This was a really great read! I would reserve it for older teens because of the language, but I think it would make a good, cautionary tale.

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