Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

ARC Review:  Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow

ARC Review: Bad Things Happen..

Posted June 25, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 4 Comments

Blurb: I Killed Zoe Spanos meets The Cheerleaders in this haunting mystery about an island town with a history of unsolved deaths—and a girl desperate to uncover the mystery behind it all. Luca Laine Thomas lives on a cursed island. To the outside world, Parris is an exclusive, idyllic escape accessible only to the one percent. There’s nothing […]

ARC Review:  Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch

ARC Review: Gone Dark by Aman..

Posted April 11, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 6 Comments

Blurb: Dry meets Hatchet in this thrilling tale of survival following a teen girl who must lead her friends across country to the safety of her estranged father’s survivalist compound after a mass power failure leaves the country in chaos. When seventeen-year-old Zara escaped her father’s backwoods survivalist compound five years ago, she traded crossbows and skinning hides […]

ARC Review:  So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

ARC Review: So This is Ever A..

Posted March 26, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 6 Comments

Blurb: Carry On meets Arthurian legend in this funny, subversive young adult fantasy about what happens after the chosen one wins the kingdom and has to get married to keep it…and to stay alive. Arek hadn’t thought much about what would happen after he completed the prophecy that said he was destined to save the Kingdom […]

ARC Review:  All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle

ARC Review: All the Right Rea..

Posted February 12, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 6 Comments

Blurb: The Bachelor meets Gilmore Girls in this laugh-out-loud young adult romance about a girl who joins her mother on a reality dating show for single parents—only to fall for a contestant’s son. Cara Hawn’s life fell apart after her father cheated on her mother and got remarried to a woman Cara can’t stand. When Cara accidentally posts […]

ARC Review:  The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

ARC Review: The Bones of Ruin..

Posted September 4, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 2 Comments

Synopsis: An African tightrope walker who can’t die gets embroiled in a secret society’s deadly gladiatorial tournament in this thrilling historical fantasy set in an alternate 1880s London, perfect for fans of The Last Magician and The Gilded Wolves. As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange […]

ARC Review:  The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad

ARC Review: The Wild Ones by ..

Posted August 2, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 4 Comments

Synopsis: From William C. Morris Finalist Nafiza Azad comes a thrilling, feminist fantasy about a group of teenage girls endowed with special powers who must band together to save the life of the boy whose magic saved them all. Meet the Wild Ones: girls who have been hurt, abandoned, and betrayed all their lives. It […]

ARC Review:  These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

ARC Review: These Violent Del..

Posted November 23, 2020 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 9 Comments

Synopsis: Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River. The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery. A blood feud between two gangs runs the […]

ARC Review:  Recommended for You by Laura Silverman

ARC Review: Recommended for Y..

Posted August 30, 2020 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 13 Comments

Synopsis: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets You’ve Got Mail in this charming and hilarious rom-com following two teen booksellers whose rivalry is taken to the next level as they compete for the top bookseller bonus. Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, her favorite local bookstore. And with her moms fighting at home and her […]