Review:: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her…

Review:: Rise by Cara Brookins

After escaping an abusive marriage, Cara Brookins had four children to provide for and no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one, she did something incredible in Rise. Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan, a mile-wide stubborn streak, Cara…

Review:: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

In Lucky Boy, Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and dazed with optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood…

Review:: Selection Day by Aravind Adiga

In Selection Day, Manju is fourteen. He knows he is good at cricket – if not as good as his elder brother Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented brother and is fascinated by CSI and curious and interesting scientific facts. But there are many…

Review:: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

I received an ARC of Iron Cast thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Amulet Books, in exchange for an honest review. It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny…

Review:: The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis

I received an ARC of The Spice Box Letters through Netgalley and the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review. Katerina longs to know why her late grandmother, Miriam, refused to talk about the past, especially when she inherits a journal and handwritten letters stashed in a wooden spice box, cryptic treasures written…