canadian · Contemporary · diverse characters · lgbtqia content · young adult

REVIEW: When You Get The Chance by Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson

The Official Description: Follow cousins on a road trip to Pride as they dive into family secrets and friendships in this contemporary YA novel -- perfect for fans of David Levithan and Becky Albertalli. As kids, Mark and his cousin Talia spent many happy summers together at the family cottage in Ontario, but a fight… Continue reading REVIEW: When You Get The Chance by Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson

Dystopian · lgbtqia content · young adult

REVIEW: Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

The Official Description: Winter was the only season every Lake-Lander feared... In a post-apocalyptic America, a community survives in a national park, surrounded by water that keeps the Dead at bay. But when winter comes, there's nothing to stop them from crossing the ice. Then homebody Peter puts the camp in danger by naively allowing… Continue reading REVIEW: Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

Contemporary · mental health · young adult

REVIEW: Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner

The Official Description: Fifteen-year-old JL Markham's life used to be filled with carnival nights and hot summer days spent giggling with her forever best friend Aubrey about their families and boys. Together, they were unstoppable. But they aren't the friends they once were. With JL's father gone on long term business, and her mother suffering from… Continue reading REVIEW: Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner

M/F Romance · romance · young adult

REVIEW: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

The Official Description: A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.   Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive… Continue reading REVIEW: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

5 stars · Dystopian · lgbtqia content · sci-fi / fantasy · sequel · suspense · young adult

REVIEW: The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee is Remarkable

The Official Description: Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.… Continue reading REVIEW: The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee is Remarkable

suspense · young adult

REVIEW: Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson

The Official Description: In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a devastating but hopeful YA debut about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future. There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey I thought I would be safe after my… Continue reading REVIEW: Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson

lgbtqia content · romance · young adult

REVIEW: Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

The Official Description: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, inspired by Grease. When Ollie meets his dream guy, Will, over summer break, he thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After. But once summer’s ended, Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds himself one prince short of a fairytale ending. To complicate the fairytale… Continue reading REVIEW: Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

lgbtqia content · own voices author · sci-fi / fantasy · young adult

REVIEW: Reverie by Ryan La Sala

The Official Description: All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different. As Kane pieces together… Continue reading REVIEW: Reverie by Ryan La Sala

re-telling · young adult

REVIEW: The Shrike and the Shadows by Chantel Gadoury and A.M. Wright

The Official Description: Men have gone missing before. The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has. When men start to disappear once again in the cover… Continue reading REVIEW: The Shrike and the Shadows by Chantel Gadoury and A.M. Wright

Dystopian · suspense · young adult

REVIEW: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Official Description: SURVIVE THE YEAR. No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on… Continue reading REVIEW: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

lgbtqia content · young adult

REVIEW: We Are Lost And Found by Helene Dunbar

The descriptive bit: We Are Lost And Found by Helene Dunbar tells an important story that took place in the 80s. Michael is a young man who is just becoming comfortable with his sexuality, and he's living in a time when he has to contemplate the fact that having sex might kill him. HIV/AIDS is… Continue reading REVIEW: We Are Lost And Found by Helene Dunbar