★★★★ "A spree of murders throughout the Midwest ends up in a little town in Minnesota and a boy by Micheal Jensen forms a relationship with the girl held for possible murder. All the bodies found have been emptied of blood but, there was no blood found at the crime scenes. Everyone is wondering who her accomplice is, since they are all saying she can't have killed 16 grown adults. This was a well thought out book. I enjoyed all the twist and turns. At first I didn't know it would be a little bit of fantasy involved so, that was a surprise."
Into the Real by Z. Brewer
★★★★ “Three Quinns live in the town Brume and exist in three completely different worlds. One Quinn is trying to fend off monsters in a semi-apocalypse. The other Quinn is sent to a deceptive correctional institution. The final Quinn is leading a fierce rebellion against a corrupt government. In all three worlds, Quinn is not only dealing with equally challenging “monsters,” but he also has three different sets of sexualities and gender identities. Will Quinn find the collective solution that will end their troubles and connect with their other selves? I really enjoyed the concept of three different worlds with equally dangerous “monsters.” I was always left on a cliffhanger as I transitioned from one world to another! However, what’s most fascinating about the book is its way of teaching readers the hardships that people with various sexualities and/or gender identities face. The only thing that kept me from giving this 5 stars was its anti-climactic conclusion.”
Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
★★★★★ “On her sweet sixteen, Elle and her friends crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. That night she gets drugged and raped by the boys. Determined to kill every last boy involved, she transfers to St. Andrew’s and changes her name to Jade. She befriends Mack to get her close enough to them and take revenge on every last one who was there that night. With no guilt and only one thing on her mind- nothing will stop her. I love this book because you can feel the energy from the very beginning. It’s so fierce and will remind everyone that you can’t mess with a girl. Everyone has fangs.”
You Owe Me A Murder by Eileen Cook
★★ "Kim really wanted to go on the trip to England with her boyfriend Conner. Then he dumped her right before the trip unexpectedly. They still have the two weeks together in London, and Kim doesn't want to spend the trip watching him with his new girlfriend. She meets Nicki at the airport while waiting for their flight. They bond and talk and Kim confesses her problems about Connor to her. Nicki comes up with a plan: she'll get rid of Connor if Kim takes care of someone for Nicki. Kim plays along, not really meaning anything, but when they land Nicki expects Kim to uphold her side of the bargain. I didn't enjoy the book because it was predictable. This plot type is cliche so I didn't expect much to come out of it. The author was trying too hard sometimes to make it interesting."
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
★★★★★ “Five years ago, Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then committed suicide. But Pip has never felt like the case was fully closed, so she decides to investigate the case for her senior project. She teams up with Sal’s brother who has the same lead as her. Along the way she discovers there’s more to Andie than she thought. She faces the devastating facts along the way that could reveal Sal’s innocence. I loved everything about this book! The murder and crime was so well thought out. It gripped your attention from the beginning. It feels like you are the one solving the mystery because it includes everything from murder maps to interviews. I can’t say I find anything I didn’t like.”
Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne
★★★★★ "Main character Laurel Early returns to her small village after dropping out of college. But strange things start happening on her farm and in the woods. With the help of a local witch, she discovers that an old and dark entity from the past has come to haunt her. And to learn how to destroy this creature, Laurel must confront her mother’s mysterious past. With the help of her friends, Laurel must fight the dark forces to protect what she loves. "The character relationships between Laurel and her boy friends was so fun to read. I loved how the creepy atmosphere was described and how the author drew out the tension and horror."
No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard
★★★★ “Salma Bakkioui loves living in the same neighborhood as her best friend Mariam and boyfriend Amir. Then Mariam moves away and a new family moves in. On the outside they seem to be a normal family, but Salma notices weird things that make her suspicious. What doesn’t help is being bullied by classmates for being Muslim. Then they hear Washington DC was bombed and her classmates are blaming her, just for her religion. She discovers her neighbors may know more than letting on and it is up to her to find out what it is before her world tumbles even more. I thought this was an interesting book to understand Muslim culture. I did think some parts were a little unbelievable but it was overall a good book.”
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
★★★★★ “Remy used to be happy with her boyfriend, Jack, and her best friend and family, Elise. Then Jack was shot and killed. All she remembers from that night is that Elise held the gun. Starting at the beginning back to when she first met Elise, she remembers the pranks they pulled together and their friendship growing quickly. She goes through her experiences to remember what led up to that night to fill her memory gaps and find out what truly happened. I love the energy and suspense in the book. It’s unpredictable and makes you wait for the ending to be revealed.”
None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
★★★★★ "Emma Lewis is a serial killer survivor. That's why she's the perfect candidate for the FBI's new group. Emma and her partner Travis Bell, a US Marshal candidate and son of a deceased FBI agent, interview teenagers and question convicted teen murders in a hope to gain new insight into the minds of killers and help solve cold cases. Then an active killer who hunts teenagers strikes near. Emma and Travis must help before it's too late, but they can't join active cases. They turn to the convicted teen serial killer for help. I loved this book! There was nothing I didn't like. There wasn't any unnecessary drama and the plot was so well thought out. The content was amazing."
Killing November by Adriana Mather
★★★★ "After November Adley's dad needs to leave on short notice to tend to her aunt, November is sent to a secret school she never heard of. That's because no one have heard about it. Except for the families with epic secrets. Families who are training their teens to be like them-- assassins and spies. There is no modern technology: no phones, no electricity, and no communication with the rest of the world. Instead of math and social studies, they learn classes like knife-throwing and deception. When November discovers a dead body, she is instantly framed for the murder. And when she is in a school where everyone hates her for some reason, she is immediately pinned as the murdered. November must figure out who is trying to frame her before she is next. I really liked the book. I felt like the beginning lacked a little personality, but it quickly gained some to become intense. This thriller is very interesting and won't let you down. "
Dig Two Graves by Gretchen McNeil
★★★★ "Neve Lanier was always okay with being the loner at school, but she and the new student, Yasmin, become best friends. Then an argument between them mounts leaving Neve by herself again. Her mom and grandma think it's best for her to go to GLAM, an all girls empowerment camp. She meets Diane and they two grow close. But Diane isn't who she seems. After what seemed to be a casual conversation between two friends, Neve goes home to find Yasmin murdered. Diane gave Neve what she wanted, now Diane wants Neve to murder for her. I liked this book. It has a great concept executed perfectly. The ending has more plot twists than you need, but it is satisfying."
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
★★★ "When best friends Meg and Minnie get invited to a party on a remote island they carry mixed emotions. Their doubts become confirmed when a huge storm knocks out the electricity and communication with the outside world. The teens become worried, but they can still have a good time, right? Until they watch a mysterious video that warns them of what to come. One by one they get murdered, and with no one else but the ten teens, the murderer has to be one of them. I was a little apprehensive about the plot of the book because it seemed cliche, but I liked it near the end. It was a horror and mystery mostly, but I thought the predictability was carried on for too long."
The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson
★★★★ “Piper grew up away from the Outside in a secluded area taking care of the children. Her whole life she put her trust in Father because he knows best. Her initiation is coming up and she doesn’t want to disappoint. Then the Outside takes her from her family, but Piper knows better than to listen to them. She is determined to escape back to her family and escape the twisted lies they try to brainwash her with. I liked this book because there are not many books of characters in a cult. Piper is in a cult, but doesn’t know it. The book is written in before and after they take her away and is very realistic to how people would feel in a cult based on the authors own experience.”
The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig
★★★ “A boy named August Pfeiffer lives in a town that is full of vampires called Fulton Heights. He finds out that he is a corrupter, so everyone tries to protect him. One person is his “tutor” who ends up being part of a secret brotherhood club that kills vampires. The other person is Jude, who is a 400-year-old vampire. August also falls in love with a boy named Gunnar who is also a vampire. This book wasn’t bad. But there is a lot of profanity and sexual language between August and Gunnar, so I would not recommend it for anyone under the age of 16. Other than that, the book wasn’t bad. Mostly if the reader likes reading/watching vampire stuff.”
The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe
★★★ "Nora O'Malley hasn't always been Nora O'Malley. She was raised by her mother to fit whatever role she needed to play so her mother could con her targets. But Nora escaped her mother and now lives a quieter life. She now is caught in drama between her friends (who also happen to be her ex-boyfriend and current girlfriend. It gets worse as they are trapped in the bank together as hostages as it is being robbed. But the robbers don't know who they are dealing with - a girl who can do whatever it takes to get the three out of there alive. I thought the book started a bit slow. I was excited after I read the plot, but the beginning didn't live up to what I thought. It did get better, though, and I think the book is very exciting."
Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
★★★★ "Julep Depree prides herself on being the best grifter in Chicago. She knows how to run scams to benefit herself, even scoring enough money to land herself in the most prestigious private school in Chicago. But one day she comes home to find her apartment trashed and her father, another grifter, missing. Juleep teams up with her friends to do whatever it takes to find her dad. But things get to far, and Juleep will do whatever it takes to find her dad-- and survive. The book was very well written and had a suspenseful plot. It kept me reading and guessing what was going to happen next. "
Trust me, I'm Trouble by Mary Elizabeth Summer
★★★ "Even though Julep Depree finished taking the down the mob boss and rescuing a hundred orphans, the journey isn't over for her. She's devastated after getting Tyler killed but now has Dani, the mob enforcer, to rely on. Julep still doesn't know where her mom is, but she takes a case with her new job that might give her the clues she needs. Juleep lands in even more trouble after a contract goes out against her-- and the killer would do anything to get her. This book had great promise in the beginning, but sadly it couldn't live up to it. As the second, and last, book in the series, I expected great things. The beginning was very suspenseful, but the greatness level fell at the end. The plot was predictable was the ending was terrible. "
The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly by Meredith Tate
★★★★ “This book by Meredith Tate displays the story of Autumn Casterly, who goes missing, and her sisters search to find her despite them being in a distant relationship. Ivy (the sister) seems to be the only one to take Autumn’s disappearance seriously whereas others suspect Autumn has run away. The story is told through the perspective of both sisters point of views. It is a story that always contains more twists and is very intriguing. The book also comments on issues of loss and trauma which is prominent in our present day lives. I really liked the book because it was really engaging and kept me wanting to read more. I also enjoyed reading from the perspective of Autumn and Ivy (the sisters). The only part I didn’t like that much was with Ivy’s love interests because I feel like t didn’t help guide the plot that much but love interests are always part of high school so it makes the character more relatable and realistic rather than just being a girl searching for her sister.”
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
★★★★★ “Yadriel wants to become a brujo. He believes he can, but his family disagrees. They still even have trouble calling him by his true name- not the one he was given before. But when he tries to summon a ghost, he accidentally summons Julian, a newly dead ghost his age who was mysteriously killed. He is overwhelmed when his cousin, Miguel also mysteriously dies. They, together, hunt down and try to figure out the mysterious deaths and who is behind them. But along the way, romance sparks and Yadriel finds out what he is truly capable of. I loved this book! I really appreciated the representation in this book and how Aiden Thomas addressed the problems LGBTQ+ citizens have to face today. The entire cultural magic was very interesting and I was hooked from page one. The romance was amazing and the plot twists left me wanting more.”
The Giant (Quarantine) by Lex Thomas
★★★ "After the students in McKinley High were freed, many were gunned down, but several escaped. They roam the state, hiding from any adults. People are starting to return to Colorado and some are ready to completely eliminate any virus carrier. Gonzalo graduated a while ago, but he still loves Sasha. He heard about the incident at the school, and is confident that he can still find Sasha before it's too late. He is willing to do whatever it takes to find his love, even though he no longer carries the virus and is just as susceptible to death as everyone else. I wasn't aware that this series is a trilogy. When you look up the series online it shows up as a four book series (with this as the finale), but this is more of an extra, optional book. It was a little disappointing to find out that there wasn't really any talk about the ending of the third book, which leaves it as a cliffhanger. This book was okay, but it didn't have a big and interesting plot. "
The Burnouts (Quarantine) by Lex Thomas
★★★★ "Although he is not a senior, Will knew he finished puberty when his nose started to bleed. The virus left his body and he escaped the school by tricking the parents. Now Will is outside and he just found out David is alive. But they just can't leave the school how it is. Gangs still run the halls and violence erupts constantly. Neither of them can fathom what might be happening to Lucy. She has no gang and is completely on her own and they both need to save her. I liked this book a lot and I think it is better than the other books in the series. I'm really excited about the last book in the series next. "
The Saints (Quarantine) by Lex Thomas
★★★★ "Whatever hope that students at McKinley High is now crushed. They all hoped that they were freed, but instead they were trapped once again. Only this time a new gang--a group of infected from the outside--joins them. They begin to get more information from the Outside, including contact with some parents that aid them in survival. Will and Lucy have to work hard to make sure they survive longer, especially since they don't have David to back them up anymore. I liked the action and I would definitely say that this book is better than the first in the series. It can be a little gruesome at times but it's really suspenseful. "
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
★★★★★ “Six different seniors have been invited to a scholarship dinner. They get there to realize they’ve been fooled: there is no scholarship and no one else is coming to save them. In a locked room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note. The must choose who to kill before the bomb explodes. Remembering the last year, they realize everyone has secrets worth hiding. As the clock ticks down, they only have one hour to choose before they all die. I loved the thrill and suspense of the story. Everyone is panicking about what everyone might find out and what will be revealed. I love how different things connect that you wouldn’t realize.”
These Deadly Games by Diana Urban
★★★★ "Crystal Donavan loves playing games. She and her friends even have a streaming channel and together they prepare for the big video game tournament coming up. Then she gets a threatening message from someone claiming to have kidnapped her sister. If she doesn't follow the mini games she is sent then her sister will die. The games seem harmless, but Crystal soon finds out they all hurt people close to her. I was immediately hooked in this book. It had such an interesting plot and kept you reading. Near the end it seemed to loosen up a bit, though."
Clique Bait by Ann Valett
★★★★★ “Chloe Whittaker wants revenge. Last year the most popular kinds in the school ruined her best friend, Monica’s, life. So, this year Chloe plans to take all of them down. She has saved up all of her allowance to buy the latest designer clothes, erased everything on social media that will tie her to Monica, and carefully found out how she will befriend the members of the clique to find out all of their biggest secrets. But she didn’t plan on falling for one of them. I liked this book because of the fun characters. I also liked the setting of the book.”