Young Adult

Young Adult

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Puccini would have had no idea what Ellie Marney planned to do with his great aria from Turandot Nessun Dorma (or None Shall Sleep). Opera lovers across the world would be cringing at her audacity if the book were just not so good. One bump continues to bother (and that will

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The Extraordinaries by T J Klune

Reviewed by Rod McLary Move over Superman, Batman and Spider Man – there is a new superhero on the block.  The new superhero is Shadow Star and, like all superheroes, he has an archnemesis Pyro Man and an alter ego – but giving away the alter ego’s identity would be a major spoiler. In Nova

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Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Reviewed by Rod McLary This rather quirky title gives a good idea of what is within the book.  It is a re-imagining of the well-known film Grease but with a LGBT twist. Ollie, when on holidays with his family at a lake in North Carolina, meets and falls in love with Will.  Ollie and Will

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Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans

Reviewed by Rod McLary Towards the end of this book about gender and queerness, two of the characters have the following brief conversation – Do you know about gender euphoria? Is it just like, good feelings?  About gender? It’s like … the opposite of dysphoria. [201] Dysphoria is defined as ‘a state of unease with

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The God Game by Danny Tobey

Reviewed by Rod McLary The God Game presents an interesting spin on the thriller genre – it is called a science-fiction thriller where the ‘enemy’ is a VR [virtual reality] computer game which has distilled ‘every religious text known to man’ to create GOD. Enticed by Peter – ‘smart, handsome, charming … both rich and

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Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

Reviewed by Ian Lipke It’s comforting to know that a reader can still find an honest, well-written, enjoyable thriller of the likes that Scott Westerfield writes. His new book is just that. It’s intended for Young Adult reading and fits that niche market quite neatly. It is the story of two sisters. Rafia is brought

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