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    Breaking Free by Amanda Pendley

    elementia is a literary arts magazine published to represent and uplift young adults. We accept original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories, photography and illustrations. Join us at the reception celebrating the release of issue xv!

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Teen Review
Girl with Sharp Sticks Cover
Suzanne Young
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Apr 15, 2019

Mena, a girl at the Innovations Academy, has her eyes opened and wants more out of life than to be stuck being a possession. She and her friends meet a boy named Jackson while out, and come up with a plan to escape from the perfection and obedience of the Academy. I love the cover because it goes to show that under a mask of perfection there is always another side hidden underneath.

The idea of having to be perfect all the time and emotionless was a strong point in this book. I feel that girls today feel that obedience and perfection is the key to being wanted in society as this...

Teen Review
Black Enough cover
Monday, Apr 8, 2019

The book itself reflects the central idea of what it is like to be young and a person of color in today's world. It is a collection of stories from black and brown young people of all shapes and sizes that speak on the importance and brings awareness to the fact that there are still racial issues in one's friend group and the education system. The diversified book speaks on behalf of all young people. During the first or second chapter, they discussed the comment "you are white". Which is when a fellow black person is called white because how he or she may carry himself or talk, or what...

Teen Review
Izzy + Tristan Cover
Shannon Dunlap
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Apr 1, 2019

This modern take on a centuries-old story is a delightful mixture of light-heartedness and surprisingly insightful commentary that leaves an unexpected mark on the reader. There is both humor and sweet romance that electrifies the fast-paced plot. The witty personalities of Izzy and Tristan against the Brooklyn setting provide interesting insight on the difficulties of teenage years, especially when love is involved. The addition of third narrator, Brianna, brought a refreshing outsider's view to the love story that sets this novel apart from its genre.

This book has quite a few...

Teen Review
You Asked for Perfect Cover
Laura Silverman
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Apr 1, 2019

Ariel Stone is the epitome of a perfect student: he takes AP classes, volunteers, and plays first chair in the school orchestra. However, when his classes start to push him past his breaking point, he finds that sacrificing his health and relationships isn't giving him the same satisfaction and results it once did.

Ariel was such a relatable character that helped me realize the importance of placing one’s mental health over work and school. Ariel’s story is a fantastic reminder and warning to high-achieving students of what can happen when you do not take the time to focus on one’s...

Staff Review
Book Cover
Preston Norton
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Mar 25, 2019

An engrossing story narrated by a wonderfully entertaining, snarky protagonist.

Teen Review
The Soul Keepers cover
Devon Taylor
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Mar 18, 2019

When teenager Rhett dies, he becomes a skelletor on the Harbinger, which is a ship that collects souls when people die. Suddenly, a demon appears and wants some special power that Rhett seems to have. What could it be? How will Rhett and his new friends stop her? Or can they even? 

The most compelling aspect of the book with all it's different characters reacting to the situations they were put in and to each other. I loved the cover; it gave this creepy ominous vibe without telling much about the story but sort of hinting at things. Much like the book, the cover is suspenseful....

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