teen romance

Oct 21, 2021

The sixth and final book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice, was a great finale. Queen Tatianna is murdered, and Rose is framed by an unknown source; Rose, Lissa, and friends must figure out who framed Rose and find Lissa’s hidden half-sibling to make things right. This installment was much better than Spirit Bound; it took on more of an exciting and mysterious thriller quality than its predecessors, and Rose seemed more like her old self. This book provided a great conclusion to the Vampire Academy but left enough to the imagination that I am excited to read the

Oct 21, 2021

Spirit Bound, the fifth novel in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, was all over the place. After returning from her journey to Siberia, Rose is caught up in the hope of turning Dimitri back into a damphir. Rose recruits Lissa, Eddie, and some unlikely friends to return Dimitri to his original state while preparing to become an ocial guardian. This book was more drawn out than it needed to be; it was especially slow initially; however, things did pick up closer to the middle of the book. The most memorable thing about Spirit Bound was Rose; she was absolutely infuriating and seemed unlike

Oct 21, 2021

Juliette was born with a strange power. A strange curse. A strange gift. Her touch kills, which leads her to live a large portion of her life in solitary confinement. Outside her cell, the dystopian world is faced with a dead ozone layer, fascist governments, and constant dilemmas. One day Adam, a boy that reminds her of her childhood crush, starts to live with her in the cell. After a series of events she is held hostage by Warner, the son of The Reestablishment’s leader. She is faced with the two outcomes: become a weapon, or fight back.


Mafi attempts to write Juliette as a scared girl

Oct 21, 2021

Blue de la Cour is a talented alchemist with a dangerous secret: she is a witch. In Balavata, magic is both feared and hated, so the magic in Blue’s blood could very well lead to her death. After her father’s sudden death, she is thrown into turmoil, finding herself the ward of Lady Chauveau, a powerful councilwoman. What’s more, strange things are happening in the kingdom — orphans are being kidnapped, daughters of influential families are being murdered, and screams of monsters echo through the streets. As attacks on the street become more frequent, Blue is forced to work with her childhood

Oct 21, 2021

Blood Promise, the fourth book in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, is the best of the series so far. After Dimitri is turned into a strigoi, Rose abandons her old life, including her best friend, to find and kill the man she loved. After traveling to Russia, Rose finally finds Dimitri, but instead of killing him, she is kidnapped by him. While Rose is being held by a group of strigoi, Lissa is stuck at St. Vladimir's with some mysterious newcomers as she loses control. Mead's writing perfectly captures Rose's emotions throughout the book, and the mystery surrounding Lissa held an

Oct 21, 2021

Quinn and Tarek’s family work together in the wedding business. Quinn’s family plans weddings and Tarek’s family caters. When Quinn confessed her feelings to Tarek, he left her with no reply. But when he shows up in the summer for another wedding, her feelings for him grow.


This book tries to have representation about mental health, diversity, and religion, but it doesn’t do a good job about it. This book seems cute on the outside, but while reading and analyzing this book, it’s just a train wreck. It seems like the author tried to make Tarek, a Muslim character, seem careless about his

Oct 21, 2021

Perfect on Paper is a romantic and eye-opening fiction novel by Sophie Gonzales. This book is about a girl named Darcy. She created an in-school business of giving anonymous advice to anyone who needed help in their relationship. Darcy was caught retrieving those letters by a really hot guy named Brougham. He hired her to help him get his ex-girlfriend back. Gradually they became friends and soon much more.


The way the author presented the plot needed a little work and the writing was a little hazy but otherwise, the book was awesome. I recommend this book to any lovesick puppy or anyone

Oct 21, 2021

Red Queen takes place in a society where the hierarchy is based on your blood-red or silver. Mare Barrow, a red blood, is placed into the kingdom as a servant and observes the court as they are selecting the bride for the young princes. Suddenly, Mare exposes herself, showing lightning powers coming through her, and everyone in the court is heavily confused. The King and Queen quickly betroth her to Maven, the youngest son, and create a fake backstory. No one was suspicious of her blood afterwards, and people proceeded to believe she was a silver. Rebellions are created with unpredictable

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma

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Oct 21, 2021

Emma Woodhouse is a young fifteen-year-old and is the daughter of Mr. Woodhouse. She has a sister named Isabella, who is married to Mr. John Knightley. Mr. Knightley is John’s older brother. Both Emma and Mr. Knightley are friends as well as critics of one another. Emma is a fancy, young, beautiful, rich young lady. While teaching her friend, Harriet, the way to be superior, Emma goes through many love matches to find that hers has been there from the start.


I enjoyed reading Emma because it is a straightforward and elegant book. While Emma does not believe in marriage, she attempts to set

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo

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Oct 21, 2021

Bethany Church has a secret, one that she must keep hidden from those around her at all costs. She is an angel. Bethany and two other angels, Gabriel and Ivy are sent to earth with one mission: bring good to Venus Cover, a small town with he gradual brimming of evil. The three angels attempt to conceal their otherworldly powers, effervescent glow, and vast wings, but they know that above all, they must steer clear of all possible human entanglements. Bethany didn’t anticipate any possible hiccups, until she meets Xavier Woods, a human like no one she has ever met before. Sparks fly between the

Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Oblivion

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Oct 21, 2021

As a rewrite of Obsidian, I expected Oblivion to fall flat or be a copy, but Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing truly made this addition as spectacular as its predecessors. Oblivion is a new version of the first book of the Lux series, Obsidian, but from Daemon’s perspective instead of Katy’s. This book was eye-opening and helped to decipher some of Daemon’s more confusing moments from Obsidian. Oblivion was absolutely brilliant; I couldn’t have asked for anything more from a novella.

Oct 21, 2021

Four teen friends, Celeste, Steph, Gina, and Eva, are all members of a famous band, Moonlight Overthrow.  All was good until Celeste and Eva underwent a messy breakup, causing the band members to break away. All band members had formed their own path until a storm brings the four members together, for one last show.


This book is all about music and romance. I really enjoyed reading this book; it’s nice to read a book that is original in all aspects. The author had written the characters in this book with much complexity and depth. I liked that each of the members of the band had

Oct 21, 2021

Winnie is a 16-year-old girl that can see things no one else can. She can see “splits,” when two outcomes diverge; also known as the multi verse theory. She keeps her power a secret, because she knows it could be used among the midst of the WWII.  Her physicist father experiments on her to see if she could change the future and the past. It was all fine until Scott, her father’s lab assistant, gets injured. Winnie chooses the reality where he is fine, but she finds out she doesn’t belong there.


This book contains themes about science, war, and romance that seemingly blend together nicely

Oct 21, 2021

Noah Ramirez runs a popular blog called “Meet Cute Diary” where he writes stories of loves stories including trans people. These blogs give many trans people hope for love of their own. But there seems to be one problem for Noah: the stories are fake. He tries to keep this under wraps until someone exposes his stories as fiction. He tries to stage a romance with Drew, his friend, but it quickly turns into something real.


I enjoy that Noah is not a perfect character; he is a teenager that experiences a lot of emotions, mostly bad. This book was an easy read and a light hearted story. I like

Oct 21, 2021

Emilia is living a double life: in the morning she is a hockey star with an academic future, in the night, she is a member of a competitive e-sports team. She depends on keeping the two worlds separate. But when there is a tournament that comes near her, someone she knows recognizes her. 


Emilia is such a relatable and nice character. I would definitely be her friend if I was in the book. I enjoy the romance in this book, it was written very well. I enjoyed the plot of this book; I see myself reading this book again in the future. This book talks about topics such as sexism. I think the

Oct 21, 2021

Katelyn tends to be overshadowed by her superstar brother, Connor Jackson. When her parents force her to attend his tour across the U.S., she isn’t happy. She would have to miss competing in soccer. When she finds out that the lead singer of his act is Zach Matthews, her life changes.


This story is based off a Wattpad story, so I wouldn’t recommend this to those who don’t like Wattpad stories. This story is fast paced and a quick read.  I don’t really understand why Katelyn was forced to go on tour with her brother. She could have stayed with her friend or her other family. Also, since

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin

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Oct 21, 2021

Origin, the fourth book in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, is somehow better than the series’ previous novels. After a failed attempt to raid Mount Weather and make it out in one piece, Katy is stuck behind enemy lines, and Daemon will do anything to get her back, even join her. While held by Dedalus, Katy, Daemon, and friends will uncover new secrets that will change everything.


This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! Katy and Daemon’s dual POVs absolutely filled Origin with tension and emotion, and Armentrout’s ending left a lot of new questions to be answered.

Oct 21, 2021

Ella had a perfect life- until she was in a car crash right after she went to a Valentine’s Day dance. When she woke up, she couldn’t remember anything from the weeks before. One year later, she starts receiving paper hearts that contain clues that would help her remember the missing pieces. Will she find out who is sending her the hearts? Will she remember her memories? Read more to find out!


This book is perfect for Valentine’s Day, its cute, sweet, and has a dash of mystery. The author clashed mystery and romance nicely and in a way where they both compliment each other. I like that the

Oct 21, 2021

Beck Brix was born inside the bathroom of a local pizza place; because of this she has access to unlimited pizza, a guaranteed job, and a little fame. But Beck is conflicted between working at the cheesy pizzeria, or hanging with her seemingly wealthy friends.  When a problem arises in the pizza place, she discovers that all things have meaning, even if they may not seem like it.


This book is summarized by the title; it’s a cheesy love story. But I wish that the story didn’t focus so much on romance, and instead focused on Beck exploring her emotions. This book is realistic due to the fact

Oct 21, 2021

When Ellie moved new schools in her junior year, she and Hunter quickly started a relationship. All was well until Hunter broke up with her in senior year to date a different girl, Brynn. To top it all off, she is stuck with them in home economics. While she has to watch Hunter with Brynn, she gets paired with three of the most notorious guys in their school. She will soon have to learn how to heal her wounds and be herself again.


I enjoyed reading this book; there were many places in the book that made me smile. This book taught me that even though there might be some rumors about someone

Oct 21, 2021

CeCe Ross and her girlfriend, Silvie, are known to many people as social media influencers. But when Silvie breaks up with CeCe, she wonders if Silvie is not the only thing she will lose. Things seemed to being going good for Cece when she meets Josh, a boy who doesn’t partake in social media. But trouble brews for CeCe when she can’t seem to separate her private and public life.


I enjoyed how this book dives in to the topics of social media, and the effects of it. This book teaches us that social media is a strong platform and it could either be used for your gain or for negative purposes

Oct 21, 2021

Katie has always dreamed of finding the perfect boyfriend. But when she wakes up to find a six-foot boy in her bed, she is shocked and amazed and what had happened. She had accidentally created a boy named Guy. When she starts dating Guy, she wonders if he likes her for who she is, or because he was made to love her.


I liked this book, but I did not like Katie all that much. Katie made her life complicated when it was seemingly good. She sets high expectations for herself and she feels down when what she experienced isn’t what she imagined. Katie also doesn’t seem to care about her friends’

Oct 6, 2021

“You are wanted. Big, small, tall, short, pretty, plain, friendly, shy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourself.”


Once famous for being “America’s Fattest Teen,” Libby Strout becomes the laughingstock of her high school. Struggling to get by, she unwantedly encounters Jack Masselin, getting them both tangled up in a mess of misunderstandings. However, when Jack uncovers to her that he has prosopagnosia, a condition in which he cannot recognize people’s faces, they are able to connect through embracing each other’s imperfections while also embracing their own.


Unexpectedly

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian

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Oct 6, 2021

Obsidian, the first book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series, was shamefully addicting. This book fits the typical YA paranormal romance plotline, but I couldn’t put it down. Katy, a typical girl next door character, moves to the middle of nowhere in West Virginia, where her neighbors, Daemon and Dee Black, are aliens. Forming a relationship with the Blacks places Katy in the middle of a timeless rivalry between the Luxen and their evil alien counterparts, the Arum. Overall, Obsidian was ordinary, but the inclusion of aliens made it stick out at least a little bit from other popular series

Jun 27, 2021

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte is captivating, dynamic, and contains numerous twists and turns. This fantasy fiction book consists of murder mystery and hints of romance and sci-fi. Perplexing characters with complex motives and a fascinating fantasy world elevated this book to another level. The novel is centered around Keralie Corrington, a seventeen-year-old girl  who steals, lies, and deceives for a living. Mackiel, her childhood friend and employer tasks her with stealing a case. This case ends up spiraling her into a mystery filled conspiracy with the man she stole the case from

Jan 21, 2021

The Selection​ by Kiera Cass is a dystopian fantasy novel that follows America Singer as she is put into the Selection, a contest of 35 girls competing for the prince’s heart. I have been putting off reading this book for a long time because of its heavily mixed reviews, but I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed.


This is definitely a guilty pleasure book; it’s so lovable because it’s like reading a reality TV show mixed with royalty. I like the idea of society presented in this book; I found the castes to be very interesting and reflective of class in modern society.


As for the

Jan 12, 2021

P.S. I Still Love You ​is the second book in Jenny Han’s ​To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. Lara Jean and Peter are officially together, for real this time, but things get complicated when one of Lara Jean’s past loves shows up, and Peter can’t stay away from his ex-girlfriend, Genevieve. John Ambrose, Peter’s childhood best friend and one of Lara Jean’s past loves, finally got her letter. John and Lara Jean start to talk and begin to become close. At the same time, Peter seems to be spending more and more time with his ex, Genevieve. One night, after seeing Peter with Genevieve, Lara

Dec 18, 2017

The Readers Advisory committee is pleased to announce that Kristin Pitts has won our Ain’t It the Truth writing contest in the short story category. In Last Night, Pitts develops her two characters nicely, primarily through effective use of dialogue; without further explanation, we know who they are and how they see the world.  Pitts’ response to the theme of truth is subtle, showing us that we can’t always rely on memory and, at times, we must rely on the evidence. 


Kristin Pitts is a Kansas City-based writer and editor. She is currently working on a novel about a summer camp romance