Tag Archive for YA Novel Reviews


Blog Tour: But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure + Mini Interview

Buy But Then I Came Back Regular price: $18.58 ($24.99 CDN) Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers / Raincoast Books Format: Hardcover Reviewer: Melissa on April 6, 2017 Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars “Something does exist. I saw. It’s a place. Like this but different.” “Okay, so let’s say we do reach her, that something like that is… Read more →


Blog Tour: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter Review + Excerpt

Buy Vassa in the Night Special price $14.12 Regular price: $15.58 ($20.49 CDN) Publisher: Tor Teen / Raincoast Books Format: Hardcover Reviewer: Melissa on Sept 22, 2016 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars In the enchanted world of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes and clothes and go to parties in warehouses and rooftops and tell themselves that they’ve arrived.… Read more →


The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong

This book’s description immediately drew me into the book with it’s mix of Gothic and contemporary themes. In addition, the creepy, illustrated cover with fingers scratching through the cover art made me want to know more, so when I was offered the chance to review the entire series for a magazine, I jumped at the chance. When this experience led to an opportunity to feature Armstrong on my blog as part of the official Secrets blog tour, I couldn’t pass it up. If you’ve read either Armstrong’s contribution to the series or any of the other six books written by Eric Walters, Teresa Toten, Vicki Grant, Marthe Jocelyn, Norah McClintock, and Kathy Kacer, you’ll understand why. Read more →


Not After Everything by Michelle Levy

Not After Everything is a realistic depiction of the type of grief that a teen boy would experience if his mother committed suicide as well as the way it affects other people in the community. Michelle Levy doesn’t tie everything up in a perfect bow because that’s not the way life after suicide works, but it can get more hopeful, so she gives readers and Tyler the possibility to hope in a dark time, the joy of laughter during a period of sadness, and the opportunity for a rich and full life despite the “what ifs” and “whys” that might never go away completely. Read more →