Atlantia by Ally Condie

Atlantia (2014) is a standalone YA dystopian fantasy by Ally Condie. I selected this book based on my fondness for mermaid- and oceanic-themed stories, and because I thoroughly enjoyed Condie's debut, Matched, back when my son was born. While the rest of the Matched series didn't hold me, I've still kept an eye out for Condie's … Continue reading Atlantia by Ally Condie

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Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Everlasting (2010) by Angie Frazier is an adorable teen adventure/romance. The year is 1855, and seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen of San Francisco is the daughter of a successful widowed sea captain… or so she thinks. Camille is shocked to discover that her mother is not really dead, but alive somewhere in Australia, having abandoned the family for reasons … Continue reading Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Beautiful Creatures (Book 1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (2009) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is a contemporary paranormal teen romance. It's a lot like Twilight, but set in the U.S. south, and told from the boy’s perspective. Ethan Wate is a good southern boy in Gatlin, South Carolina, when a mysterious new girl arrives to his high school. With her strange abilities to break windows with … Continue reading Beautiful Creatures (Book 1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Triolgy, Book 1) by Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of this supernatural teen fantasy, entitled A Great and Terrible Beauty. At the turn of the twentieth century, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle relocates from India to Spence Academy, an English young ladies’ boarding school, after the death of her mother. Together with her new girlfriends at Spence, Gemma uncovers an old school … Continue reading A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Triolgy, Book 1) by Libba Bray