Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

For centuries, the three Swan sisters have haunted the town of Sparrow in feminist yet sadistic revenge for their unlawful drowning as allegedly seductive witches. Each year as summer washes in, the vengeful sisters return, possessing teenage girls’ bodies and luring boys out to sea—permanently. Partly viewed as a coincidental myth, Swan Season has malformed into a spectator sport for both locals and tourists alike. This summer is no different, and power and danger lie within humanity’s innate fear.   Every day is a modern witch-hunt and no one can be trusted, including our narrator and her group of friends. Add into the plot, Bo, a handsome and mysterious stranger arriving at the start of Swan season. Bo becomes captivated by Penny Talbot, a 17-year-old whose life has not been easy; her father has been missing and presumed dead for years and her brokenhearted mother steeps in depression just like the…

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Review: Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison

Sierra’s mom is once again struggling with her addiction to drugs, alcohol, and poorly chosen men while her father is serving jail time for similar vices. Placed in the foster care system, Sierra moves in with a kind, mysteriously heartbroken interracial couple next door to Lauren, a tween fraught with compassion and her rapidly changing family dynamics. Lauren’s autistic brother has just moved to NC in hopes that a specialized school will better meet his needs. No longer a shadow or crutch, Lauren must determine who she is as well as how to function in an unfair world full of homelessness and privilege. As these two characters navigate their friendship through typical school drama, Lauren begins to lose control and fall into emotional instability, seeking solace in shoplifting and stealing her wealthier friends’ and families’ extravagances. Even with somewhat innately good intentions—hoping to sell these items to donate money for…

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Teen Books About Mental Illness: Turtles All The Way Down

Teen Books About Mental Illness: A Book Review of Turtles All The Way Down by John Green Sixteen-year-old Aza has suffered the sudden loss of her father.  She is also battling inner demons of mental illness—unkind thoughts and words that threaten to consume and possibly kill her. Trapped in the darkness of her own mind, Aza must navigate the unforgiving halls of high school with her fan fiction writing best friend, Daisy. One of many poignant teen books about mental illness, Green delivers another heart wrenching and devour-able read. Meet Our Girl Detectives  When the town billionaire disappears days before being arrested for corruption, Aza and Daisy decide to investigate. The case is important to Aza.  She has a crush on and connection with the fugitive’s son, Davis Pickett.  A link of souls dating back from a summer camp fling, Aza cannot separate her emotions. Gaining momentum on the details…

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Review: The Layover by Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer

Flynn, Amos, and Poppy represent the spectrum of adolescence as well as a dysfunctional, nontraditional, and white family. Their parents have been through multiple marriages with added instabilities of affairs, aloof-ism, and alcoholism. The by-products of different marriage combinations, the siblings find themselves once again caught in the selfish throes of their parents’ latest whims. In an effort to buy off the family’s understanding, the parents—who are already in Bora Bora—decide to fly Amos, Flynn, and Poppy out for an extravagant boat ride to break the news of their upcoming separation. When ten-year-old Poppy relays her suspicions to Amos and Flynn, they decide to runaway during their layover at LAX. The Hangover-style, the youth meet up with Flynn’s latest crush and find themselves touring LA, attending parties, and going to Disneyland, mostly all with the wrong crowd. During this newly found freedom, Amos and Flynn must reconcile their romantic feelings…

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