Review: The Blackbird Girls

The Blackbird Girls

“You were white as milk this morning,” Valentina said to Dyadya Sergei. 

“I’ve never tanned so quickly in my life,” he said, sounding pleased. “There must be something in the air.”

Reading these lines in a book set in the backdrop of the Chernobyl disaster was absolutely haunting. I didn’t know what to expect from The Blackbird Girls, but Anne Blankman wrote a stunning middle grade novel that brings readers through a whirlwind of emotion.

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Review: The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly

The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly

“The weird thing about being a victim is, no one expects it to be them. Victims are always someone else, somehow tragically naive who foolishly trust the wrong person. I’d never make bad decisions like that. I was always careful. And yet, it wasn’t enough.”

I’ve always said the hardest book reviews to write are for the books I absolutely loved, and this sentiment applied to The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly by Meredith Tate. I devoured this book in three sittings, and was totally immersed in the story from beginning to end. It’s easily one of the best YA contemporary thrillers I’ve ever read, and deals with incredibly important topics.

Before we get any further, I’ll note that the author has a list of content warnings for this book on her website.

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Review: Rules for Vanishing

Rules for Vanishing

“Do you want to know where Lucy went? She went to play the game. You can play, too. Find a partner. Find a key. Find the road. You have two days.”

What would you do if your entire school received the same ominous text message? I’d probably go home and hide in my room until people stopped talking about it, but the characters in Rules for Vanishing aren’t afraid of much, and decide to play this eerie game.

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