PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by Hiba
Review date: November 30, 2020 - Publish date: January 21, 2021
Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall
Desmond Hall’s "Your Corner Dark" is an action-packed thriller following the story of a young man as he faces some of the most tragic events in his life. I would give this book four stars for its intriguing plot and eye-opening setting that shows the actual situation of Jamaica.
The story begins by introducing the main character, Frankie, and showing the reality of his country, Jamaica. Frankie has great dreams and plans to escape his poverty through his scholarship to the University of Arizona. He has worked hard his entire life, so he could become an engineer in America.
PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by Katie
Review date: December 2, 2020 - Publish date: March 2, 2021
Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi
Mary H.K. Choi’s Yolk opens with a warning of the book’s descriptions of disordered eating and body dysmorphia. The warning is written personally and tenderly, indicative of the entire book’s cathartic and human story. Yolk is a young adult novel that follows Jayne, a college student living in New York. It chronicles her life cracking open upon the revelation that her estranged sister, June, has cancer. The diagnosis chaotically brings them together, opening the floodgates of their relationship, Jayne’s view of herself and her world, and the ultimate totality of death and loss.
Review by Paige
One of Us Is Lying, by Karen McManus
Karen McManus’ award-winning debut novel, “One of Us Is Lying,” is a thrilling and intriguing take on the classic murder mystery. The gripping story follows Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, and Addy, who are suspected in the murder of their fellow classmate, Simon Kelleher.
Review by Sweksha
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The novel “Everything Everything,” written by Nicola Yoon, is centered around 17-year-old Madeline Whittier, who suffers from SCID, more commonly known as “bubble baby disease.” Due to her condition, Madeline has been trapped inside her house in Los Angeles with her doctor mother for 17 years. Things change, however, when a new family moves into her neighbor’s house.
Review by Sweksha
The Thousandth Floor, by Katherine McGee
"The Thousandth Floor," written by world-renowned author Katherine McGee, is the first novel in the spectacular trilogy. The book is set in a futuristic world where various families live in different floors of a 1000 story tower. The top of the tower represents the elite and wealthy and the bottom represents the poor and working class. The novel communicates various themes and important life lessons that are emphasized through each of the characters’ point of view. The novel itself is told through an omniscient point of view, which allows the reader to better visualize the plot of the novel through the characters’ eyes.
Review by Sweksha
December 14, 2020
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Fever 1793, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, describes the events surrounding the yellow fever epidemic. The novel includes several plot twists that successfully convey history and engage readers. This novel takes place during the yellow fever epidemic that ravaged Philadelphia in the summer of 1793. The protagonist of this novel, 14-year-old Mattie Cook, learns to deal with the hardships brought on by this awful epidemic.
PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by William
October 28, 2020
Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp
“Even If We Break” by Marieke Nijkamp is a mystery-thriller about a group of friends who are spending a night together in a cabin in the woods. This group of friends is falling apart and they plan on playing a role-playing game for one final time before their friendship comes to an end. The friends all seem to be hiding secrets from each other, and as the night goes on, the secrets are slowly revealed.
The book has a great premise which interests the reader from the start. The reader begins the book by wondering about the characters’ pasts and is kept intrigued by the reveals of each character’s secrets. Nijkamp also does a great job creating suspense. This book is a constant stream of horrific events, leaving the reader in a constant state of wanting to figure out what happens next.