Category Archives: Young Adult

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 357 pages, 2009 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I occasionally like to check out teen books just to see what’s out there. Synopsis: Brittany Ellis appears to have it all – a perfect boyfriend, rich parents, popularity; whereas Alex Fuentes seems to be well down a dark path – he’s a […]

Madapple by Christina Meldrum

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 404 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I like to check out the occasional ‘aimed at teens but also for adults’ type of novel. Synopsis: 16-year-old Aslaug’s mother has mysteriously passed away and she finds herself living between two worlds: the harsh yet ethereal place of her mother and her […]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 607 pages, 2005 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: C’mon, the real wonder is how I managed to wait a whole month for it to come in at the library. Synopsis: The evil Lord Voldemort is growing stronger by the day, causing harm in the world of wizardry through his followers, the […]

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 294 pages, 2001 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: It’s been a buzz book for teens (and a number of adults), so I couldn’t skip it – what if (horrors!) I’d skipped the Harry Potter books thinking they were only for kiddies? Synopsis: It’s the first summer fifteen-year-old best friends Tibby, Lena, […]

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in mass market), 399 pages, 1995 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: Pullman’s trilogy got mentioned a lot when Harry Potter was brought up, and a girl needs something to tide her over until the sixth Potter book, doesn’t she? Synopsis: Lyra lives in a world much like our own, with […]