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Review: The Naturals (Jennifer Lynn Barnes)

The Deets:
Audience: YA or MG
Pages: 308
Publisher: November 5th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781423168232
Genre: mystery, contemporary, thriller
Source: library copy



Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. A…

review: Thin Space (Jody Casella)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781582703923
Publisher: September 10th 2013 by Beyond Words/Simon Pulse
Genre: mystery, contemporary
Source: library book


Ever since the car accident that killed his twin brother, Marshall Windsor has been consumed with guilt and crippled by secrets of that fateful night. He has only one chance to make amends, to right his wrongs and set things right. He must find a Thin Space—a mythical point where the barrier between this world and the next is thin enough for a person to step through to the other side.

But, when a new girl moves into the house next door, the same house Marsh is sure holds a thin space, she may be the key—or the unraveling of all his secrets.

As they get closer to finding a thin space—and closer to each other—Marsh must decide once and for all how far he’s willing to go to right the wrongs of the living…and the dead. 


Thin Space has been selected as a Teen Reads pick for 2014. Because of that, I placed it on my YA book …

Review: Doll Bones (Holly Black)

The Deets:
Audience: Middle Grades
Pages: 247
ISBN: 9781416963981
Publisher: May 7th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: mystery, paranormal, ghost, coming of age
Source: library book

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity...

Doll Bones was listed as a Suns…