Youngstown and Mahoning County Public Library: YA Book Review by Amy


YA Book Reviews by Amy: One Sentence Challenge

TikTok videos are on average around 16 seconds long (60 seconds maximum), tweets are limited to 280 characters, and blurb on the back of a headline is only a sentence or two. These brief descriptions or recommendations should be catchy and clever while getting straight to the point.

Sometimes I feel like I can be quite long when writing my summaries and reviews; So, I wanted to challenge myself by limiting myself to a single sentence for the summary of the book and one sentence for the review. I want to capture your interest right away and hopefully inspire you to checkout or read one of my recommendations!

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Chiamaka and Devon are blackmailed by a stranger named Aces; the secrets exposed are not only harmful to their purses, but also put their lives in danger.

Powerful writing by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé that made me sit on the edge of my suspended seat.

Available on Overdrive and at the library * at checkout.

They both die at the end by Adam Silvera

Mateo and Rufus receive their death appeals: whatever happens, they will die today; Will they make the most of their last day?

A captivating tale about death that made me think long after I closed the book.

Available on Overdrive, Hoopla and at the library * for payment.

Three dark crowns by Kendare Blake

Three sisters with unique magical abilities must fight against each other until only one queen remains alive.

Dark plot, dark powers, and even darker characters that will make it hard for you to know who to turn to.

Available on Overdrive, Hoopla and at the library * for payment.

Pass the moon by Stacey Lee

1906 San Francisco, Mercy is determined to get a real business training in St. Claire’s, but a historic and tragic earthquake destroys more than her plans, but uproots her entire life.

Stacey Lee is one of my favorite authors because she writes surprisingly relevant, yet strong female characters in a historical setting.

Available as an eBook on Overdrive, as an eAudiobook on Hoopla and at the library * for payment.

These violent delights by Chloé Gong

In this Romeo and Juliet tale (set in 1920s Shanghai), Roma is the heir to the white roses, while Juliet has just returned from America to become the head of the Scarlet Gang, they must put their past behind them to solve a fatal disease.

My favorite book that I read this year.

Available on Overdrive, as an audiobook on Hoopla and at the library * for payment.

beautiful war by Julie Berry

When Aphrodite is judged by her husband, Hephaestus, over her love affair with Ares, she weaves a story of love and loss between two couples during World War I.

Cleverly written historical fiction with a touch of myth that let me feel all the sensations!

Available on Overdrive and at the library * at checkout.

Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Five years ago a tragedy claimed the lives of five cheerleaders, no one suspected foul play until Monica began to look deeper into the past when suspicious things started to happen, and she thinks the deaths are not just related, but caused by someone.

The ending made me reread parts of this book because I didn’t read this book as carefully as I should have!

Available as an eBook on Overdrive and at the library * for payment.

We set the darkness on fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Daniela lives in a society that divides the roles of upper class women: either they become the wife or the ship that bears and cares for children, but everything has to be better than being in the lower class or the rebellion, no ?

It was truly an original dystopian book that kept my interest throughout.

Available on Overdrive, Hoopla and at the library * for payment.

* consult the link for copies available or to be put on hold


Good morning all! My name is Amy and I am the Youth Services Librarian at Youngstown and Mahoning County Public Library. When I’m not trying to reach my reading goal for the year, I like to talk about what I’m reading with my family, friends and colleagues. You could say I’m a little obsessed with reading young adult books. I like most genres, but my favorites are: westerns, historical fiction, contemporary, fantasy and mystery. I’m always on the lookout for the next great book that connects me to its characters and touches me in sensations.

This press release was produced by the Youngstown and Mahoning County Public Library. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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