Category Archives: Young Adult Books

Dagger (The D.U.S.T. Ops: Mission Book 1) by Steven Dos Santos


About the Book:

The character of Dagger sucked me in from the very first chapter and took me on a heck of an adventure through his amazing world of espionage.  This book is a Young Adult, Science Fiction, Action Packed, Romantic Adventure suitable for ages 13+.

“When Ultimate Evil engulfs the entire world, only Dagger can pierce the Darkness—even if the Apocalypse falls on a school night!   Dagger Beaumont is a High School senior who’s been recruited by D.U.S.T.—a covert governmental organization dedicated to battling supernatural terrorism all over the globe.
However, Dagger’s unresolved conflict over his missing brother could be his undoing, as he races around the world battling the Dark Reich, a diabolical organization on a quest to possess an ancient artifact and unleash a mystical plague to enslave humanity. If that weren’t treacherous enough, Dagger must juggle his life as a secret agent with his social life, where he faces romantic rivalry for the guy of his dreams, a mysterious and handsome new student at his haunted boarding school.
But in a high-stakes world where nothing is as it seems, and death lurks in every shadow, love rides shotgun with survival!”

My Four Star Review:

Seventeen year old Agent Daguerre “Dagger” Beaumont works for the organization called “The Department of Unexpected Supernatural Terrorism.   Here are a few things you should now about Dagger.  He’s starting his senior year of high school, he has two amazing BFF’s he would do anything for but he can’t tell them he works for DUST, his brother Phillipe is missing, his relationship with his mother is strained, and he happens to be gay.   Just your typical teenager.

I absolutely love the character of Dagger.  He may only be 17 years old but he is an amazing leading man.  He’s fun, loyal, witty, and you can’t help but laugh with him.  He kicks butt on numerous occasions while still dealing with school, seeing his friends and maybe falling in love with the new kid.  This book is action packed but with many twists and turns that keep you guessing.  I am absolutely looking forward to Mission 2 and reading more by Steven Dos Santos.  I would highly recommend this book.

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As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

The Seventh (Book 1) by SD Wasley

the seventh

About the Book:

This is a Young Adult Paranormal and the first novel written by SD Wasley.  It is written with the young teen in mind but let me just say, as a 40+ year old, I could not put it down.

“Sixteen year old Mimi Alston has company. No less than three ghosts follow her around, and only she can see them. At her last school, she was known as the girl with imaginary friends. Now Mimi’s starting fresh in a new town, where she’s determined to make some real friends and fit in for once. She’s ready for a normal life…except Mimi never counted on her fascination with troubled goth-boy, Drew.   When she’s invited to join the elite Gifted Program, Mimi discovers she’s not the only one at the school with an unusual talent. Maybe being normal isn’t even an option anymore.”

My Five Star Review:

I first stumbled across SD Wasley in Summer Crush the Young Adult Anthology, which I read and reviewed here back in August 2015.  Since I enjoyed her story, I searched around and found her first novel, The Seventh.  This was a fast paced, action packed and an extremely well detailed story revolving around 7 young adults.  So much happened throughout the story it kept me engaged and I really didn’t want to put it down.  Mimi, who narrates the story, and Drew are the main characters but the other 5 kids play a huge role.  Mimi may be living with seeing ghosts but this was much more than just a ghost story.  There was a crush or two, a lot of paranormal activity, first love and the start of some great friendships.  This book definitely left me wanting more and I’m extremely glad book two, The Rift, came out today, November 6, 2015.  I would highly recommend this book for readers 13+.

Reading Order:

The Seventh

The Rift Read my review here:

Find SD Wasley Here:  FacebookInternet Website

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

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My Five Star Review:

This was another amazing story by Amy Harmon and her fifth published book two years ago.  Everyone should pick up Making Faces and read it today.  I have truly enjoyed every one of Amy’s books, that I’ve read so far, but this book and the character of Bailey really moved me and touched my heart and soul.

Making Faces had just about everything:  young love, unrequited love, a shy girl, a popular girl, BFF’s, a sports hero, world tragedy, a war hero, life altering decision, a community bonded, domestic violence and above all Love and Family.

I’m not lying when I say everyone should read this story.  It is so much more than I’m describing and it will stop and make you think about your life and how you want to live it.

Amy has a way of grabbing a hold of you, pulling you in and not letting you go until she has changed your heart, body, and soul.  Thank you, Amy, for your words.  I look forward to your next book.

About the Book:

“Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.”

Two of my favorite Quotes:

“This last year I’ve felt like one of those snowflakes we used to make in school.  The one where you fold the paper a certain way and then keep cutting and cutting until the paper is shredded.  That’s what I look like, a paper snowflake.  And each hole has a name.  And nobody, not you, not me, can fill the holes that someone else has left.  All we can do is keep each other from falling in the holes and never coming out again.”

“True beauty, the kind that doesn’t fade or wash off, takes time.  It takes pressure.  It takes incredible endurance.  It is the slow drip that makes the stalactite, the shaking of the Earth that creates mountains, the constant pounding of the waves that breaks up the rocks and smooths the rough edges.  And from the violence, the furor, the raging of the winds, the roaring of the waters, something better emerges, something that would otherwise never exit.”

Making Faces Amazon Link: here

Find Amy Harmon: FacebookWebsite

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

Summer Crush a Young Adult Anthology

About the Book:

Summer Crush: A wonderfully romantic boxed set of Upper Young Adult short stories by today’s hottest authors.  (14+ Young Adult)  Book Releases on 8/21/2015 

Summer is the time for lazy days at the beach, sun-kissed hair, flip-flops, and sizzling nights with a new crush. Those stolen glances and first kisses can quickly spark a flame. However, the road to love isn’t always a smooth ride.

Every Summer has a story, whether it’s a second chance on love, seeing a friend in a different light, or taking a step in a new direction with someone special. Love and long days create endless possibilities, but can a summer crush really last?

My Four Star Review:

Each story was a little different but all focused on a summer romance and maybe taught you a little lesson along the way.  I truly enjoyed each one of them.

Sutton Summer by Sasha Hibbs:

“After breaking Dylan’s heart last year, McKenzie returns to Sutton Lake for another summer. McKenzie realizes love was in front of her the entire time, but is it too late for Dylan to forgive her?”

This was a story to remind you it’s not what’s on the outside that matters but what’s on the inside that really counts.  It was a hard lesson for McKenzie to learn but with the help of her Aunt Jenny, it ended up being a summer McKenzie will never forget.

Exquisite Torture by S.D. Wasley:
“16 year old Ryan thinks he’s in for the summer from hell, stuck at his Gran’s farm in a remote town … until he meets the adorable Connie. But why is she so cagey about her past?”

There was a bit of a mystery with this story.  Ryan isn’t very excited about going to his Grandmother’s house but he ends up being very proud of everything he accomplishes.  He meets Connie and all is definitely not what it seems.  You’ll be wrinkling your forehead trying to figure out what’s really going on.

Forbidden by Melissa Frost:

“The new guy in town has a bad reputation and a bad boy demeanor to go with it. Even so, Olivia can’t help feeling drawn to Gavin. Can she convince her mother he’s not the delinquent everyone believes, or will his past tear them apart?”

You don’t always have to believe what you hear and it’s okay to come to a conclusion about someone or something all on your own.  Olivia was drawn to Gavin and I’m glad she took the time to really get to know him.

Taking the Plunge by Diana Stager:
“Overwhelmed and alone, Jessica is a teenage mother struggling to give her son the best possible life. Erik, a lifeguard at the local pool, never expected the girl of his dreams to have baby in tow. They have issues, but will it keep them from pursing the relationship, or are they willing to take the plunge?”

Jessica really impressed me with how she wanted to live her life and take care of her son.  She struggled along the way but she still wanted what was best for her and him and got them help she needed when she needed it.  It was nice to watch the love blooming between her and Erik.

Boarderline Love by Deanna Dee:
Nearly drowning wasn’t part of Dalya’s vacation plans. Neither was being rescued by a guy with a perfect six pack and a haunted look in his eyes. Mason reminds Dalya too much of her over-protective older brother, but when he offers to teach her to surf, she can’t say no. Can Dalya get past her frustration with her brother to realize how much Mason means to her?

This story made me smile, laugh and even cry.  It was a truly entertaining story and fun to watch young love bloom to life.

An Ocean of Their Own by Bridie Hall:
“Lola spends her days trawling the sand dunes in search of the perfect subject for her art. She finds it in a solitary, beautiful girl. Sarah doesn’t just fill the pages in her sketchbook, she enchants Lola’s heart too. But how can Lola tell her family about Sarah?”

Sometimes when you fall in love, you just fall.  This was a very cute story of two young woman finding love on a summer beach.  I hold a very special place in my heart for Lola’s parents.

If you have a young adult reader at home or you like a good YA book, I would highly recommend this one.

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The Edge of Never/Always by J.A Redmerski

About the Book:

This is a New Adult book, written in first person, intended for readers 17+.  It has a beautiful sex scene and some language that may not be appropriate for children under 17.  (This is per the author.) This is also the first book in a two book series.  You might as well just pick up The Edge of Always when you get this one.  You’re definitely going to want to see how it ends.

“Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.
Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.
With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.
But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?”

My Five Star Review:

This was a full length book but a very easy and fast read.  Camryn drew me in from the very beginning and as soon as I met Andrew, I was completely hooked.  It was one of those books I could not put down and completely ignored my kids forcing them to fend for themselves.  The description above pretty much gives you the idea of the story and I don’t want to give out any spoilers but I will say these two kids go on an adventure I believe “saved” them both.

We all have a time in our lives where we have no idea what we want, who we want to be or even how to get what we want or deal with the struggles in our lives.  These two characters went on an emotional journey and come out the other end stronger than ever and completely in love.  They’re two souls absolutely meant to be together.  I hope you enjoy their journey as much as I did.  Don’t forget to pick up the book The Edge of Always to read the end of their story.