Crime

Fresh Ink

This book is an anthology of twelve stories by assorted YA authors.  (I say stories, but to me they read more like vignettes.)  The collection is designed to bring together diverse characters underrepresented in mainstream YA literature.  We’ve got your… Read More ›

Squirm

Billy Audubon Dickens doesn’t go out of his way to make friends at school because he knows he won’t be staying long. His mom has a fixation on bald eagles and insists on living wherever she can monitor a pair…. Read More ›

Ten After Closing

High school senior Scott just thinks he has problems. At home his unemployed, depressed, alcoholic dad is becoming increasingly abusive towards him, his mother and his younger sister Evie.  Even though he has several outstanding college offers for the fall,… Read More ›

#MurderTrending

The ex-reality-star-turned President of the U.S. has outsourced a segment of capital punishment in the federal criminal justice system to a mysterious producer named The Postman, who has repurposed the old Alcatraz prison site into a physical setting for his… Read More ›

Like Never and Always

Sixteen-year-old Olivia (Liv) and seventeen-year-old Morgan are best friends driving home in a convertible late at night with their boyfriends, brothers Nathan and Clay.  Neither of the girls is wearing a seat belt (since they’re only driving five miles after… Read More ›

Hull Metal Girls

In this book humanity has been condensed onto a fleet of starships scouting for a habitable planet on which to re-establish itself.  For 300 years its governing body has been searching.  To help keep order–in particular against a rebellious group… Read More ›

My Plain Jane

The publisher’s comment on the back flyleaf of this book says the three authors ((Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows) have as their goal to “fix history by rewriting one sad story at a time.”  The book’s dedication partly reads… Read More ›

The Cheerleaders

Five cheerleaders from Sunnybrook High die within two months of each other from a car crash, a suicide and a murderous attack—at least that’s what Monica Rayburn (younger sister of one of the cheerleaders) and the rest of the world… Read More ›

Aftermath

What becomes of the families of school shooters once judgments are passed and the perpetrators are either dead or convicted and imprisoned?   What happens when innocent family members end up sharing blame for the event? Can families be faulted… Read More ›