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YA Book Reviews by Amy: One Sentence Challenge

TikTok videos on average are around 16 seconds long (60 seconds at most), tweets are limited to 280 characters, and blurbs on the back of a title are only a sentence or two. These short descriptions or recommendations must be eye catching and clever while getting to the point.

Sometimes I feel like I can be quite long winded when writing my summaries and reviews; so, I wanted to challenge myself by limiting myself to only one sentence for the book summary 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 being blackmailed by an unknown person named Aces; the secrets exposed are not only harmful to their scholarships, but endangers their lives.

Powerful writing from Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé that made me sit on the edge of my seat in suspense.

Available on Overdrive and at the library* for checkout.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Mateo and Rufus receive their death-calls: no matter what, they will die today; will they make the best of their last day?

Gripping tale about death that made me ponder long after I closed the book.

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

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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

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

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

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

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

Stacey Lee is one of my favorite authors because she writes amazingly relatable, but strong female characters in a historical setting.

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

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

In this retelling of Romeo & Juliet, (in 1920’s Shanghai) Roma is heir of the White Roses, while Juliette just returned from America to become the head of the Scarlet Gang, they must put their past behind them to solve a deadly sickness.

My favorite book that I have read this year.

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

Lovely War by Julie Berry

When Aphrodite is placed on trial by her husband, Hephaestus, about her love affair with Ares, she weaves a tale of love and loss between two couples during World War I.

Cleverly written historical fiction with a myth twist that left me feeling all the feels!

Available on Overdrive and at the library* for checkout.

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Five years ago, tragedy took the lives of five cheerleaders, no one suspected foul play until Monica begins to look deeper into the past when suspicious things begins to happen, and she believes the deaths are not only connected, but caused by someone.

The end made me reread parts of this book because I did not read this book as closely as I should have!

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

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Daniela lives in a society that divides the roles of women in the upper class: either they become the wife or the vessel that carries and takes care of the children, but anything must be better than being in the lower class or the rebellion, right?

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

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

*check the link for available copies or to place on hold




Hello everyone! I’m Amy and I am a Youth Services Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. When I’m not trying to reach my reading goal for the year, I like to talk about what I’m reading to my family, friends, and coworkers. You could say I am a little obsessed with reading Young Adult books. I enjoy most genres, but my favorites include: Westerns, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Fantasy, and Mystery. I am always looking for the next great book that makes me connect to its characters and hits me in the feels.