THE FIX by Natasha Sinel

The Fix

The Fix by Natasha Sinel

September 1, 2015 from Sky Pony Press

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At the same time devastating and hopeful, THE FIX tells the story of sometimes bad-girl Macy Lyons and her journey of self-discovery and awakening, friendship and honesty.

Macy meets the mysterious Sebastian at a party, and the next day he disappears. When Macy finds out Sebastian has been checked into the Behavioral Health center at the local hospital, she decides to visit – and neither teen’s life will ever be the same. An undeniable connection forms between them, one that neither teen can ignore despite the whirlwind of change happening to each of them. They help each other face their fears, their faults, and the deep truths that no one ever wants to share, and in the end, they find a fix – together.

With authentic writing and a solid plot, THE FIX is a strong debut novel from a great new voice in YA. The characters are complex and likable, and their stories will keep you turning the pages and wanting to know more. Keep a box of tissues handy, as this is definitely a tearjerker – in the worst and best kinds of ways.

The verdict: A strong contemporary debut about truth, love, and finding your own fixes when life gets rough.

A Superb Thriller: HOLDING SMOKE by Elle Cosimano


Elle Cosimano once again blows it out of the water with her latest paranormal mystery, HOLDING SMOKE. John “Smoke” Conlan was accused of two murders – one of which he didn’t commit. Still a criminal doing time at a juvenile detention center known as the “Y”, Smoke is trying to recover from being murdered by his father.

That’s right, John Smoke Conlan was murdered. Six minutes later, he came back to life. Ever since then, Smoke has been able to travel outside his body, and he uses this new ability to gather information on his prison-mates to trade for favors. This leads Smoke to meet “Pink”, a tough girl working night shift at a bar, the only person who can see his ghostly form. When new evidence comes to light that might help clear Smoke’s name, he enlists Pink’s help, and they become entwined in a web of secrets and danger.

A masterfully crafted thriller that will keep you guessing until literally the very last page, Smoke’s story is thrilling, raw, and gritty. The paranormal twist gives HOLDING SMOKE a unique edge all its own, and Cosimano’s superb writing will keep readers turning the pages long into the night. The author really knows her topic, due to her own background and a ton of research and reading. The work she put into the story really shows in the details, the accuracy, and the depth of the characters. This is a fantastic book that readers will simply not be able to put down! 

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Elle Cosimano grew up in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, the daughter of a maximum security prison warden and an elementary school teacher who rode a Harley. As a teen, she spent summers working on a fishing boat in the Chesapeake Bay. A failed student of the hard sciences, she discovered her true calling in social and behavioral studies while majoring in psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Fifteen years later, Elle set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing. Her debut novel, NEARLY GONE, was an Edgar Award finalist, winner of the International Thriller Writers’ Best Young Adult Novel Award, and winner of the inaugural Mathical Book Award recognizing mathematics in children’s literature. Elle lives with her husband and two sons in Mexico, somewhere between the jungle and the sea.

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Favorite Picture Books of 2015

I love reading picture books. I especially love strange, quirky, slightly adult picture books that really make you think. These are my favorite picture books that I read in 2015; most of them were published this year as well. All of them are just strange enough to read out loud to teens during story time, which is one of my favorite things to do at teen programs.

The Whisper 22747854 Jampires 23846164 I Will Fight Monsters for You  This Is Sadie

The Queen's Shadow: A Story about How Animals See Please, Mr. Panda

Favorite Fiction of 2015

I somehow narrowed my list down to just 10 favorite YA Fiction of 2015! There is a large variety here – stand-alones, books in a series, an anthology, some short novels and some that are very long, some super popular and a few that flew under the radar this year. I hope this helps some people discover new books to read!

Book covers link to my public library’s catalog, because you should be getting books from the library!

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Favorite Manga of 2015

Welcome to the first blog post I’ve made in soooooo many months! And of course it’s about manga! Here are my Top 10 Manga from 2015, featured in no particular order.

If you’re a manga lover I highly recommend reading all of these series, and if you’re a librarian you should definitely have them all in your library! Akame ga Kill, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, and Citrus should probably be in the adult GN section, but everything else can go in YA!

My Little Monster, Vol. 1 by Robico    

Servamp Vol. 1 by Strike Tanaka    Citrus, Vol. 1 by Saburo Uta

Northern Kentucky YA Fest Recap


Over the weekend I got the chance to participate in the fabulous Northern Kentucky YA Fest. (Did you know that parts of northern Kentucky are considered suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio? There’s your fun State Line Fact of the Day.)

Everything about it was awesome. The teens were awesome. The authors were awesome. The volunteers were awesome. And the organizers were awesome, specifically Eden Grey, librarian extraordinaire, who was in charge of the whole damn thing and pulled it off like a pro. You never would have guessed that this was the first year they’ve ever done it!

Here are some photos. And let me just say: this all just goes to show that anyone can organize an event like this. Eden and her crew looked around, realized that there weren’t any YA festivals in their area, decided to organize one, and went ahead and did it. These events are such wonderful ways to…

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