Book Review – Prep School Confidential

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* I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

Publication Date: July 30, 2013 St. Martin’s Press

Kara Taylor’s YA mystery novel takes place at prep schools in Manhattan and Massachusetts. Anne, the main protagonist, is a likeable, bold, brash teenager. After accidentally setting a fire at her Upper East Side prep school in Manhattan, her parents transfer her to Wheatley, a prestigious prep school in Massachusetts. Shortly after arriving, her room-mate is murdered. The school is indifferent to solving the murder. In light of Anne’s tenacious personality, it’s not surprising that she initiates an extensive search to solve the mystery of her murdered room-mate. During her investigation, she discovers that her roommate is not as naive as she initially appeared and that Wheatley is shrouded with many secrets. Anne discovers some essential information about the murder towards the end, letting the reader know that Anne is not done solving the mysteries surrounding the Wheatley School. Prep School Confidential is a fast paced, light murder mystery filled with plot twists with intriguing characters.
RATING: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Sylo by D.J. MacHale

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 SYLO is a YA Sci-Fi mystery that takes place on an island off the coast of Maine. It’s a plot driven story, which is plausible, entertaining and intriguing, with a surprise ending. Survival, courage and discovery are the main themes of the story. The novel starts off at a fast pace and tension is progressively ramped up throughout the story. Yet the excitement tapers off in the last few chapters, as the dialogue didn’t seem to move the story forward. Tucker, the male protagonist, is your average teenager living the peaceful island life. We experience the mystery and chaos surrounding the island through his point of view. The main characters are likeable, but I didn’t become emotionally attached to the them. Tori, one of the main secondary characters, is well fleshed out. I’d categorize this as a typical boy’s book –  plenty of explosions, unexplained aircrafts, deaths and warships to keep a boy intrigued for hours.

RATING: 4.5 STARS


I received an advanced copy from the publisher for review.