YA Book


Scythe (Arc of the Scythe #1)

By: Neal Shusterman


Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.


I thought the idea behind Scythe was interesting. Humans are immortal and to avoid overpopulation they create a group of people legally allowed to kill them. Sounds promising. It ended up being weird and boring for me.

How is it alright for the group of people who are allowed to kill humans allowed to do it in any manner they desire? Why is there no rule that they have to do it in a humane way? Why do they get to choose whoever they want to kill, as long as it’s not obvious that they’re targeting a specific group? Why is there no real oversight on this group at all??? Why was only having ten rules for Scythes not a red flag?

I think the issues with this system are incredibly clear. I received no answers in this first book and I’m debating on whether or not I want to read the next. Things aren’t looking good.


Lois Lane: Fallout (Lois Lane #1) By: Gwenda Bond

Lois Lane

This cover is freaking awesome and I love it!


Lois Lane: Fallout (Lois Lane #1) By: Gwenda Bond


Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.


I’m not a huge fan of Lois Lane, but I love superman and I read a blog by the author, Bond, over on Chuck Wendig’s website and I thought it sounded interesting. I fell in love with the cover, I read half of the kindle sample, and then I decided I had to own this book in hardback.

First off, the quality of the actual book is great. The slipcover is cool and the cover under that looks just as good. The paper is white, not the normal cream color, and because of that the words just pop off of the page.

Next, the book itself is really good. I’m always wary of YA books because you never know when you’re going to have to deal with the stupid emotions of teenagers and all their “issues.” Thankfully there was almost none of that in this book and what little there was, was completely acceptable and actually went with the story. There was no made up issues with boys or adults treating them unfairly just because they’re adults. The book was about real issues, involving bullying in hologames. Err.. Real issues with a cool twist.

I want a hologame now! Give it to me. I must wage war!!!!!

Anyway, halfway through the book I was dreading finishing it and wishing I had started the series when a couple more were already written. Goodreads has it listed as a series, but a quick internet search gave me nothing on the publishers website or the authors. My hope is that Bond is already locked in a room somewhere writing the sequel and that DC is telling her she can have whatever she wants. That’s the dream, we’ll see what happens.

Fallout was one of those books that while reading I told myself this is a solid four star, I really like it, but it’s missing something extra to push it to love. However, as I wrote my review and started to really think about the book my love grew for it. I’m still withholding the full five stars, but it is definitely more than a four.


Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain By: Richard Roberts

Please Dont Tell My Paren'ts I'm a Supervillain

Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain (Please Don’t Tell My Parents #1) By: Richard Roberts


Penelope Akk wants to be a superhero. She’s got superhero parents. She’s got the ultimate mad science power, filling her life with crazy gadgets even she doesn’t understand. She has two super powered best friends. In middle school, the line between good and evil looks clear. In real life, nothing is that clear. All it takes is one hero’s sidekick picking a fight, and Penny and her friends are labeled supervillains. In the process, Penny learns a hard lesson about villainy: She’s good at it. Criminal masterminds, heroes in power armor, bottles of dragon blood, alien war drones, shape shifters and ghosts, no matter what the super powered world throws at her, Penny and her friends come out on top. They have to. If she can keep winning, maybe she can clear her name before her mom and dad find out.


With a title like that I had to at least read the sample. After a sample like that I had to at least read the book. After a book like that I have to read the next. Notice a theme?

I was nicely surprised by PDTMPIASV, it could have very easily been over the top cheesy with no plot or character development in sight, but it didn’t take the easy way out. There was certainly cheese and it was set over a couple of weeks so there wasn’t much character development, but it was still there and combined with the plot and world it made a great book.

The book was very long for a juvenile fiction book, possibly even for a YA. There were times when it did drag a little, because Roberts wanted to show you that Penny was a normal middle school girl, who just happened to find out that she made a good supervilian. Normal middle school girls are pretty boring.

I did wish that she had found a way to cement herself as a superhero and not just someone who worked both sides. If Roberts was trying to say something more there he didn’t do it clearly enough for me. I did however see why Penny would enjoy being a villain.

I thought her parents were very stupid, especially for supposedly being two of the smartest people on the planet, because of that I doubted everything they said. Obviously this would appeal to kids, she’s pulling something over her parents so easily. As a parent I’m annoyed, though.

If you happen to have a child in the YA/ juvenile fiction age bracket that loves to read I would highly recommend. Because of the length I’m not sure I would recommend for all readers in that age group, though.