CleanLit Review: THE SPIDER HEIST by Jason Kasper

As an FBI agent, she specialized in hunting America’s most elite thieves. Now, she’s become one of them. Blair Morgan’s world is in shambles. After being used as a scapegoat by a corrupt former boss, she is unceremoniously fired from the FBI. Now, with her reputation, pride, and years of service stripped away, Blair just […]

CleanLit Review: GRACE’S GHOSTS by Stephenie Peterson

Grace has friends. They just lack heartbeats. It’s a good thing Grace isn’t afraid of ghosts. Her town is overridden with them. Her cat, Midnight, is a ghost. All of her friends are ghosts, and she’s the only person who can see them. Her bullies, however, are as alive as can be. When her ghostly […]

CleanLit Review: THE VERY REAL WORLD OF EMILY ADAMS by Samantha J. Rose

“Be a rebel. In a world of darkness, become light.” Emily Adams has lost everything. Injured from a fight with her now officially-ex-boyfriend, she’s fled to an unfamiliar city with nothing but the change in her pocket and a broken relationship with her father. As hope slips away, she seeks to put a permanent end […]

CleanLit Review: BAKE BELIEVE by Cori Cooper

Can it be real? Or is it bake believe? All Cat Anderson wants out of life is a circle of friends to giggle with and a few cute boys to flirt with. Her first day of eighth grade is looking perfect—until a scheduling mishap places her in a culinary arts class. Food, it turns out, […]

CleanLit Review: UNFIT by Karma Chesnut

Head down. Eyes down. Don’t make a scene.  John Hunter’s future will be determined by a single test – the Genetic Fitness Evaluation. Acceptance, opportunity, love – it’s all his for the taking if he passes. But if he fails, he will be branded as an Unfit, imprisoned in Emerson Asylum, and his life will […]

CleanLit Review: A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer Nielsen

With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, […]

CleanLit Review: SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold―a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed. Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty […]

CleanLit Review: EDGEDANCER by Brandon Sanderson

From the STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older–a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, […]

CleanLit Review: WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the “Indian-ness in her blood,” travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a “potential lunatic,” and whose mother disappeared. As Sal entertains her grandparents with […]

CleanLit Review: THE AGONY AND ECSTASY by Irving Stone

His time—the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring Popes, and the all-powerful de’Medici family… His loves—the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de’Medici, the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi, and his last love, his greatest love—the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna… His genius—a God-driven fury from which he wrested brilliant work that made a […]

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