Free To Fall
Young Adult / June 28, 2016

Author: Lauren Miller. Summary: Sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn is motivated, happy, and successful. She’s been accepted to the most prestigious school in the country, and she’s the envy of her classmates. But none of them know her secret: that she hears the Doubt, the small inner voice, aka auditory hallucination, that can herald madness. When she meets a handsome boy in town who also hears the Doubt, and listens to it instead of using Lux, the decision-making app that directs everyone’s lives, Rory’s viewpoint begins to change. There’s something strange going on here, and she’ll have to question everything she ever knew to get to the bottom of it. My Thoughts: The world Lauren Miller creates is clever and believable; with the current trends, it’s all too easy to imagine an app that millions depend on for every decision. But except for the two main characters, none of the characters are very rounded or have strong personalities. I found it interesting, but not overly amazing. Content Review: Sexual content: “Rory, look at that sky. This is a photographer’s wet dream.” Some kissing. Character finds out her mother’s husband wasn’t her (first character) father. Girl starts to undo her boyfriend’s jeans, but…

Ever
Young Adult / June 28, 2016

Author: Gail Carson Levine. Summary: Olus is the young god of winds. He has no play-mates among the immortals, being the only child right now, and he wishes to live with humans. Kezi doesn’t believe in him – she believes in the one God, and she has only a month to live before she is to be sacrificed to him. When she and Olus cross paths their journey will begin, from her belief in Olus’s divinity to his longing for her love, ending only when they have settled their fate, either to be together for eternity or die separated. My Thoughts: Compared to Gail Carson Levine’s excellent track record, this was a great disappointment. The prose was short, simple, and quickly tiresome; the characters were under-developed and under-likable, and trials Olus had to undergo, what ought to have been one of the high-tension parts of the book, were a letdown. Moreover, her theological questioning was odd and strangely weighted. Content Review: Sexual content: A kiss. Male slaves wear only loincloths. Language: None. Violence: A lamb is sacrificed. Man knocked out by blow to head. Immortal lets itself be ‘sacrificed’.