Tropes in YA

Written by: Maddy   As with every media, YA is not without its faults. And often YA is full of unnecessary tropes that as a reader, I am simply tired of seeing repeated time and time again. Some of the most over- used outdated ones are: The “my parents are divorced and it’s the worst … Continue reading

Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver

Replica by Lauren Oliver Available in the store and online now Reviewed by: Sofia Gemma is a relatively normal teenager with one friend, a heart surgery under her belt, and a mean nickname; Frankenstein. All her life, Gemma has felt out of place. Bullied, discouraged, and abandoned during spring break, Gemma sets out to solve the … Continue reading

Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

  Furthermore, by Tahereh Mafi, is available now in the store and online. Reviewed by: Haley Far, far, away, in the magical, vibrant land of Ferenwood, lives a young, rather colorless girl named Alice who has lost her father—her father, who is said to have left one day with nothing but a dusty ruler in hand.  Her … Continue reading

TTBF16 REVIEW: Three Dark Crowns By Kendare Blake

TTBF16 REVIEW: Three Dark Crowns By Kendare Blake

  Title: Three Dark Crowns  Author: Kendare Blake (Texas Teen Book Festival Author) Release Date:9/20/16 Reviewed by: Maddy All three sisters are born to be queen, but only one can take the crown.  Their sixteenth birthday will mark the official beginning of their deadly fight, but as the day approaches each sister must overcome struggles … Continue reading

TTBF16 REVIEW: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

TTBF16 REVIEW: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Title: An Ember In The Ashes Author: Sabaa Tahir (Texas Teen Book Festival Author) Release Date:4/28/15 Reviewed by: Aurora       This series is practically indescribable because it’s that astonishing, but I’ll try my best.       The story starts with a young man named Elias in his last year of training at Blackcliff Academy. Blackcliff is vicious and … Continue reading

TTBF16 PANEL: With Great Power. . .

TTBF16 PANEL: With Great Power. . .

We have 4 more days until the big day!!! We are counting down and spot-lighting all the panels, and authors of the fest!   The With Great Powers panel focuses on dark powers and perilous animate the pages of these magical tales. You won’t want to miss it, because with great power . . . … Continue reading

#TTBF16 PANEL: Just Like Old Times

#TTBF16 PANEL: Just Like Old Times

This entire week leading up to the festival, the Teen Press Corps will be highlighting the amazing panels that will be featured this year! The Just Like Old Times panel is inspired by ancient history, legends, and myths of yore, these authors build on narratives we all know and love to spin tales that are shiny … Continue reading

#TTBF16 Panel: Hiding In Plain Sight!

#TTBF16 Panel: Hiding In Plain Sight!

  This entire week the Teen Press Corps will be highlighting the amazing panels that will be featured at the Texas Teen Book Festival this year! One of our most anticipated panels is titled, Hiding In Plain Sight.   LEIGH BARDUGO Leigh Bardugo is the amazingly talented author of The Grisha Trilogy, a fantasy series that … Continue reading