Caitlin’s #CBR5 #51: Prep School Confidential by Cara Taylor


This is a fun mystery set in a boarding school. Anne accidentally burns down her school’s auditorium. She is then sent away to Wheatley School. She expects a boring school year, but after her roommate is murdered, it’s bound to be eventful. Kudos to the author for writing a mystery that I didn’t guess automatically. There was also an intriguing cliffhanger at the end to set up the next mystery, which I am very excited about.

You can read my full review here.

Caitlin’s #CBR5 #49: The Potty Mouth at the Table by Laurie Notaro


I really liked Laurie Notaro’s other books, but I think that multiple readings may have numbed me to the humor. I got a couple laughs out of this book, but a majority of it was complaining about kids these days and things that seem too old for me to comprehend yet.

You can read my full review here.

Caitlin’s #CBR5 #48: Icons by Margaret Stohl


This is the third YA book dealing with aliens that I have read this year. It’s officially the new thing. Icons was pretty good, but definitely places third. It’s about a society where aliens landed and set up a hierarchy so most of humanity is enslaved, but a select few rule in the aliens’ stead. Obviously, the enslaved don’t care for this and so a rebellion is forming, centered around the Icon Children.

You can read my full review here, along with a memorial to a very special fictional pig.

Caitlin’s #CBR5 #46: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer


A behind-the-scenes look at an amusement park, the fictional Fairy Tale Land in New Jersey. Zoe and her cousin are taking part in the summer internship program. It’s super-competitive, as only one intern wins a $10,000 Dream-and-Do grant at the end. Zoe’s job is as lady in waiting for the Queen, the owner of the park. Therefore, she is at the Queen’s beck-and-call all day, plus she has to deal with an (alluring) rule-breaking Prince Charming, a rogue Cinderella, and trying to get Jess a Princess role so she can win the grant and go to college in New York.

The book is kind of cute, but just okay. You can read my full review here.

Caitlin’s #CBR5 #45: Reboot by Amy Tintera


I really liked this story about reboots, teenagers who die and then come back to life. They are collected and forced to carry out missions for the government. The “real” people treat reboots as weapons, as inhuman. Wren was dead for 178 minutes, and everyone thinks she is the biggest atrocity of all. A new reboot, Callum, was only dead 22 minutes. He teaches her how she is still human and can feel the rain on her skin and all that good stuff (There is no actual rain scene, it just sounded good at the time).

It’s cool and there’s loads of action and awesomeness, plus almost zombies. This was a really good series starter, and you can read my review here.

Caitlin’s #CBR5 #44: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown


This was another historical YA book that dealt with spiritualism. Basically, something written so that I would love it.

It’s about Anna, whose mother claims she is Harry Houdini’s daughter. Anna performs magic as an opening act in her mother’s shows. She also hides her real abilities, premonitions and the ability to read emotions.

I really liked the descriptions of 1920s clothing and speakeasies in this book. The mixture of a real person and a real paranormal society really adds to the appeal.

You can read my review here.

Caitlin’s #CBR5 #43: Rush by Eve Silver


This book was only just okay. The premise was exciting. Miki is run over by a bus and killed. Then she wakes up to find herself in a game. She must shoot evil aliens to save the world. That all sounds awesome, but I was a little bored. They only fight the aliens a couple times. The majority of the book is talking and love triangles.

You can read my review here.