Books by Joelle Charbonneau

VERIFY by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 24, 2019

"Hard to put down but easy to forget. (Dystopian. 13-18)"
An alluring young man gives teenage Meri a slip of paper that changes everything she knows about the world and sets her on a quest for the truth. Read full book review >
EDEN CONQUERED by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 12, 2018

"Sure to appeal to teens raised on the Hunger Games and Divergent series. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
The vanquished princess Carys, thought to have been killed in a mortal struggle with her twin brother, Andreus, in the first volume in the series, continues her arduous journey. Read full book review >
TIME BOMB by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 13, 2018

"A keenly crafted thriller. (Thriller. 12-16)"
When a suburban high school is devastated by a bombing, a diverse group of teens gathers to find a way out. Read full book review >
DIVIDING EDEN by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Predictable and offering too little adventure, save for the twist that will propel the sequel. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
After assassins kill the king and his heir, the remaining royal twins compete to earn the throne. Read full book review >
NEED by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A frothy mystery that trips over its desire for social relevance. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A mysterious social network sows discontent. Read full book review >
GRADUATION DAY by Joelle Charbonneau
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 3, 2014

"Conspiracies, counterconspiracies, lies and double crosses: It's quite a ride. (Dystopian thriller. 12 & up)"
After discovering in Independent Study (2014) that the rebellion is secretly controlled by the administration it purports to act against, Cia must choose whom to trust. Read full book review >
INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Though this novel feels at times a bit too much like an extended setup for the final installment, shocking last-minute revelations about a potential rebellion against the government will leave many readers eagerly anticipating the series conclusion. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)"
Having survived the gladiatorial university entrance exam in The Testing (2013), Cia and her childhood friends begin studying to become leading rebuilders of their post-apocalyptic society. Read full book review >
SKATING UNDER THE WIRE by Joelle Charbonneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"The fourth entry in Charbonneau's amusing series is her best, combining the usual quirky characters with more romance and a surprising denouement."
Who would kill a sweet, elderly nursing home resident? Read full book review >
THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 4, 2013

There are no grades in this dystopian future—only survival.

It's graduation day for 16-year-old Malencia "Cia" Vale, and she's hoping to be selected for The Testing in Tosu City, a necessary prerequisite to attend the University. She is, along with three other Five Lakes colony teens. Embarking on the four-part series of challenges, Cia will learn whom to trust, even as she falls in love with Tomas, one of her fellow Five Lakes colonists. Cia must pass multiple-choice exams, hands-on survival tests and team challenges before facing the final test—a wilderness trek back to the University to prove her abilities as a leader. With a gun, compass and water in her bag, Cia will trek from the ruins of Chicago back to Tosu City, depending on her wits and her trust in Tomas. Charbonneau jumps into the packed dystopia field with a mashup of Veronica Roth's Divergent (2011) and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, but she successfully makes her story her own. Cia's mechanical abilities are an unexpected boon to the overall character development, and it's refreshing not to have a female protagonist caught up in a love triangle. There's a nicely developed relationship between Cia and Tomas and genuine suspense surrounding another candidate's motivations and intentions. Between the ruined world and the mutants, there's plenty of threats to keep the pages turning.

Though genre elements are in place, this page-turner earns an A for freshness. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)Read full book review >
SKATING ON THE EDGE by Joelle Charbonneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Rebecca's amusing third continues to flesh out its continuing characters while providing an eccentric bunch of murder suspects."
A skating rink owner is involved in yet another murder. Read full book review >
SKATING OVER THE LINE by Joelle Charbonneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Rebecca's second (Skating Around the Law, 2010) features the Midwest's laid-back answer to Stephanie Plum in another funny, spunky romp."
A small-town girl who yearns to go back to Chicago is saddled with a reputation as a crime fighter. Read full book review >
SKATING AROUND THE LAW by Joelle Charbonneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Funny and sexy, with a teasing mystery. Janet Evanovich fans will find Charbonneau's debut a good fix while they're waiting for Stephanie Plum's latest."
A country-born urbanite's return to the big city is delayed by murder. Read full book review >