Reviews written by CJ Redwine, Editor

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Kids Nonfiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     January 10, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Fascinating!

What I Loved: This is a fabulous book full of legends and mysteries located in Canada. From lost pirate treasure to underground cities full of gangsters to the story of the Free Masons, this book is a well-researched, fascinating historical tale from cover to cover. I really...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     December 27, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Really Liked It

What I Loved: The characters! Such distinct, fascinating heroines! I really enjoyed that all three of the heroines felt fully realized (complete backstory, hobbies/interests, unique agenda) and that each of them sounded different from the rest. They each brought their own strengths to the team, and I think any...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     December 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0

Feels Vintage

This book is ambitious in scope. It introduces children to colors, shapes, patterns, and locations (i.e. under, above, to the left etc.). I read it to my toddler, and she was interested in following the black cat who shows up on nearly every page and in pointing out colors. I...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     December 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Fascinating

What I Loved: The world building! Wow. From the very first word, the reader is completely drawn into the world of the Roaring 20's--flappers, glittering wealth, mobsters, bootleggers, and girls struggling to figure out how to be modern, independent women in a world that isn't quite ready to let...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     December 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Intimate and Haunting

What I Loved: This was such a compelling story. I devoured it in less than a day, and the hours I spent away from the book were also spent with the story and the characters taking up space in my head, demanding that I finish reading their story. I...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     December 07, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Absolutely Lovely

What I Loved: This has to be one of my favorite books from 2012. From the first sentence, I was completely drawn into the story, and it never let me go. The prose is beautiful and direct. The world is solidly built, and I could envision everything as it...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     November 23, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Good For Younger Readers

What I Loved: First of all, I have to say that the cover is really beautiful, and I think it does the story justice. I also enjoyed that the author clearly paid careful attention to Biblical theology when she built her world, and I think that paid off. The...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     November 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Intriguing but a bit Confusing

What I Loved: The concept of a tiny band of humans who posses the ability to understand and control the elements taking refuge on an island shelter because the rest of the world has been destroyed by plague is intriguing. I also enjoyed that there are other survivors of...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     November 11, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Compelling Premise

What I Loved: I found myself very drawn to the premise of this book. I thought about the book while I wasn't reading it and was eager to return to the pages. For me, that was enough to overcome some flaws and make this a book I'd recommend and...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     November 06, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Adventurous Fun

This is the kind of book my boys would've loved to read when they were younger. Full of dirt, adventure, mischief, and the kind of trouble boys seem naturally gravitate toward. This reminded me of a boy's Junie B. Jones, though I think girls will enjoy it, too. ...

Young Adult Indie
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     November 06, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
N/A
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

A Good Place to Start

This book is a good starting place for readers who want a broad introduction to the job of being a dj. There are excellent time lines tracing the beginning of mixing music for crowds from record scratching to modern computer equipment. A handful of djs are featured, though not as...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     November 04, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Loved It!

My kids grew up watching The Veggie Tales, and we've always appreciated the quality, both in content and in production value. These books continue the same excellent standard set by the original Veggie Tales movies. Each story has beautiful, engaging illustrations, a fun, quirky storyline, and an important message at...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     November 04, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
3.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Diverse & Informative

This book reminds me (in a good way) of the old set of Childbook Encyclopedias I had when I was little. I think it feels like the Childbooks because it has a similar writing style (fairly dry and informative, but rich in vivid details which as a child I found...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     November 04, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Lovely

I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are heartwarming and beautiful. The story, while focusing specifically on a little girl learning how to use chopsticks, will resonate with a broader audience of young readers as every child knows what it feels like to be the only one in a room...

Reviewed by CJ Redwine, Editor     November 04, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Very Enjoyable

KATIE WOO RULES THE SCHOOL reminds me of books I used to read in grade school. I remember finding each chapter, with its new scenario, endlessly fascinating, and I think young readers will feel the same way about Katie Woo. I especially enjoyed the chapter about Katie learning...

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