Reviews written by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     March 09, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Blew Me Away

I have loved all of Miranda Kenneally's books and Things I Can't Forget may have just topped the list as my favorite. What I loved: I loved this book more and more after I finished it and had time to think and digest everything. At times, Kate...

Young Adult Indie
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     March 03, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

This Will Stay With You

This is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Wait For You is gut-wrenching, emotional, and packs a powerful message. What I loved: J. Lynn handles a difficult and scary topic in a real and honest way. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     February 25, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A Fun Contemporary

What I loved: Miranda Kenneally has a way with words that ultimately suck you into the story. I picked up Stealing Parker and read the entire book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. The relationships that Parker has seem real, regardless if you agree...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     February 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Picture My World

I love the look and feel to Picture My World. The illustrations are simple and have an endearing quality to them. This book highlights different events that young children may experience, from a new baby in the family to a trip to the beach. I personally enjoyed flipping...

Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     February 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

In a Blink

I wasn't sure what to expect from this first book of The Never Girls series. I have always loved the story of Peter Pan and Neverland but I wasn't sure about the Fairy aspect of this series. I ended up really enjoying this book and I want to...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     February 21, 2013
Last updated: February 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

10 Valentine Friends

Exchanging Valentines was always one of my favorite things to do when I was younger, which is exactly what this book is about. I loved how each of the children in this book were shown making Valentines cards specific to what each friend would like. My young daughter...

Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     February 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Willa Bean is Back!

If you have a young reader who has read any of the Little Wings series, then they will be sure to love this installment. And if they haven't read any of these books, then I recommend them! In this book, Willa Bean has to learn an important lesson...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     February 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Tweet Hearts

Tweet Hearts is a cute counting book that is perfect for your little Valentine. The counting goes from 10 to 1 (counting backwards is a great skill to learn) and the rhyming text flows very easily from one page to the next. The size of this book is...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     February 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Blown Away!

Victoria Schwab captivated me with her beautiful writing in The Near Witch, so I was more than excited to read her latest, The Archived. What I loved: Everything! The story was unique and so were each of the characters. The world of The Archived jumped off the...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     February 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Vintage Charm

Lindsey Leavitt's Going Vintage was one of the first books I read this year that truly made me laugh out loud. The story is authentic and has a special charm that made me unable to put the story down once I started reading. What I loved: Mallory...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     January 14, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Captivating

Just One Day had three of my favorite story lines, travel, friendship, and love. I loved so much about this book and it is one that I will be sure to recommend over and over. First of all, I wasn't expecting the depth that this plot would have....

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     January 07, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Kiss Me Again

Kiss Me Again is the follow-up to If We Kiss. I did not read that book but I found it easy to catch up and follow the established story line. Charlie is in quite the predicament, her crush is now her stepbrother. They must find a new...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     January 04, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Cold Weather Brings Everyone Together

Cold Snap is a story about a town in the cold winter. Every day the temperature gets colder and the townspeople are trying to stay warm. Finally, the mayor's wife plans a special event that brings the whole town together. One of my favorite parts of this...

Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     December 21, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Fairy Tale Fun

In the second installment of Sarah Mlynowski's Whatever After series, siblings Abby and Jonah end up in Cinderella's story. After Cinderella breaks her foot, it is up to Abby and Jonah to figure out a way to fix the story and find a way to get themselves back home....

Reviewed by Claire Johnson, Staff Reviewer     December 20, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Another Winner

Eric Litwin has quickly become one of my favorite children's book authors. Every single one of Pete's stories have made me smile and tap my toes. In this book, Pete may have a big challenge (saving Christmas) ahead of him but with a cool, calm head and a...

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