Reviews written by Angela Blount, Staff Reviewer

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Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   December 14, 2017
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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4.0

Odd But Lovely

“I don't understand it any more than you do, but one thing I've learned is that you don't have to understand things for them to be.” Beautifully peculiar. I missed this one in my childhood. (I heard it mentioned now and then as...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   December 14, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Let's Get Microscopic

I sincerely think this book is better than the first one. (I suspect the 11-year release gap between book 1 and 2 may have positively contributed.) The writing, the cohesion, the clarity, the emotional conveyance... everything is taken up a notable notch. Not to mention, the focal idea of the...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   December 14, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey

Time-travel, evil dictators, Unicorns, and impending nuclear doom. Oh my! When you break it down to it’s basic parts, it doesn’t look like this story could possibly work. And yet, somehow, it does. Not perfectly or without some name-related confusion. But what it sometimes lacks in clear...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   December 10, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

A Semicolon Anthology

"Stay Strong. Love endlessly. Change lives." --Amy Bleuel This suicide and mental illness awareness collection is made up of both survival testimonials and memorial accounts of those enduring the pain of a lost loved one. The range of writing length and ability here is widely...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   December 04, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0

Mature MG Horror

In this second installment of the series, Thomas ward is now 13 and has been the Spook’s apprentice for 6 months. An unfortunate occurrence involving his estranged priest brother leaves the Spook an opening—a reason to revisit Priestown. There he hopes to tangle again with an ancient being...

Young Adult Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   December 02, 2017
(Updated: December 02, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Opposites Attack?

A contemporary YA romance—heavy on the romance—with an Indian-American take on the attraction of opposites. The story is told in alternating dual POVs, from the very different perspectives of two recent high school graduates: Rishi and Dimple. Both are highly intelligent and highly motivated, eyeing tech-oriented careers....

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   November 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

All About Wonder Woman

A charming gift idea for young Wonder Woman fans, with plenty of additional DC universe appeal. This Wonder Woman ultimate sticker collection isn’t merely that (although it does deliver on the more-than-1000-sticker promise.) The first 31 pages are actually more guide-like, dedicated to introducing children to the...

Young Adult Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   November 14, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Verily Verity

The year is 1943. The setting locations are England, and Nazi-occupied France. The book is told in a split first-person point of view (which occurs halfway through the book), between Queenie (“Verity”), and her best friend, Maddie. Queenie is a bold, German-speaking Scottish aristocrat who has...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   November 10, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0

A Certain Kind Of Funny

A mature contemporary YA, set in New York City. The story is told in first-person present-tense, exclusively from the perspective of a young teen named Craig—who is struggling with anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. After a particularly bad night, he opts to check himself into the psychiatric floor of a...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   November 08, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

English Folklore Galore

A mature middle-grade fantasy—sporting a medieval feel and steeped in an eerie English folklore ambiance which, at times, drifts over the line into horror. The story is told exclusively in the first-person past tense perspective of Tom Ward, the latest (and allegedly last) apprentice to the...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   November 06, 2017
(Updated: November 06, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Bloody Awesome

This first-person present-tense piece of historical YA fiction begins a bit like a Charles Dicken’s work—eighteenth-century London, poor destitute orphan, cruel world. But from there, things get a lot more interesting… Mary Faber came from a good family, but that didn’t spare her their loss to rampant...

Young Adult Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   October 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Shipwrecked... IN SPACE

I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant to pick this one up. First of all, it sounded a bit like Titanic: In Space!, (and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t a fan of how the movie ended. *sniffle*) Secondly, Illuminae was my first exposure to Amie Kaufman’s work (albeit in...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   October 03, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Adventure Continues

The Doldrums are back in this mystery and intrigue-laden Middle Grade continuation. Though it’s definitely a sequel, the story has been crafted in such a way that readers needn’t have discovered book #1 to enjoy and fully comprehend The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse. Here, Archer (and readers by extension)...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   September 25, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Young Green Thumbs

Don’t let the name intimidate you—this guide is as extensive as it is accessible. The book features 111 pleasingly well laid out pages, each with full-color imagery worthy of Pinterest. There are plenty of quick tips, interesting facts, detailed instructions, and even a few recipes. The writing...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   September 10, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Jokes Galore

This durable hardback presents a sizable collection of perfectly clean kid’s jokes. There are anywhere from 3-6 jokes per page (254 pages total), with simple grayscale background images of kids, cars, roads, and semi-random objects. Types of jests include knock-knock, play on words, and Riddle Puns. ...

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