Reviews written by Amalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Indie
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   April 08, 2019
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5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
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N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Grab the Tissues

This book stole my entire heart in the best possible way. I laughed, I cried, and I pulled so hard for Lock and West page after painstaking page. What I loved best about this book, told in dual POVs, is the authenticity of both MCs voices. Lock literally jumps off...

Young Adult Indie
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   April 08, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Sweet Summer Fling

This novella about Ella, a girl who's lost her passion for music, and Damon, the guy who helps rekindle it. A quick, fun read with relatable characters, will they / won't they tension, and hidden romance, I enjoyed this offering from Key. Lots of good chemistry between the two MCs...

Young Adult Indie
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   April 08, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Adorkable

In the interest of full disclosure, the only reason I picked up this book is because my father actually WAS the marching band director for Dulaney high school WAAAAAYYYY back in the day. That connection made me open the front cover, but the story kept me turning the pages. ...

Young Adult Indie
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   April 08, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Slow Burn Romance

There are lots of points to love about this book: a slow burn 'friends to lovers" romance and a great friend group. Regan is a likable, albeit emotional, teenage girl whose only focus is her educational future. Boys cannot be part of the equation which is why she's chosen to...

Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   October 26, 2018
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

High-Action Rapunzel Retelling

In this Rapunzel retelling, Ms. Lynn takes the childhood damsel in distress you know and love and turns her into a strong protagonist you’ll be rooting for from the start. In this version, Etta has a magical ability she’s unable to use since magic is illegal. On top of that,...

Young Adult Indie
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   October 26, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Beautifully Written

Ink and Ivy is a quiet contemporary which thoughtfully explores having the courage to become the person you were meant to be. When Ivy meets Julian unexpectedly in an antique store, she begins to see herself in a new light—quite different from the one her parents have always imagined for...

Young Adult Fiction
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   August 28, 2018

Captivating Summer Read

Wild Blue Wonder traces the aftermath of Quinn's best friend Dylan's death. The book is told in alternating chapters: the present, told in first-person from Quinn's perspective, and the past, told in letters written to Dylan she's never able to send. As the book progresses, we are given glimpses into...

Young Adult Fiction
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   August 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Beautiful

Tamani takes us on a journey from Taja's middle school years all the way through college--a true coming-of-age novel. Throughout the book, which is so lovingly crafted, we see Taja struggling to conflate the many discrepancies in her life: Christianity and sexuality, love and lust, sinner and saint. Tamani does...

Young Adult Fiction
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   August 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Powerful Contemporary

I'm a huge YA fan and completely loved this latest offering from Rebecca Phillips which follows the life of Dara Shepard both before and after the tragic death of her best friend Aubrey. The novel is told in alternating chapters, bringing the reader closer and closer to the actual...

Young Adult Indie
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   August 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Friendship Over Romance

Although TWBL starts as a simple buddy adventure, it quickly morphs into a coming-of-age journey including budding sexuality and the fine line between friendship and romance. Cooper and Cady head off for a weekend of firsts and homeless Eli quickly joins the fold. As they continue crossing off the items...

Young Adult Fiction
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   August 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Tackles Difficult Topics

I'm a huge fan of issue-driven contemporary fiction so I was excited to start reading Seeking Perfect. Books like this tend to be written in first-person to give readers the most insight into the character's worldview, so I was surprised when this offering was written in third-person instead. Unfortunately, I...

Young Adult Indie
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   January 17, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Nothing Ordinary about A Pain Less Ordinary

If you are looking for a happy-feel-good beach read, A Pain Less Ordinary is not the book for you. But if you are looking for something with significantly more substance which will force you to reexamine the reality many teens face and make you feel a wide range of emotions,...

Young Adult Indie
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   January 17, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Earth to Skye Delivers

Told in two distinct parts - before Skye's death and Liv's trip the Himalaya after, I enjoyed seeing the juxtaposition not only between the two settings but how the two girls lives were also juxtaposed against one another. Case truly captures how easy it can be for a teen to...

Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   January 14, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Classic OZ Revisited

Although highly irreverent throughout, what I loved most about Arabella is that she doesn't just go along with the social injustices she encounters in OZ. Unlike Dorthy who never questions the established hierarchy set up by Baum, Arabella addresses the hard questions head-on in a way that only a modern...

Young Adult Indie
Amalie Jahn, Staff ReviewerAmalie Jahn, Staff Reviewer   July 31, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Interesting Premise

When I picked up Undiscovered Country I was hoping for the same sort of introspective journey as Wild or Eat, Pray, Love, fictionalized, of course. As the premise is similar, a woman suffers loss and leaves home hoping to find herself in a foreign land, I expected a similar experience....

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