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Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Tell Me Three Things

Ever been so consumed with life that when you sit down to do regular things, your life just gets in the way and you can’t concentrate on that TV show or that book? Maybe it’s just not interesting enough to hold your attention? Maybe life is finally better than what’s...

Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   February 09, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Dramatic.

There are so many things in this book that made me angry. But I feel wrong for being angry because the circumstances are less than desirable and they could’ve been prevented and the outcome of this book could have been avoided. But teenagers are stupid and think...

Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   February 01, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Great Hunt

I loved the Sweet series by Wendy Higgins. LOVED. So I knew I needed this book pronto. I’m not familiar with “The Singing Bone”, but now I need to read it to learn more about this tale! For a while there, I felt like...

Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   February 01, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

So cute!

A book about ears? Yes. A book that teaches you about different kind of animal ears? Yes. A book that lets you appreciate your “human” ears? YES! As adorable as it is educational, “What if You Had Animal Ears!?” was an...

Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   January 23, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

PUPPIES AND PIRATES!

Okay, this is incredibly adorable and so creative! I didn’t think a book about dogs could get any more adorable. I WAS WRONG. Puppy pirates, people. THEY’RE REAL. (Get this book for your animal lover/pirate enthusiast child). I’m not much of...

Kids Nonfiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   January 20, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

WOOF!

Playful Pets: Woof, is exactly what you’d expect from a book with the word “woof “ in it: Complete adorableness. (and absolute simplicity for a child that would be reading this). Animal facts and animal sounds. This is the exact book I would’ve loved...

Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   January 18, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A thrilling mystery!

Pleasantly surprised and completely caught off guard. Take the Fall isn’t what I was expecting. True friends stab you in the front, right? I started this book hoping for an easy, quick mystery. I’ve been reading a ton of action books and just wanted...

Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   January 12, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

ACTION!

Drama like you’re watching an episode of Days of Our Lives, bloodshed like it’s Game of Thrones. Set back in the day (when there were assassins and horse riding was a top means of transportation), Assassin’s Heart leaves little to be desired. It’s all here. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   January 04, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Mara's Revenge. On everyone, apparently.

Sidenote to anyone wanting to listen to this on Audiobook, it is voiced by Christy Romano aka Ren Stevens from Even Stevens. And the voice of Kim Possible. And if you’re like me, this was a very distracting detail. I remember reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer...

Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   January 01, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking

Is there any better way to close out one year and begin another than by crying hysterically over characters in a fictional book? No. I can’t think of one. The Good Sister has just set the mood for every other book I will read...

Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   December 17, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Death Cure

This is one of those series where you just want it to end. Where it didn't really need to be a series. Things could have been hashed out in the first book, all questions answered fairly quickly. Done. But, alas, that was not...

Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   December 10, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Mystery of Hollow Places

We've all been there. Lonely and depressed. Pushing our loved ones away. Running from this or that. Depression doesn't care that you have a family. It doesn't care that you have a job. It takes over everything. And some of us come to...

Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   November 18, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Mermaids!

I don't read many books involving mermaids. Not since I was little, anyways. But these mermaids aren't how I remember. They're cruder. Evil. Spooky. More like monsters and less like what Prince Eric might go for. I really liked Monstrous Beauty. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   November 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A must read for everyone!

Once again, the Australian author card is played and it is a hit. But, anything by Melina Marchetta is going to be good. I wish I had read this book sooner. It's an essential coming of age novel. If you're a fan of Sarah Dessen, these are...

Young Adult Fiction
Emily Savant, Staff ReviewerEmily Savant, Staff Reviewer   November 07, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A beautiful contemporary about forgiveness and acceptance.

I think we all have that one person in our life. The one who is no good for anyone, especially themselves. Self-destructive and self-disciplining. The one that doesn’t try to do better. Just wallows in self-pity and hatred and regret. The...

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