Reviews written by Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer

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Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    January 24, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
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3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The perfect witch book

THE KING OF BONES AND ASHES is a story set around three witches living in New Orleans, as magic fades from the world these three witches find their fate tied to one another. Alice the youngest of the Marin group who has been locked away in an asylum for witches...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    November 20, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Strange and beautiful

I have never heard of this author or these books and I am so amazed that I haven’t. Not only is it a little bit dark, a little bit strange, but the illustrations that come with it are absolutely beautiful. Every picture is done in a blue hue and done...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    November 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Brilliant for curious minds

Honestly, I loved everything about this book. It’s filled to the brim with facts and numbers about the universe we live in. It’s a book all about numbers. How many stars in the sky, how many gallons of what on planet Earth, and how many yous would be ten times...

Young Adult Fiction
Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    October 03, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Beautiful and amazing

TOP TEN was an amazing contemporary book that was the perfect blend of adorable and kicks you in the feels. It follows Gabby and Ryan as they graduate high school and look back on the best moments of their friendship. Gabby suffers from anxiety and would much rather stay home...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    October 03, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Makes you want to be a spy

MABEL OPAL PEAR AND THE RULES FOR SPYING follows Mabel a young girl whose parents are super secret spies called “cleaners”. After stumbling upon their secret Mabel begins her own training to become a super secret spy. When her Aunt and Uncle and their bratty daughter claim to be her...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    October 01, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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N/A

The perfect heroes tale

THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES follows Anne who has lived in Saint Lupin’s Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children her entire life. There are only 3 ways to escape the institute. Get adopted, reach the age of 13 and be kicked out, or get chosen for an...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Truthfully beautiful

I am so absolutely in love with Sharon Huss Roat. Her books are funny, relatable, and so easily devoured. I read HOW TO DISAPPEAR in a day and a half, I just couldn’t put it down. Everything about this story was so beautiful, from the love interest to Vicky’s mother...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Monstrously delightful

THIS MONSTROUS CHILD is about how Hel, a young teenage girl came to rule the underworld and how she and her brothers will be the ones to destroy the Gods. Right away I knew I would be interested in this book. I love when books take well-known stories and twist...

Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Creepy and so so weird

If you know me you know that I absolutely love retellings, so when I requested this book I was expecting a pretty typical twisted retelling, but this book was so far from anything I imagined. We have our usual fairy tale characters Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Rapunzel, etc....

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Funny and insightful

Everyone has asked themselves at least once, “what would you do if you won the lotto”. LUCKY IN LOVE is about Maddie a young girl who buys a lotto ticket on a whim and actually wins. Suddenly Maddie has money, $50 million to be exact, and that question becomes all...

Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Full of heart and humor

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE follows Henry “Monty” Montague as he takes his grand tour across Europe with his sister Felicity and his best mate (I love that word) Percy. After a reckless choice by Henry their grand tour turns into a terrifying manhunt and Monty begins to...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Loved from start to finish

ROYAL BASTARDS was something I kept seeing on Instagram and Twitter, and immediately I loved the cover! You guys I love me a good cover and I loved how this cover had the bold font and the chair that’s almost invisible until it hits the light! Just looking at it...

Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

I'm hooked

THICK AS THIEVES is the fifth book in Megan’s The Queen’s Thief series. Although this is standalone and can be read even if you haven’t read the other ones. But after reading Thick as Thieves (which is my first Turner book) I highly suggest you go out and pick up...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A beautiful love story to friends

THE WONDER OF US is a beautifully told story about friendship and what it means to love someone. Riya and Abby have been best friends their entire life, but after Riya’s entire family moves to Germany for the year, Riya and Abby begin to grow apart. They aren’t talking, they’ve...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

It's so fluffy I'm gonna die

I don’t even know how to explain how much I loved THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED. This was the first book I have ready by Becky, and I was worried but I am so glad to say that I am officially hooked. So much so that I went out and bought...

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