Reviews written by Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
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5.0
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5.0
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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...

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

Weirdly magical

When I was a kid Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite Disney movies. I fell in love with a character who loved books as much as I did. So every time I hear that someone is writing a Beauty and the Beast retelling I know I have...

Kids Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Bright and beautiful

PENGUINS LOVE COLORS is such a bright colorful lovely story about six penguins who want to surprise their mother. They want to use each of the colors they were named after to paint a picture for their mother. I loved how this story uses the colors and how bright and...

Young Adult Fiction
Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 28, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Unable to put down

SEVEN DAYS OF YOU is an adorable contemporary that follows Sophia as she spends her last week in Tokyo. She fills the days hanging out with friends and questioning the feelings she has for two very different boys. What worked for me If...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 28, 2017
(Updated: February 28, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Magical and fun

PIP BARTLETT’S GUIDE TO UNICORN TRAINING is the second book in the Pip Bartlett series. After an accident back home Pip has been sent to spend the summer with her Aunt who owns a magical animal clinic. With a new best friend Thomas, and all the magical animals she could...

Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 25, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Perfect for those Dino loving kids

DINING WITH DINOSAURS is amazing, educational, and great for dinosaur lovers. This book is filled to the brim with amazing facts. From dinosaurs size to what time period they lived. I loved that in the very back they have a key on how to pronounce the names in the book....

Kids Fiction
Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer Jacklin Updegraft, Staff Reviewer    February 25, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Lovely book

What immediately drew me to this book was the cover. Quentin Blake’s drawings are so distinct and beautiful that I would just buy them for the art. I fell in love with this book and the story. It’s simple and beautiful. LOVEYKINS is about this woman who finds a baby...

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