Reviews written by Beth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   January 14, 2019
(Updated: January 14, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Feeling Lost and Then Found

'The Next to Last Mistake' by Amalie Jahn will have readers considering their own lives through a bittersweet lens as they work through feelings of security, happiness, separation, loss, and inequality, among others. Jahn has written a story that will resonate with readers of all ages, as main character Tess...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 19, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Life and Love

'We Thought We Were Invincible' by Michelle Lynn engages readers with twisting plotlines and searingly romantic scenes. Main characters Callie and Jamie have a lot going on in their lives, from their relationships with their family members, to the losses they've sustained in their lives, to the day-to-day issues that...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   December 12, 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

Working Toward a Goal

'The Secret Lives of Princesses' by Seven Steps is yet another enjoyable addition to the St. Mary's Academy series of books. Main character Jasmine Patel knows what she wants out of life, but she isn't quite sure how to take charge and make it all happen. Worry envelops her as...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   November 24, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

A Charming Trip

'La Petite Josette En Provence' by Ashley Davidson-Fisher, illustrated by Martinique Louise Fisher, who so happens to be the author's daughter, is a nice story for young children. The book clearly shows how much the author loves the French landscape and some of the goings-on in the country. While the...

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   November 24, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Love, Past and Present

'In Paris With You' by Clementine Beauvais is an interesting story, written in verse. Main characters Eugene and Tatiana find each other once again ten years after their first meeting. That summer a decade ago changed both of them, but the events are threatening to keep them apart in the...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   November 17, 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

Cute and Friendship-Filled

'Chasing Mermaids' by Seven Steps is a nice follow-up to her first book in this series, 'The Boyfriend Agreement'. Main character Ariel just wants things to work out in her favor. Yet, when ex-boyfriend Eric lied to her about what originally brought them together, she realized that being with him...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   November 04, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Friendship and Romance

'The Perfect Catch' by Maggie Dallen is a swoon-worthy romance that captures the innocent, yet frustrating relationship between Callie and Noah. Even though the two have known each other for basically their whole lives, having grown up as neighbors, coupled with the fact that Noah and Callie's brother are best...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   October 27, 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

Redemption at a Cost

'The Edge Rules' by Melanie Hooyenga will draw you in and keep you riveted as you wonder how main character Brianna will find a way to re-shape her life rather than reclaim the one she would rather leave behind. A former bully, she has been ousted from her group of...

Kids Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   October 26, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

The Cost of Friendship

'A Long Line of Cakes' by Deborah Wiles, set in a comfortably cozy town where everyone knows each other, captures the true meaning of finding yourself and the friendships that come along the way. Emma Lane Cake has moved to town with her parents, five brothers, and four dogs so...

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   October 23, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Love is All Around

'Soof' by Sarah Weeks is a story that not only has a contemporary feel, but takes readers back to a seemingly gentler time. The setting of the book, while likely in present day, seems like it can just as easily be in the past. This feeling that it could have...

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   October 14, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Relating to the Other Side

'The Homework Strike' by Greg Pincus is a relevant and worthwhile story about the power of standing up and fighting for what one believes in, even if the consequences don't seem to work in that person's favor. Main character and seventh grader Gregory's determination to right the wrong of homework...

Kids Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   October 14, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Seeing What Matters

'Knock Knock' by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Guy Francis, is a cute picture book about a bear getting prepared for hibernation. He is eager to have some time alone and to not be bothered by the incessant pestering he feels he is encountering when animal after animal knocks on his...

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   October 04, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Money and Change

'Lucky in Love' by Kasie West captures a not-too-familiar storyline, but injects it with all-too-understandable themes. When main character Maddie finds herself the winner of a multi-million dollar lottery, her popularity soars, but her relationships, from friends to family, which she thinks couldn't possibly change if she doesn't, begin to...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   September 19, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Graphic Nostalgia

'The Baby-Sitter's Club: Kristy's Big Day' by Gale Galligan, based on the novel by Ann M. Martin, is an interesting take on the original book, placing the characters in a graphic novel setting. Kristy and her five babysitter friends find themselves in the thick of Kristy's mom's wedding and all...

Kids Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   September 19, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Behind the Walls

'The Very Last Castle' by Travis Jonker, pictures by Mark Pett, has a Willy Wonka feel to it. The book centers on the very last castle that stands in the middle of a small town. No one ever comes out of it, and no one ever goes in, yet a...

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