Reviews written by Kayla King, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   April 06, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

So Easily Conjured

The promise of a novel filled with the essence of both Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus is fulfilled by reading Shea Ernshaw's debut novel, The Wicked Deep. Within these pages is a story filled with regret, revenge, lies, and most of all, love. And every bit of this summertime story...

Young Adult Fiction
Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   December 31, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Where You Left Us

Calla Devlin’s sophomore novel offers a look into what happens to those left behind after disaster. The story begins with the poignant line, “My father specializes in devastation,” and from that point onward, readers are swept into Charlotte’s devastation. After her father leaves for the Ukraine...

Young Adult Fiction
Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   December 29, 2017
(Updated: December 29, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Bow Down to the Wicker King

K. Ancrum’s debut novel, The Wicker King, offers a glimpse into the unraveling of the human psyche. August Bateman and Jack Rossi have always been friends. Their mythology reaches from the shadows of the past into the present narrative of the novel, affecting every moment that...

Young Adult Fiction
Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   January 30, 2017

The Careful Undressing of Curses

Corey Ann Haydu's newest novel, The Careful Undressing of Love, offers an interesting premise: the girls of Devonairre Street are cursed. Any boy they love is destined to die. We are introduced to Lorna, one of the Devonairre Street girls for whom this curse...

Young Adult Fiction
Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   January 04, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Edge of Something Real

Tina Sears' debut novel, The River's Edge, is the kind of novel that will bring readers to the edge of something real. Following the protagonist, Chris Morgan, during the summer of 1976, this novel is at times bright with the beauty of first love, friendship, and family, while maintaining a...

Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   August 30, 2016
(Updated: August 30, 2016)

The Greatest of Grandparents

Another beautifully illustrated book from Judi Abbot, this will take most kids into familiar territory spun into fun: spending time with grandparents. This book appears to be set in Africa, though that doesn't much matter. The zebra family drives through a field along with an elephant...

Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   August 30, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Being the Change

This gorgeous book comes at a time when children most need it. Arun Gandhi dedicates this book to "the children of the world in the hope that they will, through personal change, be the catalyst to steer the world on the path to sanity." Amidst death...

Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   June 29, 2016

A Tale of Triumph

Mike Boldt's latest picture book is filled with color, humor, and an endearing message! In a very Kafka like manner, Anya wakes one morning, only to find she has grown a tiger tail. The opening pages are bright and colorful with lovely illustrations and it is here...

Kids Fiction
Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   May 06, 2016
(Updated: May 11, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Finding Hope Somewhere

Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu's stunning debut novel, SOMEWHERE AMONG, will take older readers back in time and introduce new readers to an important moment in history: September 11, 2001. Written in poetic form, this middle grade novel takes young readers to Japan and into the life of Ema....

Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   March 15, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
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Beyond Belief

Maybe we all remember someone telling us all good things must come to an end. These words haunted me all throughout my reading of Aaron Starmer's conclusion to The Riverman Trilogy. Once again I had the immense priviledge of reading an ARC, and once again I...

Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   February 29, 2016
(Updated: February 29, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Hello...

The adorable and simplistic nature of this book promised fun within its pages, and I can't say I was deceived. I had tremendous fun reading this book, and know that it has the potential to be enjoyed by all ages! What begins with the origins of a...

Young Adult Fiction
Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   November 04, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Finding Your Way

In TRAFFICK, Ellen Hopkins creates yet another compelling story. Filled with five characters many of us already know from TRICKS; Eden, Seth, Whitney, Ginger, and Cody try to find their way. Told with as much beauty and grit as all of Hopkins’ work, this novel...

Young Adult Fiction
Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   May 27, 2015
(Updated: May 31, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Truth or Dare

Bill Konigsberg’s new novel THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH, is the meeting point between all the heart and sentiment David Leviathan has to offer and the crazy fun road trip featured in Libba Bray’s GOING BOVINE. This book is filled with humor, sadness, and truth. Beyond all else, the words are...

Young Adult Fiction
Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   May 13, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Let There Be Light

Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, is all at once a fantastical, adventurous, thrill ride that at its core is a story of survival. This book beautifully layers dual points of view with Laia and Elias as our guiding points through the many lands of the Empire:...

Young Adult Fiction
Kayla King, Staff ReviewerKayla King, Staff Reviewer   May 09, 2015
(Updated: May 09, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

Latifah Salom’s novel, THE CAKE HOUSE, is just as delectable as the title suggests. That's not to say that this novel is purely a sugary sweet read. Salom’s debut is a veritable mixture of mystery, ghost-story, and coming of age. From the beginning, the reader is...

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