Reviews written by Melissa A. Craven, Indie Manager

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Young Adult Fiction
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3.7
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0

“Once I decided to kill her, the rest was surprisingly easy.”

This book had me at the tagline: “Once I decided to kill her, the rest was surprisingly easy.” It Should Have Been You is a gripping tale of Clara Seibert’s journey to prove herself innocent of her twin sister’s brutal murder. In the midst of...

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

A story about love and loss.

The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren is a story about love and loss. Ben and Lucy are trying to put the pieces of themselves back together after the tragic death of Ben’s sister and Lucy’s best friend, Trixie. The story begins when Ben takes his grief...

Young Adult Fiction
Melissa A. Craven, Indie ManagerMelissa A. Craven, Indie Manager   April 03, 2018
(Updated: April 03, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Not your classic Disney fairytale retelling

At first I was thinking, no not another Beauty and the Beast reimagining. But Jensen’s interpretation of the classic beloved fairy tale is not expected nor is it for the faint of heart. A darker, much more twisted story unfolds as the reader begins to explore the somewhat familiar world...

Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Not your ordinary dragon story

I am a huge fan of the Wings of Fire series and I was eager to return to Tui T. Sutherland’s Dragon fantasy world. What I loved: The artwork by Mike Holmes is phenomenal. Fans of the series will love getting a look at...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

An honest, funny and heartbreaking coming of age story

This is a difficult review to write. Here so Far Away is one of those books that leaves you feeling a bit hollow after finishing. In so many ways, the story is brilliantly crafted with a stream of conscious narrative that is both hilarious at times and heartbreaking at others....

Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

A fun way to promote a love for reading

Silly Sentences is fun and entertaining interactive game to play with your child as they are just beginning to learn to read. Spend an afternoon creating hilarious sentences with your child as they play with this charming little flip book. The clever format ensures that each new sentence is a...

Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

The most empowering collection of paper dolls ever!

From Queen Elizabeth II to Joni Mitchell, this collection of colorful paper dolls features a wide spectrum of trailblazers from women’s history. This fun activity book will definitely foster adult-child interaction as families study the included biographies about each of these women together. I particularly enjoyed...

Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

It's never too early to expose your child to the simple truths of women’s history

As an adult woman, I don’t really remember a time when women couldn’t do the things they wanted to do just because they happened to be female. We are so privileged today to have the same freedoms as men, even though our struggle for equality still continues in many ways....

Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

OMG ROTFLMAO

OMG Classics: Greek Gods #squadgoals By Courtney Carbone In the current climate of fast paced communications and bite sized bits of information comes OMG Classics, Greek Gods #Squadgoals. As creative as it is hilariously entertaining, this clever little book gives the mythology buff...

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

A beautiful companion to the original book

A beautiful companion to the original book, Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris. In 1926, Miss Emily Sands led an expedition up the Nile in search of the tomb of the god Osiris. Alas, Miss Sands and crew soon vanished into the desert, never to be seen again. This...

Young Adult Indie
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

What a sweet story…

Margot Maples is the girl next door. She’s the high school sophomore just trying to navigate the world of class presidential elections, mean girls, boy drama and typical high school life. Sweet Fifteen lives up to its name in every way. A sweet story and a clean read for...

Melissa A. Craven, Indie ManagerMelissa A. Craven, Indie Manager   November 13, 2017
(Updated: November 13, 2017)
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

A Match Made in Heaven!

I’ve always enjoyed Kelly St. Clare’s series and I’ve always enjoyed Raye Wagner’s as well, but together, these authors are pure magic as one voice united to tell a story you won’t soon forget. (Book hangover inducing, but rest easy, the sequel, Shadow Wings is coming very soon!) ...

Kids Nonfiction
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0

A guide to twenty-three of the world’s most useful knots

This fun guidebook comes with everything you need to practice knot tying. The easy to follow illustrations will have young knot enthusiasts learning the difference between hitches, ties, wraps and knots in no time. Two short lengths of rope are included for practice, but parents should be at ease...

Kids Nonfiction
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Perfect for an afternoon of soap-making fun!

Of all the Klutz activity kits, of which there are many, this one is probably one of the more active—and loads more fun too. The kit includes everything you’ll need to create up to ten custom soaps, including packages and stickers so you can give your soaps as...

Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

The women who have shaped America

How does a First Lady train for a job that has no job description—or even a salary? A job that is often thankless, when the public expects a First Lady to be hostess, mother, wife, role model, style icon, a picture of perfection and poise with her arms around her...

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