Reviews written by Jazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   February 14, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

This Tiny Perfect World

Things that worked: The small town setting. Although it felt restrictive to the main character, a small town story often feels homey and quaint. The love triangle: It was less about the who will she choose, and more about what each person represented in both the story...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   January 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

I think the author wrote this book with his tears--and I don't say that to be funny. This book is sad, like really sad. I'm not quite sure what the author's goal was here--but if it was to make me feel sad, for a person and/or...

Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   January 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Devils & Thieves

The motorcycle club aspect: As a fan of Sons of Anarchy--I love the motorcycle club culture--toss in the magic and I was sold. The family dynamics--This was a tight familial unit--every part moved together with a purpose. Even when there was a spat, they stuck together. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   January 23, 2018
(Updated: January 23, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Calling My Name

I can hear the voices of some of the greatest African American writers echoing in the voice of Liara Tamani's debut novel, Calling My Name. Reading Calling My Name had me reminiscing not only on some of those books I've read, by the aforementioned authors--but reminiscing of...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   November 14, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Good and Gone by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Road tripping with a purpose, Good and Bad is a journey, the reader won't soon forget. Lexi's brother, Charlie, is in a slump. One day he was away at school, the next, he's a permanent fixture in the house, on the couch, and in every crevice...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   November 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Release by Patrick Ness

Wildly original--and completely realistic--Release is a whirlwind of a tale, one that will leave you both completely confused, yet satiated. Release is a sort-of coming-of-age story. Our MC, is out of the closet, sort of. He has one foot in, and one...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   September 26, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

While this read wasn't incredibly action-packed, there was something incredibly powerful in it. Adam is crazy. At least that's the way he sees it. He hears voices, and sees things that only exist inside his mind. By society's standards he'd be considered crazy. But medically speaking,...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   September 26, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Trell by Dick Lehr

This book lives up to all it claims to be. Gripping and thrilling, indeed it was. I loved the juxtaposition of the past and the future. While the story is told in the now, It feels like you're right there with them every time they talked...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   July 05, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Secret History Of Us

Ahh, good ol' amnesia, and accidents. Nothing like a story that you have to piece together. Makes me feel like Sherlock Holmes--and I love Sherlock Holmes. In the case of this book, I was Sherlock Holmes,--who deduced the entire mystery of the story in a short couple...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   June 28, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Remember Me Forever

This is one of the very few books that I found it hard to say farewell to. With characters that gave me something to root for, and something to long for--I definitely found it hard to say goodbye. This is one of those series, that I think...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   June 26, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Missing

With strong characters, a deserving hero, and heroine--I'd want to give this five stars--but the points in which it failed--makes it impossible for me to do so. What I liked:Again the strong characters, every character had their own believable story. I rooted for every character--well aside from...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   March 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Vigilante

This story's strength and focus is female empowerment, and while I am always here for female togetherness--the lack of realism in this novel dragged down an otherwise decent read. Hadley's best friend is dead. She committed suicide after battling the after effects of being raped. After being...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   January 11, 2017
(Updated: January 11, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Thriller With A Great Setting, and Intriguing Characters

The setting of this book did not disappoint. I could envision this part of Africa in my mind--although I don't believe the actual city the author chose is real, but still. It was like a part of it was with me while I read. This one was...

Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   January 05, 2017
(Updated: January 05, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Quirky Mystery, Reminiscent of the Scooby Doo Gang, Only Smaller...

We Knew It Was You is a quirky mystery with characters that are both the worst and the best at solving crimes. These characters have on emission, and that is to stop crimes--but not put themselves in danger, at least not to much. Benny and Virginia aren't...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   January 04, 2017
(Updated: January 04, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

An Adorable, Swoon-Worthy Read

People may think me harsh when it comes to reviews. But, I like to think that I'm just honest. I don't know about you but I definitely want to read a review that is true to it's word, literally. I don't want to read a review by a reviewer I...

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