Reviews written by Jazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   January 07, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

99 Lies (100 Hours, #2)

99 lies pick up exactly where the last book left off, post-kidnapping—at least for most of them. Genesis and Holden are still stuck on the island and everyone that’s made it back on American soil are worrying about their health and safety. In the most unusual way,...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   December 24, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary is as disturbing as its name implies. While, in an effort to not trivialize or pretend as if teenagers don’t go through hard things, I’d timidly suggest this novel for older teens. Macy is disturbed or is she? Forced into...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   December 19, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Easy Prey

Easy prey’s story is directly relevant to its title. It tells the story of how when you prey on others, completely disregard the people you hurt, you just might become easy prey yourself. The internet can be a nasty place. I think many of us have...

Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   December 18, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Lights, Camera, Carmen!

Lights Camera Carmen is a quick-to-read tale of a zealous and outspoken kid destined to make it big. Though she dreams of being on stage, a Dino-Krispies cereal contest thrusts her into a new dream, she’s going to be on tv. With a personal cinnamon-tographer, whose...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   November 06, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Color of Lies

The Color of Lies relies heavily on its interesting characters, not-so-original plot, and captivating writing to keep its reader--but as for the thrill, it just doesn't sizzle enough. YA novels don't tend to be too wowing in the thrill department and while this one is not...

Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   November 01, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
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Zora & Me:The Cursed Ground

Reading stories set during the time of slavery twists the stomach into a knot. Though most of us have never and might never have to experience such a cruel era of servitude and dehumanization it’s a sore spot. A spot that smarts at the mere mention....

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   October 30, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Pride (A Pride & Prejudice Remix)

Pride is flavorful, a cornucopia of culture, a coming-of-age story with characters so well-developed they practically leaped off the page. Zuri Benitez is just a girl with words in her heart, Brooklyn nestled in her veins and dreams bigger than the neighborhood she’s grown to love. ...

Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   October 01, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate

Pete the Kitty is the younger version of the beloved Pete the Cat books; perfect for lovers of the original and even younger readers. With bright and vibrant illustrations and easy-to-read text, Pete the Kitty and the groovy play date was a fun time; that also delved...

Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   September 19, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

My Wish For You

My wish for you is the quintessential girl power read. Although it seems to focus on empowering young girls the rules can apply to any child. However, it is all about the girls. Pages filled with young beautiful girls of every race, shape and...

Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   September 19, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0

Kendall's Snow Fort

Kendall’s snow fort is a feel-good lesson learning wintery mix of fun. Essential for slightly more advanced readers, Kendall’s snow fort has slightly lengthier sentences, but the spaces in between take into account a younger reader. Starting off with a great idea, a snow...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   September 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A story of hope, redemption and second chances!

It seems repetitive to mention the need for books like these when I was a youth--but I can still see this same need for African American young adults today--a story that features an African American main character not lost in tragedy or highlighted in negative stereotypes associated with blackness--or being...

Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   August 19, 2018
(Updated: August 19, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
2.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Amelia Bedelia Digs In

Geared towards 7-8-year-olds, a bit of this content will go over their heads, told in a voice that seems older than its main character and its intended audience. This may not work for all children. Summer is another time for another adventure for Amelia Bedelia. Summer vacation...

Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   August 19, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

King and Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth

A rather quick read with a quick solve, King and Kayla told from the perspective of the dog, King, will excite readers with the quick-to-solve mystery and the wildly excitable pup, this will be a great read for chapter book level readers—and those transitioning into it. King...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   April 25, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

And She Was

If the authors intention was to help non-transgendered peoples understand transgendered people, I think that was accomplished. I believe she did her very best and with good intention to help bridge the gap, between transgendered persons, and the ignorance of non-transgendered persons. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Jazmen Greene, Staff ReviewerJazmen Greene, Staff Reviewer   April 17, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Poet X

The Poet X felt like coming home. I felt the presence of the bodegas as if I walked by them with my own two feet. I could almost hear the music, that plays from the speakers of a car that sits on the corner of the block--while the guys man...

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