Reviews written by Rose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer

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Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   April 12, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

Enchanting Fantasy

I went into this novel not knowing what to expect at all. Thankfully, I was happily surprised! The Dream Traveler is the first book of the The Cardonian Chronicles by Katherine LaFleur, and it is definitely a strong start! This book does not start off slowly. As...

Young Adult Fiction
Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   April 10, 2017
(Updated: April 10, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

For the Adventurous Ones!

Writing a review for this book is definitely bittersweet! The Ship Beyond Time was an incredible sequel, I couldn’t have asked for a better book to follow up The Girl from Everywhere. At the same time, I’m so sad that this is the end of one of my favorite series....

Kids Nonfiction
Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   April 10, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
N/A
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

An Ocean and Science Lover's Dream Book!

If you love the ocean and all of it’s mystery, you need Under Water, Under Earth on your bookshelf. This book is just filled to the brim with little images and bits of information that you probably don’t know! It’s the book you probably don’t realize you need! ...

Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   April 09, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Judy Moody is Back!

There’s a reason most people can say that they’ve read and loved Judy Moody’s books. She takes you on her adventures and makes you laugh while you're on them. Her character stands apart from others because she is not perfect and makes no attempts to seem that way, she is...

Young Adult Fiction
Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   April 09, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Intense and Fairytale-like

“Life is not fussy about where it grows, but it is set on doing so.” Writing this review won’t be easy, because this is not an easy book to describe. When I first started really getting into this book (about a chapter in), I started feeling… awake....

Young Adult Fiction
Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   April 05, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The End to the Most Magical Experience!

Aerie is the last book in the Magonia duology, by Maria Dahvana Headley. I have to say that this incredibly weird, but lovable series completely captured my heart. I laughed, teared up, and truly felt everything that these characters were going through. In this second and...

Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   March 29, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Peppa Speaks Spanish!

La Primera Fiesta De Pijamas de Peppa is a very useful and education read for those who are learning Spanish! As most people know, languages are generally easiest to learn at a younger age. I have seen firsthand how listening, reading, and practicing Spanish, early on, can...

Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   March 29, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

The Best of Middle Grade

Reading the first page of The Secret Horses of Briar Hill felt a little like stepping into a different realm. There are very few books that can compare to this marvelous book, in the Middle Grade genre and overall. There is something to be said about books that can inspire...

Kids Fiction
Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   March 29, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Cuteness Overload!

I could not be more obsessed with this book! I mean, just take a look at that cover and tell me you don't instantly want it to be yours? Penguins Love Colors is a colorful (not pun intended), engaging, and adorable read that will definitely become a re-read...

Young Adult Fiction
Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   March 29, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Completely Unique World

The Catalyst is one of those rare, incredible books that happens to have a story as beautiful as the cover! With a lovable, interesting group of characters, and an original setting, this book is absolutely brilliant. The first thing I did after finishing this book was...

Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   March 27, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
N/A
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
3.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

For the Creative Ones!

Design Your Dream is by far one of the most fun activity books ever! It is clear that the creators of this book took a lot of time and effort to create a perfect activity book, especially for those who may be passionate about designing / interior decorating. ...

Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   March 27, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0

Something Even More Valuable...

Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune, as other Nancy Clancy books, never failed to disappoint. Not only was is fun and clever like all her other books, but the lesson in this one was a wonderful, clear one This book begins with Nancy asking her parents if...

Kids Fiction
Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   March 27, 2017
(Updated: April 09, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Hero Gone Bad

Nothing is quite as enjoyable as reading about one of the most interesting, complex, and iconic villains of our time. The story of Darth Vader is a complicated, and somewhat tragic one and Scholastic did a fantastic job telling it. “Anakin Skywalker is dead. But Darth...

Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   March 11, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

A Fun Adventure Leading to a Surprising Ending!

Never Follows a Dinosaur, is a fun and intriguing children’s book with an unexpected twist! Not many books features dinosaurs in this way, so it will be a surprising read for any kid! This book follows two adventurous and curious children names Sally and Joe as the...

Kids Fiction
Rose Tomasto, Staff ReviewerRose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer   March 11, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

New Discoveries on Every Page

Words by Christoph Niemann is the ultimate children’s book. Not only is it beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to the eye, each page provides many different discoveries. At first glance, I knew that this book was different from other children’s books. As I flipped through the...

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