Reviews written by Karen Klein, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   February 15, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Timely Young Adult Novel

Claire and her twin sister, Poppy, are ‘internet famous’. Every part of their lives have been blogged, photographed, and recorded by their fashion blogger mom. Claire begins to doubt her future on the internet while Poppy loves the limelight. The addition of a new boy in class helps push Claire...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   February 06, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Great YA historical fiction

Elaine is the child of poor Irish immigrants growing up in turn of the century New York City. When Elaine’s mother dies from the Spanish flu. Elaine struggles to keep her family together. Elaine’s daughter, Molly, is growing up in 1950’s San José, California. She is...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   January 24, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Takes Place in New Zealand

In geography, the antipode (/æn?t?p?di?/) of any spot on Earth is the point on Earth’s surface diametrically opposite to it; the antipodes of a region similarly represent the area opposite it. High school student Erin’s life is in shambles after a run of bad luck. She...

Young Adult Indie
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   January 20, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Great Fairy Tale Retelling

You think you know the story of Cinderella and her evil step sisters but you don’t know the whole story. In ‘Step Spinsters’ the step sisters are misunderstood and Cinderella isn’t as perfect as you might think. After Cinderella leaves to marry her prince charming, we...

Young Adult Indie
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   January 14, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Important Topic

Ink & Ivy is a timely story about a girl struggling to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. As the story opens, Ivy is riding her bike when a downpour hits. She runs into a shop and meets an eccentric shop owner and her nephew...

Young Adult Indie
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   January 13, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Wonderful Characters

Kass Bateman is the tough girl in school. Kass has had a rough childhood and it shows through her personality. Both her parents are mentally ill and her mother has been missing for some time. When a mysterious girl shows up at Kass’s school claiming to be Kass’s half-sister, Kass...

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Young Adult Fiction
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   January 12, 2019
(Updated: January 12, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Awesome mix of Pretty in Pink and Groundhog Day

Andie moves to Punxsutawney P.A. before the beginning of her senior year. When she falls asleep watching 'Pretty in Pink', before her first day of school, everything goes south. The next day she wakes up to the same day she just finished. Andie must figure out how to get...

Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   December 21, 2018
(Updated: January 12, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Must Read All Ages

Edward Tulane is a distinguished, but vain, china rabbit. Edward’s girl Abilene loves him and he loves her right back. When Edward’s perfect life takes a turn for the worse, he learns there is more to life than trinkets and fine clothes. I really love Kate...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   December 18, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Love the Storyline

Abby's goal in life is to become a serious artist. Her hope is to get into a special art camp. To accomplish this she must put more heart into her work so Abby makes herself a bucket list. Abby is also dealing with an agoraphobic mother, a deployed father, and...

Kids Fiction
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   December 15, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Great middle-grade

Important message. Unique perspective.

Young Adult Indie
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   December 12, 2018
(Updated: December 12, 2018)
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

Wonderful read.

Bailey has recently lost her parents to a violent crime. She and her younger sister Tilly are desperately trying to get on with their lives. Their grandmother takes them to a family resort to try to relax and forget about their problems. There Bailey meets a new group friends...

Young Adult Indie
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   December 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Amazing Story

‘On Delicate Wings’ is the story of Mia, who struggles with her reputation as a nerd at school. When beautiful and charismatic Chelsea arrives, Mia has a chance to befriend Chelsea and become one of the cool kids. I really had no idea what ‘On Delicate...

Young Adult Fiction
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   December 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Vampire Story With a Twist

Jane is stuck in a creepy old house with her invalid mother. She has no idea why her mother is wasting away. Jane is about to find out the truth about her mother and in the process herself. When I began reading ‘Parasite Life’, I genuinely...

Young Adult Indie
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   December 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Unique YA

Kaitlyn is living the perfect country life with her family in Northern California. She is a great student, swimmer, and musician. She has a twin brother Caden, a best friend Brody, and a handsome boyfriend Pistol Black. ‘When Fall Breaks’ is the first installment of the Seasons of Jefferson...

Young Adult Indie
Karen Klein, Staff ReviewerKaren Klein, Staff Reviewer   December 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Fun Story

Ray must figure out the meaning of life in order to be the beneficiary of his late grandmother’s will. At stake is the trailer park where he and his whole family live and work. In the process of finding the meaning of life, Ray begins to experience life and change...

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