Reviews written by Olivia Farr, Staff Reviewer

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Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 24, 2019
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4.0
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3.0
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5.0

funny and cute story about unicorns

UNICORNS ARE REAL! is a bright, colorful, and cute book about unicorns. The images really leap off the page with vivid colors and cute unicorns acting out the phrases on each page. Unicorns are very vain and consumed with their appearance, although they also like fairytales, identifying young children who...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 24, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

difficulties of being a teenager

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE follows Maeve, who lives her life in a wheelchair due to a form of muscular dystrophy. Maeve is eighteen, and what she really wants is a boyfriend. She feels like she cannot beat around the bush, so she is very, directly and intensely flirty...

Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 23, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

fun, clever, and so cute

This adorable board book brings dragons to life in a very fun way with bright and vivid images and cute vignettes about their lives. Each page features a statement about dragons accompanied by images depicting it, beginning with dragons sneezing fire all the way through their fears (fireworks). The colors...

Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 22, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Enthralling YA fantasy

THE SOUL OF POWER is a strong conclusion in The Waking Land trilogy. While the first book focused on Elanna (El) and the second on Jahan, this third book is all about Sophy Dunbarron, now the queen of Eren and Caeris. This book requires the context of the first two...

Kids Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 19, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

enjoyable story of being different with dragons

DRAGONFELL is a fun middle grade that addresses being different and not fitting in easily in the context of a fantasy with dragons. Rafi has always been a little different. He has trouble in school not being able to read, and his appearance is odd enough that the villagers are...

Kids Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 19, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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gorgeous and important

HURRICANE SEASON is a powerful middle grade novel that deals with some really important issues. Finola (nicknamed Fig) is in sixth grade. She has lived with her father only since she was born and her mother left. Her father is a famous musician, but he stopped composing around the time...

Kids Nonfiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 18, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0

elegant exploration of light

This elegant board book is a celebration of light with a simple lyrical poem accompanied by die-cut colored circles. When held up to the light, it has a stained glass effect. Combined with the simple but lovely images on each page, this board book is beautiful for people of all...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 17, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

lyrically enchanting

THE LOST COAST is lyrical, ethereal, and deliciously haunting. Danny has moved to Northern California with her mother, to a small town called Tempest, where she felt pulled. She has been keeping parts of herself hidden due to cultural homophobia. In Tempest, she soon finds the Grays, a group of...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 15, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

thrilling feminism

WE RULE THE NIGHT is an engaging YA fantasy that takes place in a world at war. Revna works in a factory town, making war machines and related materials. She keeps her head down and follows the rules because her father was branded a traitor and her family status demoted,...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 15, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

gut-wrenching and important

This book absolutely wrecked me. INTERNMENT is a YA contextual dystopian that takes place in the near future. Extrapolating from current events, the book combines the current state of affairs with history in an ultimately prescient and powerful combination. Layla is an American who happens to be Muslim. Her father...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 15, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

dark and engaging

THE LAST VOYAGE OF POE BLYTHE is a fascinating YA fantasy/dystopian that is even better than Condie's Matched series. The book begins two years back when Poe is on a dredge voyage, working on a ship that mines the rivers for gold. She is madly in love with Call, the...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 15, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

beautiful and engaging

NIGHT MUSIC is a beautiful YA coming-of-age/romance that brings classical music front and center. Ruby Chertok is the youngest of our children born to musical parents and expected to be equally musical. Ruby desperately wants to live up to the family name, but it does not seem to be in...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

lush and engaging YA fantasy

THROUGH THE WHITE WOOD follows Katya, a young woman who has a power of ice and is feared by many. From the time she was a baby and left in the woods throughout her life, she has been ever-conscious of her dangerous power. After a tragedy occurs involving her uncontrollable...

Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

lush fantasy

BLOODLEAF is a new favorite. This YA fantasy is completely engrossing, thrilling, and absolutely amazing. Aurelia is princess of Renalt and has known since birth that she would be married to the Achlevan prince, Valentin, as part of a centuries-old peace treaty. This treaty has not been desirable and in...

Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   March 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

engaging and exciting YA fantasy

BEWARE THE NIGHT was an intriguing YA fantasy that follows Veda, a seventeen-year-old Basso who lives on the island of Bellona. Bellona is divided strongly by socioeconomic status with the Basso being the oppressed poor and the Dogio are the wealthy, ruling class. The people are taught to worship the...

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