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Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 24, 2019
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

gorgeous new bedtime story

MERBABY’S LULLABY is an elegant and sweet poem, perfect for a bedtime book. As waves rock, whales sing, and starfish glow, the merbaby is led gently to sweet slumber. With gorgeous illustrations in muted colors, little ones will love looking at the detailed images before bed. The rhyme is perfectly...

Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 24, 2019
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4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

exciting start to a new YA fantasy series

SHATTER THE SKY follows, Maren, who has been raised in a small mountain town. She and her girlfriend, Kaia, have big dreams of leaving and carving their own path. First, they must get through a ceremony with the Aurati of the emperor, who had conquered the country in which their...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 21, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

cute and engaging summer read

NO PLACE LIKE HERE is an engaging and summery YA contemporary that emphasizes healing and friendship. Ashlyn is at the boarding school she attends as punishment (imposed by her father) for being crime adjacent when she learns that her father will be going to prison for tax evasion. When she...

Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 18, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

thrilling end to a wonderful duology

THE LAST HOPE is a thrilling conclusion to the THE RAGING ONES duology. As we know from the first book, Franny, Court, and Mykal found each other on their death days, when they became inexplicably linked. Able to detect each other’s emotions, touch, and taste, the ability sometimes feels like...

Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 16, 2019
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5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

gorgeous, lyrical, and incredible epic fantasy

SPIN THE DAWN is an unbelievably fantastic read with some elements of a high-stakes PROJECT RUNWAY, some elements of FLAME IN THE MIST, and a whole new adventure, romance, and captivating plot. Maia is the only daughter of a tailor in a kingdom where women are wives and men can...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 14, 2019
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5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

fantastic, suspenseful, fantasy/sci-fi adventure

MAZE RUNNER meets LAND OF THE LOST in this engaging page-turner full of twists and turns in an epic tale of survival and history. Cade was accused of stealing laptops found under his bed at his wealthy private school (which he attended on scholarship). He was innocent and his roommate...

Kids Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 11, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

delightful middle grade about embracing yourself

SECRETS OF A FANGIRL is a fun contemporary middle grade about embracing yourself for who you are and what you love. Sarah Anne is one of the popular girls in middle school and a star lacrosse player. Her best friend told her a few years before that she couldn’t like...

Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 09, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

exciting and engrossing new YA fantasy

THE STORM CROW is an engrossing and imaginative YA fantasy. Anthia (Thia) is a princess of Rhodaire and eagerly awaits when she will be able to bond with a Crow. Rhodaire is a unique kingdom for its magical Crows, who have abilities that can be used to make the kingdom...

Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 08, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

exciting and engrossing new fairytale retelling

If you love a snarky heroine, surprise twists and turns, and a fairytale-themed plot, THE EVIL QUEEN is designed to be your new favorite read. This book follows Everly in the first person as she uncovers her history and perseveres to protect the people she loves. From the beginning, we...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 06, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

fast-paced YA sci-fi/dystopian that pulls you in from the start

BREAKOUT is a thrilling and fast-paced YA sci-fi/dystopian. Lezah is in prison for a crime she cannot remember. This future prison is cruel where the guards are robots and the prisoners must wear bracelets that discipline them with shocks for any steps out of line (even just a movement to...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 04, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

unique and quirky YA fantasy

ALL OF US WITH WINGS is a quirky fantasy/magical realism that follows three main points-of-view. First, we have Xochi, a seventeen-year-old running from her past. Then there is Pallas, a twelve-year-old who lives with her larger polyamorous family and rock group. The third is that of a cat, Peasblossom. Xochi...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 03, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

fantastically engaging with thought-provoking themes

Westworld meets Disney World in this deliciously engaging YA fantasy/thriller. THE KINGDOM follows Ana, one of seven Fantasists that are princesses at this interactive theme park. Fantastists are human/android hybrids that are programmed with certain skills. In this case, the princesses are programmed to make people happy as they visit...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 03, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

powerful, heavy read

WE CONTAIN MULTITUDES is an epistolary fiction/YA contemporary that will stick with me for a long time. Told in letters written back and forth between Jonathan Hopkirk (Jo) and Adam Kurlansky (Kurl), this is a love story, a story about homophobia, and an unforgettable mix of poetry, discovery, and even...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   May 01, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

charming story of family, love, and healing

THE VOICE IN MY HEAD begins with Indigo standing on a building, praying to God for her sister to live and trying to bargain. When she hears a voice, she slips and falls. Later, at the hospital, she had some severe injuries but still hears the voice. Her much older...

Young Adult Fiction
Olivia Farr, Staff ReviewerOlivia Farr, Staff Reviewer   April 30, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

exciting and well-paced YA fantasy with some thriller/mystery elements

LAST THINGS is a YA fantasy that follows two teens, Anders and Thea, in alternating points-of-view. Anders is the vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the metal band, Last Things, which also includes his BFFs Patrick and Jezz. Anders’s talent is world-class, bigger than the small town where he lives and...

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