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Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   December 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Land O The Lost

Consider this a sort of D&D primer for intro-level youth. Told in second-person present-tense, this fantasy is styled after the beloved choose-your-own-adventure books of yore. It also features a vast array of renowned D&D art, with works ranging from sepia to full color. As...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   December 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

You are ALMOST a Wizard...

Told in second-person present-tense, this fantasy is styled after the beloved choose-your-own-adventure books of yore. It also features a vast array of renowned D&D art, with works ranging from sepia to full color. As the story opens, you are given a more extensive backdrop of information than...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   November 24, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Choose Your Own Escape!

Told in second-person present-tense, this fantasy is styled after the beloved choose-your-own-adventure books of yore. It also features a vast array of renowned D&D art, with works ranging from sepia to full color. As the story opens, readers know two things: that you are a human fighter,...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   November 24, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Choose Your Own Quest!

Nostalgic parents rejoice! Told in second-person present-tense, this fantasy is styled after the beloved choose-your-own-adventure books of yore. It also features a vast array of renowned D&D art, with works ranging from sepia to full color. The story opens with you knowing just...

Young Adult Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   November 10, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

In Space, No One Can Hear You

X-men Gen X (i.e. the teen version) meets Aliens-lite in this survival-in-space story. Told in first-person past-tense from the sole perspective of a junior guard named Kenzie, the story takes place on a corporation-run orbital prison for juveniles. The book is a mashup of reliable tropes:...

Young Adult Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   November 06, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Angst In Space

Sporting a diverse ensemble cast, this book is rife with themes of team-building; and not simply setting aside differences but learning from them. The storytelling is split between 4 third-person POVs: Vesper—the overly driven daughter of an emotionally constipated Admiral, Cormak—the hotshot orphaned identity thief (er…...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0

School Jokes

Yet another collection of clean kid’s jokes in the LOL series, this slim paperback offers fresh school-themed humor. As with previous editions, the types of jokes include knock-knock, play on words, and Riddle Puns. There are anywhere from 2-6 jokes per page (117 pages total), with simple grayscale background images...

Kids Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   October 05, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0

Dig It

A family curse, a false accusation, a local legend, and a series of coincidences come together in this generation-spanning tale of betrayal, injustice, and setting things rights. Stanley Yelnats was in the wrong place at the wrong time…. and that got him sentenced to a corrupt...

Young Adult Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   August 14, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Hurricanes, Horses, & Harmonious Verse

Meet the Sky is an ably-written, well-paced contemporary YA—one which is perhaps best described as a pleasantly stormy beach read. Horse lovers rejoice, for the equestrian themes and undertones are abundant—as well as educational. Prior to this story, this reader knew absolutely nothing about the wild horses...

Young Adult Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   August 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Eyre Space

An ambitious work of YA speculative fiction—a post-apocalyptic premise fused with the plot of a beloved classic. I’d like to open my review with some necessary context: I love science fiction as a genre, and Jane Eyre happens to be one of my favorite books of all...

Young Adult Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   July 08, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

An Important Classic

“Any mind that is capable of a real sorrow is capable of good.” To be honest, I avoided this book until well into adulthood. I was encouraged to avoid it, in fact, by numerous high school teachers who held it...

Young Adult Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   July 03, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A Heist!

A clever and dark YA fantasy—featuring a well-rounded cast paired to a heist plot that tugs at the mind as well as the heart. Disclaimer: No actual crows were harmed in the telling of this story. >.> This was my first...

Young Adult Fiction
Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   June 28, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Near-Future YA/NA

Told in first-person past-tense from a single point of view, Dare Mighty Things is a solid example of a YA/NA crossover. Cassie is 17 at the very beginning when she’s selected for a highly competitive secret NASA project. The story transitions almost immediately to her being 18—making her barely old...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

YA Sci-Fi At It's Best

Smart, well-paced, and intensely thought provoking. This series is on track to redefine sci-fi expectations for the YA genre. Once again, the story is told in third-person past tense—entirely from the viewpoint of young soldier Donovan Reyes. Donovan is still mentally recovering from his time in captivity,...

Angela Blount, Staff ReviewerAngela Blount, Staff Reviewer   May 22, 2018
(Updated: May 22, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0

It's Science!

Insightful, engaging, and downright fun! LEGO hits on all the learning styles in this brilliantly interactive science primer. The book begins with the concept of atoms, and quite literally builds from there. Once the foundation is established, it moves on to cover things like gravity, motion,...

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