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Young Adult Fiction
Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   May 04, 2016
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4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A fun twist on a classic hero tale

The Germans have invaded England, laying waste to London. Bombs took out the prominent bio research sectors and released a deadly virus into the air. Adults fell victim to the virus immediately. Children have been spared. For the most part. Gwen knows her little sister needs help. The infection is...

Young Adult Fiction
Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   May 04, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Story of courage and heart that will hit you in the feels

Dillard (Dill) Early, Jr. is just an ordinary kid from a not-so-ordinary family. With a radical Pentecostal minister father serving time for a heinous crime, it’s hard to lay low in a microscopic Tennessee town. Dill has only two friends: Travis and Lydia. And they blend in about as well...

Young Adult Fiction
Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   May 04, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A Sci-Fi thrill

Aven’s been captured, Voss knows about the miraculous spring, The Blight is killing everyone, and fresh water is impossible to find. Options are running slim for Ren. The one thing she knows for sure is she will stop at nothing to get her sister, Aven, back. The brackish waters of...

Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   March 22, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Super fun twist on an epic tale

Let’s start by saying; I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I’m also a pretty big LEGO nerd. LEGO Star Wars: A New Hope by Ace Landers brings both of these loves together in a graphic novel style book. It takes you on Luke Skywalker’s journey as he discovers his destiny....

Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   March 22, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0

Suer fun facts of the dinosaurs kind

Books that are fun to read, as well as educational for young readers, are the best things since free wi-fi. The Who Would Win? series of books fall into this category. TYRANNOSAURUS REX vs. VELOCIRAPTOR by Jerry Pallotta was so much fun to read. If you have a dino fan...

Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   March 22, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

A bio-mechanical adventure ride

LEGO BIONICLE is a theme of LEGO constructions that follow a group of part biological and part mechanical beings set in an Asian-inspired fantasy meets science fiction world. REVENGE OF THE SKULL SPIDERS by Ryder Windham is part two of a chapter book series spin of this world. We follow...

Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   March 22, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

A superhero fan must have!

DC Comics BACKSTORIES – SUPERMAN: The Man of Tomorrow is a brilliant look into what made the Man of Steel become the hero we know today. Daniel Wallace, along with illustrator, Patrick Spaziante, takes us on a journey through Superman’s life from his birthplace of Krypton to embracing his fate...

Young Adult Fiction
Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   March 22, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Perfect conclusion to a stunning fantasy

If you have not yet read The Orphan Queen, you need to stop what you’re doing and correct that. Like, STAT. Once you’re done, we can get on with talking about THE MIRROR KING by Jodi Meadows. For the rest of you who have read The...

Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   March 21, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

A new twist to an amazing adventure

The original Ninjago team, Cole, Kai, Zane, Lloyd, and Jay, each bring something special to the group with their individual strengths and their unique elemental power. When Kai’s sister, Nya, joins the team as a ninja and Water Master, she learns she has a lot to learn about being on...

Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   March 21, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Superhero facts and fun

Much like the Superman’s Backstory, DC Comics BACKSTORIES – BATMAN: Gotham City’s Guardian is a superb look inside one of the most conflicted heroes we know. Matthew Manning works with illustrator, Steve Gordon, to bring to life what made Bruce Wayne into the super detective, Batman. Time lines, lists of...

Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   March 06, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Sweetly cute and full of booknerdigans

Book boyfriends are the best. No one knows this better than book nerd, Phoebe Martins. From contemporary boy next door to the elite warrior sworn to protect our heroines, the fictional boys who earn our hearts are one of the things that make books worth every page. But what’s a...

Young Adult Indie
Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   February 07, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

An intriguing debut!

Justice St. Michaels has a secret. So secret, in fact, she doesn’t even know it. All of that changes when a strange yet extremely attractive Darien Raventhorn enters her life. Only he seems to know her from somewhere. Justice also learns her best friend Moira isn’t all she seems, nor...

Young Adult Fiction
Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   February 07, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Swoony, saucy, and oh so scintillating

Okay, let’s circle up and talk guilty pleasure reads for a moment. If you have not read any of the YA books that Entangled Publishing puts out, you have done yourself a disservice. Seriously. They put the “O, man!” in Romance, and with a saucy flare. That being said, THE...

Young Adult Fiction
Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   February 07, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A creep-tastic thrill ride!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up CATACOMB by Madeleine Roux. It’s the final book of the ASYLUM trilogy and looked pretty spooky or creepy. Have you seen the cover?! Tell me that doesn’t look creepy! Let me just say, the cover is the perfect mood setter....

Deena Graves, Staff ReviewerDeena Graves, Staff Reviewer   February 07, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

A literary, adventurous treat

Max Starling, or Mister Max – Solutioneer, has a big problem. He discovers his parents are being held, possibly against their will, posing as an Andesian King and Queen. But how to get there with the resources he will need, a team he can trust to get the job done,...

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