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Samantha Randolph, Promotions ManagerSamantha Randolph, Promotions Manager   September 30, 2018
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5.0
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5.0
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One of the best middle grade fantasy books ever

Top 5 Reasons to Grab CITY OF ISLANDS immediately: 1.) The World Building: CITY OF ISLANDS is set exactly as the title suggests: on a city of islands. Each island has its own character and design, and the focus on the ocean as such a central part...

Kids Fiction
Samantha Randolph, Promotions ManagerSamantha Randolph, Promotions Manager   September 30, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Stunning and original graphic novel for all ages

Top 4 Reasons You Should Read AQUICORN COVE: 1.) The illustration- This is the third Katie O'Neill graphic novel I've read, and her art is simply gorgeous. The lines are soft with beautiful color schemes, and no one quite designs fantastical creatures like O'Neill. It is easy...

Kids Fiction
Samantha Randolph, Promotions ManagerSamantha Randolph, Promotions Manager   September 30, 2018
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3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
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Fun and scary middle grade

Reasons I Enjoyed this Book: 1.) The scary factor- Middle grade has seen some fantastic horror additions to the catalog recently from Tracey Baptiste's The Jumbies to Katherine Arden's Small Spaces. The Darkdeep adds to this growing list of fun-but-frightening novels. The premise of a mysterious cove and entity...

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

A remarkable series

Though NAONDEL is the prequel to the first book in the Red Abbey Chronicles, MARESI, you do not have to have read MARESI to dive right in. Before the First Sisters of the Red Abbey had their title, they were each imprisoned in a harem. Some, like the first wife,...

Young Adult Fiction
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5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Simply Stunning

In 1600s Rome, Artemisia Gentileschi has few choices in life: she could be a nun, she could be ruled by a husband, or she could grind pigment for her father’s paint. Though no one knew her as an artist, she was brimming with talent and passion for painting. Told in...

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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

A book to hug again and again

In historical Paris, Prince Sebastian is supposed to be finding a bride. His parents are eager for him to get settled, having no clue that Sebastian’s passion is focused elsewhere. When he can get away from the castle, he puts on beautiful dresses and goes by the name Lady Crystallia....

Young Adult Fiction
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5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A delicious novel with a fun setting

Emmaline King is slowly adjusting to her new town. Nothing particularly exciting happens there, so when the Le Grand Carnival Fantastic rolls in, she’s ready to have some fun. But the carnival isn’t all it seems, and one spontaneous kiss with a carnival performer changes everything. Emmaline’s body stiffens, hardens,...

Young Adult Fiction
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5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Tense, action-packed addition to the Ravenspire series

THE TRAITOR PRINCE is the latest installment in C.J. Redwine’s series of companion novels set in the Ravenspire world, each transforming a classic tale into something new and magical. This time, The False Prince and The Prince and the Pauper tales are combined to inspire the story of Javan, crown...

Young Adult Fiction
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5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A thrilling mystery

Rufus just wants one day of semi-fun, something he hasn’t had since his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian, wrecked his heart. But then, Rufus gets a call from his sister, April, saying she needs help, right at the time Sebastian finds him and asks to talk. Sebastian and Rufus rush to find April,...

Kids Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Magic and adventure

Goldeline has found a rag tag family with Gruff and his bandits. They live in the forest and steal food and supplies from travelers. However, life wasn’t always like that. She used to live with her mom…until a town lead by the Preacher attacked them for witchcraft. Goldeline managed to...

Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

An enjoyable adventure

Asha, daughter of the king, is feared and admired as the greatest dragon hunter. She is nicknamed the Iskari, after the destroyer in the ancient legend of Iskari and Namsara. Her father has ordered her to marry a cruel man, but then offers her a bargain: if she can kill...

Young Adult Fiction
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4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A weird and magical novel

Anda lives on an island on Lake Superior. For most of the year, she’s there with her father, trying to play a role of a normal person. But when November comes, she can’t ignore her calling to create storms and sink ships, just like her mother and her sisters, already...

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5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

An unforgettable story

It’s been years since Holly was in North Pole, Minnesota, the place she loved with her grandmother. But now with her grandmother gone, her and her family are staying in North Pole to sell the house and celebrate Christmas. When Holly runs into her childhood crush, Danny Garland, she knows...

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5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
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5.0

A perfect activity book

Interested in coding but not sure what products or activities you could do with it? Look no further than this cute addition to the Girls Who Code series. While the beloved characters of the series appear in the side bars, you don't have to have read the series to find...

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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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N/A

A funny, heart-warming sequel

In this second installment in the Girls Who Code series, we follow Sophia and her friends as they enter a hackathon- a marathon day of coding, robots, and competition. If you haven't read the first book, there are still plenty of background information weaved in to get readers up to...

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