Reviews written by Samantha Randolph, Promotions Manager

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An ultimately satisfying conclusion to a clever duology

THE EVERLASTING ROSE picks up where THE BELLES left off, with Camille, Edel, and Remy on the run. Sophia is determined to hunt them down and erects a special prison to keep all the Belles in called the Everlasting Rose. Camille has to figure out how to get Princess Charlotte...

Young Adult Fiction
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Emotionally gripping YA romance

Shalanda Stanley's DROWNING IS INEVITABLE is one of my top underappreciated books, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of Stanley's sophomore title, NICK AND JUNE WERE HERE. Nick and June have been together for years- first as friends, then as something more. June struggles with schizophrenia, an untreated...

Young Adult Fiction
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Heartfelt and hilarious story

When Serendipity "Sara" Rodriguez sees her ex with his new girlfriend, she finds herself eager and ready to have fun with someone new. One spontaneous hook-up and several weeks later, she realizes that she may not have gotten Jack's number, but she did get something else from him: she's pregnant....

Young Adult Fiction
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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Solid introduction to Mera, an underrated hero

Mera: Tidebreaker is the first in DC's new DC Ink line, and with Aquaman's recent release, it's not surprise this was chosen to launch the line. Tidebreaker follows Mera, the later queen of Atlantis, as a 16-year old princess warrior, ready to fight for her people. When her father and...

Young Adult Fiction
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Menon's best novel yet

Sandhya Menon's backlist is full of romantic, heartfelt stories, and THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE is no exception. Sweetie Nair is a fat athlete and ready to embark on project Sassy Sweetie so she can prove to herself and everyone around her what she is capable of. Ashish Patel (who readers...

Young Adult Fiction
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4.3
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0

One of the most authentic portrayals of teen girlhood I've ever read

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF TRUE follows Ruth Robb in the aftermath of her father's death, moving from New York to Atlanta in 1958. At first, Ruth is dazzled by the city, the debutante season, the people, and the fashion. But she quickly realizes that being Jewish and being accepted don't...

Young Adult Fiction
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3.7
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0

Awesome premise and great cast

It's been a year since a team of knights, a mage, and a thief defeated a great evil. Hope sprung anew in the people, a king was healed, and a wedding had. But life didn't stop there, and not all was happy. Two of the team, Olsa and Kalanthe are...

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5.0
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5.0
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Adorable and heartfelt sequel

Are You Ready To Hatch An Unusual Chicken? is a delightful follow-up to Kelly Jones's Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Just when Sophie thinks she might have a handle on her unusual chickens, new eggs come her way. It's up to her to hatch them safely- all while...

Kids Fiction
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0

Unique picture book

What I Loved: -The adorable Frankfurt- What this picture book does best is offer a truly adorable and humorous dog that picture book readers will love. The expressions and mannerisms are sure to remind readers of their own pets if they have any. -The illustrations-...

Young Adult Fiction
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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0

Must read for historical fantasy lovers

Top 4 Reasons to Grab BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE immediately: 1.) Historical fantasy worldbuilding: My biggest genre weakness is historical fantasy, and I wish there was so much more of it. Beyond a Darkened Shore goes way back to ancient Ireland and incorporates Irish mythology into...

Young Adult Fiction
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Exciting fantasy with fearsome stakes

Top 5 Reasons to Read Onyx and Ivory: 1.) The magic: Kate lives in a world where there are primarily two magic users: mages, who are respected and have a League of their own, and wilders, people with magic who are imprisoned and shunned. Kate is a...

Young Adult Fiction
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Best Ravenspire installment yet

Blue de la Cour enjoys her quiet life with her father, passing the days by working in the shop and secretly experimenting to turn metal into gold. When her father is murdered, her world is upended. Suddenly, a woman she barely knows is claiming custody of her, more and more...

Samantha Randolph, Promotions ManagerSamantha Randolph, Promotions Manager   November 17, 2018
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3.0
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3.0
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Historical Novel-In-Verse for MG readers

All her life, Grace has been told the rules she must follow to survive: keep eyes down, keep mouth shut, etc. When she is taken to work in the Big House, she realizes more and more the reasoning behind those rules. One day, Grace learns her family will be even...

Kids Fiction
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...

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Samantha Randolph, Promotions ManagerSamantha Randolph, Promotions Manager   September 30, 2018
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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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...

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