Reviews written by Samantha Randolph, Promotions Manager

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Young Adult Fiction
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4.7
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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
Characters 
 
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
(Updated: November 17, 2018)
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3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
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
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
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
Overall rating 
 
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
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
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
Overall rating 
 
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...

Overall rating 
 
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
Overall rating 
 
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
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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...

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