Reviews written by Alanna Shaw

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July 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Love!

This book was way beyond my normal reading zone, and I am SO glad I read it. Seriously. It was creep-tastic! It will be hard for me to review The Naturals without giving away the goods, but I'm going to do my best to tell you...

July 21, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Kids Fiction
Cute

When I saw this cover on NetGalley, I had to read it. It looked so cute. As an added bonus, I love fairytale retellings. The Silver Rings looked like it would fit into the fractured fairytale genre, and it did! I also saw a copy of this...

June 30, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Watch for the clues!

Thin Space has been selected as a Teen Reads pick for 2014. Because of that, I placed it on my YA book club's reading list for next year so we can compete in Battle of the Books next spring. Like any good contest mediator, I want to make sure the...

June 30, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Wonderful story of finding where you belong in a highly imaginative setting

I have been looking for this book for so long. Imagine my surprise when I literally walked by it on a shelf at my library (the same library that said they did not have a copy). I was thrilled! I snatched Into the Wild up so quickly that people looked...

June 30, 2014
Kids Fiction
Nice message hidden amongst a creepy ghost story

Doll Bones was listed as a Sunshine State Reader (for Florida) for 2014. I decided to read it to prepare for the upcoming year's book club. I will be honest, I was not crazy about the idea of reading the book because I the 80s movie "Chuckie" has ruined me....

June 30, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Suffers from middle book syndrome

This. series. I have to admit, I've never been a huge fan of dragons (or drakon as they are called in this series). Mermaids? Yes. Dragons? Not so much. In fact, I'm pretty sure The Sweetest Dark was the first...

June 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
fluffy beach reading

Well, who doesn't like a book about a dysfunctional family? If you like reading about other people's brand of crazy, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is for you. As I read this book, I kept thinking back to...

June 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A fair read...

Captivate has potential to end up being something pretty good. I admit, I picked it up based on the cover and because I thought it was going to be a mermaid book. This is not a mermaid book. It's rather complicated, actually. For originality, Captivate gets a strong A. I...

June 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
A great lesson hidden on these pages

Believe me when I tell you how amazing this simple picture book is! I LOVE books that have hidden meanings, especially for younger readers. Exclamation Mark is one of those books. I found this on an Amazon Children's Book List. I thought it looked cute-- I did not read...

June 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Layered story

I have conflicting feelings for this book. Love Letters to the Dead was great while I was reading it, but now that some time has passed it has faded from my mind.This is going to be one of those books that either blows you away, or blows right passed you....

June 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
love!

Believe me when I tell you this book is slap somebody good. Seriously. I loved every page. I usually find myself reading quickly through books, finishing them within a day or two. But I did not do that with Falling Kingdoms. I wanted to savor and digest every detail. This...

June 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Super cute series

I've been a fan of E.D. Baker's books since I read the Frog Princess (and all of the following books) many years ago. They are cute and simple, and absolutely perfect for fans of fractured fairy tales. If you've been keeping up, you'll know that The Bravest Princess is the...

June 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Lovely

First, let me start by stating the obvious: this cover is beautiful! I have to say it is one of my favorites, and it perfectly captures Plus One. I thought Plus One had a very original concept at its core. I do believe this is the first...

June 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
A rollercoaster of emotions

I don't even know where to begin with this book. The array of emotions I felt after finishing Mary Rose's diary ranged from utter sadness to anger. I was sad because there is no cure for the illness that ultimately took her, but I was most upset because her story...

June 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Super cute series

Rose makes my heart smile. So far, Rose and the Lost Princess is my favorite in the series. The unique and imaginative plot won me over. The second book in the series begins right where Rose ended. For me, that helped keep the plot interesting and moving quickly because it...

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