Reviews written by Samantha Randolph

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August 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Perfect for fans of “The Snow Queen” and COMPASS SOUTH

Vonceil’s brother, Elber, has returned from World War I, but he isn’t the same as before. He and Vonceil used to laugh and joke around together, but now, he’s serious and responsible. When he marries his sweetheart, Vonceil knows for sure that everything has changed. One day, a mysterious woman...

August 16, 2021 (Updated: August 16, 2021)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
A romantic, thrilling story about finding yourself

Hannah Ashton has a ballet audition to prepare for. She doesn’t have time for the world to end. When she wakes up one day to a completely empty city, she doesn’t know what to do. After a few days, she finds one other person: Leo Sterling, a musician she’s seen...

August 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
What rules would you break to save someone you love?

Honor Augustine is having a hard time keeping life under control. Her veteran father has increasing PTSD episodes, and her brother, Knox, is leaving for community college soon. If that wasn’t enough, the beloved family greenhouse where she works is in serious financial trouble, and her father’s veteran’s benefits are...

August 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Chilling Gothic horror romance

Jane Shoringfield has limited options for her path forward. She can either strain the finances of her relatives by continuing to stay with them or forge a particular path of independence through a marriage of convenience. With her practical nature and talent for sums, she decides to propose marriage to...

August 02, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Excellent spooky time read

Amity Falls is a small, quiet, religious town surrounded by forests. Ellerie Downing lives there with her sisters, brother, and parents, tending to the beehives and wishing of something more. She gets far more than she expected when creatures that were thought to have been long dead, if they even...

August 02, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Magical, heartwarming story about finding your own brand of bravery

Rosie Singer knows something is wrong with her mom. She doesn’t comfort her or look at her the way her friend Germ’s mom does to Germ. She writes stories to help her get through it, stories where her mom is under an evil spell just waiting to be broken. Just...

July 26, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
The curse of the theater

Monica Garcia is thrilled to get an understudy role on Broadway. At 12, this is the first time she will perform on Broadway, and on top of that, she gets to perform at the famous Ethel Merman Theater. Unfortunately, when she arrives in NYC with her grandmother, she discovers that...

July 20, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
A fast-paced story of ghosts, change, healing, and moving on

Lily isn’t thrilled about her family’s move from Colorado to Florida. In Colorado, she had her drama club and her friends. In Florida, she has a house full of garbage and boxes and a room full of things another girl owned. Lily tries to be on her best behavior and...

July 19, 2021 (Updated: July 19, 2021)
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
A rich, magical story

Once, birds and humans lived together until a war erupted over a firebird’s egg. Now, the humans have their own kingdom, and birds have their Republic of Birds. Olga’s family has been exiled to the Imperial Center for Avian Observation, where her father is determined to regain the tsarina’s favor...

July 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Great for fans of Maryrose Wood and Claire Legrand

Clara Starling is used to the drudgery of life with her uncle in his huge mansion. It’s all routine, cold and sparse conversation, and rules. One day, her uncle suddenly takes off, leaving Clara in town with some money and nothing else. Unsure of what else to do, Clara returns...

July 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Highly recommended for fans of RL Stine and Camp Murderface

Quinn’s neighborhood is mostly normal, until you look at Goodie Lane. The residents of Goodie Lane have lived there for as long as anyone remembers, but something is off about them. They don’t seem to age. Quinn and her friend, Mike, have started an investigation into them. Quinn thinks something...

June 28, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Family focused ghost story with heart

Willow Ivan loves her family's haunted hotel, Hotel Ivan. Since her mother died, however, things haven't been the same. Suddenly, her dad is quiet and distant, and she's the one in charge of keeping the hotel going. To make matters worse, a new Hauntery hotel is opening down the street...

June 28, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A fun adventure about a girl unexpectedly thrust into a battle of power

Tanya excels at being a tavern wench, and she knows it. When her guardian and owner of the tavern dies, she expects to begin the next chapter of her life running the tavern on her own. Her plans are shattered when the Queen's men take control of her tavern and...

June 14, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A tale of two sisters and the destinies that could tear them apart

Dani Rivera may excel at every part of her dragon slaying training, but she would rather focus on being normal and going to school. Eden Rivera may not have her sister's natural ability, but she works hard every day to rise to the dragon slayer legacy her parents have cemented....

June 07, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Cheeky, fun, and refreshing spin on Rapunzel

Rapunzel is trapped in a tower by a witch who sells her hair. The witch warns Rapunzel that if she ever tries to escape, she will be cursed! But Rapunzel is clever and industrious and soon hatches a plan... Bethan Woollvin's take on the traditional Rapunzel story...

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