Reviews written by Melissa A. Craven, Indie Manager

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Ordering
July 23, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.5
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Young Adult Nonfiction
Where was this book when I was a kid?

The Confidence Code for Girls is an empowering read every girl should have in their arsenal. So many girls struggle with confidence, learning to cope with being a woman in a world hell bent on making them feel like they are never good enough, pretty enough or smart enough. ...

July 23, 2018 (Updated: July 23, 2018)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A laugh out loud funny romantic comedy, sure to entertain

I was drawn to this book because of the musical theme and it wasn’t disappointing. Who’s that girl is a perfect, light summer read for contemporary fiction fans. I loved Nattie’s quirky goofball personality because I can really identify with her awkwardness. The idea of having...

July 23, 2018 (Updated: July 23, 2018)
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
An informative and entertaining look into the life of Charles Dickens

Like many adults, I have a deep, abiding love for classic literature—a love that did not begin during my childhood. Perhaps if I had access to books like this gem, I would have discovered authors like Dickens much earlier in life. What’s so Special about Dickens...

July 22, 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
A few red drops indeed

Hartfield begins her in depth look at the history of the Chicago race riots recounting the events of a simple day at the beach, which turned ugly as blood was spilled when a white man killed a young black boy for venturing where he “didn’t belong.” ...

June 04, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
A fast paced inspiring read for pirate lovers, future archaeologists & treasure hunting enthusiasts

Sandler brings history to life through the myths and legends of the Whydah, an 18th century pirate ship which sank just off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717. The narrative is easy to follow, plain English that keeps the reader engaged with tales of pirate...

June 04, 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
An honest and empowering read for young girls

Where was this book when I was a girl? Ibrahim talks about every embarrassing subject tween girls face each day and often don’t feel like they can ask questions about. Her matter of fact tone, funny and honest approach to these subjects gives young readers a chance to...

June 04, 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
A beautiful book from cover to cover

From the stories to the wonderfully creepy illustrations, Norse Myths offers a comprehensive look at all the tales of the gods and goddesses of the often confusing Norse pantheon. I particularly enjoyed the sections on the gods and goddesses, and the dwarves and giants as well...

June 04, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Plot/Story
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable)
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
A sweet coming of age story about healing and growth after tragedy

Sivan has spent years bouncing around the foster care system, experiencing one traumatic emotional trial after another until she can no longer function or even trust anyone. Enter Betty—exactly the kind of foster mom Sivan needs even though she can’t really see it at first. Jax...

June 03, 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
An inspirational look at our Constitution and the structure of the United States Government

This is our Constitution is an entertaining and educational text every student—and some adults—should read. The passion and profound respect the author has for this great country bleeds from the page. Khan explains the history of the American Constitution in easy to understand English for young...

June 03, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Fire Queen is a thrilling continuation of Kalinda’s unforgettable story

Readers are swept across the desert to the sultanate of Janardan, filled with the deadly beauty of King’s imaginative world. Kalinda finds herself surrounded by dangerous jungles, refugee camps, and Bhutas living openly and proudly, serving Sultan Kuval. Yet Kali cannot reveal she is also a Bhuta for her people...

June 03, 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A vibrant tale of a reluctant heroine cast into a fascinating world of danger and palace intrigue

The Hundredth Queen is a vibrant tale of a reluctant heroine cast into a fascinating world of danger and palace intrigue. I could not put it down! Kalinda is an orphaned young woman chosen by the indomitable Raja Tarek for his one-hundredth and final wife. She...

April 13, 2018
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
“Once I decided to kill her, the rest was surprisingly easy.”

This book had me at the tagline: “Once I decided to kill her, the rest was surprisingly easy.” It Should Have Been You is a gripping tale of Clara Seibert’s journey to prove herself innocent of her twin sister’s brutal murder. In the midst of...

April 13, 2018
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A story about love and loss.

The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren is a story about love and loss. Ben and Lucy are trying to put the pieces of themselves back together after the tragic death of Ben’s sister and Lucy’s best friend, Trixie. The story begins when Ben takes his grief...

April 03, 2018 (Updated: April 03, 2018)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Not your classic Disney fairytale retelling

At first I was thinking, no not another Beauty and the Beast reimagining. But Jensen’s interpretation of the classic beloved fairy tale is not expected nor is it for the faint of heart. A darker, much more twisted story unfolds as the reader begins to explore the somewhat familiar world...

March 31, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Not your ordinary dragon story

I am a huge fan of the Wings of Fire series and I was eager to return to Tui T. Sutherland’s Dragon fantasy world. What I loved: The artwork by Mike Holmes is phenomenal. Fans of the series will love getting a look at...

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