Reviews written by Rose Tomasto, Staff Reviewer

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March 07, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hauntingly Beautiful and Raw

I have yet to hear anything but praise for all of A.S King’s work. After reading STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO, I can’t help but agree with all of it. Her writing style alone is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful and captivating. From beginning to end, I was intoxicated and completely trapped inside...

March 07, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
The Powerful History of Stories

I Am a Story is a simple, yet extremely powerful children’s book. It is a perfect book to gift a child because as they grow they will be able to understand it more and more each time they read it. Reading it as an adult, the message behind...

March 07, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Celebrating Yourself

Before reading this I had not heard of Jeffrey Marsh, but after reading this book I can tell you that he is a truly wonderful person. His positivity, honesty, and individuality are what made this book stand apart from similar books. Reading this book was such...

March 06, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Guaranteed New Favorite!

There’s a reason why you could ask most people if they’ve read The Da Vinci Code and they can easily answer “Yes”. This book takes away your breath in the first scene. After only a couple pages, any doubt that I wouldn’t love this book INSTANTLY...

March 06, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Nothing but Laughter and Friendship!

Amelia Bedelia Ties the Knot is the most lovely story, bound to create lots of laughter and smiles! The girls I read this to instantly fell for this book because of it’s gorgeous cover! Glitter + pink = automatic favorite. I knew I too, would love this...

March 06, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Come on, be serious!

“Come on, be serious!” Something that I have always loved in children’s books is when illustrators use colorful images with a mainly white background. It really allows the characters and the words jump off the pages. The book was packed with...

February 21, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Dreamy, Beautiful Read

“Secrets, my mother told me once, are just stories turned inside out.” Girls in the Moon stands apart from most books. The words flow so effortlessly and beautifully, that taking a break from it is practically impossible [not that you’d want to]. It is yet another one...

February 18, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Ugly Truths and Wonderful Endings

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is one of the most thought-provoking, raw, and entertaining reads I have ever read. Though it was shocking at many times, it never failed to feel anything but completely realistic. Warning: This book discusses heavy topics, including rape, drug-addiction, abuse,...

February 18, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Mervin Stands Apart from the rest!

This was definitely one of the most original children’s books I’ve had the pleasure of reading! All the kids I read this to really enjoyed it and how different it was compared to other books. The thing that made this stand apart from other books was...

February 18, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
In Pursuit of the American Dream

American Street follows the strong, determined Fabiola as she navigates through an entirely new world, without the person she loves most. The story leads you through a wide range of emotions, all the way to that bittersweet ending. It begins with Fabiola’s journey from Haiti to...

February 17, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An Unforgettable Adventure!

I almost feel ashamed that this series is my first by Alexandra Bracken. It’s clear that she has a gift for creating elaborate worlds with the most captivating, yet relatable characters. Not to mention her rich writing style that flows so effortlessly you literally can’t take your eyes away from...

February 01, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Two Books in One!

"Monsters, they call us. Demons. Sometimes, on sleepless nights, we wonder if they’re right." Before Replica I had never read a book by Lauren Oliver. After Replica, I feel sorry that I never did! The format of this book already made it stand apart from all...

February 01, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
N/A
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Unlikely Friends :)

Libby and Pearl is a delightful book filled with cuteness and a friendship unlike most! As you can tell from the cover, the book follows Libby and Pearl’s unconventional friendship. How often do you see a toddler and a pig being best friends? Not so much.. but...

January 31, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
N/A
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
A Sweet Read!

You Are My Cupcake is a must-buy! This book easily stands apart from all our children's books with its lovely colors and a cupcake that literally pops out of that cover. It is definitely meant for the younger ones, but I think all children could really enjoy...

January 31, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Holiday Cheer, All Year :)

Short, sweet and a very enjoyable read! Filled with bright reds and greens, plus many little details that could only remind you of one holiday: Christmas! Our Little Deer will warm any and all hearts with is festive theme and fun rhythms. It certainly became a favorite...

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