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August 23, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Fun-loving, heart-warming, a-bark-able tale!

Everyone loves a great heart-warming tale. WHO WANTS BROCCOLI by Val Jones is just that. Broccoli is a fun-loving, energetic mutt who want’s only to find a home and a yard to play in. Growing up in an animal shelter with oodles of other, less energetic—but...

August 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Creepy thriller with a dash of heart

The premise of 13 Days of Midnight is what initially pulled me toward this book. Leo Hunt is a big Stephen King fan and wanted to pay homage with a Faust-type story. I was game. I figured 13 Days would be some good horror, a lot of weird, and possibly...

August 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Surreal, trippy, and oh so fun

Dea Donahue is just a typical teen with a crazy mom. Well, if a typical teen has the ability—no, necessity—to walk the dreams of others. She doesn’t have any real friends, except for Gollum, and that’s because her mom tends to leave town just as Dea gets settled. Dea thought...

July 28, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A heart-stopping, head-twisting thrill

I’m not sure what I expected before opening KILLER WITHIN by S.E Green. Maybe a bit of thriller, a tad bit of darkness, or maybe a dollop of horror. Regardless of what I expected before cracking the cover, I could NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! Killer Within...

July 28, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Ultimate adventure of the fantastical kind

For the love of all that is Greek, hold onto your hats as you break open the fourth installment to the Seven Wonders series, CURSE OF THE KING by Peter Lerangis! Jack McKinley and his band of Select just cannot get a break. After barely escaping with their lives in...

July 28, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Simply beautiful and full of Holiday cheer

LITTLE ELFIE ONE by Pamela Jane is a delightful tale that glows with the happiness of Christmas. It’s the North Pole and everyone is getting ready for the big night. Gingerbread men run, polar bears swim, snowmen shiver, and reindeer fly as Pamela Jane weaves a holiday story full of...

July 28, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Delightfully fun with a dash of valuable lessons

The Little Critter books are probably some of my favorite early reader books. JUST A TEACHER’S PET by Mercer Mayer is no exception. Little Critter has a new classmate. She’s everything a teacher could want, but everything that Little Critter and his pals don’t. Bunella does everything a perfect student...

June 29, 2015 (Updated: June 29, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Lego-Tastic fun for all builders

I go on record to say that I’m a HUGE LEGO nerd. My obsession began when I was an early teen. I don’t recall my first experience with LEGOs, but it quickly grew to a small obsession. I remember hitting the store with Mom and making my way to the...

June 28, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
A High Octane Zombie-Fest

The zombie-pocalypse has come! Thanks to chemical spills, overpopulation, or just bad fast food, humans have gone Z: Zombie. Zombie Attack! The Rising Horde by Devan Sagliani opens with our main guy, Xander, holed up at a sizeable Air Force base with a group of other...

June 14, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An unputdownable force to be reckoned with

Sally Green is my hero. She’s snarky. She’s an insanely talented writer. And she’s British. So, that’s the trifecta of awesome in my book. Speaking of books, if you haven’t read HALF BAD, you need to. Like right this moment. NOW! Then you can come round and read HALF WILD....

June 08, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A moving journey of heart and strength

Action, heartache, and adventure of the epic kind wrap up KING, the final installment of the Prophesy Trilogy by Ellen Oh. KING sets off right where WARRIOR ends. No preamble, no intro, just BOOM, you’re back in the ring with Kira as she tries to get her feet under her...

May 17, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Heart-stopping fantasy with swoontastic romance

It took me a while to gather my thoughts on THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows. It’s just one of those books that are so ridiculously good that the words to express their awesomeness don’t come. I drew a blank. I wanted to take my word doc and fill it...

May 05, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
A non-stop thrill ride sure to leave you breathless

Some time ago I read that sophomore books are much like sophomore record albums or movies. The enigmatic sophomore curse. The fight to keep the momentum going from a great debut, but only to fall short. DEVIATE by Tracy Clark is a sophomore book for The Light Key Trilogy and...

April 27, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
A charming tale of adventure and love

Reading FLORA AND ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo was an absolute joy. Children’s books are usually full of everything that’s normally impossible but becomes possible, and Flora and Ulysses is no exception. Flora (don’t you dare care her Flora Belle) Buckman is a cynic. How a ten...

April 20, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Graphic, dark, and a whole lot of Boom

Epic. Mic drop. IYF (in your face). Winning. Boom! If there was ever a character voice that could reach through the black and white text of the page and palm-heel-strike you to the dome, it’s Adam Higgs. Seriously. How to Win at High School by Owen Matthews...

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