Reviews written by Elizabeth Drake, Staff Reviewer

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May 07, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
A Wonderous Middle Grade Read

Daniel Holmes never expected his life to be anything special. Orphaned at a young age, he is running from the bullies at his group home when he stumbles upon the most magical of buildings. The Nowhere Emporium's front room holds all manner of knick-knacks to tempt a young...

April 28, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
When Paris Falls, The Red Rook Rises.

The only hope for Sophia's family to maintain their ancestral home and escape debtors prison is for her to marry Rene Hasard and have him pay for the privilege. However, unknown to all but her inner circle, Sophia spends her nights creeping about prison halls releasing those who would...

April 27, 2015
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
An exciting start to a promising new series.

Working in the mines and obeying orders (at least the ones that aren't stupid), Nic has one goal - to free himself and his sister. When the men discover a mysterious cave one doesn't come out, and the other will never be the same again. Forced to enter...

April 09, 2015
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Not the Oz you thought you knew.

Having failed to assasinate Dorothy, Amy Gumm is on the run. Alongside her is princess Ozma, former ruler of Oz and current space case. All she has to go on is the Wizard's assurance that she can succeed in her task once she has collected the three most...

April 07, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
I Want More Seraphina!

Shadow Scale continues the story of half-dragon, Seraphina as she seeks out others of her kind and endeavors to find a way to save her home from the fallout of a dragon civil war. Seraphina still struggles with who she is as she travels the region meeting hatred in...

April 02, 2015
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A great read for fans of espionage and betrayal.

Lies I Told tells the story of a family of con artists as they embark on their biggest heist to date. Having spent considerable time in the foster care system and been adopted during her teens, this life is the only one that Grace knows. She trusts her...

April 01, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Great Cast of Characters

Rafe's entire life has been colored by the fact that he is gay. He is comfortable with who he is, and is proud of what he is accomplished, but he really wants a chance to see what life would be like without the label. He gets his opportunity...

April 01, 2015
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fantasy takes on the wonderful and the wicked.

For hundreds of years, the children of Gavaldon have been going missing. Every four years, two at a time, one beautiful and one ugly. After a time, the children of the town realized that these former playmates would appear within the pages of their favorite fairy tales. ...

April 01, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Quirky and Fun

Cath and her twin sister Wren are embarking on their first year of college. While Wren is taking the campus by storm, Cath is left behind struggling to deal with the unfamiliarity of a new environment and her often crippling fear of socializing with strangers. In real life,...

April 01, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The adventure continues.

Ruby's time with the Children's League is cut short as she is sent on a secret mission to recover a flashdrive. The information she is seeking could change the world as she knows it and, naturally, it rests in the hands of Liam Stewart - the boy she thought...

April 01, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Profilers beware.

I was actually quite surprised by how much I enjoyed The Naturals. In the world of YA, it is not too often that I get to read a straight-laced mystery. As a big fan of Criminal Minds, I was really interested to see how Jennifer Lynn Barnes would...

April 01, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A great mystery

Ketchup Clouds begins with a letter to an inmate on death row. Zoe (real name withheld) is writing to Stuart Harris - convicted killer of two - in order to confess her crimes to someone who might understand the depths of her betrayal. Through her letters, she reveals...

March 30, 2015
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A fun read with an interesting premise and some super spooky ghosts.

Sisters of Blood and Spirit has a really interesting premise. Twin sisters, one girl and one ghost - both more powerful than they know. When they encounter a group of teens who have been marked by a frightening spirit, they agree to try and save them, even if...

March 29, 2015
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
A phenomenal addition to any middle grade library.

Having lost his twin brother in a drowning accident as they ventured out to find the sea, Ned never feels completely whole and is unable to do many of the things that he had previously taken for granted. He has been plagued by the assumption that his father had...

March 23, 2015
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
A series that contains enough danger and suspense to keep readers of all ages interested.

I loved loved LOVED The False Prince. It was one of my top books the year it was released. So there were some pretty high expectations for The Runaway King. I was not disappointed. I recently had a favorite student of mine as for a book...

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