Reviews written by Samantha Randolph

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March 08, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
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N/A
Kids Fiction
Wintry fantasy about finding home and family

Seren Rhys is glad to be leaving the orphanage but nervous about what awaits her at her godfather's estate, Plas-y Fran. On her journey there, she encounters a stranger who instructs her to guard a mysterious package. Once she and the package arrive at Plas-y Fran, Seren discovers several things:...

March 01, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Can friendship and courage transform a dark past into a hopeful future?

Pip picks pockets to get food for himself and his sister, El. When he picks something unexpected, a mysterious box with a dried heart inside it, he and El are suddenly the most wanted people in Clarel. There's something odd about the heart, something that reeks of magic long forbidden....

February 26, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
3 Reasons You Should Read THE VALLEY AND THE FLOOD

Rose Colter is adrift. She can't be where she was staying for the holidays but she can't go home yet either. When her car breaks down in the middle of the night, something unexpected happens: she hears the voice of her dead best friend, Gaby, come through the radio, saying...

February 25, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
How far will one girl go to save her sister?

Riley Oh is thrilled for her sister, Hattie, to finally be formally initiated into the Gom clan on her 13th birthday. Riley longs to join her in the ranks of their family's clan which focuses on healing magic. However, Riley, an adoptee, is a saram, a person without magic. A...

February 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A perfect twist on one of Disney's best movies

Hercules proved he was a true hero and became a god like his parents, Zeus and Hera. Meg is thrilled for him and shocked when he says he wants to stay with her. The problem? Zeus won't let Hercules go back to being a mortal, and Meg can't join him...

February 19, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
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N/A
Perfect for fans of Victoria Schwab's City of Ghosts

Karma Moon loves living with her dad in their New York neighborhood, answering phone calls for his Totally Rad documentary film group, and anything woo-woo. She only wishes her mom would come back home instead of being in Florida with some man. When Karma's dad gets the chance of a...

February 18, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A story of heartache, ambition, dreams, and music

Denver loves music and dreams of life making it with her R&B group, Angelic Voices. When the group (Denver, Dali, and Shak) catch the attention of Sean "Mercury" Ellis, a major R&B singer, Denver thinks they might finally have their big break. Merc gives them studio time, music star perks,...

February 17, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Hilarious and heartfelt story of magic and friendship

Beetle is a goblin-witch who isn't loving the small magic her grandmother teaches her. She'd rather hang out with Blob Ghost, a ghost that is trapped in the mall. When Beetle's childhood friend and sorceress, Kat, moves back into town, the two team up to find a way to free...

February 15, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Paranormal historical YA about fighting evil and saving the world

Audiobook review: Following 5 teens trying to survive, THE SHADOW WAR imagines World War II with a shadow realm involved. Liam, brilliant young genius, found the shadow realm while studying at Princeton, and he knows it could change the entire course of the war. He...

February 15, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Meet Cutes for every reader

MEET CUTE is a fun, romantic anthology featuring stories about people first meeting. Ranging from cute to funny to dark to weird (in the best way), these stories demonstrate how people can meet and maybe fall in like in the strangest of circumstances. While every story had something special, these...

February 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Reckoning with depression

In a small, very white town, Morgan is trapped in the expectations and assumptions of everyone around her. She hasn't found a place to fit in, and her head is full of a pain she can't shake. Learning to live, learning to thrive, with depression is no easy task in...

February 08, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
3 Reasons to Read FULL DISCLOSURE

Simone is ready for a new start. She's at a new school, joined the drama department, and has developed a major crush on Miles. What her new friends don't know about is her HIV positive diagnosis. At her last school, when people found out, it went poorly to say the...

February 02, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A powerful story of Nubia finding her path

Teen Nubia might have similar powers to Wonder Woman, but she knows the world is more likely to see her as a threat rather than a superhero. Her moms are constantly worried about her safety, but Nubia can't help but come to the rescue when something wrong is happening in...

February 01, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Stunning anthology that tackles stereotypes around rural life

Rural life and those that live in rural areas have often been painted with a broad, and not very flattering, brush. They are seen as a specific monolith with little variance. In this anthology, 15 authors tell stories that reflect on the good and the not-so-good of rural living and...

January 29, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
A fairy tale about a wolf, an orphan, and a witch

Zima is struggling to adjust to the new dynamics of her pack ever since her parents died in a fire and her brother took over leadership. She tries to stay in line and avoid the humans and witch Baba Yaga like he advises. When one of her pack is hurt,...

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