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November 01, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Perfect for Christmas

THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A BELL is a hilarious story of an old women who swallows all types of things. Usually with a theme to the things she’s swallowing, this one is all christmas items and is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. From bells to reindeer,...

October 20, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Emotional rollercoaster

What I liked THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER follows Vivi, a young over-achieving student who wants to make her parents proud. After a bad incident with her ex-boyfriend, bombing her SATs, and falling asleep riding her bike. Vivi’s plans slowly begin to unravel, causing panic attacks and...

October 18, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Magical tale full of love and friendship

With everything that happened in A Sliver of Stardust, Wren has begun to doubt everything. Her ability, and even if she really wants to be there. She has lost faith in what she loved about the stardust in the first place and when she’s called by the council to help...

October 15, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
We need a preorder STAT

This was such an amazing book. MOON CHOSEN is about a young girl Mari who lives with her mother, the Moon Woman of the Clan Weaver. They are called Earth Walkers. Mari’s mother washes the men and women of the tribe, the men so they don’t become violent and the...

October 11, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
magical journey

GOLDENHAND is the fifth book in the Abhorsen series. A wonderful series about magic and dead things coming back to life. This book has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be happier with the way this book went. In GOLDENHAND we follow Lirael who is no longer a...

October 02, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Supernatural at it's best

DRAGON MARKED is about a girl named Jessa, who is a wolf shapeshifter. She soon learns though that she is dragon marked. Which places her in grave danger with The Four. Four men whose main job is to hunt and capture those marked by the dragon king. Jessa, along with...

September 24, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Unputdownable

LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS was everything I hoped it would be. It had me on the edge of my seat and I stayed up till 4 in the morning to finish. I didn’t even realize what time it was until I put the book down and looked at my clock....

September 16, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Beautiful and relevant

I want to begin this review by saying that this is not a light read. It’s got some very dark themes and Mindy does not hold back. While it’s not overly graphic, it does talk about rape, drinking, drugs, sex, molestation, and murder. I do recommend it to YA readers,...

September 16, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Sob fest till the very end

FROST LIKE NIGHT was such a perfect ending for a great series. It picks up where Ice Like Fire left off. Meira has left and gone with Rares to figure out how to protect herself, fight against Angra, and end the war. What I loved is how much Meira grows...

September 10, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Mystery and Mischief

Edie is back at Knight's Haddon for another term. She was separated from Anastasia during the summer and can't wait to see her friend again. She quickly learns that she and Anastasia are not going to room together. Instead Edie is to room with the new girl Janet. That's when...

August 30, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Sibling rivalry at it's best

Ninja Bunny is an adorable and funny story of sister vs. brother. With adorable illustrations and hand drawn letters, this is a great book for parents and their kids. It reminds me so much of Peter Rabbit and I loved the nods to the story in this one. Like Farmer...

August 30, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
When Dragons come for a visit

Dragons from Mars was such a beautifully illustrated story. I have never read a book illustrated by Colin Jack but I am absolutely in love with his style of art. The amount of detail that went in to each picture is simply amazing. No detail was overlooked, and you can...

July 29, 2016 (Updated: July 29, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Fantasy and mythology collide

I absolutely love the world in Recreated. The sequel in the Reawakened series, which was a great follow up. Colleen's worlds are always so richly described and brought to life. I find myself drawn quickly in to the world and swept up in the fights. In Recreated Lily has to...

July 24, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A mind blowing thrill ride

What I loved: I have found myself completely invested in the world that Julie has created and the characters she has brought to life. Soldier, which is the third book in the Talon series, blew me away with the depth of characters and the way the story...

June 28, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
An adorable collection of nursery rhymes

We Love to Sing Aloud is a beautiful collection of nursery rhymes with adorable illustrations to match. Kids ages 1+ will love the soothing effect this story has not to mention the very cute illustrations. With ‘You are My Sunshine’, ‘The More We Get Together’, ‘Rain, Rain, Go Away’, and...

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