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January 27, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Kids Fiction
A Not-SO

Dog Rules is a story about a two dogs who end up raising a bird. However, what makes this story was fun was that the bird was expected to act as a dog! It made for a great read, along with the beautiful colors that really helped bring the story...

January 27, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
For the Dreamers :)

Fairy! Princess! Ballerina! is the ultimate read for all children! From the beginning, I felt a bit unsure about where the story was headed, but I shouldn’t have worried! The story went in the best direction it possibly could have, and the children I take care of absolutely adored it....

January 25, 2017 (Updated: January 29, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Intense and Crazy Addictive

Kami Garcia has done it again! This book is every bit as addictive as all her other ones, and yet something completely new. You’re probably going to look at this cover, then read the synopsis and automatically think: romance, all romance. That’s what I was honestly expecting,...

January 25, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Something Different

The Adventures of Cinnamon Girl came out several years ago, and I’m sad to not have known about this masterpiece much earlier. Who would’ve expected this book to be packed with such PERFECTION!? Feminism, body-positivity, honest friendships, awesome parents, etc. are only SOME of the things...

January 24, 2017 (Updated: January 28, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Heart-Stopping Finale

A Million Worlds Without You was the finale to Claudia Gray’s epic Firebird trilogy, which follows Marguerite through the multiverse. Warning: This will have no spoilers for this book, but it may mention certain spoiler-y type things from past books in the series! Also highly recommend...

January 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Something Fresh

With an adorable cover, perfect title, and a captivating beginning- it's hard not to instantly fall in love with this book. It's refreshing take on subjects like PTSD and illegal immigration also make it an informative read for everyone. The story begins with Gretchen, a...

January 24, 2017 (Updated: January 28, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
You Probably Won't Find a Cuter Book

Goose on the Farm might just win "Book with the Cutest Illustrations" from me! Filled with tons of animals, the children I read this with and the people I lended the book to were "aw"-ing through the entire thing. Adding onto the fact that this book was so bright and...

January 24, 2017 (Updated: February 26, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
A Book For Everyone

100 Things to Know Before You Grow Up is yet another reason why I, as well as the children I work with, will always continue to read National Geographic. Not only was it educational, funny, and filled with tons of new information for kids (and maybe adults) to take in-...

June 05, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
N/A
Characters 
 
N/A
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Summer Essential

Wise Words to Color may possibly be my favorite coloring book ever! It is unique, inspirational, and perfect for absolutely anyone. What I loved: This coloring book stands apart from all the many others ones that are now coming out. Coloring books have become...

June 05, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
A Book for Siblings!

What an adorable story! I read this to two young sisters that I babysit and they really enjoyed it. It was cute and the illustrations and characters had the girls giggling as it went along. I think this story will be especially liked by siblings because...

June 05, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
The Perfect Children's Book

Paddington is a widely loved bear, and his stories are also beloved by all types of readers. I, sadly, never read about Paddington as a child and definitely missed out! Reading this was a great experience as a young adult, and I can only imagine how wonderful it would be...

June 05, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
Cecil's Legacy

Most of us have heard the story of the tragic death of Cecil, a lion that was killed just last year. His death stirred up controversy because of how it was allowed to even occur, on top of how horrific it was. Many heard of his death, but few know...

June 01, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
The Only Thing Better Than This Is Nothing

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, was a book that completely engrossed me from the beginning. Trixie and Ben’s tense rivalry (that may be something more?), the perfect amount of fandom-culture references (meaning: a lot of references), and a friend group that ties everything all together- made this...

June 01, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Perfect Summer Read!

Sing a refreshing, light, and short contemporary that will melt the hearts of its readers. In only 279 pages, the author is able to provide a well-developed character who grows more with each page. Lily Ross, the main character is anything but normal, but somehow is easily relatable and lovable....

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