Reviews written by Samantha Randolph

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September 25, 2020
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A new and exciting story of Barbara Gordon

THE ORACLE CODE visits Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl and Oracle) in her teens after an accident that paralyzes part of her body. Now using a wheelchair, Barbara enters the Arkham Center for Independence for physical and mental rehabilitation. Though she is supposed to be healing, too much is happening at...

September 06, 2020
Overall rating
 
3.0
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3.0
Characters
 
3.0
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3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Fast paced historical fantasy

Thea Hope has learned alchemy as her mother's apprentice, forced into the shadows when all she wants is equal credit and to be respected in her own right. For years, they have been trying to create the Philosopher's Stone. Just when it seems possible they might have succeeded, Thea's mother...

September 06, 2020
Overall rating
 
3.0
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3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Creative spin on a Shakespeare classic

Elle is part of the glittering crowd, beautiful and untouchable, or so they believe. One night, Elle and her friends crash a St. Andrews Prep party and everything changes. The golden boys, the ones revered at St. Andrews, chose Elle as their next target that night. Afterwards, Elle swears revenge....

September 06, 2020
Overall rating
 
4.0
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4.0
Characters
 
4.0
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4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Excellent book for people who want the bite of a Courtney Summers book but creepier

Audiobook review Margot is tired of not getting answers from her mother about where she came from and the history of their family. When she finds an old picture with the name of a town on it, she leaves immediately to find the answers she...

September 06, 2020
Overall rating
 
4.0
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4.0
Characters
 
4.0
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4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Stunning collection of Edgar Allen Poe retellings

HIS HIDEOUS HEART is a powerhouse of incredible writers retelling different works of Edgar Allen Poe. From "The Raven" to "The Fall of the House of Usher," there is a great mix of Poe's most popular works and his lesser known ones. HIS HIDEOUS HEART works for long time Poe...

September 06, 2020
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4.0
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4.0
Characters
 
4.0
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4.0
Fun follow up to the prior trilogy

Having loved the original Fair Assassin books, I was cautiously optimistic about this new duology continuing Sybella's story and introducing new characters. After reading it, I think this may have been better to tie specifically to the prior series (book 4 instead of book 1 in a new duology) because...

September 06, 2020
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Beautiful story exploring different types of love

Top 3 Reasons to Read Meredith Russo’s Birthday: 1.) BIRTHDAY matches the exceptional storytelling of Russo’s debut, IF I WAS YOUR GIRL. Sophomore novels can be so tricky, but all the rich, layered characterization Russo wrote in IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is present again...

August 03, 2020
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
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N/A
Adventurous and spooky middle grade

Paola “Pao” Santiago loves science and hanging out with her best friends, Emma and Dante. She doesn’t love how superstitious her mom is and how she isn’t allowed to go near the river because of La Llorona. The friends made a plan one night to meet up at the river...

August 02, 2020
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Action packed sequel to THE HAZEL WOOD

Alice Proserpine thought she was mostly back to “normal” life after breaking from her story in the Hinterland, but when Hinterland survivors start dying, it’s clear something is desperately wrong. Someone is stalking them and ready to strike. Someone with powers that look a lot like Alice’s used to. As...

August 02, 2020
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
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Kids Fiction
Unforgettable middle grade novel

Jewell Parker Rhodes writes electrifying middle grade stories that pack emotion into every sentence, and GHOST BOYS showcases that skill at its best. The story follows Jerome, a 12-year-old Black boy shot by a police officer. The reader is led through both Jerome’s life (being bullied in school; meeting a...

July 19, 2020
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4.0
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4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
One of a kind story

Hark and Jelt grew up together, without families and with barely enough to get by. Jelt turns to more and more dangerous ways of making money, namely aiding the area’s most notorious smugglers. Hark wants to be there for Jelt, but isn’t comfortable with the way Jelt is acting. When...

July 08, 2020
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3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
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Kids Fiction
A fun, witchy story about friendship and personal strengths

Antonia, wizarding apprentice to Master Betrys, may not be the best at actual magic, but she tries her absolute best and hopes one day Betrys will recommend her for a magic school. Unfortunately for Antonia, the new scullery maid, Moppe, turns out to be a magical prodigy. Shortly after Betrys...

July 05, 2020
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
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Kids Fiction
Masterfully written story about ghosts, friendship, and family

5 Reasons to Read THE GIRL AND THE GHOST 1.) Beautiful prose- This was my first time experiencing Hanna Alkaf’s writing. By the end of the prologue, I felt head to toe immersed in the story Alkaf was spinning. There is a richness to each...

May 17, 2020
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A stunning classic from Rita Williams-Garcia

Top 3 reasons to read LIKE SISTERS ON THE HOMEFRONT: 1.) The characters- Gayle, a NYC girl sent to small town Georgia with her baby, has such a powerful voice. She reads so authentically to her age and is sharp and funny. Her journey of growth is...

May 17, 2020
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Fun, female-centric expansion of the Scoobyverse

Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley are opposites. Daphne is popular, traditionally pretty, and sociable. Velma prefers books and information to people most days and is leery of friendship because she and Daphne used to be friends. Now they don’t look at each other if they can help it. When Daphne’s...

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