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September 08, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
I absolutely love all of the characters!

This is going to be a hard review to write because I have so many words that want to come out! This was my most anticipated release of 2020 and I wasn't disappointed. The only thing I wish was different was that the author had stuck to a duology and...

September 08, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Written Like A Dark Fairytale in Gold Ink

Ren is the queen of the forest, a lynx shifter, and the protector of the forest's creatures. When a dragon attacks, Ren finds herself face to face with one of the legendary Wolf-lords. She saves him from being drowned and strikes a deal with him. Even though humans are the...

July 06, 2020
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
Young Adult Indie
Full of Action and a Slow Burning Romance

Tamara is the daughter of the Vampire Queen and the Zombie King. She is extremely powerful and is wanted by several people so they can use her as a tool. One of the people chasing after her is Death himself. He needs her for something, but Tamara is tired of...

June 17, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Hard Being Different

Kanzi has trouble fitting in at school because of her Arabic heritage. The other children make fun of for her differences, but the quilt her grandmother made gives her strength. Another thing that helps her cope is poems and when she's down, she writes one about the quilt. The teacher...

June 17, 2020 (Updated: June 17, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Halloween Humor

This Halloween season, it is very cold, but Frankenstein still wants to participate in the Halloween festivities. However, his parents keep adding layer after layer of clothing to try to keep him warm. Frankenstein is a monster though and doesn't want to look less scary. So, as he's handed garment...

June 17, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Following Your Heart

Growing up with the stories of the Nihryst, Adalina wants nothing more than to find them and break their curse. Her brother, Shane, thinks they are just fairytales and pushes them aside to focus on being a good prince for their country. However, since their mother died, their father has...

June 08, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Second Installment to Mulan Retelling

DRAGON REBELLION opens up with Jian and Hua taking refuge in Hua's family farm, but she hasn't awoken since she turned into a dragon. With the empire looking for the dragon, Jian has no choice but to leave the war. But when the farm is attacked, he finds himself face-to-face...

June 08, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
Both Bear and Wolf Shifters!

When Tris escapes from being kidnapped by her boyfriend Corbin, she does the only logical thing. She gets the heck out of town. She flees on the roads and comes across a small town diner. The waitress Dottie is kind enough to help her out and give her directions to...

May 27, 2020 (Updated: May 27, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
N/A
Great gift for those who love to color!

ADORABLE PETS is full of quotes and pictures about animals. As the title suggests, the pictures are so cute and look like they're going to be fun to color. My little girl is already excited to start, especially since she loves animals. The quotes are a nice touch and even...

May 13, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
For those who love the dark sides of fae

When a weird light shoots from Brea and strikes her best friend, she's designated as mentally unstable and sent to mental institutions. After her parents sign her over, Brea feels so lost and is worried about being thrown in jail. But a guy named Griff saves her and sweeps her...

May 12, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
A Story For A Working Mom to Share With Their Children

IN MY HEART shows how strong the love of a mother is even when she and the child are apart. When mom has to work and the daughter goes to school/daycare, the mom reminds her that she is always in her heart. The different things she does and sees reminds...

May 12, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
A New Way to Learn Colors

LET'S PLAY HAPPY GIRAFFE brings a new and exciting way to learn colors. Instead of focusing on what's red and what's yellow, this book turns to the interpretations. For example, red is being brave and yellow is bright happiness. I like how the colors jump off the page and how...

April 28, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Witches and Shifters!

Selene was born a blank, a witch with no powers, so she is abandoned on the doorstep of a shifter family. There's a huge feud between witches and shifters, but the shifters take her in and raise her as their own. When she goes to a shifter party with her...

April 28, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
I love these characters!

Jette suffers from hallucinations, at least that's what the doctors tell her. However, as they take on the shape of dragons, she can't deny how real they feel. Then, her teacher and only friend wisks her away to a whole different world. It's a world where creatures like the fae...

April 27, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Summer Read for Emerging Readers

Pinkalicious visits the beach with Peter and meets her friends the Merminnies. Here, Aqua introduces them to Splash, who can do all kinds of tricks. Splash has the help of a turtle and a whale named Tiny, but one trick leaves him stuck in the seaweed. He needs help getting...

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