Reviews written by Robin D. Mahle, Staff Reviewer

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February 02, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Twisty, Turny, Perfection

First and foremost, Aim accomplishes what any good sci-fi sets out to do. It thoroughly explores the concepts of humanity and morality in the face of scientific advancement, causing the reader to question their own values and beliefs as a result. The characters are hard to rate...

January 23, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
I Challenge You To Put This Book Down

What I loved: First and foremost, the characters. Princess Charlotte's fierce, unyielding manner. The way her character is left with so much room for growth -- and grow, she does. Prince Young, who needs to grow so much in his own way. His implacable sense...

January 20, 2020 (Updated: January 20, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
And Now I'm Scarred

Emotionally, I mean. What I loved: As you can guess from the title, pretty much everything. The tension, the misunderstandings, the angst and anger were so believable. Sloane had been through this enormous thing, but still managed to come...

January 20, 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
Hard Hitting

I'm going to break out of my usual review mold here because this book was so many things. It was hard hitting. It was hard to read. It was amazing. I was in Germany when I read this book. I also have...

January 20, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Adorable

What I loved: Just about everything. This was an adorable YA Contemporary Romance with a surprisingly well-rounded main character. Charlie's relationship with her father felt sweet and real. Watching her form her first female relationship equally so. The plot...

January 20, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Well Realized Dystopian

What I loved: The world building was perfectly illustrated without bogging down the story. Everything from the politics and the society down to the physical world descriptions are clear and concise, ensuring that it's an easy leap to get pulled into this dystopian tale. Hutley...

January 20, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Intriguing Coming of Age Tale

What I loved: The story was told through the unique lens of four specific events with time skips in between. Hattrup did a brilliant job of revealing the characters through these events without info dumping or skimping out on development. Every bit of angst...

September 03, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
No Mess Entertainment

What I Loved: The story is based off an episode of Peppa Pig, and definitely reads like one. It includes an explanation of what glamping is so parents can be entertained as well. There are themes of fun and inclusiveness, and the wording is perfect for burgeoning...

September 03, 2019
Kids Fiction
Laugh Out Loud

What I Loved: This is one of those books that you can't help but smile while you read, even if the children have requested it for bedtime several nights in a row. Lombardo manages to teach children animal sounds and make them laugh in a book destined...

September 03, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Entertaining Twisting of a Classic Tale

What I loved: The illustrations in this book are unique and eye catching, engaging the children from the outset. The story carries an important message about manners. There is a more subtle underlying theme of not judging others by their appearances, explored extensively enough for children to understand. That,...

August 27, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Great Sequel

Would you risk your future to discover your past? What I Loved: The premise of this series is fantastic. Jahn combines a contemporary romance feel with the classic sci-fi element of time travel, and the result is a story about humans and...

August 27, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Perfectly Sweet

What I loved: Ivy's character is strong, driven, and even a bit inconsiderate at times. Giving her character flaws from the outset makes her immediately more relatable and believable, engaging the reader from the first chapter. The premise is adorable, and the romance develops at a...

August 13, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Sweet Contemporary Romance

This was a sweet high school love story centered around basketball and missed intentions. What I liked: The story hits the ground running with a cute flashback, and the dual POV narrative keeps it moving along nicely. Cam's point of view is adorable, the consummate...

August 06, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
Young Adult Indie
Solid Start to a Series

What I loved: The cover, obviously, is gorgeous and eye catching. Skye's character is a genuine nerd, not just a nerdy-for-the-sake-of-being-quirky nerd. She was raised on Star Trek and Doctor Who, and it shows throughout the story without being overdone to the point...

August 05, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0
A World to Lose Yourself In

This is a promising start to an exciting new fae series! What I loved: The writing style is engaging enough that even the initial world building is captivating. Details are doled out in small enough increments to not feel like info dumps, but solid enough to...

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