Reviews written by Robin D. Mahle, Staff Reviewer

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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...

May 29, 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
Inclusive, Diverse, Entertaining

What I liked: I had this book on my TBR before I even read the blurb because the cover and title were so captivating. Edie's intentionally unlikable character truly makes this book. Girl jerks are the best, and her disconnect with humanity is refreshing and entertaining. She is real,...

May 29, 2019 (Updated: May 29, 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
Young Adult Indie
Great Continuation

What I liked: First and foremost, Beck. I loves me some Beck. I want a Beck story, and now. Watching Avery come to terms with this relationships with his family, himself, and those around him in the wake of this tragedy and his best friend's fall from hero status...

May 08, 2019
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
Painfully Realistic Coming of Age Story

There was very little I didn't love about this book. The writing is engaging and hooks the reader from the first line, never straying into irrelevance or warring with a limited attention span. The characters are real and their problems aren't ridiculous or far-fetched. Instead, they hit devastatingly close to...

May 03, 2019
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
Beautifully Orchestrated Story

What I Loved: It isn't easy to balance a story that relies heavily on the emotional feel of each moment with steady pacing, but Jahn does it flawlessly. There was never a lag, nor a place where the story moved too quickly for the heavy emotions therein. The...

May 01, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Fantastic Reimagining of A Classic Tale

What I Loved: The setting is fascinating and complex, the world building rich and thoughtful. Robinson fully realizes the steampunk setting in every part of the story, from the clothing to the machines and even medical aspects. Anyone wanting to be fully immersed into a world will not be...

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