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September 13, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
engaging YA fantasy with amazing characters

INTO THE CROOKED PLACE is an engaging YA fantasy that follows five characters on a quest of aligned goals- even if not always aligned opinions. In this alternate world, magic is very real- and difficult to come by. A war in the recent past has made magic mostly a black...

September 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
fantastic YA fantasy

TO KILL A KINGDOM is a wonderful YA fantasy about a siren and a pirate. Told in alternating points of view, we follow Lira, a deadly siren known as the Princes' Bane, because she takes the heart of a prince each year, and Elian, a prince of Midas who would...

September 12, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
sweet book celebrating friendship

A WARM FRIENDSHIP is a story of friendship and loss, celebrating the time that you have together. Squirrel finds Snowman shivering in the cold, and brings him a scarf. Other animals join in, bringing Snowman lots of warm colorful scarves. Snowman is finally warm. However, when the weather warms up,...

September 11, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
engaging setting

THE RIFT is a unique YA fantasy that takes place on Black Water Island, a place prized for the herd of deer that live there. There is something unique about these deer- they produce Actaeon's Bane, which can heal almost anything. A pharmaceutical company has contracted with the people on...

September 07, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
lush historical fantasy

THE BEAUTIFUL takes place in New Orleans, primarily following a young woman, Celine. Celine fled France after a terrible event and found refuge in the Ursuline Convent, where she and other girls are helping to get it up and running and teach classes. Celine feels like an outsider and has...

September 06, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
fantastic childrens fantasy adventure graphic novel

HILDA AND THE MOUNTAIN KING is an engaging and thrilling children's fantasy adventure. This graphic novel tells the story of Hilda and her mother, when Hilda wakes up as a troll and the mother realizes she has a changeling in her house. The trolls and humans are at odds with...

September 05, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
light-hearted and quick YA fantasy

GLOW OF THE FIREFLIES is a YA fantasy that follows a teenaged girl, Briony, who has no memories from before she was in a fire, the scars of which she still carries. She lives with her father since her mother walked out not long after her injury. She and her...

September 05, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
elegant Christmas bedtime book

GOOD NIGHT, SANTA is a simple but elegant book that celebrates the Christmas season, perfect for bedtime. The illustrations are shown in one color with black and white with all the animals and people in silhouettes (as shown on the moon of the cover). The text is rhyming, showing a...

September 05, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
delightful Christmas celebration

JOLLY JINGLY CHRISTMAS is a cute rhyming, lift-the-flap, musical, non-religious celebration of the season. Each of the five full page spreads in this board book feature a rhyme inviting children to lift-the-flap and reveal a toy with accompanying sound (e.g. crunching for the reindeer eating carrots, woosh for a penguin...

September 04, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
cute and clever read

Sweet Pea is in her last year of primary school (K-7th grade) and will be starting at secondary school the next. She is not sure how she feels about that, particularly since one of her best friends completely turned on her a while back in exchange for hanging out with...

September 04, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
engaging middle grade

I CAN MAKE THIS PROMISE is a moving middle grade contemporary fiction about trusting your parents, finding your heritage, and navigating friendships. Edie is 12 years old, and she knows that her mother is Native American, but she was adopted as an infant, so did not have close ties to...

September 03, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
engaging overall

THE OTHER, BETTER ME is a contemporary middle grade novel that follows a ten-year-old, Lola, as she explores herself and her family. Lola lives with her mother in a trailer, where she has a pretty good life. She often spends her evening with the elderly woman across the street, Ms....

September 03, 2019
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
engaging horror/thriller

CREEP is an interesting YA thriller/horror that follows an incoming high school freshman, Olivia (Liv). Olivia lives in a small town with some intense histories surrounding some houses. Most famously, there was a house where the father killed the family and then left town, sparking a manhunt when the bodies...

September 02, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
N/A
Characters 
 
N/A
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
beautiful, soul-touching collection

WHEN YOU ASK ME WHERE I'M GOING is an absolutely gorgeous collection that reaches to touch the soul. In poems, prose, and drawings, Kaur evokes a multitude of emotions from laughter to tears in beautifully written and illustrated words. It is hard to do this collection justice, but I feel...

September 02, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
unique and engaging book with dragons

EMBER AND THE ICE DRAGONS is a lush middle grade historical fantasy that follows Ember, a dragon who was transformed into a human girl. Ember is the last known fire dragon, as they were hunted into extinction. After her parents were killed, a powerful Stormancer, Lionel St. George, used his...

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