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March 29, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
unique, engaging, and atmospheric YA fantasy/dystopian

ELYSIUM GIRLS is an engaging YA historical fantasy/dystopian. In the 1930s, an area of Oklahoma suddenly got cut off from the rest of the world. Unaware of anything going on outside of their area, the people are told that they are in a 10-year game between Life and Death, sister...

March 26, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
powerfully emotional read about the after of school shootings

THE LUCKY ONES is quite an emotional ride. The book follows May and Zach in alternating first person points-of-view. May was a survivor in a school shooting that killed her twin brother, favorite teacher, and classmates. She was spared because she had left the first chair band practice to get...

March 25, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
fun YA contemporary romance with hate-to-love couple and clever pranks

MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT is a book that reminds readers of all the possibilities and freedom of summer vacation. We follow Sidney and Asher in alternating first person points-of-view. Their parents have been vacationing together since they were 13 for two months every summer. The first summer was great- but...

March 23, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
unique and delightful retelling of King Arthur in space

SWORD IN THE STARS is a satisfying conclusion to a delightful YA fantasy retelling of King Arthur in space! Picking up right after the first left off, we now catapult into the past- to the original King Arthur as the team must procure the Holy Grail. Merlin is still aging...

March 21, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
exciting new paranormal romance

CRAVE is a really engaging new YA fantasy/paranormal romance that follows Grace in the first person. Grace lost her parents in a horrible car accident a month earlier, and she is now coming to Alaska to live with her uncle and cousin. Her uncle runs the mysterious Katmere Academy in...

March 21, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
great gift for Father's Day or new fathers

I LOVE YOU, DADDY is a sweet book for fathers to share with their young readers. Featuring springy pastels, Peter Rabbit and his father, along with lovely word art, the book contains messages of love between child and parent. The book includes sweet sentiments such as "And if I have...

March 21, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
informative picture book with plenty of learning opportunities

MORNING, SUNSHINE! is an informative journey through nature and poetry. Each spread features a haiku on the left page and then a longer description on the right. For instance, moths are fluttering away before sunrise in a lovely haiku poem on the left and then the right page tells about...

March 18, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
satisfying conclusion to an engaging series

EMBER QUEEN is a great conclusion to the Ash Princess trilogy. Picking up right where book 2 left off, Theo has left the fire mine, without memories of what happened within it. She has new powers to test and a war to fight for her people. With the characters we...

March 14, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
fantastic rhyming fun!

DIGGERSAURS EXPLORE is a delightful sequel to the book taking the toddler world by storm! Whether you have a little one who loves construction vehicles or dinosaurs, diggersaurs are a charming expansion of these concepts into a cohesive story. In this book, the diggersaurs that we met in the first...

March 14, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
engrossing sequel in a great YA fantasy series

LADY SMOKE is every bit as addictive as the first in this engrossing trilogy. Picking up where the first book left off, we follow Theo as she leaves Astrea, the place where she should be queen if the Kalovaxians had not invaded and taken over. She has spent the last...

March 12, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
charming, delightful, and silly fun!

DIGGERSAURS is perfect for children who love dinosaurs, construction vehicles, bright colors, and/or fun, rhyming phrases. This book re-imagines construction vehicles as dinosaurs (e.g. diggersaurs) in an unbelievably delightful way. The diggersaurs are introduced in this first book with the type of work they do, such as the excavatorsaurus, who...

March 12, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
engrossing and atmospheric

ASH PRINCESS is an engaging YA fantasy that takes us to the conquered land of Astrea. Theodosia's mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her when she was only 6 years old, as the Kalovaxians seized control. The Kaiser has kept her in her mother's palace where he now resides...

March 08, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
gorgeous pop-up board book, perfect for bedtime

I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE is an elegant and lovely book that speaks to parental love. Perfect for bedtime, this pop-up board book is filled with gorgeous illustrations that show baby and parent animals (no genders as it is written in first person). The text is softly rhyming, making this...

March 08, 2020 (Updated: March 08, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
charming, silly, and delightful pop-up board book fun

FUN ON THE FARM is an adorably ridiculous read. The book uses rhyming phrases to anthropomorphize farm animals in the cutest ways. For instance, did you know that horses are talented dancers who are excellent at the foxtrot and ice skating? Or that pigs love to be pampered while...

March 07, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
delightful ocean exploration

THE HAPPY, SNAPPY CRAB is a charming adventure through the sea. The board book features pop-up sea animals on every page. Turtles who race, a shark whose teeth shine bright, a puffer fish who blows up when he feels grumpy, and an octopus who tickles feature in this charming book....

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