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March 18, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Puppy Love

SAM THE STOLEN PUPPY by Holly Webb is a heartbreaking tale of one little girl’s search for her missing pup. Emily had only one Christmas wish, and it was granted in the form of a beautiful golden labrador puppy. Immediately smitten, Emily takes her job as the puppy’s owner seriously,...

March 17, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Secret Spy Society

Three curious little girls find their way into the midst of a secret spy organization in The Case of the Missing Cheetah by debut author-illustrator Veronica Mang. Meet Peggy, Rita and Dot as they take on the work to solve the mystery. I really...

March 17, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
A Howling Fun Read

Desmond and Andres are back for another adventure in Beware the Werewolf. Most of the books in Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol deal with ghosts and the occasional zombie. However, every so often, Andres Miedoso gives us a paranormal monster to contend with. In this book, Andres and Desmond encounter a...

March 17, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Thrills and Chills

What a fun story! Escape From the Roller Ghoster by Andres Miedoso is the eleventh installment of Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol, which follows the adventures of Andres and his best friend Desmond in their haunted town of Kersville. In this adventure, Andres and Desmond head to the local amusement park...

March 17, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Cinderella Like You've Never Seen Her

Return to Enchantia and meet the Glass Queen in this second installment of Gena Showalter‘s series Forest of Good and Evil. I devoured this book! I really enjoyed The Evil Queen, and truth be told, I wasn’t sure how the sequel would live up. However, I am here to tell...

March 14, 2021 (Updated: March 14, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
As Beautiful as it is Deadly

Namesake by Adrienne Young picks up right where Fable left off. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, there may be minor spoilers to it ahead. Fable is now in the hands of Zola. What he has planned for her though is anyone’s guess. With the Marigold...

March 10, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Adventure on the High Seas

I adore this book! Fable by Adrienne Young is the first in a duology about a young woman who is just trying to survive and find her own way in the world. This was my first time reading Adrienne Young, and I could talk for days about her writing. I...

March 09, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A New Twist on Snow White

The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter has been on my radar since it first hit shelves in 2019. I love fairy tale retellings, and I especially love the anti-hero stories, you know the stories about the villain. That is one-hundred percent this story! The Evil Queen twists everything you thought...

October 26, 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
A Daring Heroine and a Caged Bird Unite

What a start to the series! Sting Magic by Sarah K.L. Wilson is a fantastic, quick read that takes you on an adventure through a cursed woods with a daring heroine and a caged bird. Friends if you like YA fantasy, I highly recommend you read this one. ...

October 26, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Wrath and Vengeance

Thrills and chills abound in Kerri Maniscalco‘s new release Kingdom of the Wicked. I don’t know where to start! This story will leave you on the edge of your seat begging for more. Following Emilia as she seeks vengeance for her twin sister, Kingdom of the Wicked takes the reader...

October 22, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Natural Disasters: What They Are & What to Do

Earth-Shattering Events by Robin Jacobs is a wonderfully thought-out book that details different natural disasters: what they are, how we can prepare for them, and what to do if you find yourself caught in the middle of one. I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of detail and information that...

October 22, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Bugs in Your Belly

Gut Garden by Katie Brosnan is a well-thought out journey through our digestive system, introducing kids to the bacteria and different microorganisms that reside in our bodies. Brosnan opens the book with a detailed description of different microbes and where you might find them. Then the reader is taken through...

October 22, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Extra Stars for Gross Factor

National Geographic Kids is always sure to be a winner at my house. Their newest release has been deemed the favorite by my (almost) ten year old. ICK! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defenses is as gross as its title suggests. Divided into three sections, the book presents interesting...

October 22, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Dinosaurs Became What?

Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct by Drew Sheneman is a short, illustrated nonfiction book introducing children to one of the more common theories of dinosaur evolution. Working on the theory that theropods - the meat-eating dinosaurs - became what we know today as birds, Sheneman briefly walks the reader through the...

October 18, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A New Fairy Tale for the Ages

Ashley Poston has crafted a new fairy tale for the ages! Among the Beasts and Briars may very well be my favorite book of the year. When I originally picked it up, I thought it would be a retelling. My mistake! Poston has made her own story, and it has...

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