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October 13, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
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What I Loved: Set Me Free takes place three years after Mary’s kidnapping and rescue in Show Me a Sign. She has become restless as her friends move towards higher education and dating. Mary has mostly recovered from her ordeal, other than memories occasionally haunting her. Her cautious demeanor...

October 11, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
no task is too big for these mighty gods

What I Loved: The pets at the Mount Olympus Pet Center are adorable and a bit confused! The store owner names all the pets after the gods and listens to the podcast, “Greeking Out” by the oracle of Wi-fi. The pets listen along and then use the myths...

October 11, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Everything comes with a price...even magical pudding

What I Loved: The Crescent Stone has the magical feeling of Narnia with the quirky humor of The Magicians. Madeline Oliver has a terminal illness. She is visited by Hanali, a magical recruiter for the Sunlit Lands. If she pledges to fight the Scim for the Elenil...

October 09, 2021 (Updated: October 09, 2021)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
The True Dragon Heir can Save Her People

This sequel to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was much easier on the heart to read. In Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, it was hard to watch Xifeng leave a loving relationship behind to achieve her fate to be Empress of Feng Lu in this Evil Queen retelling. ...

October 06, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Fourteen Monkeys in Peru

What I Loved: This book was a great way to introduce children to the different tree layers of the rainforest in Peru. It also showcases the diverse species of monkeys that can be found there. It was amazing to learn that there are 14 different species of monkeys that...

October 06, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Which super animal power do you wish you had?

What I Loved: This book has illustrations that do a great job of helping the facts come to life. I love how it keeps your attention by telling unusual abilities for each animal. Then it compares those abilities with something a child could relate in their life. ...

September 30, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
More the Merrier

What Worked: All kids understand how it feels to feel left out. Luna Girl wants to go to the sleepover at Owlette’s house but didn't get an invitation. She shows up uninvited to the sleepover and behaves badly. She tries to ruin the fun. However, when Motsuki also...

September 26, 2021 (Updated: September 26, 2021)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Tamsin is a women who gets things done

What I Loved: It has taken two other books, but we finally come to Tamsin’s story and finally learn the secret that drove her relentlessly to be the best in this third installment of the Glittering Court, The Emerald Sea. Once again, the beginning of the...

September 24, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Everyone has value

What I Loved: Show me a Sign, is uniquely told by someone born deaf. In Martha’s Vineyard in the 1800s nearly 1 in every 4th person was born deaf. Deaf and hearing family members mix enough that everyone signs. Mary Lambert grows up feeling valued and leads a normal life...

September 24, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
A Swashbuckling spy adventure meets Mail order bride

What I Loved: In the first book in the Glittering Court Trilogy, we know that Adelaide’s friend Mirabel is keeping secrets and sneaking out at night. Mira's secrets are revealed in this second installment, Midnight Jewel. She is a refugee of the war-torn country of Sirminica...

September 23, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Uh-Oh can mortal enemies become friendz?

What I Loved: Fly Guy and Fly Girl are back together again, this time to play at the park with Buzz and Lizz. They have a mighty scare when the kids meet a new friend who has a pet lizard named Annie. Annie tries to eat...

September 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
She is not the hero

What I Loved: Only a Monster warned us that Joan was not the hero of this story. She was the monster, yet it was the hero that massacred her whole family. The Oliver family captures her and Nick when they stay late after work at the museum....

September 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Failure is unacceptable ... but success could be deadly.

What I Loved: Children of the Fox was fast-paced and clever from start to finish. Callan was raised by the greatest con artist (gaffer) since he was six years old. Now that he is alone, he wants to get out of the life of being a thief. So,...

September 10, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Hope is the Cure

What I Loved: Gods and Monsters is the third book in the trilogy that began with The Serpent & Dove. The relationships between the characters have become strong and lasting. It is discovered that Lou has been possessed by Nicholina and the only way to save her is to visit...

August 28, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
The Fight for Peace has Begun

The third book, Monsters of Men, is aptly named. There are so many factions clashing together. Mayor Prentiss created a war with the people of Haven and the indigenous species for seemingly no other reason than for the power and glory it could bring to win an all-out...

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