Reviews written by Connie Reid, Site Manager

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January 06, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
fast-paced romp into Medieval times

What I Loved: Once upon a Tim is what I imagine a book would be like if the game Munchkin was ever a story. It was delightfully quirky in its slapstick tale of a medieval peasant who decides to join the Prince on a quest to save the Princess from...

January 06, 2022 (Updated: January 06, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A book as fast paced as the game WARCROSS

What I Loved: Emika Chen goes from 3 days from eviction and $13 dollars in her bank account to the secret bounty hunter to the billionaire, Hideo Tanaka with unlimited resources to catch a hacker. This all happens when she accidentally gets caught hacking her way into the opening ceremony...

January 01, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Exciting sequel to Prison Healer

What Worked: Gilded Cage is the fast-paced sequel to the Prison Healer. Kiva’s head and heart are at odds with each other. Her heart is falling in love with Prince Jaren. He is so giving. He takes Tipp and her to the palace to recover from years of imprisonment. He...

January 01, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Spoiler Alert

What I Loved: Each of our characters is faced with a problem requiring personal growth, and that can be painful. Madeline’s health continues to deteriorate and each person in her orbit must come to terms with her impending death. As the pain mounts Madeline realizes that the...

December 28, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Formula for a Fun Read

What Worked: King Jaron must face some hard truths about his relationships. His friends are loyal and Imogen loves him, but he can’t continue to keep everything so secret. Just before his wedding to Imogen the Prozarians overrun his castle defenses with surprising ease. He escapes with the scope but...

December 27, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
*Spoiler Alert

What Worked: Originally the Ascendence series was written as a trilogy. At the very end of the third book, the plot skips forward a year to give the characters happy endings and wrap up their stories. This fourth book in the series was written several years later and gives King...

December 27, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
The Olympians defeat the Mighty Minotaur

What Worked: The Oracle of Wi-Fi is back with the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur of Crete. In the Greek myth the Minotaur is under the city of Crete and the hero, Theseus must enter a deadly labyrinth that is heated by the breath of the Minotaur. This myth...

December 27, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
So, This is Love

What I Loved: The premise of this Cinderella retelling is what would happen if Cinderella had never tried on the glass slipper when the duke was sent to find the mysterious girl from the ball? The answer to the question is that a much better story happens! What I continue...

December 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Big Hair, Don't Care

What worked: Pierre has a dream of joining the Poodle Squad Roller Stars. They have the most amazing hair and Pierre trains hard to also have wonderful hair. It takes Pierre so long to get ready on the big day that his friends leave him behind. In his rush to...

December 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Dream of the Stars

What Worked: Tamen lives in the city but is inspired by a comic book to wonder about the stars he can’t see. His mother takes him on a special camping trip where he can finally see all the stars in the sky. He feels his connection to the universe as...

December 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Fun Celebration of Grandmothers everywhere

What worked: Supernana is a high-octane superhero book with all the ways a Supernana saves the day. From ice cream to sharing cookies, she can do it all. When villains try to mess up the day, Supernana is there to put them in their place. Her granddaughter is sure storytelling...

December 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Who is the Ugliest Monster?

What worked: This is a silly story of three monsters competing on who is the ugliest monster in the world. They point out silly eyebrows and noses and coats until they decide to look in the mirror. What they see scares them into agreeing that they all are the ugliest...

December 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
So much Good in Life

What Worked: The family in this story has a tradition of linking chains of paper with all the things they are thankful for to last them through December once the first snowfalls. The illustrations are unique and heartwarming as the child recounts many examples of simple things in nature to...

December 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Showing Consideration of Others

Bigfoot loves his fur so much that he becomes a bit conceited about it. He misses the fact that he interrupts his friends to discuss his own fur. He gives unsolicited advice on how they can have better hair. Then he decides not to get a furcut and allows it...

December 22, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Feeling Fuzzy Inside and Out

What Worked: Fuzzy is a creature with extremely fuzzy fur. He spends each day looking out for friends and neighbors making life a little easier and kinder for them. When humidity turns his fuzzy fur super fuzzy and gets into trouble, his friends are there for him. When he has...

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