Reviews written by Joanne Mumley, Twitter Manager

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August 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Magical realism and lore

Summer in the City of Roses is a unique spin of fairy tale/myth retelling mixed with punk rock. This book was not what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised. Iph and Orr are siblings left alone with their father for the summer. But their summer begins to unravel when...

August 16, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Magical read about friendship and competition

The Delusionist by Don Calame is an fun and engaging read about a 15-year old Quin Purcell. All he wants in life is to be recognized for his magical talent and win a spot at the Masters of Magic Fantasy Camp. It would be even better if his friend...

July 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A beautiful story that pulls at your heartstrings.

Indivisible is a raw and heart wrenching story, one that is important for everyone to read . It is a fantastic book about immigration, family, friends, racism, and strength of the human spirit. Indivisible is an immersive read where the reader feels every emotion...

July 07, 2019
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Stranger Things Addict

Darkness on the Edge of Town is a fascinating glimpse into Hopper's past. Being a big fan of Hopper since the start of Stranger Things, I was incredibly excited to pick this one up. Fans of the show know that he's no longer married and his daughter died. The...

June 01, 2019
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Rise of the Valkyries

Heart and Shadow includes the two stories of the Valkyrie Duology. The story is an urban fantasy that mixes Norse Mythology with other mythical creatures and beings like vampires, demons, and angels. The modern twist creates a page-turning story that you just can't put down. Malin is a strong...

June 01, 2019
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Prequel to Stranger Things

Suspicious Minds is a prequel to the Netflix show Stranger Things. This story focuses around the Eleven's mom, Terry Ives in the late 60s/early 70s. This can stand alone as a supernatural thriller or be a great companion novel to the series giving insight into Terry, Eleven, and Dr.Brenner. ...

June 01, 2019
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Justice League takes on Middle School Science Fair

Science Fair Crisis (Secret Hero Society #4) is overall a great addition to the Secret Hero Society Series. Any fan a DC comics will love this addition. It is a fun read with elements of mystery and little "Easter Eggs" from the comics. The combination of narrative, graphic novel, texts,...

April 06, 2019
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Couldn't Put it Down

The Seclusion is scarily wonderful. I couldn't put this book down and ended up finishing it all in one day. Reminiscent of great dystopian novels like WE and 1984, it takes the sci-fi dystopian feel and makes it seem incredibly realistic and frighteningly plausible. What I liked...

April 06, 2019
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Riverdale

Riverdale: The Day Before features the perspectives of the four main characters of season 1: Jughead, Archie, Betty, and Veronica. It all takes place the summer before the first episode of season 1. It is a well-written TV tie in. Each character is off on their own, not interacting...

November 18, 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
What Matters Most is Who Picks Us Up

I want to hug this book and never let go. Louisiana Elefante is cursed. She is hopeful yet skeptical, naive yet wise beyond her years. She is a like all of us, a complex character. While some may have first met Louisiana in Raymie...

September 30, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Captivating Thriller

At first The Lying Woods reads more like a contemporary fiction piece than thriller. Then all of sudden it hits you with all the punches. Ashley Elston eloquently weaves clues along the way that are so subtle. Plot twists and surprises divert your mind from the clues until...

September 30, 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Learning how to accept ourselves and others

Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan is must read that should be on every school library shelf. Fans of Wonder, Out of My Mind, and Fish in a Tree are sure to love reading Save Me a Seat. ...

April 02, 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Oh My Heartstrings

Marquardt brilliantly weaves together a beautiful story about family, friends, and finding yourself. She shows how people facing very different struggles can learn from one another by just taking the time to get to know them for who they really are. To be honest,...

March 30, 2018 (Updated: March 30, 2018)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Destiny Can Bring You to Tears

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes is a tear-provoking story about Tareq and his family as they struggle to find their way to safety. His story is narrated by Destiny who struggles to deal with the dark side of humanity. In many ways, the narration reminds me of the way Death...

August 19, 2017
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Inspiring

I absolutely feel in love with this book. I was always a big Alan Gratz fan, but after hearing him speak this past April I knew I had to pre-order both Ban This Book and Refugee. So this past week was officially Alan Gratz week at my house. I read...

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