Reviews written by Samantha Randolph, Promotions Manager

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July 26, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
The curse of the theater

Monica Garcia is thrilled to get an understudy role on Broadway. At 12, this is the first time she will perform on Broadway, and on top of that, she gets to perform at the famous Ethel Merman Theater. Unfortunately, when she arrives in NYC with her grandmother, she discovers that...

July 20, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
A fast-paced story of ghosts, change, healing, and moving on

Lily isn’t thrilled about her family’s move from Colorado to Florida. In Colorado, she had her drama club and her friends. In Florida, she has a house full of garbage and boxes and a room full of things another girl owned. Lily tries to be on her best behavior and...

July 19, 2021 (Updated: July 19, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
A rich, magical story

Once, birds and humans lived together until a war erupted over a firebird’s egg. Now, the humans have their own kingdom, and birds have their Republic of Birds. Olga’s family has been exiled to the Imperial Center for Avian Observation, where her father is determined to regain the tsarina’s favor...

July 12, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Great for fans of Maryrose Wood and Claire Legrand

Clara Starling is used to the drudgery of life with her uncle in his huge mansion. It’s all routine, cold and sparse conversation, and rules. One day, her uncle suddenly takes off, leaving Clara in town with some money and nothing else. Unsure of what else to do, Clara returns...

July 12, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Highly recommended for fans of RL Stine and Camp Murderface

Quinn’s neighborhood is mostly normal, until you look at Goodie Lane. The residents of Goodie Lane have lived there for as long as anyone remembers, but something is off about them. They don’t seem to age. Quinn and her friend, Mike, have started an investigation into them. Quinn thinks something...

June 28, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Family focused ghost story with heart

Willow Ivan loves her family's haunted hotel, Hotel Ivan. Since her mother died, however, things haven't been the same. Suddenly, her dad is quiet and distant, and she's the one in charge of keeping the hotel going. To make matters worse, a new Hauntery hotel is opening down the street...

June 28, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A fun adventure about a girl unexpectedly thrust into a battle of power

Tanya excels at being a tavern wench, and she knows it. When her guardian and owner of the tavern dies, she expects to begin the next chapter of her life running the tavern on her own. Her plans are shattered when the Queen's men take control of her tavern and...

June 14, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A tale of two sisters and the destinies that could tear them apart

Dani Rivera may excel at every part of her dragon slaying training, but she would rather focus on being normal and going to school. Eden Rivera may not have her sister's natural ability, but she works hard every day to rise to the dragon slayer legacy her parents have cemented....

June 07, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Cheeky, fun, and refreshing spin on Rapunzel

Rapunzel is trapped in a tower by a witch who sells her hair. The witch warns Rapunzel that if she ever tries to escape, she will be cursed! But Rapunzel is clever and industrious and soon hatches a plan... Bethan Woollvin's take on the traditional Rapunzel story...

April 06, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Adorable fantasy about the power of your own talents

Eva Evergreen is a young witch about to embark on her Novice Quest. As the daughter of one of the most renowned Grand Master witches, many would expect her to pass a Novice Quest easily. However, unlike her mother, Eva only has a pinch of magic. Using too much causes...

March 29, 2021
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
The penultimate tale of the Pandavas

***This review contains spoilers for the prior series installment, book 3, ARU SHAH AND THE TREE OF WISHES** With war with the Sleeper looming closer, Aru and her sisters are in need of an army, specifically one from Kubera, ruler of Lanka, city of gold. In order...

March 22, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Be careful what you wish for

While being forced to clean an old room in her Catholic school, Maeve finds an old tarot deck that instantly draws her in. She starts a side hustle reading cards for her classmates and discovers that, while she might not be the smartest one in her family of geniuses, she...

March 08, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Exciting story of the Black Canary in a Gotham ruled by the Court of Owls

Years ago, the Court of Owls overtook Gotham City, ending the reign of superheroes and creating a new Gotham built on patriarchy. Teen Dinah Lance yearns to do and be more than the limited options the Court has given women. More than anything, she wants to hear a woman sing,...

March 08, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Wintry fantasy about finding home and family

Seren Rhys is glad to be leaving the orphanage but nervous about what awaits her at her godfather's estate, Plas-y Fran. On her journey there, she encounters a stranger who instructs her to guard a mysterious package. Once she and the package arrive at Plas-y Fran, Seren discovers several things:...

March 01, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Can friendship and courage transform a dark past into a hopeful future?

Pip picks pockets to get food for himself and his sister, El. When he picks something unexpected, a mysterious box with a dried heart inside it, he and El are suddenly the most wanted people in Clarel. There's something odd about the heart, something that reeks of magic long forbidden....

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