Reviews written by Samantha Randolph

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October 25, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Stunning conclusion to the Frozen Sun series

Lira and Reyker have been separated once again. Lira is now under Draki's control, becoming his death-bringer and conquering nations in his name. After Lira altered Reyker's mind, his soul is fractured, and his memories are distant. He battle madness urges him to defeat Draki at all costs, even if...

October 12, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
A story about removing the limits we set on ourselves

Pinki is a rakkhosh with the power of fire. As awesome as that is, her issue is that she can't control it...to the point of almost burning her school down. When the son of the Serpentine Governor offers to teach Pinki control in exchange for her capturing the last moonbeams...

October 08, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Heart-pounding follow up to BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN

**This review contains spoilers for book 1, BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN** ********************************************* Lira and Reyker are adrift, both believing the other to be dead. Neither has time to properly grieve as Draki continues his quest to build an empire...

September 28, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Unearthed

Jessica Cruz strives to be the perfect student, a helpful daughter, and a good friend. She's recently started a fellowship program with a museum that houses an Aztec exhibit and feels strangely drawn to the Aztec gods. Jessica tries to do her best in all aspects of her life, because...

September 27, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Deep examination of teen girl friendships

Shade loves her best friend, Jadis. They do and share everything together, but there's one thing that Shade wants that Jadis doesn't approve of: a spot on the cheerleading team. When Shade makes the team, she's thrust into a new group of friends, including the three Chloes. The three Chloes...

September 24, 2021 (Updated: September 24, 2021)
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
3.0
Plot/Story
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable)
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Action-packed fusion of haunted house and zombie horror

Hazel has been able to see ghosts since she was a kid, but the most frightening ghost (or creature?) she's seen is the one in her grandmother's old house. The dark shadow there always seemed to smile, and as her grandmother's health weakens, she believes the shadow is to blame....

September 20, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Inspiring tale of embracing your uniqueness and fighting for those you love

Pahua Moua doesn't exactly fit in with her classmates. Her closest friends are her younger brother and a cat spirit that no one else can see. When she gets the chance to make new friends, she accidentally unleashes a powerful spirit who steals her brother's soul. Attempting to channel her...

September 20, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Fun addition to the Tangled universe

In Disney's latest Twisted Tale, Rapunzel's mother doesn't drink from the sunflower: instead, she drinks from the moondrop flower. Instead of healing, Rapunzel now has the power to hurt and kill with her silver hair. Taken away by Mother Gothel who convinces the king and queen it's for the safety...

September 14, 2021
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Family-centered story of identity, the past, and justice

12-year-old Agatha lived her whole life believing she was the daughter of the Earl of Gosswater until Clarence, her 'cousin' who inherited the estate after the Earl's death, kicked her out to live with her real father, a goose farmer. In her new small home with a man she barely...

September 13, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Pulse-pounding historical fantasy thriller

In 1893 Chicago, Jewish boys are disappearing. At first, Alter Rosen thinks that they have left for different opportunities like many boys have done, but when dead bodies start showing up, including that of his best friend, Yakov, he knows something is up. To make matters more complicated, Alter has...

September 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
3 Reasons to Read THE HEART HUNTER

The island of Envecor is cursed. They say Time and Death fell in love, and their love resulted in a place where people are immortal and carry their hearts outside their bodies. They may only ever change and leave the island if they find their soulmate. Psyche is a Heart...

September 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A memorable graphic novel for history and sports fans

Sisters Elizabeth and Tess are forced to live in a neighborhood where debt collectors can’t take you to jail because of Tess’s debt. Elizabeth works odd jobs to help put food on their table, but she knows that the real, life-changing money is in bare-knuckle boxing. However, 18th century London...

September 09, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Spooky, friendship-themed read

Zee loves telling stories, especially the spooky kind. That might be the reason why when she does start seeing strange things like scary hounds and ghosts, people aren’t eager to believe her. Branded the mean nickname “Ghost Girl” by Nellie, the most popular girl in school, Zee’s only true...

September 07, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A harsh, beautiful story that punches you right in the heart

A daughter and a son live with their father in a small, dying village in 1345 China. The son, Zhu Chongba, is predicted to have a fate seeped in such greatness that generations upon generations will know his name. The daughter, however, is predicted to have a fate of nothingness....

September 07, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A singular, unforgettable spin on Jane Eyre

When Andromeda is denied the chance to make her debtera training official, she accepts a job most other debtera have refused: cleansing Magnus Rochester’s manor of the Evil Eye. If she can succeed, she will have a patronage and can then make her living as a debtera. Within her first...

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