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April 15, 2021 (Updated: April 16, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
The Light of Days The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

What worked: This is one gut-wrenching, powerful collection of stories of young Jewish women Resistance fighters in Hitler's Ghettos. The author at the beginning shares how she set out to learn more about Hannah Senesh, one of the few female resistance fighters in World War II. What she found at...

April 03, 2021
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Bridge of Souls

What worked: This is a satisfying conclusion to City of Ghosts series. Engaging characters, fast-paced plot, and spooky magic woven throughout. Cassidy Blake is an in-betweener( someone who can cross the Veil and help confused ghosts cross over). Jacob is her best friend, who just...

March 04, 2021 (Updated: March 08, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Thirty Talks Weird Love

Thirteen-year-old Anamaria has an encounter from Thirty, a strange woman who insists she's from the future. Anamaria lives in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, well-known for its many lost girls. She's been taught not to talk to strangers, even one that claims she's her future self. Anamaria attends Sor, a private school,...

March 01, 2021 (Updated: March 01, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Project

What worked: This is one intense psychological tale of a girl trying to reconnect with her sister after she joins The Unity Project. There's two different points of view in this engaging story. Bea is the older sister who leaves to join The Unity Project and it's charismatic leader Lev...

February 23, 2021 (Updated: February 23, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Rescue

What worked: Engaging historical set during WWII. What interested me the most of this novel is how codes were used by the resistance. In this case it's twelve-year-old Meg Kenyon love of coding games with her father that helps her crack an important message that will lead her to her...

February 19, 2021 (Updated: February 21, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Daughters of Jubilation

It's South Carolina in 1962. Sixteen-year-old Evvie has two little sisters to take care of, a single mother, and finally Clay, the boy she's been crushing on, has noticed her. She also has magical abilities that have been growing. These abilities, called the Jubilation, are a gift from the women...

February 06, 2021 (Updated: February 06, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Ghostology

This is a fun, spooky guide to those who want to know about the world of spirits, ghouls, and hauntings. Inside this interactive volume there are facts about mediums, hauntings, and some famous hauntings. I really enjoyed the little tidbits throughout. Some ghostly info I didn't know about include such...

January 31, 2021 (Updated: February 01, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
The Afterlife of the Party

It all started when Tansy's BFF Skyler insisted she go to a party to meet her new boyfriend. At first Tansy doesn't want to go, but in the end does. Her friend Vaughn comes along with them. Tansy's been crushing on him and finds out he's now single. But no...

January 24, 2021
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Manga Classics Hamlet

What worked: Great way to make reading the classics more fun! I'm a huge fan of graphic novels. Manga Classics Hamlet uses this style to make the classics more accesible, especially for those who find them difficult to understand. The illustrations bring to life Hamlet's...

January 22, 2021 (Updated: January 22, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Watch Over Me

Eighteen-year-old Mila has just graduated from high school and aged out of the foster care program. So when a job prospect to teach on a farm comes up, she's quick to jump at it. Only thing is the farm is isolated and rumor has it that there are ghosts. Mila...

December 23, 2020 (Updated: December 25, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Ravens

Magically mix of Greek sorority life with sisterhood. Told in two alternating POVs, this story takes place at the ultra-exclusive Kappa Rho Nu on Westerly College's Savannah, Georgia, campus. The sisters are called 'The Ravens'. The difference though is these sorority sisters are witches. The authors do a great job...

December 22, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily

Endearing characters readers have loved are now in London during the Christmas break. Dash has just finished finals at Oxford, the college of his dreams. Or so he thought. Lily has decided to 'surprise' him and show up. Only things aren't so perfect as either character had hoped. ...

November 20, 2020 (Updated: November 20, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
All Our Hidden Gifts

Maeve finds a pack of tarot cards while cleaning out a closet at her school. What starts off as curiosity, she soon finds she has a 'gift' to read cards for the girls at her school. One card though just shows up-the Housekeeper-one that gives Maeve an unsettling feeling. The...

November 09, 2020 (Updated: November 09, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
These Violent Delights

Eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai is the heir to the powerful Shanghai gang the Scarlets. Their rivals are the Russian White Flowers. Her former lover Roma Montagov is behind a brutal betrayal that killed many of the Scarlets. Because of this, Juliette is sent away to America. Now she's back and wants...

October 05, 2020 (Updated: October 07, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Miss Meteor

Meteor, New Mexico is the site where a meteor crashed years ago. It's also the site of the Miss Meteor beauty pageant. For years only one 'type' of contestant wins-White, blonde, blue-eyed, and thin. Lita Perez wants to be the first Latina to win that title. She also has a...

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