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December 29, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Saturday isn't looking so good anymore

What I Liked: SECRETS OF THE VALHALLA is a fresh take on Norse mythology that's thoroughly engrossing and packed with action and adventure. The story starts with a weatherwoman in danger...but she's not just a weatherwoman. She shares her body with a sleeping goddess named Sunna, who awakens to...

December 29, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Rock on

What I Liked: Books about famous rock bands or teen heartthrobs can often feel unrealistic and too over-the-top. FOR THE RECORD never feels like that. Because the reader sees the band's tour through the eyes of Chelsea, a girl who gets hired as a replacement lead signer in the...

December 29, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Revenge at any cost

What I Liked: REVENGE AND THE WILD is an intriguing blend of the supernatural and the lawless west, all topped with a heart-pounding chase for revenge. Westie is a highly flawed character, which made me like her and feel invested in her story. Her family...

December 29, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Save the band, save the world

What I Loved: I flew through this book! THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY is so compulsively readable that I just didn't want to put it down! I loved Liza as a character; I saw so much of myself in her! Her friends are her life, so...

December 29, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Feathers and scales

What I Loved: I haven't read much magical realism, but I think I'm going to have to change that. THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS captured my heart and my imagination and left me breathless. From the very first page, I was drawn into the mystical and sinister...

December 29, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Mythology awakens

What I Liked: I'm a huge mythology fan, so when I saw a YA book featuring Egyptian mythology, I knew it would be right up my alley. The story starts with a bang: the heroine, Lillian Young, runs into a recently reawakened Amon, an Egyptian prince who needs her...

December 29, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
A marvelous story

What I Loved: THE MARVELS is one of the most unique books I've ever read. When I first picked it up, I thought the illustrations would be interspersed throughout the novel like I was used to. However, the first part of the story is told entirely through pictures. This...

December 04, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Sail through time

What I Loved: I'm a big fan of Bracken's THE DARKEST MINDS series; even though she's said PASSENGER is a very different book, it was still one of my most anticipated 2016 releases. PASSENGER is a completely different story, but I loved it just as much. ...

October 28, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
A Halloween trip through space and time

What I Loved: THE HALLOWEEN TREE packs a big punch in only 126 pages. The story takes off right on page one, painting of the picture of a small town and a spirited group of boys who love Halloween. With sparse but poetic language, Bradbury...

October 26, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Follow the piper's song

What I Loved: The cover is what initially drew me into THE PEDDLER'S ROAD; it's stunning! Somehow, middle grade novels always get the best cover artists! I've never read any retellings of the Pied Piper before, though I'm familiar with the general story, so I was curious to see...

September 08, 2015 (Updated: September 08, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
All that glitters is not gold

What I Loved: This is the second western novel I've read recently (VENGEANCE ROAD was the other) and I was definitely worried that they would end up being very similar. I need not have worried, though. WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER is a unique novel with a tough...

September 08, 2015 (Updated: September 08, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Dear diary

What I Loved: The author pulls the reader right into the early 20th century from the very first page. There a million little details (like the narrator, Joan, bemoaning a watch that costs nine dollars) that make you feel as though you're in that time period. The settings are...

August 23, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Life's not a paragraph

What I Loved: TRUEST is the quintessential coming-of-age contemporary novel. Westlin's summer is a period of transition. She feels a growing distance with her ever-busy pastor father, her best friend is bonding with someone else, and she meets a brother and sister who she feels instantly close with. And...

August 23, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Revenge is a dish best served cold

What I Loved: THE REVENGE PLAYBOOK is chock-full of girl power, which a guarantee to me that I'll adore it. I loved seeing Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana not only become close friends, but become the kind of friends who support each other through any hardships. All four...

July 25, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Poet's Corner

What I Loved: I was not expecting to love Every Last Word as much as I did. I’ve been in a contemporary slump lately where every one I read I enjoy, but I don’t have super strong feelings about them. I found Every Last Word to be a breath...

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