Reviews written by Samantha Randolph

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April 25, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Lovecraftian horror with a twist

Adelle and Connie, polar opposite best friends, share a love for a rare gothic romance novel. Adelle loves to get lost in the romance of the hero and the aesthetics. Connie is enamored with the fiery heroine. When they are given the option to transport themselves into the story, they...

April 18, 2022 (Updated: April 18, 2022)
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
How do you become the main character of your own story?

Marnie Barnes wishes she were like her favorite heroine, Lizzie Bennet. After several kerfuffles, Marnie realizes the devastating truth: she isn't Lizzie Bennet. She's Lizzie's unlikable, pedantic middle sister, Mary. Seeking to change her story, Marnie sets a plan to leave Mary Bennet behind and become someone better. Once...

April 09, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
3 Reasons to Read CRUMBS

Ray is a seer who can only see the present, exactly as it is, and wonders if the Council is the best place for her talents. Laurie works at his aunt’s magical bakery and dreams of being a famous musician. When a romance blooms between them, neither will be able...

March 30, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Atmospheric retelling of Poe

After Alex Easton receives a letter implying that their friend, Madeline Usher, is likely dying, they rush to the House of Usher. Once there, Alex realizes something strange is afoot. Madeline is ghostly pale, walking at night, and talking in the strangest way. Roderick, her brother, is equally unnerving, consumed...

March 21, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
3 Reasons to Read EXACTLY WHERE YOU NEED TO BE

Florie is spending the summer after high school dreading her best friend, Kacey, moving to a big city for college. Because of her OCD, Florie's mom advised her to take a gap year, but lately, Florie has been thinking more and more about good vs. bad stress and what she...

March 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
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N/A
Young Adult Indie
A horror sequel not for the faint of heart or those with arachnophobia

Nearly a year has passed since the tragedy in Hazel’s hometown. She still has the Shadow inside her, but she’s done her best to leave it starving and dormant. When her girlfriend Jen invites her to her basketball tournament, Hazel and her best friend hit the road for a fun-filled...

March 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
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5.0
Artistic story connected to famous tapestries

A Lord and his men are determined to use the woods for hunting and trampling, never caring for the wreckage they leave behind or the value of the lives of mystical creatures. Their most illusive prey is the unicorn, whose horn can remove all poison. Will they manage to capture...

March 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
N/A
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N/A
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Adorable witchy picture book

A witch is demonstrating how to make frog soup, a classic witch delicacy. Everything is going fine until it's time to add the special ingredient: the frog itself. Suddenly, frogs are hopping around everywhere, and the witch struggles to catch one. With hijinks and humor, this is a cooking demonstration...

February 28, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Solid pick for Veronica Mars fans

Hallie ‘Hal’ Mayhew is one busy senior. Between school, her main part-time job as a pest control technician for her father’s company, another part-time job with her mom’s company, and an occasional restaurant gig, she doesn’t have much time for anything else. Her sights are fixed on winning a local...

February 25, 2022 (Updated: February 25, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
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Middle Grade Fiction
A beautiful love letter to transkids

Bug isn’t doing great. Uncle Roderick just died, middle school is about to start, and things with best friend Moira are weird. Moira wants to do makeovers, go shopping for dresses, and decide which boys are cuter, none of which appeals to Bug. The home Bug lives in is always...

February 21, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Examination on true crime and the lines around interest, obsession, and respect

Natalie is passionate about true crime. She even has her own podcast with her best friend, Katie, and she used to be in the true crime club at school under the tutelage of her favorite teacher. Her mom discourages her interest at every opportunity, and Natalie has never understood why....

February 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
3 Reasons to Read YEAR OF THE REAPER

Lord Cassia "Cas" was imprisoned for three years after being ambushed by enemy soldiers. When the plague took everyone in his camp but him, he was able to escape and make the journey to his home, unsure of what he would find there. Upon his return, he finds the king...

February 08, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
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N/A
Young Adult Indie
Engaging YA mystery

When Becca loses her best friend, Rose, under mysterious circumstances, she is swallowed up by grief. It doesn't help that her best friend's brother, Ben, keeps trying to get her to investigate her death with him. Most people are saying it was an accident, but neither Ben nor Becca can...

February 07, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Pitch perfect origin story of Harley Quinn

Harleen is spending her gap year working in a psych lab at Gotham University as part of a prestigious scholar's program. Her goal: acceptance into Gotham U with a full scholarship. Her obstacles: her father and the sexist STEM environment at the university. After a party goes wrong and the...

February 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
3 Reasons to Read CRUSHING

In a city bustling with crowds, two people feel alone. One is the picture of perseverance, always trying to make connections but awkwardness sometimes gets in the way. The other is never sure where to start or what to do and can get overwhelmed by superficial conversations. In the twists...

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