Reviews written by Stephanie Augustine, Staff Reviewer

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September 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
A Pocket Full of Posies Review

As an adult who reads Young Adult, I do try to go in with an open mind. This is one of those books. This is absolutely a book meant for Young Adults. With that in mind, I think this book is a great horror story for the intended audience. It's...

September 23, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Rise of the Vicious Princess Review

Well, CJ has done it again. I fell in love with CJ's writing when I stumbled upon The Shadow Queen and this book just proves it more. From the description of the book, I honestly thought this was going to be something completely different. Personally, I thought this was going...

September 21, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Ballad of Never After Review

This review is under the assumption that a third book is coming -- if it is not, then this might really change. First, what an adventure. I tore through this book so fast. While the first book gave us the story of the Valory Arches...

August 31, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Over My Dead Body Review

Okay. Wow. First, I did not know this was a graphic novel, my fault. But I'm so glad it was. Kami Garcia called this "Magical, mysterious, and addictive" and honestly, I don't know if I could find better words. From the first page, I was...

August 23, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
A Thousand Steps Into Night

I had so much fun with this book. The beginning to the very end I was hooked and couldn't get enough. At the beginning, we are introduced to Miuko who doesn't quite fit into the hold. She's too loud and too opinionated for her time and that's what makes her...

August 23, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
The Burning Swift Review

Friends, this was an adventure. A unique and incredible adventure. I am so happy that this book fell into my lap and I was able to discover it. And yes, the third book is what brought me in. And yes, I started from the beginning and loved every moment of...

August 23, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
The Curse and the Prince Book Review

One of my favorite things that sequels do is pick up right where book 1 left off. And that's what happens here. Zora and Griffin have escaped and are now on their way back to Zora's homeland. Larzen is trying to figure out what is going on. Riadne is trying...

May 26, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
The Broken Raven by Joseph Elliot - Book and Audio Review

I will admit I did not enjoy this one as much as the first but I still really, really liked it. I think I didn’t enjoy it as much because Jamie and Agatha went separate ways? But the story was still engaging and I ate it all up. While each...

May 26, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliot - Book and Audio Review

What a story. There was just so much enjoyable about this book. I practically finished the whole thing in a day. The atmosphere was so well described out that I could imagine Agatha and Jaime’s journey. In stories like this, I really appreciate the fantasy factor. It’s so subtle integrated...

May 20, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.3
Writing Style
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Launch by Jason Joyner - Review

This book was definitely unique. While I love reading other books about different mythologies and religions, I can't say I've read too many Christian inspired books. When I first read the synopsis to this book, I didn't realize it was based on the Christian religion. It's very relevant early on...

February 18, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Dragon Rising Review

Mulan is probably one of my favorite stories and retellings to read. I think one of the reasons I love it so much is because she gives up her identity in order to save those she loves. No matter how the story is spun, this is the typical plot. But...

February 01, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Briarheart Review

If I had to rate this book on the first chapter alone, it would have easily gotten a 5 star. But as the story continued, my interest lessened and lessened. I was really excited about a retelling of Sleeping Beauty where Aurora has a sister to look out for her....

January 26, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
These Deadly Games Review

What worked: If you have seen the move, I Know What You Did Last Summer, then you have a great description for this book. It is also very heavily game influenced which I love seeing in a novel like this. Video Games are a huge part of kids' lives and...

January 25, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
All These Bodies Book Review

Let me start off with Kendare has such a way with telling a story. She had me absolutely hooked from the beginning, all the way up to the very end. I don’t know what it is about her and girls covered in blood but she kills it (pun intended). There...

January 14, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
The Cup and the Prince Review

The story itself is pretty simple but there was a rawness to it that I really enjoyed. It starts off with our heroine pretty much saying she was being a petty, revengeful girl and that's how it all stared. I do wish there was a little more background of the...

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