Reviews written by Lillian McCurry, Indie Co-Manager

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December 12, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Paranormal Mystery at its best

The Brothers Flick: The Impossible Doors by Ryan Haddock is a middle grade graphic novel about a four brothers who live at an orphanage solving the strange and mysterious things that happen there. Each chapter is a complete, standalone adventure for Leo and his brothers while still keeping an overall...

December 12, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Middle Grade Indie
Cute Comic on Grief & Dying

Ghoster Heights by Corey Lansdell & Kelly Mellings is a middle grade graphic novel about grief and loss. Ona and her father move in with her Baba at the beginning of the book. As the reader, we aren’t aware of the circumstances, but it becomes immediately clear that her mother...

November 17, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
YA Fantasy at Its Best

I cannot get enough of the Graceling world, and I was so excited when I learned that Kristin Cashore was returning to it. SEASPARROW is the fifth installment of the series told exclusively from Hava’s POV. Hava is Queen Bitterblue’s half-sister and spy, a skilled Graceling, and one that I...

November 06, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Amazing Conclusion to this Rumpelstiltskin Retelling

Amazing conclusion to the series! CURSE UNDONE by Brandie June is the final book in the Gold Spun duology, a YA fantasy that takes the Rumpelstiltskin classic and turns it on its head. *Please note that this review may have spoilers to the first book in the series. Read at...

November 06, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
A New Twist on the Classic Rumpelstiltskin

GOLD SPUN by Brandie June is the first book in a YA fantasy duology about a young girl trying to keep her family alive, a prince who should never become king, and a fae boy who will unravel it all. I love retellings, especially those that take the darker Grimm...

October 24, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
High-Stakes, Dark Fantasy

All of Our Demise by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman is the conclusion to the All of Us Villains duology, a dark fantasy about 7 magical families, a cursed tournament, and the teens forced to fight in it. I really enjoyed book one, so I was excited and a...

September 09, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Exciting, Humorous Adventure

What a fun adventure! QUEST KIDS AND THE DRAGON PANTS OF GOLD by Mark Leiknes is a middle grade graphic novel featuring four friends who seek out those who need help and attempt to provide it. Narrated by Ned, the de facto leader of the group, the story unfolds. Bristolburg...

August 31, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
The Underdogs are on the case!

THE UNDERDOGS CATCH A CAT BURGLAR by Kate & Jol Temple is the first in a new series about the Underdog Detective Agency and their newest recruit Fang. Growing up in Dogtown as a cat wasn't the easiest on Fang. While she learned all the things her dog friends learned,...

August 31, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
A Mystery in the Aquarium

MERMAID YOU LOOK by Andres Miedoso is the sixteenth installment of his series Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol which follows a young Andres and his best friend Desmond as they explore the paranormal activity in their town. In this installment, summer has come to Kersville, and it is so hot that...

August 30, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Heartwarming Story About a Dog Finding His Family

ELMER AND THE TALENT SHOW by Danny Robertson & Ron Danta is the first in their children's book series inspired by real life rescue dogs. Here we meet Elmer, a ten year old dachshund who was severely mistreated and neglected by his former owners. Multiple surgeries later, Elmer doesn't look...

August 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Infinite Possibilities For Multiple Readings

As a child, one of my favorite genres was the choose-your-own-adventures. POWER OF FLIGHT by Hena Khan & Andrea Menotti is an exciting story that stars the reader who is attending the Summer Science Academy. Clawed by a mysterious bird, you wake up after a night of fever dreams to...

August 26, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Beautiful Story About Grief

TIPS FOR MAGICIANS by Celesta Rimington is a beautifully written story about a preteen boy and how he copes with the loss of his mother. Harrison Boone wants to be a magician like his father, and he used to enjoy singing like his mother. But after her death, singing makes...

August 12, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Adventure in the Swamplands

SPINELESS by Samantha San Miguel is a fascinating story about a preteen boy who travels to the swamplands of Florida with his family to convalesce during the winter months. Algie Elmsworth is 12 at the start of our story and over the moon to visit the resort known for its...

July 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
A Trek Across an Arctic Tundra

THE SNOWY OWL SCIENTIST by Mark Wilson is a fascinating exploration across Alaska's North Slope with scientist Denver Holt who is observing and studying the Snowy Owl. This book is as much about the snowy owl as it is about the scientist and surrounding town. Told through full page, color...

July 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Perfect Addition to Home/Classroom Library

Want to be a know it all? That's the question on the back of National Geographic Kids' ROCKS & MINERALS. This addition to the Weird but True series would be an excellent addition to any home or classroom library. Thoughtfully laid out with index and glossary at the back for...

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