Reviews written by Jan Farnworth, Staff Reviewer

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May 19, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Fighting for Freedom of all including dragons

What I Liked: Political intrigue, additional layers to the world, and dragons Set up the sequel in the Shatter the Sky series with much anticipation. Dragons are what make this duology worth reading. The first book sets us up with the groundwork of Maren's heartmate being stolen from...

May 13, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Patron Thief of Bread

What I Liked: Duck and the unnamed Gargoyle provided some lightness to a tension-filled novel about family, life, and growth. Duck is a part of the Crown's street gang, and they are desperate to survive, so much so that Duck ends up being the chosen one to...

May 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Dark mysterious magical hotel

What I liked: The setup is a magical hotel that travels mysteriously every night at midnight, but something dark lingers behind all the metaphysical attributes. Desperate to make things better for herself and her sister, the pair apply for jobs at the hotel. Jani quickly...

May 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Android Friendship Mystery

What I liked: Max is a child of wealthy parents, and when it's time for him to enter school, they don't want the other kids only to be friends with him cause he is rich or for him to get bullied. After all, he is rich. They are...

May 02, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Fantasy Adventure

What I liked: The First Fable is a fun, fast-paced fantasy adventure that fans of the genre will enjoy. Told from the viewpoint of young, wide-eyed Macal, the book also teaches you about the world and its residents, factions, and magic as he learns about them. Their a...

April 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Scrabble with a murder to solve

What I liked: Murder Mystery, Mulsim rep, Malaysian rep, and scrabble competition. The sprinkling of vocabulary words with their definitions used to initiate an investigation into her best friend's murder over a year later is a unique way to draw people into a murder mystery. Set...

April 28, 2022 (Updated: April 28, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Science minded kingdom vs a emotional one

What I liked: A science nonemotional driven kingdom vs. a true emotional realm with a princess who is missing her mother escapes to find her and instead discovers more than she expected. The uniqueness of this story with its science tech, exciting competition, and wide variety of...

April 28, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Adventure to the uknown

What I liked: Sai is determined to have so much more than a life of helping her father con people and pickpockets. She poses as an apprentice to a mapmaker who is desperate to have his final years mean something. When a once in a lifetime...

April 27, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Flying City Adventure

What I liked: The plotting is tight, fast-paced, and full of tension but balanced with calm wonder and irreverent delight moments. Our story's city is richly developed and encompasses a wide variety of vibrant characters. This story definitely will able to the young men crowd as it glorifies...

April 24, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Is she destined to be the one to save them all?

What I Liked: To be a Fae Queen is a coming-of-age fae-inspired story where Tatina is the last of her line, and Kobolds are destroying her world. I have not read many stories that involve Kobolds, so that is a unique trait of this story. Also, having the...

April 22, 2022 (Updated: April 22, 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 mineral infused with magic may destroy all.

What I liked: A horrifying tale that is rich, detailed, and heartbreaking all at the same time that kept me enthralled. Zombie novels are not new, but I tend to like the ones with a unique take on them, for example, warm bodies. What we harvest zombie-like issues...

April 17, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Magical tea and a battle for a sister life

What I liked: Ning is desperate to save her sister from the poison that killed her mother. When she hears about a competition to become the next Shennong-shi, she could win favor from the princess and the chance to save her sister. Competition stories are always a winner...

April 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
A hot air balloon ride for peace

What I liked: The relatability of Contest of Queens is undeniable; an age-old issue, the upper class versus lower class, laid out in this story as an upper realm and a lower realm. The upper domain has queens, princes, and everything the rich could desire. The lower realm...

April 15, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Middle Grade Fiction
A delightful animal adventure

What I Liked: Cress Watercress is a beautifully illustrated book for children with all you want in a read-aloud story. It engages with family lessons, adventure, and relatable animal characters with human emotions. Cress Watercress loses her dad either to humans or an encounter with a...

April 14, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Love is a weakness and dreams were for fools-and the end to both has finally come.

What I liked: Russian Inspired, War and fighting, Unique Magic system, Fast-paced and engaging, and very little romance make for a perfect epic fantasy read. Crimson Regin is a solid finale to the Blood Heir Trilogy as Anna, who lost her powers, still has to fight to gain...

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