Reviews written by Jan Farnworth, Staff Reviewer

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February 19, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Change your fate or kneel to it

What I liked: Fate Breaker is the final book in the Realm Breaker series, and this finale is ripe with despair, guilt, and hopelessness. Aveyard knows how to bait her readers and build tension so that you're on the edge of your seat as sound clashes with...

February 11, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Indie
Born Brave

What I liked: Born Brave is written by Megan Bomgaars, a shining example of someone born brave, and this adorable children's book reminds us that we are all born brave and can do anything with that bravery. In Born Brave, the author brings up many things we all...

February 11, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Indie
Invaders

What I liked: Inspired by a true story, Tibbles the Cat explains the dangers of introducing non-native plants and animals to other parts of the world. It all begins in 1894 with Tibbles, an English cat that moves far away to Stephens Island with its owner. Over there,...

February 04, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Dark Fae truly dark

What I liked: Court of the Dark Fae is about a war brewing with a human who may be falling at the heart of it. On a chance meeting, Willow Blackplum meets the king of the dark Fae realm and ends up saving his life, but now...

January 27, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
The End

What I liked: The Ruined is the final book, but as many reviewers have said, it did not feel like the end. Is there a spin-off in the wings that will give us closure on some of the other storylines that seemed to be lacking in this final...

January 18, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Justice isn’t served, its taken

What I liked: There is a fine line between justice and vengeance, as the characters in Blood Justice, Terry J. Benton-Walker's sequel to Blood Debts, find out. They are combined with the desire to create and maintain a tenacious hold on family and legacy. The book alternates points...

January 09, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
3.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Dragons, magic and romance

What I liked: Fireheart is a beautiful journey of a girl discovering her past and what it means for her future. Is she meant to be the dragon-slaying soldier she was born to be? Or something more? And what lengths will she go to to find herself and...

December 30, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Middle Grade Indie
Adventure fantasy

What I liked: Cloudlanders is a witty fantasy debut adventure novel about Kurt and his friends and the place they call home, a magical island called Bastion floating above the ocean. I was in for the adventure from the first page when we meet a diverse cast of...

December 25, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
It not about the chocolate but the people who share it with

What I liked: A trend in recent years is to tell the backstory of characters we grew up with, and the majority of the time; they are the villains cause the stories we know always tell the story about the hero. How did Wonka become this famous...

December 23, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
What is good is evil and what is evil is good

What I liked: Fall of the School for Good and Evil is the final book in the prequel to the main series and picks up where the previous book ends with a shattered school and two brothers who still don't trust each other the way they should. ...

December 22, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Once a wrecker always a wrecker

What I liked: Thiru's world-building is vivid and detailed that you feel like you're in this rain-soaked world, where all the world's treasures are thousands of feet below the water level and are yours for the taking if you're brave enough to face what dwells below. Jin and...

December 15, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Balance between light and dark

What I liked: Lucero is everything I expected in a book about balancing dark and light and the results when things have gone to the extremely dark side of dark. The evilness that has seeped from Alfie releasing Sombra has returned to haunt in the worst way possible....

December 10, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Who can you trust?

What I liked: Oculta follows the events of Nocturna by a few months, and we are now about to embark on the summit that Dez, the dead brother, was in the works long ago to make peace between Castallan and Englass. In this world, both countries view magic...

December 09, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Nice intro to KOTLC

Keeper of the Lost Cities is a huge series that encompasses a ton of info and pages in each novel; this graphic novel is just the first part of book one. The author tells you this is not a word-for-word of the original book from the series. You...

December 09, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
A special day with Corduroy

For over 50 years, Corduroy has been a classic tale for young children, and in this particular board book, we get to celebrate Valentine's Day. Corduroy and Lisa are ready to share unique Valentine's Day treats, cards, and all the love they have for their friends and family. ...

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