Reviews written by Jan Farnworth, Staff Reviewer

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January 19, 2023
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Change is on the horizon

What I liked: Children of the Black Glass is a high fantasy debut story for Middle-grade readers. Wren and Tell are part of a community of remote mountain dwellers whose sole income is from mining black glass. They travel to a city every year to trade it and...

January 07, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
3.0
Middle Grade Fiction
Another heartfelt story in the Puppy Tales series!

What I liked: One of the things I like most about W. Bruce Cameron's Puppy Tales series is that he writes these books for children with great respect. He never talks down to children. Instead, he takes the best part of his adult novels about dogs and tells...

January 06, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Middle Grade Indie
Memory Lane with Grandpa Dracula

What I liked: Take a stroll through memory lane with none other than Dracula himself! Read his tales about yetis, lake monsters, invisible men, werewolves, and the dreadful Van Helsing. This a great book to be told at bedtime with your children, as it is an all too...

January 04, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Two Surprises to Say Thank You

What I liked: Elf Academy Happy Santa Day is the third book in the Quix Fast Fun Reads from Aladdin, and this time the elves and Santa are very thankful. Happy Santa Day is a delightful chapter book for 5-8 years old who are ready to read beyond...

January 03, 2023 (Updated: January 03, 2023)
Overall rating
 
3.8
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Merry Elf Misadventures

What I liked: Elf Academy Reindeer Games is the second book in a series about young elves and their merry misadventures, part of the Aladdin Quix Line of fun-to-read short chapter books. The length of this book is perfect for budding readers who want to read books that...

January 02, 2023
Overall rating
 
3.8
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
It Ok To Be Unique

What I liked: Crimson has always wanted to go to the city to the fancy store called Broomingdales, and she is very excited to find just the correct item to purchase. Broomingdales, as you can imagine, is meant to be just like Bloomingdales, the story that has just...

January 01, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
The True Story of how it all began.

What I liked: Goldilocks and The Three Knocks aim to tell you how the whole story of Goldilocks and Three Bears began. You all know the tale. Goldilocks is walking through the woods and then comes across the three bears' home and makes herself home. What if that...

December 30, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Fae War

Armadas in the Mist is the last novel in Christian Klaver's Empire of the House of Thorns series. Justice, her extended family, friends, and crew continue their war against Faerie. From the start of this book, we enter the story's climax. Plots and loose ends are pulled together in this...

December 28, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Elysian a place, a power, or a what?

Stellarlune is book 9 of The Keeper of Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, and 2022 is the year I read or listened to them all in anticipation of book 9. I was not disappointed in the least, and I read the whole thing this time, but I also have the...

December 27, 2022 (Updated: January 02, 2023)
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
3.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Faeries at Sea

What I liked: Justice at Sea is the second book in the Empire of House of Thorns series, a Fae adventure set in Victorian England, and this book primarily takes place at Sea, with Justice being the admiral of the ship taking on the fae in a ruthless...

December 24, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
City of The Dead

The City Spies are chasing hackers who attack the British Museum and other English entities. Chasing the hackers leads them to Egypt in search of renegade antiquities. What I liked: Lots of great information about codes and returning cultural treasures to the countries from which...

December 22, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
culture-rich, action-filled read with a ton of heart

What I liked: Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria is a rich cultural story about a young boy from Lebanon who lives in America with his very sick Grandma. His mother is in Lebanon with her other family and has nothing to do with Shad and his...

December 20, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Unique Dystopian

Lennon Pierce, the charismatic son of a US presidential candidate, has just been kidnapped by his father's enemies and dropped out of a plane into the Q with nothing but a parachute strapped to his back. Lennon is given a temporary antidote to the disease and crucial intel for his...

December 19, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
A unlikely treasure

Unseelie is the story of twin sisters, one who is a changeling and her human sister. Seelie finds it very hard to fit in with the humans surrounding her; her magic is unpredictable, and she finds it challenging to interact with anyone beyond her twin. In a...

December 15, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Indie
Christmas Spirit

What I liked: Santa's Secret Society is the tale of a determined, almost ten-year-old who takes on the whole weight of responsibility for his dad's Christmas cheer. He takes on the task of hand delivering his letter to Santa and, along the way, discovers that his...

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