Reviews written by Jan Farnworth, Staff Reviewer

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June 13, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Steampunk Fantasy

When I first saw the cover, I was immediately captivated by its stunning design! As soon as I read the synopsis, I was hooked. A girl disguising herself as a man to enter an engineer's guild trial and solve her father's murder? As I started this book, the vibes I...

June 07, 2024 (Updated: June 08, 2024)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Even when we crash we intertwine

Even when we crash, we intertwine, and so goes the relationship between Inan and Zélie in this very fast-paced, moving story. The story is laid out from 3 points of view: Inan, Zélie, and Amari. Magic has returned, but unintended consequences have occurred as a result. Not only did the...

June 06, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Karma Inspired Magic System

Something unusual for a YA fantasy novel- Spin of Fate has a complicated magic system with complex world-building and focuses heavily on philosophical ideas about morality. Based loosely on the law of karma, the world is separated into four segments based on the "spin" of a person's soul and morals....

June 03, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Whisper on the Wind

The Witching Wind is a middle-grade magical realism novel based around a magical wind that blows in with a monarch butterfly as the only warning to batten down the hatches. The story follows two girls, one who is disabled and a foster child, the other who is just trying...

June 01, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Stunning Cover

Jaden Powers and the Inheritance of Magic would be perfect for fans of The Marverllers and the Night Brothers; this magical middle-grade fantasy celebrates a shy boy who must become his hero—reeling from the death of his best friend, discovering a note from his friend asking desperately for help and...

May 31, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Political YA Fantasy

Blood and Fury is the second book in the two-book series that started with Chaos and Flame. The worldbuilding of this story is incredibly unique, and that is what kept me reading the most. The love story is cute, and I root for it in both books; the...

May 25, 2024 (Updated: May 25, 2024)
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Middle Grade Fiction
A beautifully written magical tale

The Wishkeeper's Apprentice is a beautiful chapter book combining fantastic characters, imaginative detail and action, and a glimpse into a magical world. Felix is a typical boy from an ordinary family who deals with feelings of hope, longing, frustration, and feeling out of place everywhere. Rupus, the wish keeper of...

May 25, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Exciting time-traveling adventure

Dally Peteharrington is a Biracial preteen who discovers a map left as an inheritance by her late grandfather. The map leads her to a library, not just any library, but a secret library. The hidden library holds family secrets, little white lies, and minor transgressions. The book's themes focus on...

May 22, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Doing whats hard not what is easy

If you have a mystery lover who wants more in-depth information about their middle-grade mystery novels, I highly recommend James Ponti. Every book I have read by this author has been thoroughly filled with factual details woven into a fictional middle-grade mystery. James Ponti takes the mystery of what happened...

May 13, 2024 (Updated: May 14, 2024)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Fun Read aloud

Pie Rats is an adorable read-aloud rhyming tale of rats on the sea looking for pie. Pie rats would work well in kindergarten for 2nd graders during a circle time read-aloud. The illustrations are colorful and will engage young readers to talk about all the treats they see....

May 13, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
What would we do without humans

The Last Zookeeper is the perfect book for young children as there are no words printed on these pages, but beautiful watercolor illustrations will help fuel a child's imagination to create a story. From the pictures, you can tell that a robot has encountered a zoo that needs a...

May 13, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
The Power of Stories Passed Down

The Storyteller is a beautiful children's book that takes the magic of the elderly generation, the stories they tell, and how they can empower us to share with the next generation. Beautiful illustrations and a touching story of a grandmother who inspires bravery, imagination, and wisdom with the tale...

May 13, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Great Book Great Message

Penny Lu Porcupine is the story of a porcupine and shares that they can't see very well unless the object is appropriately in front of them. Porcupines have to ever be on guard for predators, but they have a natural armor of 30,000 razor-sharp quills that will surely stop any...

May 09, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
An Intricate Plot

A Whisper in the Walls, the captivating sequel to A Door in the Dark, is a revenge story about Ren, a dirt poor character seeking revenge for age-old familial reasons. With a second book about the same topic, I was worried the story would fall flat, but it in no...

May 01, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Villain Origin Vibes

A Door in the Dark is a book I read the blurb of many times but kept passing on as I wasn't sure about it, as Dark Academia can be hit or miss for me. I have read the author's Ashlords series, so I knew what to expect from...

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