Reviews written by Jan Farnworth, Staff Reviewer

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September 25, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
The Lady Janies are at it again

What I liked: This installment of the Mary series focuses on Mary (Godwin) Shelley and Ada (Byron) Lovelace. If you're unfamiliar with this series, the authors take real people (named Jane and Mary) and give them new (better), more fantastical stories. In My Imaginary Mary, Mary and Ada...

September 22, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
No one is unwanted

What I liked: Amari is dealing with the fallout of her magical ability being discovered. As she and her friends try to keep the magicians and the rest of the world from actual war, she is forced to participate in a crazy game designed to see who will...

September 17, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Body double with magic

What I liked: The author shares with us in her acknowledgments that this tale is inspired by an obscure Grimm fairy tale about a man who shed his shadow, and when the shadows become real, they take over the man's life. I find this to show...

September 10, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
A Very Risky Gamble

The Final Gambit is the final book in a three-book series that follows Avery Kylie Grambs as she discovers that she is the one person a wealthy billionaire left everything. What I liked: Avery Kylie Grambs has learned a lot since we met her in book one, and...

August 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Tolkien Inspiration

What I liked: The inspiration for Tolkein's writings had me intrigued as who doesn't like to read something that inspires a brilliant author. The Marvellous Land of Snergs is an adventurous, delightful tale that children will enjoy, with eye-catching illustrations to accompany the story. I would...

August 25, 2022 (Updated: August 26, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Two Feuding Families and one mall to unite them.

What I liked: Christmas Clash is a POC romantic comedy with the two main characters fighting for the lively hood of their families. The two families work at the same mall but have a long-standing family feud that they are holding on to, to the extreme measure of...

August 23, 2022
Just a girl and her books

What I Liked: Nancy loves reading more than anything, and eventually, it feeds into all parts of her life, and she becomes a librarian. This book is a beautiful picture book that is a tribute to readers and libraries. Every page is well-detailed and eye-catching and pulls you...

August 23, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Follow along as we tell a tale

What I liked: Have you ever finished a story and wished so much that there were more books but books that told the backstory of a particular character or extended a specific character beyond the primary level? Gleanings do just that, and for sure, you will enjoy this...

August 08, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Indie
Dinos and cars

What I liked: Each page introduces a species of dinosaurs, such as velociraptor or brachiosaurus, and states what kind of car they would drive. At the end of the book, there is a page with each of the dinosaurs and one characteristic. It turns out the Iguanadon is...

Dinos Driving
July 30, 2022 (Updated: July 30, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Humans vs dragons can harmony be achieved?

What I Liked: Are you a reader who loved the Wings of Fire series and How to Train your Dragon? Do you like middle-grade novels that tackle more vital than yourself questions, stories about survival, and a significant overall situation that makes you think, what if? Noah and...

July 27, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
What a ride!

What I liked: Debunked is a debut young adult fantasy that takes inspiration from Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and the author's unique blend of adventure. We follow the unbelievable journey of two twins whose uncle routinely sends them death letters, to the point where they are unsure if they should...

July 26, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
What will spill forth from the next spindle?

I Liked: Blade Breaker picks up where we left off in Realm Breaker, a continued battle to save the world from Coryane's uncle and his power-hungry bride. The tension that leaps off the page made for an epic page-turner. The creativeness of the monsters that escape from the...

July 22, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
3.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Three destines intertwined

The Mother's Wheel is the final book in The Bond Trilogy by Robin Kirk. In this last book, we follow Sil, a loving, conscientious, and reluctant hero. Sil is unique like all the characters in this world; she is an amphibian who we meet in book one. ...

July 22, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
A journey like no other

The second book builds on what we learned in book one, but just like Dinatra thought, she knew her path everything was about to be turned on its head. In this second book, we are dealing with the fall out of the weave being destroyed. The males have escaped. He...

July 22, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Indie
Original and gripping sci fi for teens and up

The bond is a sci-fi tale about a girl and her dog. But the girl is not a girl, and the dog is not just a dog. Plucked from her path that she has known her whole life Dinatra is moved to an entirely new reality where she bonds with...

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