Reviews written by Jan Farnworth, Staff Reviewer

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May 25, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
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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
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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
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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...

April 29, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
I read banned books

This book, Won't Burn, is about one of the most important topics that our world faces: the regular banning of books. It is a not new concept. It has been talked about for years and has been in effect in lots of ways over the years. I, for one, stand...

April 24, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Ground Hog time wrap vibes

The Lilies is a dark academic murder mystery with a touch of sci-fi and secret society vibes. The story is told from multiple points of view by the four main characters, and the rep of trans, queer, and nonbinary characters will make it relatable to young adult readers. The setting...

April 22, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Swashbuckling adventure

Return of the Vengeful Queen is the heart-pounding conclusion of the Rise of Vicious Princess duology by C.J. Redwine. It is a gripping adventure that holds back no punches as our brave princess does everything she can to fight for her kingdom being torn apart by the monstrous rakuaan. What...

April 18, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
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N/A
Truth or Lies

Disciples of Choas is the second book in the SevenFaceless Saints series, where some are favored and are disciples of one of seven gods and those that are unfavored and are the poor and oppressed. As far as everyone knows, there are no disciples of chaos as he is the...

April 16, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Fight to end the curses

Burning Crowns is the final book in The Twin Crowns trilogy, and it has everything you could want in a finale. Characters' lives are at stake, there are romantic complications, and there are plenty of heartwarming moments while Wren and Rose are battling their ancestors. Though these two sisters did...

April 05, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
All hail the twin queens

Cursed Crowns is the second book in The Twin Crowns series that follows two twin queens navigating separate but joint journeys to unite their kingdom. Twin Crowns series has swoony romance, unexpected plot twists, witches, political upheaval, and, dare I say, some undead zombie-like characters. In this second book, we...

March 20, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Double the Heirs, Double the Chaos

In Twin Crowns, you will find -Witches -Enemies to lovers -Forced Proximity -Overthrowing the evil king -Twins siblings separated at birth -Falling for the enemy -wonderful animals -desert travel ...

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