Reviews written by Jan Farnworth, Staff Reviewer

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March 20, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
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 ...

March 14, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
When a dryad falls in love…

What I liked: Devin Greenlee plays with plant-based powers and dryad mythologies to weave an awe-inspiring journey of self-discovery, self-confidence, and growth. With a nod to lovers of the secret garden and flowers, this is a sweet romance between the firstborn male dryad and the human he unexpectedly...

March 12, 2024 (Updated: March 13, 2024)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Immersive World-Building

The Eternal Ones is the third and final book in the Deathless series by Namina Forna. Deka is determined to take down the gods, which requires her to figure out her divinity. Deka continues to have challenges she has to overcome. I think this series is so unique because each...

March 10, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
magical love letter and a war between gods

“There are two sides to every story. You may be familiar with one, told through the lens of the goddess who has drawn many of your innocent children into a bloody war. But perhaps you would like to hear the other?" Ruthless Vows is the much-anticipated sequel to...

March 08, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Witchy Friendships

What I liked: For fans of the Worst Witch series, Diary of an Accidental Witch is right up your alley. We have a young witch who has some serious issues using her magic. Books open the door to exciting experiences and friendships; as we have discovered between Bea...

March 08, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
New Experiences

What I liked: This highly entertaining read is the second in this series but can be enjoyed as a standalone. Flying High teaches us that politeness, honesty, and fairness are abundant; even the most spiteful, nasty bully has a heart of gold. It also emphasizes that being different...

February 27, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Magic Crows?

What I liked: River of Crows is a Debut middle-grade first in a series of magical adventures that heavily features crows and chooses one theme. When 12-year-old Ty and his new friend from school attempt to help his injured crow named Streak, they are inadvertently sucked into a...

February 23, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
a twisted tale

What I liked: Tahereh Mafi has crafted a fantastic, tension-filled 3rd book for her in this woven kingdom series, and to think of two more books, how can we survive? In this third book, we are deeply embroiled in a love triangle where one party is destined...

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...

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