Reviews written by Jan Farnworth, Staff Reviewer

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October 30, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Mouse to the rescue

What I liked: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Tales of Despereaux with a unique bonus story at the end of the book. The Tales of Despereaux special edition has excellent hand-drawn illustrations to accompany the tale of this mouse who should not have lived. Along...

October 29, 2023
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Magic for only a month

What I liked: It is a riveting middle-grade novel perfect for October, as the witches of this family only get magic for one month. Our main character, Clemmie, is destined to break this curse entangled between two branches of the family, one from Merlin and the other...

October 28, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
What if you lost your memories?

What I liked: Lost Kingdom is a debut fantasy novel by Laurel Black, due out in January 2024. Lost Kingdom is told from two separate points of view. We have Raven, who is from a lost tribe taken prisoner to work in the rahthlan mines. She has no...

October 26, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Thrilling ending

What I liked: Shakespeare's retelling at its finest, set in a covert world of 1930s Shanghai, has just the right amount of spy undercover intrigue and romance to make you swoon. I started the series with These Violent Delights and enjoyed every moment of the thrilling spy...

October 15, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
A Perfect Spooky Academic Book With A Good Romance

What I loved: Library of Shadows is the perfect paranormal spooky romance to read as the leaves change colors and the days grow darker as the seasons change. Library of Shadow is a paranormal romance fantasy debut novel, and Rachel Moore does a fantastic job setting...

October 12, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Ready your blade. Defeat the undead.

What I liked: Wren is a formidable female lead who’s easy to route for. She’s not soft, but she has some emotional baggage and plenty of nobility. Without much choice, she teams up with Julian, an enemy Ironsmith and an equally complicated, likable guy. An enemies-to-friends romance, however,...

October 09, 2023
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Middle Grade Indie
New Life for an old tale

What I liked: Eoin Cofer is best known for his Artemis series, which has enthralled the middle-grade age group for years. He takes fantasy reading to the next level; in this one, he takes a fairy tale of sorts and weaves a story with twists that I...

October 06, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
A great first day of school book

What I liked: First Night of Howlergarten is a perfect story for children to read as they head off to school. All children are a bit nervous when they transition to school. They are not sure entirely what to expect. In this case, a lot is on the...

October 06, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
A Penguin Cuddle

What I liked: The Penguin Huddle is a brilliant children's picture book with excellent illustrations that your child will want to spend time hunting out all the various animals and details on every page. Penguins huddle to keep warm at night, but one night, a nasty storm...

October 06, 2023
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
The Perfect Vampire Read for Fall

What I liked: Vampires, Witches, and Ghosts have a murder mystery to solve. The Scarlet Veil is a spin-off series set in the Serpent and Dove world. This book follows Celie Tremblay, who has defied tradition and taken her place as the first female huntswoman and is engaged...

October 04, 2023
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Mysteries, puzzles, secrets and family

What I liked: When I closed the final book of the Inheritance Games, I was sad as I did not feel we had gotten all we could from the Hawthornes. I wanted more puzzles, secrets, family, and an in-depth look at each brother, as they are like onions...

September 29, 2023
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Facing your fears

What I liked: Cage of Dreams is the final book in a two-book series about the City of Nightmares and Tess, our main character, taking down the evils that plague her home. We have the Nightmare Phantom, the evil mayor, Cy's corrupt dad, and the Friends of The...

September 21, 2023 (Updated: September 21, 2023)
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Mermaid Tale

What I liked: What would you do if you were learning to swim for the first time and when you entered the water, you turned into a mermaid? That is precisely what happens to our character, Emily Windsnap, and as a result, she will find the truth about...

September 20, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Indie
Determination

What I liked: The Orphaned Tiger tells the tale of a brave young child who finds out about a tiger cub wandering a city on the news. She falls asleep and ends up in Russia trying to help a baby cub tiger that mama has been killed,...

September 20, 2023
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Being a Puppy is hard

What I liked: Having a young pet in a family is challenging, and when you add in new people to mix, anxiety and struggles arise. Aria is excited about her puppy Jackson's first Christmas this year. Her extended family is coming to stay at her house,...

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