Reviews written by Leah Miller, Staff Reviewer

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December 06, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Fun, Fast-Paced Read

This is a fun, fresh, fast-paced read that has nostalgic vibes for 2000s YA novels. There’s a lot of action and the way the main character worked hard to develop her skills felt realistic. I love a character who has strengths and flaws, and Winnie fits the bill—she’s stubborn, smart,...

November 10, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Enchanting and spicy journey through Hell

This book immediately draws readers in with a continuation of an already exciting series. Maniscalco’s writing shines with vivid and beautifully rendered scenes that allow readers to easily visualize scenes, complete with lush scenery of each of the houses in Hell and descriptions of Emilia’s over-the-top outfits. Readers are provided...

November 07, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Intriguing fantasy based on Celtic mythology

The premise and setting of this book intrigued me, especially the incorporation of Celtic mythology. It almost felt like reading historical fiction in some places, especially since a historical landmark was central to the story, and the action, fast pace, likable characters, and plot twists were enough to overcome some...

November 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Chilling rework of a classic

This story is a dark homage to Stephen King’s Carrie, with Jackson’s unique voice and spin on it. It pulls the reader into the story immediately, flashing between the events of 2014 and a podcast attempting to analyze the events critically. It is intriguing to get to know Maddy, both...

November 01, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
A fantastic and diverse reimagining of classic fairy tales

As a lifelong lover of fairy tales, I can’t resist the idea of modern updates by some of the best known writers in the fantasy field. I enjoyed reading the original story and then the new version, to see how the author took on a widely known story and changed...

October 06, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
A fresh, diverse, and fun read

Vividly descriptive writing and short chapters made it easy to fly through this book, and I found myself eager to read on. The characters are intriguing right from the start, with easy to like protagonists and bad guys you love to hate, and this book is bursting with diversity. In...

September 07, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
A fascinating magical ride

The concept of a world in which magic is available yet still subject to the same racial and socioeconomic constraints pulled me in quickly. Brophy creates an intriguing world with a well-developed magic system that’s easy to understand, and her characters are engaging. The story is fast-paced and it’s easy...

September 03, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Powerful and Gritty

What I loved: The idea of a novel in verse is always appealing to me, and I was unable to put this book down, finishing it in a single day. The author captures the hardships of living in an inner-city setting and growing up...

August 23, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
An Emotional One-Sitting Read

The overwhelmingly Jewish themes of the story are made accessible to all readers, breaking down the insular Orthodox community in a humorous yet easy-to-understand way. Hoodie has a hilarious and sarcastic sense of humor, which made me laugh out loud many times while reading. It provided a nice contrast to...

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