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May 17, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Bittersweet Tale about Friendship

Sourgrass is the bittersweet tale of two inseparable friends who are parted by a long-distance move. May and Sophia have many memories together as they play each day. On one special adventure, they find sourgrass and spit out the sour-tasting grass as they giggle over the taste. As the sourgrass...

May 17, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
So many facts about undersea exploration

SUBMARINES (All Aboard!) looks like a board book meant for young toddlers but don’t let the cover fool you. This book has seriously large vocabulary words like hydrostatic pressure, ballast, buoyancy, and other words needed to understand the history and mechanics of submarines. The different topics in this book were...

May 17, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Kids Nonfiction
Fun Facts for Younger Readers

THE DEN THAT OCTOPUS BUILT gives facts about Octopuses in a repetitive rhyme reminiscent of THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. The writing style allows for a fact to be shared in a simple format with an illustration to support it. The illustrations are done in an inviting-colored pencil style that...

May 17, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Indie
Spoiler Alert to the Surprise Ending!

Who’s the Boss is a quirky story with a surprise at the end. Each animal in the jungle argues about who is the boss because of one of their traits and they get quite angry at each other until it is revealed to be a fun game of make-believe and...

May 12, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Consuming Novella

Powerful is a compelling addition to the Powerless world. The bubbly personality of Adena stars in her own story about meeting grumpy Mak during the time that Paedyn is whisked off to the trials at the palace. The sunshine and grumpy trope is the perfect match for Adena’s character. ...

May 12, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
The plot thickens

CAST IN SECRETS AND SHADOW continues to have all the wonderful world-building and mythology that made the first book a great read. It also moves at a bit of a faster pace now that Ara and her group are more sure-footed about their quest to free Saetlund’s gods from their...

May 12, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
The Beginning of an Unlikely Friendship

ORRIS AND TIMBLE is a great early chapter book with illustrative support for beginning readers. Orris is a wise mouse who takes pity on a young owl named Timble who gets stuck in a trap. Orris knows that he is the natural prey for an owl but agrees to...

May 09, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Fun gender-swapped retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Beastly Beauty has all the key points needed for a gender-swapped retelling of Beauty and the Beast done well. It also has commentary on trying to fit into gender roles and what happens when you are made to feel less than what you are capable of that brings heart to...

May 07, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Dealing with Parental Depression and Abandonment

West of the Sea takes an unflinching look at children who must grow up too fast and be strong for a parent who suffers from severe depression. Haven and her sister, Margie, have learned to take on a lot of responsibility around the house and keep cheerful around their momma...

May 06, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Spoiler Alert

Charis is left with vengeance in her heart as she seeks allies and a way to kill the monstrous Rakunna who invaded her kingdom and killed her parents. Reeling from the deaths of loved ones and the betrayal of Tal who turns out to be a Montevallian Prince sent to...

May 02, 2024
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
That Ending!

You had me at CJ Redwine! I love her books, and this start to a new duology was a solid addition to my collection. Charis Willowthorn has been raised to be the most vicious one in any room she’s in. However, under all her walls is a girl who cares...

April 29, 2024
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Series Finale

Two Truths and a Lion is the final book in THE PACK trilogy. It picks up shortly after book two left off with Sadie, Lindsay, and her brother, Beak, planning to take the fight to IBS and rescue Kate and any other animal lights who have been captured and experimented...

April 28, 2024 (Updated: April 28, 2024)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Relatable and Humorous

Emma McKenna is the first in a new series featuring different authors giving voice to different students in the new third-grade class at Curiosity Academy. The events flowed at a nice pace over the course of the first few days of school. Emma was such a relatable character. She is...

April 26, 2024 (Updated: April 26, 2024)
Overall rating
 
3.8
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Indie
Pray before you can save the day

Zain’s Super Friday is about a boy ready to use his imagination to save the world but must attend the special Friday religious service at his Mosque first. The illustrations do a great job of capturing Zain’s boundless enthusiasm to play and his slight boredom listening to a prayer service....

April 26, 2024
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Perfect Conversational Starter About Grief

Empty and Me is about a girl who has lost her mother and now empty is always how she feels and is always with her. The emptiness is illustrated with a ghostly blob that is always by her side and often shown in between her and others. The illustrations are...

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