Reviews written by Connie Reid, Site Manager

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July 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Spoilers Ahead

What I Liked: I expected book two would be the book where the alter egos of Adrian and Nova would be revealed with all the messy angst that would involve. Marissa Meyer kept me guessing and turning the pages again waiting for that to happen. However, the tension kept building...

June 29, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
fresh spin on the Superhero genre

What I Liked: I loved Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, so I came into this book not knowing what to expect but ready to like it. Turns out I did. I like Meyer’s ability to world-build. There are many superhero books out there, but she managed to make an intriguing...

June 28, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Very charming dip into fantasy for Middle-Grade

What I Liked: One of my favorite genres is a fantasy involving the fae, and this book is great for middle-grade audiences that may not be familiar with their magically tricky ways. Lark’s family lives on the border with the fae realm. Lark’s family is renowned for breading shadowbred horses...

June 28, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Loyalty and Friendship will be Tested

The last book ended with Ben and the CIA realizing that his parents’ identities had been compromised and that they need protection. I absolutely loved his parents finding out the truth about the “science academy" he’s been part of for the last 18 months. His mom was angry that her...

June 28, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Everything Passes with Time

What I Liked: This book has a lot of moving plot lines. This is the first time in the series that the audiobook was probably not the best format to use to read the book. However, I do hear Pennyroyal’s voice for when luck gets away from him and am...

June 19, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
From Ordinary to Extraordinary

What Worked: Arnie Schmidt got a job in the mail room of his uncle’s accounting firm. The author takes time delving into his ordinary life before he is gifted a set of three pens at a garage sale. He is trying to find his footing in a world where his...

June 19, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Get Ready to Bring SPYDER down!

What Worked: This story picks up directly after the events in Spy School Goes South and the books should be read in order to fully understand what is happening and all the humorous references to past events. This book seems to be the major conclusion to the previous story arc...

June 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Family Mission to devour This Series

What I Loved: Ben once again is the center of a SPYDER-related mission when Murray Hill agrees to reveal everything he knows, but only to Ben and only if they get in an airplane to the new SPYDER base. Erica convinces Ben it will be an easy surveillance mission and...

June 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Children can help spread joy

What Worked: Daniel Tiger is filled with joy when Grandpere mails him a special note while he is away. That gives Daniel the idea that since it was something that made him happy, he could make others feel the same way by sending them notes. Final Verdict:...

June 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
How to handle fear

What I Liked: The story centers around a very common fear young children have of storms at night. It then shows the parents helping the children replace their fears by thinking of things that make them happy. There is a song included throughout the book that could be used to...

June 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Great beginning to read activity

What Worked: This book gets kids excited about the alphabet. Using the names of JJ, his family & friends, they think of other objects that start with the same letter as their names. This is a great beginning-to-read activity and I love that it encourages little ones to start hearing...

June 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
N/A
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Made for young babies

What I Liked: This tummy time book is made specifically for very young babies. It is an accordion-folded board book with black and white intricate drawings representing images from real life on the front and backside. It is a sweet touch that each image is contained in a heart shape...

June 16, 2022 (Updated: June 16, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
N/A
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Friendly Halloween Peek a Boo book

What I Liked: Lift the flap books are always high-interest books for preschool. This book has a fun Halloween theme with lots of word sound effects like eek-a-peek-a…arr-whoo! I can imagine with the silly words and the flaps that it will be a book your little one will want to...

June 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
N/A
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Count Monster Body Parts

What I Liked: This sturdy board book will help your little one count to 10. The text rhymes and the monsters are in constant action making this an easy page-turner. It is a bit unique that the monsters have names, but it does help with the rhymes. The illustrations are...

June 16, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Daddy has her back so she can look her best!

What I Loved: This was a darling picture book with personality radiating off the page as the little girl wants her hair to be perfect when her mother gets home. She recounts all the wonderful ways her hair can look and how it makes her feel. She tries to be...

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