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13 01, 2017

Review: Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Mysteries, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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three truths and a lie book coverReviewed by Meredith Kelly

When I started Three Truths and a Lie, one of my first thoughts was, “this is too young for me.” Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was reading a young adult book–something I hadn’t done in many years. Nevertheless, the characters were well-defined and seemed to be very trendy. The book focuses on two couples heading away to a rural mountain cabin for the weekend. One couple is made up of two gay men in the throes of their first real relationship, and the other is a heterosexual teen couple.

This psychological thriller really starts to simmer when on the first night at the cabin the two bored couples decide to play a game of “three truths and a lie.”

6 01, 2017

Review: The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Young Adult|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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possibility of somewhere book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Eden Moore is on track to become the valedictorian of her high school class, despite the fact that she’s grown up in a trailer park with her often out-of-work father and stepmother. Since her birth mother left her when she was just a child, Eden’s only ever had one goal: to leave her small town and life there behind.

Her classmate Ash Gupta has never quite understood how Eden, with her sharp and sarcastic nature, could possibly become valedictorian. But when the two of them are thrown together to complete a class assignment, they begin to get to know each other for the first time, and Ash recognizes her intelligence and depth.

20 12, 2016

Review: Who is Santa? by Stephen W. Bigalow

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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who is santa book coverReviewed by Sarah Dalton

Who is Santa? opens with Santa and Mrs. Claus living in a place called the North Forest. The time frame is not specified other than to indicate that this was a long time ago. Santa and Mrs. Claus are fairly well to do and so she spends her days cooking, baking, and making candy. He spends his time making toys. Piles and piles of fabulous toys that he stockpiles in the outbuildings of their family farm. The toys serve no purpose other than the joy Santa gets when he makes them. They are precious to him and no one is allowed to touch them. Eventually, Mrs. Claus is able to make Santa see how wonderful it feels to give the toys as gifts and his goal becomes to give away all of his beloved toys to the children in the North Forest.

8 12, 2016

Review: The Lost Gift by Kallie George

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |4 Comments

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the lost gift book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

With the holiday season finally here, it’s that time of the year where everyone is discovering what gifts to get the little ones. Well, author Kallie George put together the perfect Christmas package, The Lost Gift. Prepare for an adventure about service, giving and the essence of joy!

The Lost Gift is bound to reach immense success upon its release. It’s an adorable, fun and interactive book between the reader and the children. In my opinion, anyone who has the opportunity to read this book is going to be floored with the story line, the characters and the message.

8 12, 2016

Review: Christmas Quiet by Maisie Sparks and Lauren Younis

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Arts & Literature, Children's Books, Coloring Books, Entertainment, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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christmas quiet book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

For many people, reading books tends to relieve stress. I am one of those who will devour a novel because it takes my mind off things going on in my world around me. But for others, they take the route of actually being able to scribble in their books. I know, not what I would do, but when you have a book as pretty as this one? Oh, and while it has devotions and text, it is, also, a coloring book!

This strikingly beautiful adult coloring book is titled, Christmas Quiet. Contained within is a 25 day devotional, along with coloring pages. The authors take a piece of Scripture and then writes up a small word of encouragement or inspiration. This is leading up to Christmas so all the little pieces deal with the advent.

23 11, 2016

Review: Zodiac by Romina Russell

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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zodiac book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I’ve always wanted to know more about astrology and horoscopes–not because I believe in star signs, but because I thought the subject to be interesting. Romina Russell’s Zodiac takes astrology to a whole new level by basing an entire civilization off of star signs and constellations. And she does a pretty darn good job at doing so, I might add.

Zodiac takes place in the distant future where humanity has left our solar system and earth for reasons long forgotten and now lives in the Houses of the Zodiac. The story centers on Rhoma Grace, a 16-year-old student from House Cancer.

6 11, 2016

Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

By | November 6th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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furthermore book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

“Unfold your heart. Sharpen your ears. And never say no to the world when it asks you to dance.”

Furthermore is Tahereh Mafi’s break into the world of middle grade fiction. Alice Queensmeadow is a twelve-year-old who must travel to an unknown land in order to save her father—the one person, she believes, that loves her completely colorless self (a bit of a big deal in her home of Ferenwood). Alice’s father has been missing for over three years having left town with only a ruler. Alice must complete the father-finding quest with Oliver, who just happens to be her worst enemy (or so she thinks), and the pair must overcome many obstacles on their journey—avoid being eaten by the citizens of Furthermore, broken rulers, stolen time, and miscommunication with each other.

29 10, 2016

Review: Happy Birthday to You! by Michelle Adams

By | October 29th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |2 Comments

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happy birthday to you book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Happy Birthday to You! by Michelle Adams highlights the story of a little boy who wakes up to his birthday. The book opens with the boy waking up (he seems to be a happy grade-schooler), and his family is getting ready for the festivities. The story progresses on to show the party moving forward, happy kids coming over to hit the piñata, share cake and presents, and finally to the boy saying goodbye to his friends. The top right center of the board book has a button to push that plays the “Happy Birthday” song, and the last thick page of the book offers a spot for putting in your little one’s own photo, to personalize this book as his / her very own.

29 10, 2016

Review: Goodnight Bob by Ann Hassett & John Hassett

By | October 29th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |0 Comments

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goodnight bob book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Goodnight Bob tells the story of a little guy named Bob, who is supposed to be going to sleep. Bob is apparently afraid of creepy shadows that inhabit his bedroom, walls, windows and closets. He therefore sleeps with a trusty flashlight next to him in the bed. When he hears a strange noise, or sees eyes in the dark, the reader has to turn the page to find out what innocuous object is really there (a nice mouse, or a friendly cat or even a smiling Bigfoot, who all say “Goodnight Bob” to Bob).

20 10, 2016

Review: Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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moon chosen book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Mari feels like an outcast among her clan, called Earth Walkers. Like her mother, she has the unique ability to use the powers of the moon to heal. But her father, a man she never knew, was of another clan. Once Mari bonds with a canine Companion, she begins to learn more about the people whom her father belonged to. Mari had always expected to take up her mother’s mantle, but destiny has chosen another path for her. Mari, with the help of her Companion, and Nik, the son of her clan’s rival, may be the one needed to bring solidarity between the two tribes.

P.C. Cast has been a longtime favorite author of mine, with the exception of her co-authored House of Night series. Moon Chosen was an obvious read for me; I was curious to see how P.C. Cast would do solo-penning a YA series, but unfortunately for me, this effort failed on a few fronts.