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9 06, 2016

Review: The Strange Tale of Hector & Hannah Crowe by Nathaniel Hensley

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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nathaniel and hannah crowe book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Strange Tale of Hector & Hannah Crowe by Nathaniel Hensley is the first book in what I believe will be a new series. I think Hannah and Hector have a lot of appeal and will make a great series for young adults. Brothers and sisters may fight but most will protect each other when the chips are down.

Hector and Hannah have grown up at Strange Manor, which happens to be haunted by the original owner. So they are both a bit more used to hauntings and things that go bump in the night than your average person. Strange things have been going on in the lives of the Crowe children, but since that is fairly ‘normal’, they aren’t given the focus they deserve. It does not mean that others are so blase–Hector’s best friend still doesn’t like going into the main house, for a whole host of reasons.

21 05, 2016

Reviews: Carole P. Roman Children’s Books

By | May 21st, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |2 Comments

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can a princess be a firefighter book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

I got three books by Carole P. Roman: Can a Princess Be a Firefighter, Rocket-Bye, and If You Were Me and Lived in…Italy. All three were very good books, but were meant for varying ages.

My favorite book out of the three (and the book that was age-appropriate for my children: ages three and five) was Can a Princess Be a Firefighter. This book was very cute and I loved the underlying message; that you can be anything that you want to be. Although the characters were two small girls, my son liked it as well. He stopped and asked me a couple times if he could be my prince and work in the different professions. Another thing that I liked in this book is that it encourages

20 05, 2016

Review: Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu & Anne Greenwood Brown

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Friendships, Mysteries, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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girl last seen book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

Girl Last Seen is one of those books you just want to speed read to know the ending. I had to stop myself from reading the book in one sitting so I could fully enjoy the writing, but I could have easily devoured the novel in one sleepless night.

Kadence Mulligan and Lauren DeSanto are, or were, high school BFFs who became Internet celebrities. After one of their homemade music videos went viral, Kady and Lauren spent the next year trying to keep the fame alive and turn themselves into the real deal. Unfortunately, when Lauren lost her voice due to an illness, their friendship turned toxic. Now, the two not only have a mixture of animosity and jealously against them, but after one of Kady’s solo concerts, the teenager goes missing. Soon, all

22 04, 2016

Review: Blest by Blaise Lucey

By | April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

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blest book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

If William Shakespeare had ever written a tale of angels and demons, it might have turned out something like Blaise Lucey’s Blest, the first in a paranormal series (I hope) about a demon girl and an angel boy who fall for each other before learning that they are enemies. Claire is new to town, and Jim is something of an outcast. But they connect and eventually fall in love with one another, until discovering that they are on different sides of an Endless War.

Not only must they learn their respective places within their new “families,” but they must also navigate through high school—the Homecoming Dance, other romantic possibilities, jealousy, lies, and even death.

When Jim accepts his wings, he doesn’t fully understand what his parents felt that they had given up to provide a normal life

29 03, 2016

Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

By | March 29th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Historical, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

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the girl from everywhere book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Warning: The Girl From Everywhere will have you planning an impromptu trip to Hawaii (it also may give you an overwhelming desire to collect maps)!

In her debut offering, Heidi Heilig introduces us to Nix—a girl who has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, Temptation. Taking a map, adding a dash of belief they steer their ship through a map. When they come out of fog they are transported to the world on the map. With their ship and collection of various maps, they sail across the centuries, the world, and imagination. Nix reads the maps and her father navigates the ship, however, there is one thing that he wants that could put his daughter’s entire existence in jeopardy. Using a Honolulu map from 1868, Nix’s father wants to sail

15 03, 2016

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

By | March 15th, 2016|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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the 5th wave book coverReviewed by Sunny Dawn

Rick Yancey’s book, The 5th Wave, has been positively reviewed by many readers and its film adaption is one of the signs on how the market has received this science fiction thriller book.

The book is marketed for young adults, age 14 and up, telling the story of a suburban teenager named Cassie Sullivan and her quest to find and save her brother, Sam, after their parents died during an apocalypse.

The 5th Wave has plenty of familiar themes but its plot and the way it has captured its target readers sets this book apart from others in the genre. Post-apocalyptic themes are all too common but beautifully written books for young adults are more rare.

Let’s tackle the plot first. Life in suburban Ohio is quite normal for Cassie when one day, a giant metal slab, signaling

9 03, 2016

Review: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Depression & Mental Illness, Family, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

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we are the ants book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I feel like I’ve been reading the same kinds of young adult literature for the past couple of years: romances, fantasies, and sci-fis. While We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson can be considered a YA lit sci-fi novel, I didn’t see it as such. I saw Hutchinson’s writing style as a breath of fresh air, adding humor and sarcasm to the genre.

Henry Denton doesn’t live the most enchanted life. Having a chain-smoking single mother, loud and slightly stupid older brother, old and dementia-ridden grandma, mixed with the general anxiety of being a gay teenage boy in the rich part of town doesn’t leave a good taste in Henry’s mouth. When the “sluggers,” aliens who’ve abducted Henry before, give him the opportunity to either end the world or save the world,

22 02, 2016

Review: Spry Sparrow by Donna Hammontree

By | February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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spry sparrow book coverReviewed by Leigh Adamkiewicz

Anxiety and depression are the worst. Especially when you’re a kid. Having been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder as a young child, I know how isolating it can be. I know how it feels when your thoughts suddenly shift and all you feel is the world closing in. You can’t stop focusing on what could happen, what could be around the corner, and all the ways you should have tried to prevent it.

Worse of all, it feels like you’re the only one who’s suffering. No one else seems to see things you do. And you’re terrified of telling anyone. Who else would know how this feels?

Spry Sparrow: From Drab to Fab, written by Donna Hammontree, is a refreshing treat that proves otherwise. Written to help kids at the 3rd grade level, this

8 02, 2016

Review: Smithsonian Sticker Creations: Dinosaurs

By | February 8th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |3 Comments

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sticker creations dinosaurs book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

It seems like nearly every child goes through a stage of fascination with dinosaurs. Those great beasts that once roamed the earth capture the imagination and illicit many questions. Where did they live and why did they die? These are just the beginning of the questions children ask. One great way to explore these many questions is with the interactive sticker activity book, Smithsonian Sticker Creations: Dinosaurs.

When I opened this packaged set, I was immediately captured by the high quality components that are sure to appeal to children of all ages. Included in this set is a 64 page sticker activity book, 175 reusable stickers, five 3-D stickers, and a framed play scene for children to create their own dinosaur masterpiece. Each of these components works together to create a learning

5 02, 2016

Review: Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

By | February 5th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Family, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Mysteries, New Experiences, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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diary of a haunting book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Young Paige Blanton, a junior in high school, seems to have the perfect life. She is popular, well liked, and has a decent family life. Until reality hits. Her father leaves them for a younger woman. Her parents fight through a bitter high profile Los Angeles divorce. If that wasn’t enough, Paige’s mother uproots Paige and her younger brother and relocates to a small college town in western Idaho.

Suddenly, Paige is living a broken life. Diary of a Haunting is Paige’s record of her life in the aftermath of her parent’s divorce. Despite the drafty old house, no furniture (the moving van is delayed), cold weather, and new school, Paige is trying to make the best of her situation. Or is she? Her mother is willingly going back to college