Book Review: “Almost Autumn” by Marianne Kaurin
Book Reviews / January 5, 2017

Ilse Stern is a normal 15-year-old girl: she fights with her mother, daydreams about Hermann Rød, the boy next door, and can’t wait for the chance to travel the world. Yet as a Jewish girl in Norway in 1942, any semblance of normality will soon vanish.

Book Review: “Wing Jones” by Katherine Webber
Book Reviews / January 2, 2017

“Wing Jones” is a story about finding your passion through pain and perseverance, falling in love, and understanding your family from an exceptional new voice in YA. Katherine Webber is an avid book champion, event chair, and lover of all things YA, so her debut was sure to be special. However, all of my expectations grew wings and took flight due to the joy, emotion, and brilliance of this amazing book.

Book Review: “The Fate of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen
Book Reviews / November 29, 2016

The final installment of the “Tearling” trilogy has arrived, and author Erika Johansen has a tall order for rounding off Kelsea’s saga: What will happen to the Red Queen? What truths will be revealed about the past in Kelsea’s visions? What will happen to Father Tyler? Can the Tearling be saved?

Book Review: “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer
Book Reviews / November 8, 2016

If you’ve been a bit down because “The Lunar Chronicles” book series is over, this new twist on an old fairy tale should turn that frown upside down! In the all-new standalone novel “Heartless”, author Marissa Meyer puts her very special spin on some familiar characters from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

Book Review: “The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle” by Gabrielle Kent
Book Reviews / October 25, 2016

Alfie Bloom is a pretty normal kid (with the exception of his inventor father) until he receives a letter telling him that he’s inherited Hexbridge Castle. From that point forward, things are decidedly not normal: Alfie finds he can slip through time, he and his father are flown to a secret location to meet with an otherworldly lawyer, and the castle itself seems…magical.

Book Review: “The Baby” by Lisa Drakeford
Book Reviews / October 21, 2016

Olivia’s 17th birthday party is just getting into full swing (despite the presence of her overbearing boyfriend, Jonty), when she walks into the bathroom to find her best friend, Nicola, giving birth on the floor. No one knew she was pregnant (not even Nicola herself), but a baby, of course, changes everything. The arrival of Eliza, as she’s christened, threatens to tear Olivia and Nicola’s friendship apart because there’s one secret Nicola still isn’t willing to share…the name of Eliza’s father.

Book Review + GIVEAWAY: The “Charlie Bone” Series by Jenny Nimmo
Book Reviews , Giveaways / October 19, 2016

Way back in the year 2001, the first “Harry Potter” film adaptation had just come out. The fourth book had come out a year earlier, and fans wouldn’t get to read the fifth book until 2003. In the midst of this long wait, fans turned to any novels they could find with a spark of magic. One of the book series I turned to was Jenny Nimmo’s “Charlie Bone” books.

Book Review: “The Secret of Nightingale Wood” by Lucy Strange
Book Reviews / October 5, 2016

Something terrible has happened to the Abbott family, a tragic secret from the recent past that has torn them apart. It’s up to Henry (Henrietta) to figure out what the mysterious interfering Doctor Hardy is planning to do and use her wits to reunite her parents. Lucy Strange’s modern take on a classic children’s literary narrative is reminiscent of “The Little Princess”, “Tom’s Midnight Garden”, and “The Children of Green Knowe”. It explores the powerful influence of imagination in coping with heartbreak, with absentee parents and a trip through the wood at the end of the garden full of songs, stories, poetry, fairy tales, and a witch in a caravan. It’s a magical, lyrical mystery-adventure.