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Give the Best Books! 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Executive Editor Book Buzz, Gift Suggestions

Compass Book Ratings is back with our annual recommendations for your 2015 gift giving!  We have to admit that some of the categories were tough to fill this year, but there are some gems! Here are some of our favorite reads from 2015 broken down by demographic group.  As always we not only picked great reads, but some that are …

Speculative Fiction Book Blog Swap

Executive Editor Book Buzz

Blogger and author Joyce Alton is hosting a Speculative Fiction Book Spotlight Blog Swap for the month of October, focusing on clean fiction. If you are a speculative fiction author who would like some free publicity for your book(s); past, present, or coming soon; indie or traditionally published; email Joyce at joycealton at to get the spotlight worksheet to …

2015 Summer Reading List for Young Adults - Image of beach boardwalk with towels and shoes

Summer Reading List for 2015 Young Adult Readers

Executive Editor Book Buzz

Finally!  No more school and you can read what you want.  (Unless you have AP classes, and then you have our condolences!)  Here is our hand-picked list of books for a teenager summer reading list.  We have selected twelve books (which, not coincidentally, is the approximate number of weeks in the summer).  Be sure to reward yourself with something delicious …

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Summer Reading List 2015 for Middle Grade Readers

Executive Editor Book Buzz

Love, love, love everything about summer!  The beach, camping, sunsets, Fourth of July, vacations–it is all wonderful, but the best part may be no homework!  But a delicious book isn’t work, it is just fun.  So we hand-picked twelve books to read this summer (which, not coincidentally, is approximately one book per week).  Our focus was to pick fun reads …

Mysteries of Cove, Book Cover

Cover Reveal: Mysteries of Cove by J. Scott Savage

Executive Editor Book Buzz

We love looking forward to things…summer vacation, fall colors, Christmas, and so on.  What better thing for a book lover to look forward to than a new book?!  Especially a book with a fabulous cover like Mysteries of Cove by J. Scott Savage.  This is a book that will be released in Fall 2015.  So here is some teaser information …

Music Notes on White Background "Rock On! Awesome YA Books about Music"

Rock On! Awesome Books About Music

Executive Editor Book Buzz

Let’s face it, a good book has a lot of elements and themes.  Recently we noticed that there are some fantastic books in our database that all have one thing in common:  music.  In the following book recommendations, music is a major part of the character’s life, the setting, and/or sometimes the plot.  Most of the books below are young …

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Compass Book Ratings Celebrates Its 3rd Birthday

Executive Editor Book Buzz

It is true!  Compass Book Ratings went live on March 19, 2012 with 228 reviews.  We have come so far! By the numbers: 3 – Number of years we have been posting free content reviews 1700 – The approximate number of book and content reviews in our database. A Bazillion – The hours of content reviewing provided by our generous …

Maggie Hall, Author

Interview: Maggie Hall, Author of The Conspiracy of Us

Executive Editor Book Buzz

The Penguin Teen On Tour authors came to California this week. Maggie Hall, author of The Conspiracy of Us, was gracious enough to give Compass Book Ratings a few minutes of her time for a quick author interview CBR: You are well-traveled, do you speak a foreign language? Maggie: I speak both Spanish and Italian passable. I speak conversational Spanish …

Author, Jessica Khoury

Interview: Jessica Khoury, Author of Orgins, Vitro, and Kalahari

Executive Editor Book Buzz

The Penguin Teen On Tour authors came to California this week. Jessica Khoury, author of Kalahari, was gracious enough to give Compass Book Ratings a few minutes of her time for a quick author interview in a room that felt a little bit like a glorified closet, but she was a sport. CBR: What was the source of inspiration for …

Compass Book Ratings’ Nominee Wins Cybils Award

Executive Editor Award Winners, Book Buzz

On February 14, 2015 the Cybils announced their 2014 winners.  Compass Book Ratings had nominated several titles–three of which made the finalist round.  We were thrilled to see that our nomination, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming,was the winner of the Non-fiction for Young Adults Category. To see our other nominations and …