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Recent Book Reviews

  • The Midnight Library

    by Matt Haig

    For a book whose major plot catalyst is suicide, this was a remarkably and expectedly positive reading experience. This book orbits around the question of what would one's life look like if they made…
  • Spellslinger

    by Sebastien de Castell

    Spellslinger is the first book in a six book fantasy series. The setting is a little bit of a mash-up between the Wild West and something that feels like the middle east. The main character is Kelle…
  • Ever Constant

    by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

    Ever Constant coauthored by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is the final book in The Treasures of Nome trilogy.  Although the book could be read as a standalone story, it is not recommended.  …
  • Lost in the Never Woods

    by Aiden Thomas

    Lost in the Never Woods is a dark Peter Pan retelling. The story takes place in the contemporary world, but with dark elements of fairy-tale magic. Wendy Darling thought the mystery of her younger bro…
  • Refugee

    by Alan Gratz

    Alan Gratz is becoming "the guy" for middle grade historical fiction on tough topics. Refugee has received many accolades--all of which it deserves. It is a raw, unfiltered look at the immigrant exp…
  • Birdie’s Billions

    by Edith Cohn

    Birdie’s Billions is a fun story for those who enjoy reading about someone experiencing a sudden windfall. With her newfound money, main character Birdie finds her life gets complicated to say the lea…
  • Echoes and Empires

    by Morgan Rhodes

    Do you love strong female protagonists? Magic and adventure? Then you might enjoy Echoes and Empires, a new release that has the perfect mix of fantasy, magic, and just a little bit of romance.  …
  • Cytonic

    by Brandon Sanderson

    Cytonic, the third book in the Skyward series, is the most ambitious book in this series so far. In the second book, Starsight, Spensa left her home world and traveled among the stars. In Cytonic, Spe…
  • It Will End Like This

    by Kyra Leigh

    Grief is a powerful thing. For Charlotte and her sister, Maddi, the loss of their mom comes as a shock and a crippling blow. Especially once they start coming to terms with what really happened to the…
  • My Fine Fellow

    by Jennieke Cohen

    My Fine Fellow is a food inspired take on the classic Pygmalion or My Fair Lady story.  Set in 1800’s England, the story follows the training and rise of Mr. Elijah Little as two aspiring culinar…

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