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Recent Book Reviews

  • I Must Betray You

    by Ruta Sepetys

    The purpose of historical fiction is to awaken empathy in the reader. It’s to make historical events more than just dull facts in a history book, to make them the stories of people we care about and r…
  • Bright Island

    by Mabel L. Robinson

    Initially published in 1937 and awarded with a Newbery Honor in 1938, Bright Island is a classic coming-of-age story that holds up wonderfully to this day. The plot is simple enough, with no major sur…
  • Crown Duel

    by Sherwood Smith

    When I first started Crown Duel, I thought it was going to be a trite YA fantasy and not worth my time. This was mainly because the main character, Meliara, was repeatedly described as a short, feisty…
  • Newt’s Emerald

    by Garth Nix

    Newt’s Emerald is simply a lot of fun. It manages to be light-hearted, easy to read and adventurous in a delightful alternate Regency England setting. The protagonist, Lady Truthful, is loveable and s…
  • Reckless

    by Cornelia Funke

    Finding books that appeal to teenage boys is tricky, but Cornelia Funke provided a story densely packed with adventure that is sure to appeal to anyone in need of a diversion from the real world. Y…
  • Return to Regency England in Love and Lavender, a Mayfield Family Romance. This character-driven Proper Romance from Shadow Mountain Publishing is penned by the award-winning author Josi S. Kilpack. …
  • The Act of Marriage After 40

    by Tim and Beverly LaHaye

    The Act of Marriage, by Tim and Beverly LaHaye, has been my go-to gift for bridal showers for years. I was delighted to discover a version of the book for those who are of a more mature age. The seque…
  • The Paris Betrayal

    by James R. Hannibal

    James R. Hannibal knows how to write a fast moving spy thriller.  The Paris Betrayal serves as a reminder that the author is talented and has a way of crafting a novel full of technology without …
  • By the Light of Fireflies

    by Jenni L. Walsh

    I absolutely loved I Am Defiance, so when I saw that Jenni L. Walsh had a new book, it was a must-read. Even with the high expectations, Walsh didn’t disappoint with By the Light of Fireflies. It’s al…
  • Big Foot, a.k.a. Shim is quite the kid. Like your typical 12-year-old boy, he loves food! He’s also a wonderful son and friend who when he’s not thinking about food is looking for adventure but is als…

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