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Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time

Title: Aru Shah and the End of Time Author: Roshani Chokshi Stars: ★★★★ I hesitated to read this after reading The Storm Runner. However, I wanted an answer to my over-editing versus overdone trope (i.e. the Percy Jackson repetition). After Chokshi's book, I can say that it's neither. Unique and endearing, Aru Shah might just be my new favorite... Continue Reading →

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Review: The Lying Woods

This was an advanced reader copy for the November 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: The Lying Woods Author: Ashley Elston Stars: ★★★ Elston's The Lying Woods left me conflicted. The way the town acts towards Owen, the mystery of his father's choices and summer, and the harassment his mother faces made it a hard read. Everyone... Continue Reading →

Review: Phantom Wheel

This was an advanced reader copy for the October 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: Phantom Wheel Author: Tracy Deebs Stars: ★★ Black hat or white - hackers fascinate me. I loved Garcia on Criminal Minds, and while the rest of my family watched Arrow for the title character, I adored Felicity. An interesting pair... Continue Reading →

Review: Sanity & Tallulah

This was an advanced reader copy for the October 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: Sanity & Tallulah Author: Molly Brooks Stars: ★★★★ Best friends, a space station, a three-headed cat - and you've got a fantastic middle grade graphic novel. Though I enjoyed Sanity and Tallulah as a pair - and their mistakes truly... Continue Reading →

Review: Words We Don’t Say

This was an advanced reader copy for the October 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: Words We Don't Say Author: K.J. Reilly Stars: ★★★★★ All the bad gets interest, but good compounds too, and Reilly's point, throughout this whole book, is that we have the ability to work toward ensuring the compounding of the good... Continue Reading →

Review: The Storm Runner

This was an advanced reader copy for the September 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: The Storm Runner Author: J. C. Cervantes Stars: ★★★ I like to think I can own up to a bias. For this book, I had two conflicting ones: 1) I love Rick Riordan's work (putting aside anything his son was... Continue Reading →

Review: The War Outside

This was an advanced reader copy for the September 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: The War Outside Author: Monica Hesse Stars: ★★★★ Historical fiction has a risk few other genres share. It walks the border between stark fantasy - in it being 'real' only in its lack of speculative elements  - and so personal... Continue Reading →

Review: #murdertrending

This was an advanced reader copy for the August 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: #murdertrending Author: Gretchen McNeil Stars: ★★ As much as I like a good mystery, these social media goes wild types just aren't for me. My love of Black Mirror survived "Nosedive," but any interest I had in The Orville died with "Majority Rule." Part of my... Continue Reading →

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