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Ready for School, Murphy?

The little boy in this picture book works hard to convince his dad that he’s too ill to go to school. Of course, his dad sees through the silly ploy but the real “kicker” is that actually it is Saturday….THERE IS NO SCHOOL! This is supposed...

2 Stars

The Thank You Book - An Elephant and Piggie Book

This is a rather unusual Elephant & Piggy book. Rather than narrate a story about their “Odd Couple” relationship, Piggy sets about thanking everyone who has ever been in the long running series. He also naturally includes his good buddy, G...

4 Stars

Sea Spell - Waterfire Saga, Book Four

“Sea Spell” is the fourth and final book in the Waterfire Saga series and was a great conclusion to an amazing series! It’s filled with beautiful friendships, great characters, action-packed battles, sweet romances and everything else you c...

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Return to the Isle of the Lost - The Descendants, #2

“Return to the Isle of the Lost” was such a great surprise. So many book two’s have issues, but I'm glad to say this one didn't. This at heart is an adventure book. The kids sneak out to return to the isle of the lost after getting letters...

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The Hidden Oracle - The Trials of Apollo, #1

Alright, so I should have known that this was another spin off. Ya - shoot me. This is the first book in The Trials of Apollo series, but it doesn’t stand alone. So luckily my 11 year old had already read the other books by Rick Riordan and...

5 Stars

Benjamin Franklin - Huge Pain in my...

This irreverent children’s book gives a remarkable glimpse of the events of colonial America, contrasted with a humorous look at the angst and challenges of being a boy dealing with peer pressure, a blended family, and the blush of first ro...

4 Stars
  • Authors: Adam Mansbach, Alan Zweibel
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Kids: Middle Grade, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Hyperion

My Pen

Talented illustrator Christopher Myers shows how a simple ink pen can be used to create some eye catching pictures of people, animals and scenes. All one needs is a solid imagination and some black ink and it is “game on”! Whether you wish...

3 Stars

A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant - Giraffe and Elephant are Friends

You’ll find three short adventures in this picture book that features Giraffe and his friend Elephant. In the first one Giraffe is driving Elephant bonkers by playing his alpine horn. Elephant helps her musical buddy figure out when he can...

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Alive

So, this one starts out like a normal contemporary. Stella needs a heart, and, well, she gets one. So life goes on. But then things get start to get paranormal weird. I really loved how this had a great blend of both. This one gets creepier...

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  • Author: Chandler Baker
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Young Adult, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: Hyperion

Edison's Alley - The Accelerati Trilogy, #2

Edison's Alley was a fresh and interesting story with a cast of amazingly unique characters. Even the villains of this story added to an already refreshing story. I have never read anything quite like this before. My favorite character was...

4 Stars

The Isle of the Lost - The Descendants, #1

So I started this book not knowing that it was a prequel to a new Disney to TV movie. Well I shortly found out when my 10 year old was reading behind my back and all of a sudden screamed in my ear and ripped the book away. She then went to...

5 Stars

My Bibi Always Remembers

A cute little elephant named Tembo introduces young readers to her life in Africa. Part of a herd looked over by her “Bibi” or “grandmother”, Tembo is entranced by all she sees. The trees, other creatures and new sights are dazzling but the...

4 Stars

Joy the Baker Cookbook - 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes

Joy the Baker Cookbook is fun, flirty and I love it! Joy Wilson commands the cover with the pink flower cake and her arm tattoo. Everything in this book is done in a girlish way that will make the reader smile. A note to her dad in the begi...

5 Stars

The Chew: Food. Life. Fun.

The Chew, Food. Life. Fun. has a lot of great attributes. It refers to ‘The Chew’ television show, which is fabulous and lots of fun to watch. It has many of my must haves- beautiful color pictures, good organization (by season, I love it!)...

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Vampires of Manhattan - The New Blue Bloods Coven

This is definitely a spin off for fans of the YA Blue Bloods series. This is great for those who are no longer teens. I do want to say that if you haven't read the Blue Bloods series that you will need to before diving into this one. If you...

5 Stars

The Ring and the Crown - The Ring and the Crown, #1

Author Melissa De La Cruz has done it again. She’s introduced and enticed me into a wonderful new series. I have to say that I finished The Ring and the Crown in a day…OK only a few hours. PLOT: The plot was a wonderful blend of historical...

5 Stars

A Big Guy Took My Ball! - An Elephant and Piggie Book

Piggie is totally devastated when a big guy takes her ball. “I found a big ball, and it was so fun! And then a big guy came – and-and-and-HE TOOK MY BALL! I am so upset,” Piggie tells her friend. Always willing to look out for Piggie’s inte...

5 Stars

Gates of Paradise - A Blue Bloods Novel, #7

Wow! What a riveting conclusion to one of my favorite series of all time. Seeing as this is book seven and the concluding installment, it'd be difficult to comment on my favorite plot points and characters without spoiling at least one of t...

4 Stars
  • Author: Melissa De La Cruz
  • Review by: Emireally
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Hyperion

Blue Bloods The Graphic Novel

The newest Blue Bloods novel has just been released, and I wanted a refresher on the series as it hasvbeen awhile since I've read the proceeding books. I have quite a few books in my 'to be read' pile and didn't have time to reread them all...

4 Stars

Wolf Pact, Part I

Wolf Pact part I, told from 2 points of view, brings us back to Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Blood world with a bang. This story is very fast paced and takes you right into the action. I can tell already that this book will be filled with hear...

4 Stars
  • Author: Melissa De La Cruz
  • Review by: Crystal
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Hyperion

Serpent's Kiss - Witches of East End, #2

The witches are back and Freya is looking forward to her wedding to Killian. Her troublesome twin brother "Freddie" is back causing trouble as usual. Ingrid's love life is falling apart, and Joanna their mother is being contacted by a long...

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  • Author: Melissa De La Cruz
  • Review by: Sherylyn
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Hyperion

From What I Remember...

From What I Remember begins at the end; it’s the morning of graduation, Kylie is valedictorian, and she’s in bed with one of the most attractive guys in her grade. To top it all off, they’re in Mexico. Let me rephrase, stranded in Tiijuana....

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  • Authors: Valerie Thomas, Stacy Kramer
  • Review by: Emireally
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Hyperion

Lost In Time - A Blue Bloods Novel

Schuyler and Jack are fighting, not only for their lives but for their love, the chance to be together forever. But one thing stands in their way—Jack's (Abbadon) bond with Mimi (Azrael). As long as their immortal bond still holds, they can...

4 Stars
  • Author: Melissa De La Cruz
  • Review by: TheBookQueen
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Hyperion

Queen of the Dead - A Ghost and the Goth Novel

Stacey Kade's entertaining sequel, Queen of the Dead continues the saga of teenaged ghost Alona Dare and the guy who makes her unlife more tolerable, medium Will Killian. Will has gotten accustomed to Alona's ability to mediate and force th...

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  • Author: Stacey Kade
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Hyperion

The Ghost and the Goth

The Ghost and the Goth is an enjoyable young adult story that captures the angst of high school and flavors it with a paranormal twist. High school senior Alona Dare was part of the ultimate clique at her high school and seemed to be a shoo...

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  • Author: Stacey Kade
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Hyperion

Witches of East End - Witches of East End, #1

Joanna and her 2 daughters have always had magic in their lives, and been able to practice magic until the council stripped them of their right to practice magic in their lives and told them they had to blend in with the mortal people and n...

5 Stars
  • Author: Melissa De La Cruz
  • Review by: Sherylyn
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Supernatural, * Young Adult, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Hyperion

Growing Up Laughing - My Story and the Story of Funny

I first was introduced to Marlo Thomas when I was a young girl. I remember owning the record album, Free to Be...You and Me, and listening to it over and over with my younger brother. I don't think at the time, we really understood what the...

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Heat Wave

I didn't think it unreasonable to hold this book to high standards. I mean, after all, I like Castle, the TV show, and any book purported to be written by Rick Castle had better be pretty damn cool. Sadly, it wasn’t. Nikki Heat is too...

2 Stars

Hex Hall

After I read the plot description of Hex Hall online, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. It had everything I look for: otherworldly creatures, magic, boarding school, new girl syndrome, a crush, and the South. I just had a feeling tha...

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  • Author: Rachel Hawkins
  • Review by: Leslee
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Hyperion

The Richest Season

Joanna Harrison is married to her husband Paul for twenty-five years.  During their time together, Paul has worked his way up the corporate ladder to bigger and better positions to provide more financially for his family, but in the pr...

5 Stars