recommendations and reviews for the aspiring reader

recommendations and reviews for the aspiring reader

Category: Middle Grade

Recommendation: Sage Alexander and the Hall of Nightmares

Recommendation: Sage Alexander and the Hall of Nightmares

Sage Alexander and the Hall of Nightmares by Steve Copling   Do you remember that evil, cranky looking sun in the old-school Mario video games (if you were born any time after the 1900’s, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about) that was […]

Recommendation: My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined Beauty and the Beast

Recommendation: My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined Beauty and the Beast

My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined Beauty and the Beast by Jerry Mahoney   11-year old Maddie watched with equal parts relief and horror as a plague descended upon her home. The sickness was of the love variety, and brought with it a union between her father […]

Review: Prince in Disguise

Review: Prince in Disguise

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm   “You’re Dusty’s sister?” For the entirety of Dylan’s life, she’s been firmly ensconced in Dusty’s perfume-ridden shadow. And it’s not even that she begrudges her sister the spotlight; Dusty is far better suited for the glitz and […]

Recommendation: Threads

Recommendation: Threads

Threads by Ami Polonsky   When young Clara entered the mall on that swelteringly hot day, yearning for the coolness of the air conditioning and something to take her mind off of the loss of her older sister, she didn’t expect to leave feeling changed. […]

Review: The Chronicles of Captain Shelly Manhar

Review: The Chronicles of Captain Shelly Manhar

The Chronicles of Captain Shelly Manhar by Nabila Fairuz   Captain Shelly Manhar is courageous and cheeky, but she’s also cautious. Her past haunts her like the lingering scent of briny fish on the deck of her ship, The Untamed. Holding her emotions in check […]

Review: Refugees

Review: Refugees

Refugees (Mud, Rocks, and Trees Volume 1) by R. A. Denny ” ‘In the last days, when the new star glows in the skies; Out of the depths of the rocks we call. Hear our cries! As earth’s secrets unfold, he who sleeps will arise; […]

Recommendation: The Fountain

Recommendation: The Fountain

The Fountain by Suzy Vadori   I’ve been reading since I was a young child and as a result, I’ve blown through thousands of books in my nearly 36 years. There are a precious few that I always seem to go back to, there are […]

Review: Rosemarked

Review: Rosemarked

Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne   Zivah was considered one of the blessed ones. Having found her calling as a healer at an early age, she devoted her time and energy almost exclusively to the art of saving those around her. Under the expert tutelage of […]

Review: The Bone Sparrow

Review: The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon ” If we all sing together, our song can light up the dark. “   Set in a space that could be yesterday, today, or tomorrow, The Bone Sparrow chronicles the life and times of a young boy living […]

Review: The Adventurers Guild

Review: The Adventurers Guild

The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos   ” Ser Jerra Freestone, the Paladin. Magus Zahira Silverglow, the Enchantress. Mother Aedra, Priestess of the Golden Way. Dox Eural, the Assassin.  Foster Pendelton: the Warlock. The Traitor. The Father of Monsters. Foster the […]