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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: It’s a time machine

A Tree Grows in BrooklynBy: Betty SmithMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 16 and up Time travel is real! What defines a Classic Novel? At what point does a story transcend others and become eternal? It’s not age. It’s not genre. It’s not language, length, or style. Check…

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The Legend of Black Jack

The Legend of Black JackBy: A.R. WithamMy Rating: Three out of Five StarsBest for: 12 and up All brawn, no brain There are some really, REALLY gushing reviews out there for The Legend of Black Jack. Apparently there are a whole lot of readers who found The Legend of Black…

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Tress of the Emerald Sea: A joy to read

Tress of the Emerald SeaBy: THE Brandon SandersonMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS (If only there were more stars to give! ALL THE STARS!)Best for: 12 and up What’s better than The Princess Bride? BrandoSando is. Ah, Brandon Sanderson. Thank you for sharing your stories. This was one of…

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeBy: Robert Louis StevensonMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 14 and up We’re Jekyll and we’re Hyde. That’s the point. As is my long-standing policy, I don’t review Classics. I just appreciate them. Especially when they’re so ingrained into our…

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Green Angel, Green Witch: Pain and Whimsy

Green Angel (Green Angel, Book 1)Green Witch (Green Angel, Book 2)By: Alice HoffmanMy Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest for: 14 and upPain and whimsy Clearly, Alice Hoffman knows pain. She writes sadness like it’s an old, unwelcome friend. But like any sad story, it’s not the pain that makes…

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Shadow and Bone Trilogy: A Love…Quadrilateral?

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, Book 1)Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone, Book 2)Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone, Book 3)By: Leigh BardugoMy Rating: Three out of Five StarsBest for: 14 and up Everyone loves a good love quadrilateral, right? I figured it was time to give Shadow and…

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The Lost Metal: EXPLOSIVE!

The Lost Metal (Mistborn, book 7)By: THE Brandon SandersonMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 16 and up That was…explosive. BEST BRANDO SANDO YET? It just might be. Rusts. It’s been 12 hours since I turned the last page of this EXPLOSIVE finale to Wax and Wayne’s contribution to…

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The Monuments Men: Amazing Story. Boring Delivery.

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in HistoryBy: Robert M. EdselMy Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest For: 16 and up Such an amazing story. Such a boring delivery. Oh man. I REALLY wanted this story to be awesome. An actual World War II…

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Bastille vs the Evil Librarians: We’ve only been waiting 15 years. Nbd.

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, Book #1)The Scrivener’s Bones (Alcatraz, Book #2)The Knights of Crystallia (Alcatraz, Book #3)The Shattered Lens (Alcatraz, Book #4)The Dark Talent (Alcatraz, Book #5)Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, Book #6)By: Brandon SandersonMy Rating: FIVE out of FIVE starsBest for: 12 and up We’ve only…

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The Secret Keeper: Kate Morton is a story weaver

The Secret KeeperBy: Kate MortonMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: Advanced 14 and up Kate Morton is a story weaver! My favorite stories surprise me. Sometimes it’s the engaging mystery, other times it’s the characters themselves. Many times it’s a great twist ending. Kate Morton is good at…

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Empty Smiles: Who loves creepy clowns? (ME!)

Small Spaces (Small Spaces, book 1)Dead Voiced (Small Spaces, book 2)Dark Waters (Small Spaces, book 3)Empty Smiles (Small Spaces, book 4)By: Katherine ArdenMy Rating: Four out of five starsBest for: 12 and up Those clowns are the creepiest of all! I know Katherine Arden best from The Winternight Trilogy, her…

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The Comfort of Distance: CSI IRL

The Comfort of DistanceThe Boxwood TorsoWhere the Blood is MadeBy: Ryburn DobbsMy Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest for: 16 and upCSI IRL… Sebastien Grey doesn’t like CSI. According to him, it’s “improbable.” In the real world, you can’t put a skull in a machine and then have the person’s…

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How to Train Your Dragon: Excessive Fun Warning!!!

How to Train Your DragonBy: Cressida CowellMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 10 and underWarning: You will have excessive fun and be forced to laugh out loud. Read at your own risk. I read (and ADORED) The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell, so I shouldn’t be surprised…

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Indexing: Extra Twisty Fairy Tales

IndexingBy: Seanan McGuireMy Rating: Three out of Five StarsBest for: 18 and up These twisted fair tales are…twisted! I’ve been trying to rekindle my love affair with Seanan McGuire’s stories since I read and LOVED Middlegame. Unfortunately I keep striking out–time to quit while the happy Middlegame memories are still…

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Congo: I’ll be skipping the Jungle Tour…

CongoBy: Michael CrichtonMy Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest for: 16 and up Ya…no. I’ll skip the African Jungle Tour. Thanks though. Oh gosh. Please don’t read Michael Crichton if you aren’t interested in science info dumps. It’s what he does. It’s in every book, and if you’re nerdy enough…

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Foundryside: But the cover is so pretty!

Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy, #1)By: Robert Jackson BennettMy Rating: Three out of Five StarsBest for: 18 and up But the cover was so pretty! Brandon Sanderson gave Foundryside a rare and coveted 5-star review when it was published back in 2018. When I saw that, I immediately bought both ebook…

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The Wheel of Time 12-14: I’M DONE! [happy dance]

The Wheel of Time 12-14The Gathering StormTowers of MidnightA Memory of LightBy: Robert Jordan and Brandon SandersonMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 14 and up A journey of 12,000 pages starts at page 1 Quick! Ask me if I’ve read The Wheel of Time! Why yes! Yes I…

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The Help: The movie doesn’t count.

The HelpBy: Kathryn StockettMy Rating: Five out of five stars.Best for: 16 and up Dedicated to those who think everything magically got better after Martin Luther King Here’s my recommendation. Next time you’re in Atlanta, don’t just go to The World of Coke and the Aquarium. Take time to go…

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The Last Dragonslayer: Magnificent Nonsense!

The Last Dragonslayer (The Last Dragonslayer, #1)The Song of the Quarkbeast (The Last Dragonslayer, #2)The Eye of Zoltar (The Last Dragonslayer, #3)The Great Troll War (The Last Dragonslayer, #4)By: Jasper FfordeMy Rating: Four out of five stars.Best for: 14 and up Magic, dragons, and a whole lot of magnificent nonsense!…

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The Wheel of Time, Books 6-11: I can see the light…

The Wheel of Time 6-11Lord of ChaosA Crown of SwordsThe Path of DaggersWinter’s HeartCrossroads of TwilightKnife of DreamsBy: Robert JordanMy Rating: Four out of five stars.Best for: 14 and up A journey of 12,000 pages starts at page 1 If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll know I’ve…

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Archangel One: War! In! Space!

Archangel One (Archangel One, #1)Archangel Rising (Archangel One, #2)By: Evan CurrieMy Rating: Four out of five stars.Best for: 14 and up Finally, a true military-in-space story! I’ve read plenty of spaceship books, but I’ve never read one that I’d consider convincingly militaristic. This story is–military strategy, complexity, military roles, war…

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A Book Club Guest Review of Looice

LooiceBy: Ben Goldstein and Phillip NamanworthReviewer Rating: 5Best for: 10 and under Easy, Fast ReadGuest book review by Christal M. Q: What’s the book about? The book is about a man who uses his imagination to create different things. From Goodreads… Looice (pronounced Lewis): A surprising, magical, fun filled day…

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The Constant Rabbit: Ah, satire…

The Constant RabbitBy: Jasper FfordeMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 16 and up Ah, satire… Satire is an art form. Done well as a novel, it’s like getting two books in one: there’s the story you read, and then there’s the story you’re meant to understand. One entertains,…

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A Book Club Guest Review of The Girl in Cabin 13

The Girl in Cabin 13By: AJ RiversReviewer Rating: 3Best for: 18 and up Not for the Faint of Heart(which was almost me)!Guest book review by Julie H Q: What’s the book about? Emma Griffin is an FBI agent Undercover in a small town where people keep disappearing. It’s a definite…

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A Book Club Guest Review of The Secret Power Within

The Secret Power WithinBy: Chuck NorrisReviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 18 and up Zen Power and BalanceGuest book review by Julie H Q: What’s the book about? Partly an autobiography but mostly how Zen works in everyday life. Lessons like how to win by losing can totally…

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