Book Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

“We find things, just as we lose things. If you’ve lost your honor, you’ll find it again.”

An action packed YA fantasy novel, Young’s standalone viking inspired novel is a page turner with a number of twists and turns. Though in a fantasy setting, Young ties in an abundance of lessons for all readers to learn; from acceptance to forgiveness, Sky in the Deep is an inspirational novel that paves the way to a new outlook on fantasy literature.

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Book Review: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

“‘It just feels like…’ her voice small. ‘Sometimes it just feels like I’m faking.’
‘Maybe everyone feels that way.'”

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Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“Nick and I look at each other.
‘I’m not holding your hand,’ I tell him, smiling a little.
‘All right’–he nods–‘but know that I would.'”

An absolutely hilarious and adorable read, Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an insightful story that will bring readers to tears, both from laughter and woe. After a student beings to blackmail Simon after discovering his secret, Simon must follow all his requests or his (and his anonymous friends) secret will be vocalized to the world. Juggling family oddness, quarrels in friendships, accepting himself and hopelessly falling for his mysterious pen-pal, Simon’s adventures will make it nearly impossible to put this book down.

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Book Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

“Because,’ she said, ‘when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”

Neil Gaiman’s dark and wicked children’s novel Coraline is such an exciting and intense story, it will leave readers in a state of awe and desire for more. When the young Coraline Jones discovers a secret world far better than her own, she jumps at the opportunity for a grand adventure; however, not everything is what is seems. With an evil Other Mother and puzzles to solve, Coraline will require all the courage she can muster to save herself and those she loves. Enticing and full of wonder, Gaiman’s Coraline will not disappoint lovers of horror and children’s literature.

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Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

A grim and twisted rendition of the Russian Revolution and Stalin’s rise to power, George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a magnificent classic that continues to amaze readers over 50 years past its original release. Tired of taking demands from the human farmer Mr. Jones, the animals on Manor Farm fight for their freedom and for equal rights among all animals. But what happens when some take advantage over other animals? Is there such a thing as equality among all when not all seek this value?

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Book Review: Ab’Asanas by Morgan Haley

“It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”

With a passion for yoga and a desire to spread her joy to the world, Morgan Haley’s Ab’Asanas eBook is a delightful read that will bring joy to any yogi or fitness enthusiast. Beginning her yoga journey in 2014, Morgan Haley’s eBook brings to light the fundamentals of core strength and the importance of believing in oneself rather than comparing your beautiful self to the rest of the world. Clear in intention and easy to follow, Ab’Asanas is a fun eBook for anyone who wishes to work that core and see great results.

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Book Review: A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

“Who is your dad when you’re sad and need some love?”

Both, of course.”

Demonstrating the importance of acceptance and understanding, Oelschlager’s A Tale of Two Daddies inspires us to look beyond ourselves and societal norms in order to see how beautiful family is even if it’s different from our own. Through the curiosity of one child trying to comprehend the family dynamic of another, Oelschlager’s children’s book goes through the day-to-day activities that the young girl and her two fathers experience together. Aesthetically pleasing with an extremely adorable story, A Tale of Two Daddies brilliantly conveys that no two families are alike yet that doesn’t make it wrong. Can Oelschlager spread this beautiful message to the world simply through the written word and gorgeous illustrations?

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Book Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong

“We are imprisoned by the truth we dare not see. We are imprisoned by the questions we dare not ask.”

Mysterious and seductive, Kelley Armstrong’s Visions draws readers back into the highly intense adventures that seem to emanate from the peculiar little town of Cainsville. Learning that her parents may not be guilty for their crimes, Olivia continues her pursuit for answers with her rather odd lawyer, Gabriel, and new sweetheart, Ricky…but searching for answers comes at a price. Will Olivia discover the answers she seeks, or will she succumb to a worse fate than her parents? What secrets lie behind the residents of Cainsville?

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Book Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

“A friend helps you move; a real friend helps you move a body.”

Dark, eerie and full of mystery, Kelley Armstrong’s Omens is a fantastic urban fantasy horror that will have you craving for more. After discovering that she’s not only adopted but the biological daughter of two notorious serial killers, Olivia Taylor Jones starts on a journey to discover the truth behind these vicious crimes while also hiding from the media’s eye in the peculiar town called Cainsville. Full of secrets and riddles, Armstrong’s page turning novel has readers at the edge of their seat, rooting for Olivia to discover them all before she becomes the next victim. Will Olivia uncover parts of her past? Are the Larsen’s truly guilty? What mysteries lie in Cainsville?

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