Book Review: I’d Rather Be Reading by Guinevere de la Mare

“At first, the other kids in the class – those who hadn’t been brave enough to stand up to Big Literacy – were envious of the freedom that allowed us to doodle at our desks during reading time. But after a few days, something began to shift. We began to get bored. And all the other kids started to be able to do something we couldn’t. They were looking at letters but seeing words. Suddenly they had a superpower, and we didn’t. My days of academic protest were over.”

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Book Review: Friendship is Like a Seesaw by Shona Innes

“Friendship is like a seesaw.
Sometimes you might feel up in the air
when your friend feels low.
Other times you might feel down,
when your friend is up.
When things are balanced, both friends are happy.”

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Book Review: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

“If it was true that moss did not have roots, and maternal love could grow spontaneously, as if from nothing, perhaps I had been wrong to believe myself unfit to raise my daughter. Perhaps the unattached, the unwanted, the unloved, could grow to give love as lushly as anyone else.”

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Book Review: All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

“Constellations aren’t obvious until the moment they are. Then you wonder how you hadn’t been able to see them before when the pictures are all so clearly there, telling a story.”

Hauntingly beautiful and dangerously enticing, Samantha Mabry’s All the Wind in the World is a fantastic addition to the romance genre in young adult literature. With the desire to eventually own their own land and live a life of peace, Sarah Jac and James are forced to find work in the harsh conditions of the maguey fields. But when a disaster strikes, the two must find a new place to work, where their strength and relationship will be put to the test. In this gripping tale of love and sorrow, Mabry’s novel promises to have readers intrigued until the very last sentence.

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Book Review: The Chronister Cliff by Simone van der Steeg

“What did I do to deserve this?
This cannot be life. This must be death.
This must be hell.”

An incredibly intriguing story with twists at every turn, Simone van der Steeg’s The Chronister Cliff brings readers a tale so unique it feels like an original…and may certainly be one. After Karen’s parents passed away in a tragic accident, she’s tried to live a relatively normal mundane life while living with her four other siblings. But when a new neighbour moves next door, Karen can’t help but feel a strange aura about him, drawing her to pursue what this man is hiding…no matter the cost. The first in a supernatural mystery series, The Chronister Cliff is an exciting new tale full of wonderful surprises and character twists that will intrigue any reader.
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Book Review: Rituals by Kelley Armstrong

“Don’t ever stop doing that. Please. I want to be better. Be stronger.”

In the final installment of this highly regarded paranormal series, Kelley Armstrong’s Rituals is such a thrill and exciting read that readers will find themselves unable to stop until the last page has turned. When a new dark force disturbs the balance of the mundane and supernatural world, Olivia and her friends race against the clock to stop this darkness before they become victims themselves. With new secrets exposed and romantic tensions in the mix, this highly anticipated novel brings new excitement at every turn. What is this new dark presence? Who will Olivia choose: the Tylwyth Teg or the Cwn Annwn?

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Book Review: Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong

“But that’s what dreams are for—to weave reality and fantasy and memory and stitch together something you can’t hope for in waking life. To fulfill that little part of you that wants something so bad.”

Disloyalty and danger around every corner, Kelley Armstrong’s Betrayals will have readers at the edge of their seats with this highly intense and dark addition to the Cainsville series. When Ricky is charged with murder, the trio begin a quest to solve this mistake which ends up tying them to another supernatural mystery. Full of twists and unexpected discoveries, Betrayals will have readers unable to anticipate the outcome of events occurring in this thrilling addition to the series. Who is behind the killings Ricky’s been framed for? Will Olivia and the gang find out before the murderer finds them?

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Book Review: Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

“Demons are a very human creation. You look for ways to explain evil, and instead of seeing it in yourselves, you offload the responsibility onto monsters. The monstrous exists in the mirror, not in the sulfurous depths of some fantasy world.”

In the third installment of the Cainsville series, Kelley Armstrong’s Deceptions brings readers on a roller-coaster of emotions and shocking discoveries. Learning more about her and her family’s connection to Cainsville and the world of the Fae, Olivia seeks the truth through her visions of a long lost past; however, there are more dangers than ever before creeping in her path. With visions endangering Olivia’s state of mind, a love triangle that’s attached to an ancient past life, and an extremely upset ex fiancé in the mix, readers won’t be able to put down this fast paced novel. Will Olivia finally unlock the mysteries of Cainsville? Will she learn the truth about the Larsen’s?

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Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

“She wasn’t interested in telling other people’s futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.”

In the remarkable introduction to a mysterious and suspenseful series, Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys pulls readers into a tale of adventure and dark twists around every corner. Growing up in a household full of psychics, Blue’s rather accustomed to the world of the supernatural. But when she’s introduced to a group of boys on an epic quest to find a long lost Welsh King, Blue and her newly acquainted friends are in for a journey beyond imagine. Will Blue and the Raven boys find the Welsh King before other seekers do? Will Blue’s fate to kill her true love through a kiss come true?

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Book Review: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

Elegant and mesmerizing, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden is a beautifully written children’s novel that remains to hold incredible value in the world of literature for over a century. When Mary Lennox is sent to live with her estranged uncle after the loss of her parents, the life she knew vanishes and becomes full of strange happenings and peculiar secrets. Vibrant in both setting and writing style, Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel brings to light the importance of imagination and life. Will Mary unlock the secrets within Misselthwaite Manor? What magic lies beyond the walls of the Secret Garden?

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