Book Review: The Boxcar Baby by J.L. Mulvihill

“Sighing, I put my head on my knees and watch an ant crawl up the tree limb, so small and insignificant, and all alone. I’m glad I’m not an ant, though sometimes I feel like one.”

With the main heroine being the adventure taking Boxcar Baby herself, J.L. Mulvihill’s The Boxcar Baby follows AB’Gale as she desperately seeks to find her papa and set things back in order. When her papa doesn’t return home, AB’Gale takes it upon herself to discover his whereabouts before she and her family lose their home and way of life. But after discovering some bits of information and unveiling too many dangerous secrets, AB’Gale finds herself on an epic and treacherous quest to save her family and herself before she’s captured again. An exhilarating and wild read, Mulvihill’s opener to the Steel Roots series will have readers grasping for more!

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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: 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: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

“Now I’m in a king’s cage. But so is he. My chains are Silent Stone. His is the crown.”

In the third installment of Aveyard’s widely acclaimed Red Queen series, King’s Cage immediately grabs readers’ attention as they eagerly seek to discover the fate of Mare and her friends after a painstakingly nerve-racking cliff-hanger ending in Glass Sword. Brimming with deception and manipulation, King’s Cage unveils the kingdom’s most dark and despicable secrets that could alter the course of the rebellion and future of who rules the lands. Can Mare escape her imprisonment before time runs out? Will her knowledge bring about a new age?

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Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

After a startling turn of events at the end of its prequel Red Queen, Aveyard’s Glass Sword invites readers to uncover the truth behind the most heart-breaking and unforeseen betrayal Mare Barrow never expected to face. With a new mission at hand and the addition of an abundance of new characters to this epic take, Glass Sword presents a wide range of fascinating facets to this highly anticipated sequel. Will Mare be able to cope with all that has happened to her? Will her mission succeed? Will Glass Sword compare to its predecessor?

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Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

“I hate First Friday.”

With four simple yet heavy words, this is where the story begins. Red Queen is a promising start to Aveyard’s Red Queen series, with plenty of colourful characters and exciting plot turns. But does it stack up to the stiff competition set by its YA predecessors like The Hunger Games and Graceling?

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