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Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062411624
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Published: HarperTeen - July 20th, 2021

In this wildly thrilling reimagined story of Little Red Riding Hood, Adele lives in the village of Oakvale, which is surrounded by dark woods - a place full of monsters, danger, and madness. When her usual trip to grandma’s is interrupted by a vicious encounter, her destiny emerges as she assumes her true form. Now, a threat has entered Oakvale by her own hand, and Adele must become its Guardian - including making decisions that’ll change the course of her future forever. ⁣
I absolutely enjoyed this imaginative rendition of the classic fairy tale; it’s dark, unforgiving, and emotional. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Winterkeep (Graceling Realm) by Kristin Cashore - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780803741508
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Published: Dial Books - January 19th, 2021

Bon voyage! In this new Graceling realm novel, we head to the eastern lands of Torla, a place filled with democratic people, telepathic creatures, and flying airships! When two of Queen Bitterblue’s men suspiciously drown at sea near Winterkeep, Bitterblue, Hava and Giddon visit to uncover the truth, and wind up getting tangled in the lies set by the powerful Cavenda family. In order to get to the bottom of it all, Lovisa Cavenda and Queen Bitterblue become reluctant allies in this politically charged adventure that is refreshingly different from the novels that precede it. I truly enjoyed the diversities represented in this book, and the fast-paced thrill of not knowing what was going to happen next! ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Small Things by Mel Tregonning - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781772781328
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Published: Pajama Press - February 9th, 2021

This is a powerfully short and wordless graphic novel about anxiety and its damaging effects on our mental well being. What I loved most about this is that it's told from a child's point of view, rather than an adult's, and it shows the ways anxiety can "chip" away at our minds if left unresolved for too long. In these pages, the unnamed boy also finds help, and realizes that anxiety is a battle he doesn't ever have to fight alone. Mental health is an important topic that needs more attention and support for the younger generation, and I am so glad that this addresses it in a gut-punching way with striking illustrations. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338681307
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 5th, 2021

In a small town in the Scottish Highlands, Alva is convinced she lives with a murderer - her father. But this story isn’t about what he did to her mother. It’s about redemption, truth, first love (and last), and the terrifying secrets that live in the dark tunnels under the mountain by the loch that Alva and her father take care of.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
This novel is an edge-of-the-seat dark fantasy horror that quickly spirals out of control, with an ending so bittersweet, I cried.⁣⁣⁣ ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm) by Kristin Cashore - Book Review

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By Kristin Cashore, Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142426012
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Published: Penguin Books - September 17th, 2013

Queen Bitterblue must heal a broken kingdom still suffering from the cruel, twisted reign of her late father, King Leck. Flanked by seemingly untrustworthy advisers and a messy Queen Guard, Bitterblue soon finds out that some people will kill to hide the truth of Leck’s rule, and that alliances are sometimes formed in the most unlikely of places.
Meticulously detailed and overwhelmingly brimming with characters, subplots, and betrayals, Bitterblue is intensely disturbing in some areas, heartwarming in others; overall, it’s an emotionally loaded novel that may be too weighty for some to power through to the end, especially when it comes to the translated ciphers. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


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