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2022 Book Review Book Reviews Mystery

Truly Devious

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson Synopsis: Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a […]

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2022 Book Review Book Reviews Horror

Frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Synopsis: Stepping far afield from his medical studies, Victor Frankenstein brings to life a human form he has fashioned from scavenged body parts. Horrified by his achievement, he turns his back on his creation, only to learn the danger of such neglect.  Review: *Quick disclaimer: If you are a big fan […]

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The Hobbit

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have […]

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2022 Book Review Book Reviews Fantasy

Daughter of the Pirate King

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller Synopsis: Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map — the key to a legendary treasure trove — seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for […]

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The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho Synopsis: Zen Cho returns with a found family wuxia fantasy that combines the vibrancy of old school martial arts movies with characters drawn from the margins of history. A bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there. Guet Imm, […]

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2022 Book Review Book Reviews Fantasy

The Damned

Hello! I do my best to keep reviews spoiler free and if they do contain spoilers, I would have a disclaimer. There are no The Damned spoilers written in this review, but since it is the second novel in The Beautiful series, there may be spoilers for the previous book (The Beautiful). You can see […]

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2022 Book Review Book Reviews Fantasy

Legendborn

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn Synopsis: After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A flying demon […]

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2022 Book Review Book Reviews Fiction

Major Detours

Major Detours by Zachary Sergi Synopsis: It’s the summer before college and four best friends—Amelia, Chase, Cleo, and Logan—are on the first leg of their road trip inspired by the unique tarot deck that Amelia inherited from her grandmother. However, their trip full of visiting occult shops, bonding and sightseeing, takes a major detour as […]

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2022 Book Review Book Reviews Fantasy

The City We Became

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin Synopsis: Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city. Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five. But every city also has a dark side. A […]

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2021 Book Review Book Reviews Holiday YA Romance

The Holiday Switch

Hello and belated happy holidays! I originally intended to post a review on this book before Christmas because it is a Christmas book, but evidently that is not what happened. But, if you are still interested in reading Christmas books after the actual holiday here is one for you! (Or you could always save it […]