Ranger’s Apprentice (series) – Read It and Rate It

Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan Adventure Fantasy Mystery Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This series follows the adventures of Will, an orphan who is chosen as an apprentice Ranger, one of the skilled archers, trackers, and warriors of the King of Araluen. Will strives to keep the Kingdom safe from intruders. This book is an exceptional start to a thrilling series with vivid imagery, compelling character development, and impressive storytelling. … Read more

It’s Like This, Cat – Read It and Rate It

It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville Adventure Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Dave and his father don’t get along. At all. In fact, one of the only reasons that they keep their arguments to a smaller level (that still ends with Dave storming out of the house and running to a different house, Kate’s) is the fact that his mother gets asthma anytime she hears a more violent … Read more

Dog Who Could Fly – Read It and Rate It

The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side by Damien Lewis Adventure Nonfiction Review #1 * * * * * (Amazing!) In the winter of 1939-40, a French pilot and his Czech gunner are shot down over the German front lines while trying to gather photos for reconnaissance. Robert needs to find shelter, and fast: Pierre’s leg is bleeding and he … Read more

Watership Down (graphic novel) – book review

Watership Down Graphic novel adaptation by Richard Adams, James Sturm, Joe Sutphin Adventure Fiction Fantasy (because, talking rabbits) Graphic Novel * * * * Stars (Great!) This is an excellent graphic novel adaptation of Richard Adams’ book, “Watership Down.” It captures the personalities of the rabbits and the urgency of their perilous quest to find a new, safe home to call their own, when developers destroy their old home. Adams created a wonderful world, mythology, … Read more

Good Girl, Bad Blood – Read It and Rate It

Good Girl, Bad Blood A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2 by Holly Jackson Adventure Mystery Thriller Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) “Good Girl, Bad Blood” by Holly Jackson is the gripping sequel to “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder”. This mystery novel follows the pursuit of truth by amateur sleuth Pippa Fitz-Amobi. Pippa finds herself entangled in another perplexing case. When her friend’s brother (Jamie Reynolds) goes missing, it is Pippa’s … Read more

Killer Instinct – Read It and Rate It

Killer Instinct Naturals #2 by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Adventure Mystery Thriller Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) “Killer Instinct” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the gripping sequel to “The Naturals”, continuing the thrilling journey of Cassie Hobbes and her fellow talented profilers (The Naturals). In this book, the Naturals find themselves facing a new and dangerous challenge as they become embroiled in an unsolved case. This case involves a string of unrelated murders. … Read more

Naturals – Read It and Rate It

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Adventure Mystery Thriller Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Five kids with special talents are asked to help in the most infamous criminal cases. Seventeen-year-old Cassie is amazing at reading people. She wasn’t able to read, however, that they were in grave danger. You won’t believe the twist! Find out what happens in “The Naturals.” Review #2 * * * Stars (Pretty good) “The Naturals” by … Read more

Yearling – Read It and Rate It

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Adventure Classic Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Jody is the only child (though he had siblings born before him, none of them survived) of Penny Baxter, “sound as copper itself,” and Ory, his stern, yet loving mother. Free willed and full of the wild spirit yet willingness of young boy living in rural Florida in the late 1800s (around 1870). Jody, … Read more

Long Walk to Water – Read It and Rate It

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park Adventure Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) This book follows two stories. It starts with the story of Salva Dut in 1985. Throughout his life, the only home that Salva knew until the age of 11 was the small, South Sudanese village he lived in. He’s forced to flee his village to avoid the ongoing civil war in his country. … Read more

Hattie Big Sky – Read It and Rate It

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson Adventure Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Romance Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) It’s the first World war. Hattie Inez Brooks lives with her rather harsh and VERY opinionated aunt, and her passive and a bit kinder uncle. She’s living a humdrum life, nowhere close to where she wants to be, when she gets a letter from her Uncle Chester. In it, he deeds his homestead in Montana … Read more