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Review: my name is tookie

Review: my name is tookie

my name is tookie by Chariss K. WalkerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars From the start Tookie has had a rough life, with a mother who looks at her as a welfare check and a father not in the picture. Lucky for Tookie she at least has her Grandmother, who loves her and raises her …

Review: The Girls

Review: The Girls

The Girls by Emma ClineMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Evie Boyd seems like a normal middleaged woman, but she has a secret past. When a friend’s son and girlfriend come for a visit they lead her to revisit her past. At fourteen, she ended up at The Ranch, a place run by charismatic leader …

Review: The Journey

Review: The Journey

The Journey by Chariss K. WalkerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Katy Barrett has a pretty comfortable life. She and her young daughter, Sammy, live with her parents and she works as a bookkeeper. Although Sammy’s dad died while in Afghanistan, they are still happy and have a nice life. While trying to repair her …

Review: Star Maps

Review: Star Maps

Star Maps by J.S. FrankelMy rating: 3 of 5 stars After losing his parents to a drunk driver Carl must move from the busy metropolis of Chicago to desert town Rachel, Nevada right off the extraterrestrial highway. This is perfect for Carl’s only hobby, star gazing. Nothing else in his new life is that great, …

Review: A Shackled Inheritance

Review: A Shackled Inheritance

A Shackled Inheritance by Madeleine McDonaldMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Abigail Carrick has just lost her father, the only family she has left. Upon the reading of her father’s will she discovers she has two half sisters she knows nothing about. Not only are they strangers to her, they are also free women of …

Review: Enemy Self

Review: Enemy Self

Enemy Self by Suzanne KovitzMy rating: 1 of 5 stars Waking up to a whole new life, it could be a dream or a nightmare. For Jessica, it’s the latter. In “Enemy Self” by Suzanne Kovitz Jessica awakes one day in a strange bed and discovers she has somehow ended up in the body of …

Review: An Empty Swing

Review: An Empty Swing

An Empty Swing by N.J. HansonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars What do a nerd, a goth chick, and a ghost girl all have in common? Much more than you might think in N.J. Hanson’s “An Empty Swing.” One day while escaping the school bully, Luis our loveable nerd, takes refuge in the local park …

Review: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Review: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Girl in Translation by Jean KwokMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Moving to a new place can be tough, but imagine moving to a whole new country! That’s what Kimberly Chang and her mother have done, leaving their homeland of Hong Kong to move to Brooklyn. Mrs. Chang goes from a music teacher to working …

Impulse by Shane Hall

Impulse by Shane Hall

A world where noise is illegal? Sounds pretty unbelievable, but that’s just the kind of world shown in Shane Hall’s “Impulse” (book one of his Feedback serial) which is set in a dystopian future where any excessive noise will get you arrested, including singing! When brilliant inventor Freya goes missing after a meeting with Jack …

What If… by Lisa M. Owens

What If… by Lisa M. Owens

 We’ve all had moments in our lives when we’ve wondered what would have happened if we had made a different choice in our lives.  Maggie Ryerson gets that opportunity in Lisa M. Owen’s “What If…”.   Things are not going so well for Maggie at the moment, and they’re getting worse as her husband has …