With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

Category: Young Adult Fiction

March 23, 2021

Lost in the Never Woods

Lost in the Never Woods is a Peter Pan retelling like none I’ve ever read before. This is Wendy’s story after returning from Neverland… without her younger brothers and a good chunk of her memory surrounding what happened the day they went to Neverland. It’s been 5 years since Wendy returned and suddenly Peter is back without his shadow and kids are going missing. Can Wendy help Peter get his shadow back? Can they find the missing kids before it’s too late? What sort of demons need to be faced before certain mysteries can be solved?

March 20, 2021

Amelia Unabridged

Amelia Unabridged is heartbreaking, beautiful, uplifting, raw, and real. Just as Amelia’s home life is falling apart she catches the eye of a school mate she’d never approached before, Jenna, a rich girl who’s just as careful about her looks as she is about the condition of her beloved books. The unlikely pair spend high school attached at the hip, with Jenna’s well-off parents practically adopting Amelia as their second daughter and doting on her like the functional family she so desperately wishes she had. Then suddenly Jenna’s gone, buried too soon, and Amelia finds herself the substitute daughter off to college for Jenna’s parents. They want her to go to the school she and Jenna had planned to attend, and they’ll pay her way. They want her to take the degree program Jenna thought she should. They want everything to go the way it was supposed to go, and a barely-coping Amelia is willing to go along with it all. That is, until a mysterious gift appears for Amelia, mailed to the local book store. It’s a special edition of her favourite author’s first book, a printing that shouldn’t exist, and she’s convinced it’s one last gift from her best friend. Wanting answers, Amelia takes a trip to visit the book store that sent it, not expecting to find her favourite author there, only a year her senior, wallowing in the shadow of his own grief.

March 7, 2021

The Crowns of Croswald

The Crowns of Croswald (The Crowns of Croswald, #1) by D. E. Night Published July 21, 2017by Stories Untold Press Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy From the publisher: This is a page-turning fantasy in the tradition of fairy tales, whimsical worlds, and coming-of-age stories. The Crowns of Croswald invites young readers to explore themes of […]

February 20, 2021

Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen

When I received the email inviting me to apply for this tour, I didn’t know anything about Scott Reintgen or the Ashlords duology, but I saw a gorgeous Friesian-looking horse and a genre label of fantasy and had to check it out. I was hesitant to apply knowing it was a second book and that the tour would not be providing the first, but fortunately a library I have access to through Libby had both ebook and audiobook licenses of Ashlords, the first book, available. I flew through my listening experience of Ashlords, rated it 5 stars with a rave review, and shamelessly begged to be granted a spot on the tour on whatever date was available in the comment box at the end of the application form. I had to know how this story concluded, and as a book blogger, I wanted to share my love for this story with a wide audience. Now that I have experienced Blood Sworn I can confidently say that I am not disappointed in the least, Reintgen has does it again, and I give the whole duilogy 5 stars!

February 18, 2021

One-Knight Stand

One-Knight Stand by Julie Moffett Published January 27, 2021by Berkley Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Spy Thriller SYNOPSIS: My name is Angel Sinclair and I’m a spy. Well, I’m not actually a spy yet, but I’ve been tapped to train at a top-secret government facility where I’m honing my hacking and technical skills and […]

February 3, 2021

This Golden Flame

The Scriptorium plucks orphaned children off the streets and puts them to work to serve their goals, all of which funnel into the primary goal of awakening the world’s slumbering atomatons. Karis is one of those orphans, and she’s been studying the runes she copies for her masters to work with. Her brother was culled from this island’s group and sent elsewhere, and her one mission in life is to get off the island and find him. When Karis discovers an unexplored cave and within it finds an automaton like no other, and awakens him, she dares to hope that she’s solved all her problems. This atomaton can get her into the records hall and then off the island. What she didn’t anticipate was discovering that this Atamoton, Alix, is more than a mindless machine controlled by runes in a tome.

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