‘See How They Run’ by Ally Carter: Sequel to ‘All Fall Down’

Rating: 4 stars "See How They Run" is the sequel to "All Fall Down" by talented Ally Carter. The books are about an imaginary small country Adria, and the place where are the foreign embassies are located, Embassy Row. Grace Blakely is the first person narrator, and it's established in the first book that she … Continue reading ‘See How They Run’ by Ally Carter: Sequel to ‘All Fall Down’

‘Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics’ by Chris Grabenstein: middle grade novel

Rating: 4 1/2 stars Kids both literary and adventurous loved "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein, and those kids will love the sequel, "Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics." There is the same clever mixture of literary knowledge and mystery and double-crossing in this book as in the first story. Kids all over the country … Continue reading ‘Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics’ by Chris Grabenstein: middle grade novel

‘Whatever After: Once Upon a Frog’ by Sarah Mlynowski

Rating: 4 stars "Whatever After: Once a Frog" continues the charming fairy tale series by Sarah Mlynowski in which Abby, her brother Jonah, and Prince the dog, all travel through a magic mirror into different fairy tales. In each story, Abby learns something that will help her in her life back home. They have learned that … Continue reading ‘Whatever After: Once Upon a Frog’ by Sarah Mlynowski

‘Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen’ by Kathleen Hale: Hilarious YA murder mystery

Rating: 4 1/2 stars It's not often that one comes across a murder mystery that is gruesome and yet filled with humor. "Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen" is the sequel to Kathleen Hale's first book, "No One Else Can Have You," which was equally gruesome and equally hilarious. The reader is on notice from the … Continue reading ‘Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen’ by Kathleen Hale: Hilarious YA murder mystery

‘Unicorne Files: Alexander’s Army’ by Chris D’Lacey a thrilling kids book

Rating: 5 stars A good series is one that leaves the reader aching for the next entry. Chris D'Lacey did that quite well with "A Dark Inheritance," the first book in the series called "Unicorne Files," named for the secret organization that works with the unusual, the other-worldly. This story picks up right after the … Continue reading ‘Unicorne Files: Alexander’s Army’ by Chris D’Lacey a thrilling kids book

‘Pretending To Be Erica’ by Michelle Painchaud: YA con-artist story

Rating: 4 1/2 stars "Pretending To Be Erica" by Michelle Painchaud is an exciting ride with a girl who was raised by a criminal to be a con artist. Her eventual goal? To con a wealthy woman whose daughter, Erica, had been kidnapped when she was four years old. Violet was adopted by her father … Continue reading ‘Pretending To Be Erica’ by Michelle Painchaud: YA con-artist story

‘Remember Me This Way’ by Sabine Durrant: Thriller/horror novel

Rating: 4 stars In a mystery/horror novel, Sabine Durrant writes a story worthy of "Gone Girl" or other are-they-dead-or-aren't-they stories. "Remember Me This Way" is the story of Lizzie, whose husband, Zach, died a year ago. But when she finally visits the site of his deadly car accident to lay flowers there and have some … Continue reading ‘Remember Me This Way’ by Sabine Durrant: Thriller/horror novel

‘My Name is Not Friday’ by Jon Walter: Young adult story about freedom

Rating 4 1/2 stars "My Name is Not Friday" by Jon Walter is about a young boy who, while protecting his younger -- and very mischievous -- brother gets sold into slavery. He and his brother were orphans, children of free blacks during the Civil War, and they lived in an orphanage. But when Samuel … Continue reading ‘My Name is Not Friday’ by Jon Walter: Young adult story about freedom