Genre: Horror

#IMWAYR: Bite-Sized Reviews of The Secret Language of Birds & Not Quite a Ghost

#IMWAYR: Bite-Sized Reviews of The Secret Language of Birds & Not Quite a Ghost

I’ve joined up with the IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? kid-lit edition, hosted by Unleashing Readers. This will help me get at least one or two reviews posted each week – I have lots of books I’ve loved lately to share with you! So, today I’m sharing reviews of a middle-grade contemporary and a middle-grade horror novel. Hope these bite-sized reviews are enough to feed your fiction addiction! I absolutely loved Song for a […]

Posted May 6, 2024 in Reviews / 23 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Courtesy of Cupid, The Curse of Eelgrass Bog, Falling Short, and Dungeons and Drama

Bite-Sized Reviews of Courtesy of Cupid, The Curse of Eelgrass Bog, Falling Short, and Dungeons and Drama

Today, I’m reviewing three MG novels a YA romance. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Courtesy of Cupid is one of the first true middle grade romances I can remember reading (where the romance is the primary focus of the book). In fact, it reads a lot like a YA romance, except that the relationship doesn’t make it all the way to kissing by the end of the […]

Posted February 5, 2024 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Escape from Grimstone Manor and The Snatcher of Raven Hollow by Matt McMann: Reviews and Matt’s Top Ten Addictions!

Escape from Grimstone Manor and The Snatcher of Raven Hollow by Matt McMann: Reviews and Matt’s Top Ten Addictions!

Today I’m featuring debut author Matt McMann and the first two spooky mystery adventure books in the MONSTERIOUS Series, both of which release on May 9th. These books can be read in any order, so kids can feel free to pick up whichever title tickles their imagination. (I’m one of those people who usually can’t stand to read a series out of order, but I read this one and then the first book, and found […]

Posted April 26, 2023 in Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews / 6 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone, The Girl in White, A Long Way from Home, and Little Thieves

Bite-Sized Reviews of Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone, The Girl in White, A Long Way from Home, and Little Thieves

Today, I’m reviewing three MG reads and one YA. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone explores the intricacies and complexities of subtle bullying and how it can snowball into something so much worse. On its surface, the book is about a girl who believes in aliens and then disappears mysteriously. The question of whether or not the aliens in the story may be […]

Posted February 17, 2023 in Reviews / 4 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Area 51 Files, Ghost Girl, Odder, and Freestyle

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Area 51 Files, Ghost Girl, Odder, and Freestyle

Today, I’m reviewing five MG reads. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! The Area 51 Files is a goofy MG mystery featuring friendships, family bonds, a pet hedgehog/dog duo, and a whole bunch of aliens! First off, the book is highly illustrated, and the illustrations are wonderful! Just take a look at that cover to get an idea of what’s in store. The illustrations are used almost like […]

Posted December 13, 2022 in Reviews / 3 Comments
1-2-3-4, I Declare a Thumb War by Lisi Harrison & Daniel Kraus: Review & Giveaway

1-2-3-4, I Declare a Thumb War by Lisi Harrison & Daniel Kraus: Review & Giveaway

Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org Beware! This truly creepy middle grade tome will terrify its readers–and they will be delighted!  I have to start by saying this book is not for the faint of heart. It gets downright gory in one part, so not every kid will be happy to read this. However, the most frightening and terrible part of the book is actually a story within a story (a tale that one of the […]

Posted August 29, 2022 in Giveaways (Ended), Reviews / 4 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Woods Are Always Watching, Pie in the Sky, Shatter the Sky, and How to Find What You’re Not Looking For

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Woods Are Always Watching, Pie in the Sky, Shatter the Sky, and How to Find What You’re Not Looking For

Today, I have a YA horror novel, a MG contemporary, a YA fantasy, and a MG historical fiction book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book definitely has a slow start, but once it got going I honestly couldn’t put it down (I stayed up way too late reading it), and I’ve really needed a book like that lately. The premise is that Neena and Josie decide […]

Posted October 13, 2021 in Reviews / 9 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: Dragon Assassin, The Girl Who Speaks Bear, Mulan: Before the Sword, Bones in the Wall, and The Barren Grounds

Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: Dragon Assassin, The Girl Who Speaks Bear, Mulan: Before the Sword, Bones in the Wall, and The Barren Grounds

The Cybils Awards winners have been announced, and you should definitely check them out! Congrats especially to Rival Magic, which won in the MG spec fic category, which is the category I judged for round one. Even though the awards have been doled out, I still want to feature some very quick reviews of the nominees I read since there were so many good ones. It will take me quite some time to get to […]

Posted February 18, 2021 in Cybils, Reviews / 3 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: Race to the Sun, Skunk and Badger, The Dragon Thief, and The Forgotten Girl

Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: Race to the Sun, Skunk and Badger, The Dragon Thief, and The Forgotten Girl

As my regular readers know, I’m a round one judge for the Cybils Awards in the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category. Because of that, I’ve been reading LOTS of books lately! I’m not allowed to share any details about our process for choosing the finalists, but I am allowed (and encouraged) to review the books as I read, so I figured I’d share four of them with you today. I hope these bite-sized reviews will […]

Posted October 23, 2020 in Cybils, Reviews / 0 Comments
Review – The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle (Check it Out Before Book #2 Comes Out!)

Review – The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle (Check it Out Before Book #2 Comes Out!)

Title: The Hallowed Ones Series: The Hallowed Ones #1 Author: Laura Bickle Release Date: Sept, 2012 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pages: 311, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.03 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars My Content Rating: PG-16? (Some pretty grisly violence, sexual situations, but not much is really shown)   Summary from Goodreads: Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale […]

Posted August 30, 2013 in Reviews / 0 Comments