Book Review – Lockwood & Co #2: The Whispering Skull

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 11 and up It’s rare and exciting that I read more than one book in a series.  Series aren’t often my thing, and even when I do read aContinue reading “Book Review – Lockwood & Co #2: The Whispering Skull”

Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) Age range recommendation: 13 + (some scares, but nothing wildly inappropriate) A tenacious young Brit takes on a job as assistant to an awkward-but-brilliant private detective in 19th century New England.Continue reading “Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter”

Book Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Characters: *** (3 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) I read The Winter People a week ago, but was holding off on a review until I could let the story settle in my mind.  In the meantime, I actually got to meet Jennifer McMahonContinue reading “Book Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon”

Book Review: Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase is supposedly for middle grade readers and young adults, and I know my most morbid friends and I would have absolutely adored it at that age,Continue reading “Book Review: Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud”

Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age recommendation: 15+ (Plenty o’ drugs and violence, but not much sex.) Remember when I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that The Raven Boys was much more exciting and mysterious thanContinue reading “Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater”