Search Results: "Philana Marie Boles"


BOOK REVIEW

GLITZ by Philana Marie Boles
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"There's enough wish fulfillment here to delight starry-eyed music lovers and enough cautionary realism to reassure a worried Gramma. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Though comfortable with her private school, protective Gramma and house in Toledo, devoted underground hip-hop fan Ann Michelle Lewis sometimes wonders if she's missing out. Read full book review >

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BLAME IT ON EVE by Philana Marie Boles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Kid stuff. Barely-there plot and shallow heroine make for a meager first outing."
The misadventures of an ex-model. Read full book review >

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LITTLE DIVAS by Philana Marie Boles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It will be particularly welcome to young African-American girls who may recognize themselves, their families and their schoolmates, and who will be eager to know how Cass gets on at Clara Ellis Academy for Girls. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The summer her mother goes off to work in Ghana, 12-year-old Cassidy moves in with her father, discovers cracks in her relationship with her cousin and best friend, makes a friend of her new neighbor and discovers that hateful Travis isn't so bad after all. Read full book review >

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FUTURES MADE OF VIRTUAL INSANITY
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for Warcross by Marie Lu

Cover Story: Technicolortastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes!
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: Absolute Sci-Fi
Bonus Factors:
 Team Tournament, Cat-and-Mouse, Hackers, Easter Eggs
Relationship Status: Game On

Cover Story: Technicolortastic

Sure, I could dissect the issues I have with this cover. (Why do the innards of the title look like a digital ...


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I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW I WAS DANGEROUS
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Young Elites (The Young Elites Book 1) by Marie Lu

Cover Story: The Sword in the Storm
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: She Says, Mostly
Bonus Factors:
 X-Men, The Dark Side
Relationship Status: I Wanna Be Bad

 

Cover Story: The Sword in the Storm

No doubt about it, this ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE TEMPLE OF DOUBT by Anne Boles Levy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"It's imaginative enough, but it lacks the convincing philosophical worldbuilding essential to successful fantasy. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
A fantasy series opener pits adolescent angst against an all-powerful religion. Read full book review >

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THE WELL OF PRAYERS by Anne Boles Levy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A jumble of inconsistent plot, by-the-numbers romance, artless characters, and muddled theme. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
The sequel to The Temple of Doubt (2015) further explores the conflict among the god Nihil, the magic-wielding Azwans, and narrator Hadara. Read full book review >

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LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Cover Story: Play Set
BFF Charm: Third Wheel
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Otherworldly
Trigger Warning: Abuse
Bonus Factors: LGTBQ Characters, Multicultural Magic
Anti-Bonus Factor: Abuse
Relationship Status: Happily Ever After

Cover Story: Play Set

This cover is cute, and features important elements of the story, but it ...


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FALLING INTO HALLOWEEN READING
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

Up in Wisconsin we’ve had our first taste of fall weather this week—crisp and cool, with the promise of coming frost—but now we’re headed back into a sunny seventy degree stretch.

Spring and fall are so fickle, aren’t they?

I was hoping to draw your attention to some great Halloween reads that release this year, but I confess ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2016

"A thoroughly engaging story that explores the question of whether the justice system can truly be impartial."
Boles and Hutcherson's true-crime debut tells the tale of an undercover officer's brutal murder at the hands of four youngsters. Read full book review >

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LOVE BLOOMS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Cover Story: How Does Your Garden Grow

BFF Charm: Sixth Wheel

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

Talky Talk: Magical

Bonus Factors: LGBTQ, Latinx Culture

Relationship Status: Forever and Ever

Cover Story: How Does Your Garden Grow

 

This is a book about girls and flowers. This cover is wholly appropriate.

But I do ...


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BOOK REVIEW

JEFFERSON by John B. Boles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A stately, knowledgeable study jostling for space among the groaning bookshelves devoted to the third president."
A fully fleshed biography of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) that emphasizes his creative paradoxes and accomplishments. Read full book review >