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On 2/27 Kasey Giard wrote: Maintaining an online presence through social media can be tricky to navigate no matter your age. Author Kari Kampakis presents advice to teen girls about using social media in a way that’s godly and healthy, too. She discusses ways to keep priorities straight—making sure life doesn’t become about ... Review: Liked by Kari Kampakis

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5 Stars

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Girl Talk

Girl Talk

On 12/16 Kasey Giard wrote: A while back I reviewed a girls’ bible study that left me disappointed—both in the appropriateness of the subject matter for the age group and in some of the teaching. Since then I’ve been on the hunt for a devotional or study that my eleven-year-old and I could do together, something that addresses ... Perfect for Tween Girls

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4 Stars

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Gilt Hollow

Gilt Hollow

On 12/12 Kasey Giard wrote: Ashton Keller has longed for this moment every day for the last four years: the day he returns home to Gilt Hollow for revenge on the boys who ruined his life. He will do whatever it takes to clear his name and prove he didn’t murder his friend Daniel. But the town doesn’t greet him with welcoming ... Review: Gilt Hollow

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4 Stars

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30 Days of Goodness, Love, and Grace

30 Days of Goodness, Love, and Grace

On 9/19 Kasey Giard wrote: I’m not sure why the title says 30 Days. I expected the book to be broken down into thirty chunks, but it isn’t. Each section contains roughly eight or ten bites, so even that works out weirdly for use with a weekly study group. If there were seven bites per section, that would break down perfectly. ... Better Suited to Older Girls

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2 Stars

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One Paris Summer

One Paris Summer

On 9/5 Kasey Giard wrote: Anyone would be thrilled to spend the summer in Paris, but Sophie dreads it. Meeting her dad’s new wife and stepdaughter? Leaving her friends behind in the States? Not fun at all. When Sophie arrives, things only get worse. Her dad promised her a piano but never follows through. Her stepsister Camille ... Review: One Paris Summer

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4 Stars

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A Daring Sacrifice

A Daring Sacrifice

On 7/17 Kasey Giard wrote: The mysterious Cloaked Bandit lives in the forest of Wessex, robbing its nobility to feed peasants displaced when the current Lord usurped the lands. Now he combs the forest seeking the identity of the Bandit, unaware that in fact, she is the rightful heir to Wessex. When the Cloaked Bandit robs a neighboring ... She'd Give Robin Hood a Run for His Money

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3 Stars

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That's Not Hay in My Hair

That's Not Hay in My Hair

On 7/4 Kasey Giard wrote: Posted 7/8/16 Jules finishes fifth grade just in time to move from her tiny New York apartment to a 300 acre ranch in Texas. While her mom overflows with confidence that she and Jules can care for the longhorn cattle, horses, dogs and cats on their own, Jules carries some doubts. Sure enough, zany adventures ... Great Fun!

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4 Stars

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Game Over

Game Over

On 4/24 Kasey Giard wrote: Posted: 4/27/16 Rick awakes from a nightmare with scratches on his arm, scratches he knows came from the nightmare itself. A nightmare in which he’s trapped in The Realm, a video game world created by a terrorist that Rick has been tasked with destroying from the inside. Only now it seems Kurodar, ... Review: Game Over by Andrew Klavan

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5 Stars

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Siren's Song

Siren's Song

On 4/24 Kasey Giard wrote: Posted: 4/29/16 After a devastating loss at Tulla, Nym and her companions must bring dire news to the Cashlin queen: Draewolf has kidnapped Princess Rasha, Nym’s best friend. Instead of rallying her people to war, the queen and her Luminescent guards force access to Nym’s buried memories. Through them, the queen ... Review: Siren's Song by Mary Weber

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5 Stars

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Curio

Curio

On 2/16 Kasey Giard wrote: In a world in which women are of little value, Grey tries to remain beneath the notice of the ruling Chemists. To draw attention to herself risks her very life and the lives of her family and her best friend Whit. When Chemists punish Whit for protecting Grey, she abandons hope of escaping notice and ... Review: Curio by Evangeline Denmark

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5 Stars

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Best Hair Book Ever!

Best Hair Book Ever!

On 12/10 Kasey Giard wrote: Best Hair Book Ever! is packed with tips on classic and new hairstyles as well as recommendations for hair care and styling products. Each section shows full-color pictures of various styles and steps that are easy to follow. The book also contains how-to instructions for making hair accessories and ... Faithgirlz Best Hair Book Ever! Review

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5 Stars

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Faithgirlz Bible, NKJV

Faithgirlz Bible, NKJV

On 11/23 Kasey Giard wrote: The Faithgirlz Bible is a Bible with additional devotional and study content specifically focused on teen and preteen girls. This edition is the New King James Version (NKJV), but a New International Version (NIV) edition is also available. When I saw that Nancy Rue edited this version, I’m not going ... Checking Out Faithgirlz Bible Edited by Nancy Rue

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5 Stars

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Shades of Doon

Shades of Doon

On 9/27 Kasey Giard wrote: Posted 10/5/15 As Vee embraces her role as Doon’s Queen, she looks forward to the day she and Jamie will be able to rule together. Her best friend Kenna still searches for her own place in the kingdom. Just as Kenna begins to feel she’s found her niche, a dark force boots both girls from their beloved ... Review: Shades of Doon

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4 Stars

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Never Said

Never Said

On 9/27 Kasey Giard wrote: Posted 10/7/15 In the midst of her devastation over a break-up, Sarah realizes something isn’t right with her twin. Annie has been withdrawing from the family for some time, but her behavior seems to be escalating. Sarah pushes toward her sister, and finds that in return, Annie reluctantly opens up ... Review: Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams

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4 Stars

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Summer by Summer

Summer by Summer

On 7/16 Kasey Giard wrote: After tragedy turns Summer’s life upside down, a summer in Belize caring for a charming young boy seems like the perfect escape. Then she meets her charge’s older brother, Bray. His smooth talk and good looks only remind her of everything she wanted to leave behind. Bray doesn’t get Summer. He ... Great Summer Read

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4 Stars

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Remnants: Season of Fire

Remnants: Season of Fire

On 5/27 Kasey Giard wrote: Andriana and her knight, Ronan, join a team of others set on rescuing the emperor’s twin brother from exile. A surprise attack places Andriana in the hands of her enemies: Sethos, a powerful sorcerer and Keallach, the emperor responsible for imprisoning the man Dri intends to rescue. When Dri witnesses ... Entertaining Fantasy by Lisa Bergren

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4 Stars

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Fix by Force

Fix by Force

On 4/16 Kasey Giard wrote: Seventeen year-old Spencer lives in the shadow of Zack, a powerful bully who will stop at nothing to make his life miserable. Spencer spirals through one coping strategy after another, hoping to find some way to keep Zack off his case. He understands Zack’s rage. After all, Zack’s mom was killed ... Review: Fix by Force by Jason Warne

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4 Stars

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Two Renegade Realms

Two Renegade Realms

On 2/23 Kasey Giard wrote: Cantor and Bixby have spent the last few years serving as Realm Walkers. They cross through portals to other worlds to keep peace and protect anyone in need. Now they join forces again to stop two realms on a collision course with their homeland. The Realm Walkers Guild stands mired in corruption, so ... Review: Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul

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3 Stars

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A Plague of Unicorns

A Plague of Unicorns

On 2/17 Kasey Giard wrote: A failing abbey’s one hope is the golden apples in its orchard. Unfortunately, a herd of unicorns devours the apples each year. The abbot calls for heroes, but to no avail. No one can stop the creatures. When the duke’s son James is sent to the abbey for further education, he troubles all he meets ... Whimsical and Fun

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4 Stars

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The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

On 1/14 Kasey Giard wrote: Despite her romantic dreams and wishes, Margaretha is determined to wed a man who will secure her family’s future as well as her own. When a handsome though bedraggled stranger warns her that Lord Claybrook, her latest beau, is a fraud, Margaretha at first thinks him delusioned by fever. Gradually ... Review: The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

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4 Stars

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One Realm Beyond

One Realm Beyond

On 5/22 Kasey Giard wrote: The day Cantor has been dreaming of has finally arrived: his mentors have finally released him to make the journey through a portal to a new realm and begin his training as a Realm Walker. A shape-shifting dragon and a wild-haired girl quickly join Cantor as they begin their first mission to free prisoners ... Leap Into Beyond: One Realm Beyond by Donita K Paul

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5 Stars

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Merlin's Shadow

Merlin's Shadow

On 4/15 Kasey Giard wrote: After vowing to protect young Arthur at all costs, Merlin and his companions flee from the army of Vortigern, the new self-proclaimed king of Briton. Merlin’s faith falters along the difficult road, as does his confidence in the love of the fair Natalenya. Now that his sight has been restored to him, ... Review: Merlin's Shadow by Robert Treskillard

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5 Stars

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Like Moonlight at Low Tide

Like Moonlight at Low Tide

On 1/6 Kasey Giard wrote: The last place sixteen year-old Melissa Keiser wants to return to is Anna Maria Island. The echo of laughter and cruel taunts still haunts Missy, even after four years. Her best friend Julie insists that things will be different now, but Missy is too afraid to believe her. Until popular Sam King begins ... Romance and Heartache

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5 Stars

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Merlin's Blade

Merlin's Blade

On 12/11 Kasey Giard wrote: Scars from a wolf attack leave young Merlin’s eyesight damaged almost to the point of blindness, making it difficult for him to assist his father the blacksmith or find his way around the small village alone and leaves him an easy victim to trickery. When two druid leaders bring a glowing stone into ... Merlin as You've Never Seen Him Before

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5 Stars

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Dark Halo

Dark Halo

On 11/6 Kasey Giard wrote: Brielle has been blessed with a special gift: she can see the Celestial, both the angels and their warring worship and the fear that gushes like black tar from those caught in the grip of her enemies. She's not the only gifted one. Her boyfriend Jake can heal others with his hands. But Jake has been ... Book Review: Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore

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5 Stars

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City on Fire

City on Fire

On 10/19 Kasey Giard wrote: Ariella, a slave girl in service to a lustful, vicious master, finds her chance for escape during a secret celebration to honor Bacchus. Before she can flee the city, however, she is drawn to a young slave boy in a troupe of gladiators. His resemblance to her missing younger brother moves her heart, ... Book Review: City on Fire by Tracy L. Higley

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4 Stars

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Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

On 8/29 Kasey Giard wrote: When fourteen-year-old Emily is accused of stealing a valuable necklace from a local artist, she is determined to prove her innocence. Her dad and step-mom seem to believe Emily is guilty based on comments from two other teen girls, though no one searches Emily’s things. Despite the lack of support ... Book Review: Rock Harbor Search and Rescue by Robin Carroll and Colleen Coble

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4 Stars

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Domination

Domination

On 7/4 Kasey Giard wrote: As the terrible alien Thule prepare to invade earth and destroy its inhabitants, humanity’s hope hangs on sixteen-year-old Colt McAllister and an ancient prophesy. According to the prophesy, a Betrayer will rise and defeat the Thule race. In an attempt to create a super-soldier and give humanity an ... Domination by Jon S. Lewis

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4 Stars

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