ARC Mini-Review: Unicorn Crossing by Dana Simpson

Title: Unicorn Crossing

Author: Dana Simpson

Release Date: March 28 (Today!)

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Source: Andrews McMeel Publishing on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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Phoebe and Marigold are back for a fifth installment of the award-winning series. Join in on their latest adventures – and experiments – in being themselves!

Time flies in this fifth volume of Phoebe and Her Unicorn! Follow the lovable duo as they experience somewhat-spooky Halloween parties, ecstatic snow days, and looming summer reading assignments. Although the journey of growing up can sometimes be difficult, along the way Phoebe and Marigold discover something more enduring than goblin fads, unicorn spa vacations, and even a Spell of Forgetting—their one of a kind friendship. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: Manga Classics: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Crystal S. Chan, and Julien Choy

Title: Manga Classics: The Jungle Book

Author: Rudyard Kipling, Crystal S. Chan, and Julien Choy

Release Date: April 3

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Source: Udon Entertainment on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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Heavily influenced by his childhood in British-ruled India, Rudyard Kipling created some of the most well-read children s stories in Western Culture. Book One of The Jungle Book(s) includes Mowgli s Brothers, the story of Mowgli, the abandoned man-cub who was raised by animals in the Indian jungle, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the heroic mongoose, and Toomai of the Elephants, the tale of a young elephant-handler, and in The White Seal, we meet Kotick, a rare white-furred northern fur seal as he searches for a home where his family will not be hunted by humans. Originally published as a series of short stories for magazines in the late 1800s, the Nobel Prize-winning Rudyard Kipling would eventually publish the classic The Jungle Book in 1894.” (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: Bad Machinery Vol. 1: The Case of the Team Spirit by John Allison

bmTitle: Bad Machinery Vol 1.: The Case of the Team Spirit

Author: John Allison

Release Date: March 28

Publisher: Oni Press

Source: Diamond Book Distributors on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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4 stars

The Case of the Team Spirit introduces readers to Jack, Linton, Sonny, Shauna, Charlotte, and Mildred: six kids navigating the treacherous waters of school and adolescence while also exploring the strange mysteries that abound in their peculiar English town of Tackleford.

Jack, Linton, and Sonny look for cures to their football club’s unexplainable woes, while Shauna, Charlotte, and Mildred try to find a way for compassion and justice to triumph in the face of die-hard sports fanaticism. But all of them should probably be more concerned with keeping on the good side of their history teacher, Mr. Bough. That is, if he has a good side… (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Stacy King, and Po Tse

Title: Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen, Stacy King, and Po Tse

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

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Impulsive Marianne Dashwood and cautious Elinor are as different as two sisters could be, yet both are shattered by their father’s sudden Death. Elinor’s attachment to the reserved Edward Ferrars is torn asunder by family opposition and his own dark secret, while Marianne’s brilliant romance with the dashing John Willoughby comes to a tumultuous end in a devastating public betrayal. Can the two sisters overcome these trials to find true, lasting happiness?

Jane Austen’s beloved first novel, filled with romance, redemption and social critique, is brought to life for a modern audience in this gorgeous manga-style adaptation! (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Stacy King, SunNeko Lee, and Crystal Chan

Title: Manga Classics: Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte, Stacy King, SunNeko Lee, Crystal Chan

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

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As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

tloaTitle: The Last of August

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Release Date: February 14

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Source: HarperCollins Children on Edelweiss (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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4 stars

In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: A List of Cage by Robin Roe

alocTitle: A List of Cages

Author: Robin Roe

Release Date: January 10 (today!)

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Source: Disney Book Group on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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3 stars

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives. (Source: Goodreads)

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