Michelle Isenhoff

Mara, Daughter of the Nile, by Eloise Jarvis McGrath

You may have heard of Ms. McGrath’s 1962 Newbery-winning title, The Golden Goblet, a wonderful middle grade story of ancient Egypt. (My review.) Well, this is another fabulous tale of that intriguing and little-known land, but this one is for a teen audience and far more involved. It was written in 1953, but don’t let […]

The Maladorn Scroll (Alora, 3), by Tamie Dearen

     I have to put in a plug for a series I’ve featured before. Book three of the Alora series, The Maladorn Scroll, just released. I’ve really enjoyed these fantastical dips into the realm of Tenavae. They’re clean, the romance is sweet, and the premise is really unusual. It’s that uniqueness I like the most. […]

The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman

And finally…the review you’ve all been waiting for…ahem…my Number One Historical Fiction Pick of 2016! (Now a major motion picture, which I am going to watch tonight!) Maybe this was my favorite because it’s the most recent one I read. (Like, I just closed the back cover before I composed these four posts.) It’s also […]

I'll Be Seeing You, by Lurlene McDaniel

I have to admit, this one was extremely sappy and predictable and I didn’t really enjoy it all that much. But my teen daughter loved it. And it’s clean. So I guess it’s worth a quick review for teens and parents of teens who like sticky sweet drama without all the hot and heavy. Lurlene McDaniel […]

Constance, A Story of Early Plymouth, by Patricia Clapp, 1968

Constance Hopkins was a passenger onboard the Mayflower. The daughter of Stephen Hopkins, neither she nor her father were part of the congregation of Separatist we commonly call Pilgrims but members of the Virginia Company. At least Steven was. Constance was merely fourteen when she made the journey. This is her story, the tale of […]

The Fault in our Stars, by John Green

I’m going to tackle a major pop phenomenon by reviewing John Green’s story of star-crossed cancer patients almost a year after the movie came out. And my opinion will probably differ vastly from the scads of teens who flocked to theaters and as well as the confirmed “Nerdfighters” dedicated to the 2012 book. The Fault […]

The Selection (Selection Series, 1), by Kiera Cass

I just finished a really cute young adult novel that’s been called a cross between Hunger Games and The Bachelor. I’d call it more of a Miss America pageant with intrigue. It is a romance, and you all know by now that I don’t go there often, but since I’m including a bit of romance in my […]

Allegiant (Divergent, 3), by Veronica Roth

Wow! This was a very powerful, emotional ending to a kick-butt series. After being somewhat disappointed in book two, book three made a strong comeback. I regret having to read them each a year apart. I forgot a lot in between. Someday, I’ll go back and read them all again the same week. For those […]

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