• Fine Line

    Styles, Harry

    Reviewed: March 17, 2021

    "Fine Line" by Harry Styles is a song about being stuck in a relationship with mixed emotions. Styles becomes very vulnerable and shares his own feelings about this relationship, where he feels stuck loving and hating this person at the same time. The entire album Fine Line by Harry Styles has several different songs with intense meanings, and it is definitely an album you should check out.

    The Netflix show Atypical gives a meaningful insight into the world of people on the neurodivergent spectrum. The series follows an autistic teenager, Sam, finding his way... Read Full Review

  • 10 Blind Dates

    Elston, Ashley

    Reviewed: February 8, 2021

    10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston follows the story of 17-year-old Sophie who wanted one thing for Christmas—to spend some time with her boyfriend Griffin over winter break while her parents visited her pregnant older sister. However, Sophie realizes that Griffin doesn’t want the same thing, but instead wanted some alone time to “see what it would be like if they broke up.” Upset, Sophie breaks up with him. Devastated and crushed, Sophie arrives at her grandparents’ house in Louisiana where her large extended family meets over the holidays. She explains what happened with her... Read Full Review

  • Nothing to See Here

    Wilson, Kevin

    Reviewed: January 8, 2021

    Like many of acclaimed author Kevin Wilson’s other novels, Nothing to See Here is simply a feel-good story. Main character Lillian Breaker is a twenty-something-year-old who, at the beginning of the story, is living in the dusty attic of her mother’s house. As a child she had once shown promise, even scoring a coveted scholarship to the private high school in her town, Iron Maiden Boarding School. The school’s main purpose was to prime wealthy families’ daughters for high society, but for Lillian, it was a way out of her unhappy and poor life. Sadly Lillian was kicked out after... Read Full Review

  • Little Women

    Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.

    Reviewed: December 10, 2020

    Dear Reader,

    Hello and welcome to my first literary playlist. I love reading and listening to music in my spare time, so I utilized both in my project. Listening to the songs I chose will hopefully add dimension and a fresh perspective to your reading experience. Happy reading and listening!

    Lila's Little Women Playlist

    For Meg: Cinderella - A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

    Margaret “Meg” March is the eldest out of the four March sisters. She can be described as caring, good,... Read Full Review

  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

    Riordan, Rick

    Reviewed: December 1, 2020

    Percy Jackson's Greek Gods is a very good book. I loved it and I even reread it several times. The pictures are well detailed and colorful, and the book has Percy's fun point of view on things which I found really funny. I definitely recommend this book. You will have an absolute adventure reading it. My favorite character is Zeus which is the Greek God of the sky. The book is about Greek gods and Percy’s point of view on each one of them.

    Review by: Ebuka O.

    Ebuka is a volunteer at Sylmar Branch Library. He is a 7th grader at Soar Prep Academy.... Read Full Review

  • The Beauty of Darkness

    Pearson, Mary

    Reviewed: November 10, 2020

    The Beauty of Darkness is the final book of the Remnant Chronicles. This book truly tests the characters and their priorities, throwing them into trial after trial of this-or-that decisions where both choices end in terrible loss. Lia seems to grow up too fast from having to betray, deceive, and lose in the span of several months. Nevertheless, with the burden of the future on her shoulders, she takes on responsibility worth more than the world’s weight in gold. The prince and the assassin, both of whom she’s grown to love, are no longer just her friends but are now her... Read Full Review

  • The Heart of Betrayal

    Pearson, Mary

    Reviewed: October 13, 2020

    The Heart of Betrayal is the second of three books from the Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson. Compared to its two siblings, this book has the biggest character development for Lia: she wrestles with wanting to be free and wanting to survive, as those two don’t always go hand in hand. The Heart of Betrayal is also where we build a deeper connection with the assassin and the prince who both grow to love Lia more than their own lives. With the introduction of the one, true mastermind responsible for the calamity of the kingdoms, the three main leads must... Read Full Review

  • The Kiss of Deception

    Pearson, Mary

    Reviewed: September 23, 2020

    The Kiss of Deception is the first of three books in the Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson. I will preface by saying I read this series three times back to back. This book is absolutely fitting for those who love medieval themed novels, and for those who don’t, it’ll change your mind. Pearson does not stall and jumps right into the story, which many readers will appreciate. The development of the main character, Lia, is so fluid, it makes you forget that she isn’t an actual person. Plus, her path to emotional maturity is genuine and raw. When she cries, her... Read Full Review

  • Carrie

    King, Stephen

    Reviewed: September 9, 2020

    For those readers who are eager to begin dipping their toes into the horror genre, Carrie is the perfect introduction. The first published novel of prolific writer Stephen King, Carrie is often revered as a gold standard and a classic in both scary movies and books. However, unlike later novels written by King, Carrie is less about supernatural events or sci-fi monsters, and is more character-driven, focusing almost entirely on the development of a psychologically damaged main character. For those sensitive to verbal abuse or slight acts of gratuity, I would... Read Full Review

  • Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story

    Dent, Jim

    Reviewed: August 13, 2020

    The Freddie Steinmark Story written by Jim Dent takes place in the 1960s when a freshman by the name of Freddie Steinmark arrived at the University of Texas. Despite the comments by many coaches that he was too small to play football at the college level, Freddie was a tenacious competitor who vowed to be a starter for the Longhorns. By the start of the 1969 season, Freddie was making his mark as a star safety, but he’d also began feeling a crippling pain in his thigh that worried his highschool sweetheart, Linda. Despite the pain, Freddie continued to play through the season,... Read Full Review

  • Girl in Pieces

    Glasgow, Kathleen

    Reviewed: August 6, 2020

    Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow is a beautifully written novel that speaks on the tragedies that a 17-year-old girl named Charlie Davis experiences throughout her life. The book first takes place in a treatment center in Minnesota, where Charlie receives help for her mental illness. The patients she meets impact Charlie’s life because they become friends that she can count on. The setting switches to Charlie going to Arizona when she is released from the treatment center. Charlie overcomes many obstacles that come her way. Although it was hard for Charlie to continue living her... Read Full Review

  • Caraval

    Garber, Stephanie

    Reviewed: July 30, 2020

    Caraval by Stephanie Garber is the first book of the Caraval trilogy. The book follows Scarlett Dragna and her sister in their adventure into the game Caraval. Caraval is a game made by Legend, the grandmaster of Caraval. The game is full of magic and wonders and they meet very colorful and interesting characters there.

    Something I found very unique about the book is that the main character, Scarlett, sees her feelings or certain things as colors. Each character has grown throughout the book and you end up becoming attached or hating certain characters. The book... Read Full Review