Kester’s Book Reviews

Reviews are sorted by age group of the book that is being featured. The six categories are Middle Grade (MG) Standalones, MG Series, Young Adult (YA) Standalones, YA Series, Adult Standalones, and Adult Series. A few other notes:

  • New Adult will be categorized under Adult.
  • Nonfiction (including Poetry) will be categorized along with fiction in Standalone.
  • The first book in a series will be sorted in standalones if its sequels have not been reviewed yet. A series will be sorted under series if two or more books in that series have been reviewed.

In each set of parenthesis next to each book, I will include the series, its book number, and its rating (from 1 to 5). Titles bolded are my favorites.


Middle Grade Standalones

14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop (5)

Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar (5)

Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schröder (5)

Bumbling Bea by Deborah Baldwin (1)

Elsie Mae Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh (4)

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix (The Missing #1, 4)

Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt (4)

Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske (5)

Legends of the Lost Causes by Brad McLellan and Louis Sylvester (Legends of the Lost Causes #1, 4)

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman (Sky Jumpers #1, 3)

The Misadventure of Bolingbroke Manor by Ellie Firestone (4)

Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh (5)

Open If You Dare by Dana Middleton (5)

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz (5)

Strong Inside: Young Reader’s Edition by Andrew Maraniss (5)

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden (5)

The Gravedigger’s Son by Pat Moody (4)


Middle Grade Series

Eden’s Wish by M. Tara Crowl (Eden of the Lamp #1, 5)

Eden’s Escape by M. Tara Crowl (Eden of the Lamp #2, 4)

Midnight without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson (Rose Lee Carter #1, 4)

A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson (Rose Lee Carter #2, 5)


Young Adult Standalones

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J. M. Sullivan (4)

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (5)

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti (5)

Ballad of the Beanstalk by Amy McNulty (3)

Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney (Black Dawn #1, 4)

Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk (Blood and Sand #1, 3)

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (Blood Rose Rebellion #1, 4)

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (4)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #1, 5)

Catalyst by Kristin Smith (The Deception Game #1, 2)

Configured by Jenetta Penner (The Configured Trilogy #1, 4)

Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser (4)

Dragon Mount by Jennifer M. Eaton (4)

Enoch and the Stars Above by Rich Paz (5)

Even If the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia (2)

Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell (3)

Genesis by Brendan Reichs (Project Nemesis #2, 4)

Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn (4)

Golden by K. M. Robinson (The Golden Trilogy #1, 4)

Grim Nora and the Secret of the Skull by A. M. Albaugh (4)

Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano (4)

If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin (5)

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier (Isle of Blood and Stone #1, 4)

Love Blind by C. Desir and Jolene Perry (DNF)

Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee (4)

Lucky in Love by Kasie West (4)

Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry (3)

Nothing but Sky by Amy Trueblood (4)

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (The Nyxia Triad #1, 5)

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett (Onyx & Ivory #1, 4)

Post-High School Reality Quest by Meg Eden (3)

Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot (5)

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (5)

Starswept by Mary Fan (Starswept #1, 5)

Station Fosaan by Dee Garretson (Torch World Series #1, 3)

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (The Numair Chronicles #1, 5)

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim (4)

The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom (4)

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (The Dark Unwinding #1, 4)

The Government by Peter Gulgowski (3)

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti (5)

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library #1, 4)

The Lairdbalor by Kathleen Kaufman (3)

The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis (4)

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (4)

This is How It Happened by Paula Stokes (4)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (3)

When Planets Fall by Abby J. Reed (Stars Fall Circle #1, 4)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (5)

Wicked Charm by Amber Hart (3)

Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay (5)


Young Adult Series

Knack by Tom Twitchel (Benjamin Brown #1, 4)

Sleight by Tom Twitchel (Benjamin Brown #2, 5)

Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton (Fire in the Woods #1, 5)

Ashes in the Sky by Jennifer M. Eaton (Fire in the Woods #2, 4)

Embers in the Sea by Jennifer M. Eaton (Fire in the Woods #2, 4)

Soulmated by Shaila Patel (Joining of Souls #1, 5)

Fighting Fate by Shaila Patel (Joining of Souls #2, 3)

A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes (Out of Time #1, 3)

A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes (Out of Time #2, 5)

A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes (Out of Time #3, 4)

The 13th Continuum, by Jennifer Brody (The Continuum Trilogy #1, 5)

Return of the Continuums by Jennifer Brody (The Continuum Trilogy #2, 5)

The United Continuums by Jennifer Brody (The Continuum Trilogy #3, 5)

Cry of the Sea by D. G. Driver (The Juniper Sawfeather Trilogy #1, 5)

Whisper of the Woods by D. G. Driver (The Juniper Sawfeather Trilogy #1, 5)

Echo of the Cliffs by D. G. Driver (The Juniper Sawfeather Trilogy #1, 5)

Emerge by Tobie Easton (The Mer Chronicles #1, 4)

Submerge by Tobie Easton (The Mer Chronicles #2, 5)

My Senior Year of Awesomeness by Jennifer DiGiovanni (The School Dayz Series #1, 5)

My Junior Year of Loathing by Jennifer DiGiovanni (The School Dayz Series #2, 3)

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (These Vicious Masks #1, 5)

These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (These Vicious Masks #2, 4)


Adult Standalones

Alibi Interrupted by J. L. Pattison (5)

Corridors of My Mind by Angel M. B. Chadwick (5)

Detour by Devorah Fox (5)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Me Before You #1, 5)

Mr. Boots Sifting Time by Alex Abaz (5)

Runtime by S. B. Divya (1)

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (4)

The Age of Corruption by Melanie Ifield (4)

The Island by J. L. Pattison (4)

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (4)

The Star Wars Rings by Tomas Pueyo Brochard (4)

The Visitor by J. L. Pattison (4)

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (3)

What’s Next? by Alex Abaz (5)


Adult Series

Made for Me by Pamela Schloesser Canepa (Made for Me #1, 5)

Seeing through Sampson’s Eyes by Pamela Schloesser Canepa (Made for Me #2, 2)

Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh (The Wish Quartet #1, 4)

Circle of Ashes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh (The Wish Quartet #2, 3)