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.

Each book is accompanied by its rating (at the very end of the line) and its series name and number (if it’s part of a series). Titles bolded are my favorites.


Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop by Alice Faye Duncan (5)


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)

Earth Force Rising (Bounders #1) by Monica Tesler (5)

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

Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz (5)

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

Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt (4)

Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh (5)

Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske (5)

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

Open If You Dare by Dana Middleton (5)

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz (5)

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

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

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

The Changelings (Changelings #1) by Christina Soontornvat (4)

The Gravedigger’s Son by Patrick Moody (4)

The High Climber of Dark Water Bay by Caroline Arden (2)

The House in Poplar Wood by K. E. Ormsbee (3)

The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw (5)

The Misadventure of Bolingbroke Manor by Ellie Firestone (4)

The Right Hook of Devin Velma by Jake Burt (4)


Middle Grade Series

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

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

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

A Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2) by Linda Williams Jackson (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 (Black Dawn #1) by Mallory McCartney (4)

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

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

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (4)

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber (5)

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

Configured (The Configured Trilogy #1) by Jenetta Penner (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 (Project Nemesis #2) by Brendan Reichs (4)

Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn (4)

Golden (The Golden Trilogy #1) by K. M. Robinson (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 (Isle of Blood and Stone #1) by Makiia Lucier (4)

Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell (4)

Lost on the Water by D. G. Driver (4)

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

Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee (4)

Lucky in Love by Kasie West (4)

Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky (3)

Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry (3)

Nothing but Sky by Amy Trueblood (4)

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

Onyx & Ivory (Onyx & Ivory #1) by Mindee Arnett (5)

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

Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot (5)

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (5)

Starswept (Starswept #1) by Mary Fan (5)

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

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

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

The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom (4)

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

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs (4)

The Government by Peter Gulgowski (3)

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (3)

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

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (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 (Stars Fall Circle #1) by Abby J. Reed (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 (The Continuum Trilogy #1) by Jennifer Brody (5)

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

The United Continuums (The Continuum Trilogy #3) by Jennifer Brody (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 Book of M by Peng Shepherd (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 (#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)