Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Release Day Book Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: The Fixer

Series: The Fixer (Book 1)

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Publish Date: July 7, 2015

Genre: Young Adult Thriller

Why I Read this Book: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review of this novel.






About the Book (from Goodreads):  

When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians' scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister's footsteps and becomes D.C.'s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life. . . . until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy's. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for more in this exciting new series.


Full of action and suspense, Jennifer Lynn Barnes latest thriller, The Fixer, does not cease to amaze. I had previously read another novel by Barnes (The Naturals) and I loved it! (You can find my review here. So naturally (pun intended), as soon as I saw Barnes' latest novel on Netgalley I decided to pick it up.

In The Fixer, Tess Kendrick moves in with her sister and some big changes happen in her life. She goes from a teen in a small town skipping classes to take care of her grandfather with Alzheimer's disease to being invited to dinner by the first lady.

This action packed thriller had many twists and turns. The dynamics between the characters was what really got me hooked. I enjoyed the character development and the high-action plot. I loved every minute of The Fixer and would recommend this book to anyone looking for action and suspense.

Final Statements

Recommended Reading Age: Any

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Review: Escape from Sudan by Amanda DiCianni

Title: Escape from Sudan

Author: Amanda DiCianni

Publish Date: April 24, 2014

Genre: Christian Middle-Grade

Why I Read this Book: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review of this novel.






About the Book (from Goodreads):  

Action. Adventure. Suspense. Escape from Sudan introduces school-aged readers to Elijah Bwoko, a teenage boy trying to re-unite with his family in the war torn land of South Sudan. Follow Elijah through eleven action-packed chapters along his journey to rescue his sisters from slavery, navigate a refugee camp in Uganda, and eventually make it to safety in America. Escape from Sudan gives children insight into another culture and will broaden their horizons about life in the Dark Continent. Content is suitable for ages 8 and up.


Escape from Sudan was a great book to read right before the United States' Independence Day (July 4th). Escape from Sudan reminded me of one of the amazing aspects of the United States: Freedom. During a war in Uganda, Elijah seeks to find refuge in the United States with a host family. He seeks the freedom that many Americans, including myself, often take advantage of.

Escape from Sudan was full of action! I believe that it would be a great topic starter for many middle school children about real world issues including slavery and war. I felt that the book was written very appropriately for the target age group.

I would recommend this book to readers of all ages that are looking for a fiction book with real world issues.

Final Statements

Recommended Reading Age: Any
Overall Rating: 4/5