Kevin K's Book Reviews

Running with Lions by Julian Winters

Running with Lions by Julian Winters

Bloomington High School Lions‘ star goalie Sebastian Hughes should be excited about his senior year: His teammates are amazing, and he’s got a coach who doesn’t ask anyone to hide their sexuality. But when his estranged childhood-best-friend Emir Shah shows up at summer training camp, Sebastian realizes the team’s success may end up in the hands […]


The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

A lovely story about the gender expansive Prince Sebastian and Frances, his best friend and personal dressmaker. Prince Sebastian spends his days courting reluctantly courting princesses and his nights taking Paris by storm as the beautiful Lady Crystallia. When Lady Crystallia and Frances become the biggest fashion provocateurs around the increased attention threatens to undermine […]


Release by Patrick Ness

Release by Patrick Ness

I finished this book several days ago and I’m still haunted by it. Patrick Ness, most famous for A Monster Calls and the subsequent movie adaptation, has crafted a superb work of fiction. This book follows Adam Thorn on one day of his life, interwoven with a magical story that is part myth, part ghost […]


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Mateo and Rufus are called on the same day by Death Cast, a futuristic company that notifies people 24 hours before they die. They connect with each other using a location-based app called Final Friend and agree to spend their last day together helping one another live as best they can. An interesting concept and […]


The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicker King is a strange, mixed-media book that is sure to be a polarizing addition to our collection. It follows two best friends as one uncovers a fantasy kingdom and a dark quest that may or may not be a descent into madness. Told through traditional narrative as well as photos, music, and ephemera […]


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

An updated origin story for Diana, princess of Themyscira by the author of the Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows. Our story opens with Diana saving a drowning Alia and her subsequent adventure in man’s world to end an ancient line of Warbringers – descendants of Helen and catalysts for apocalyptic violence and bloodshed. This […]


The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

“Matt hasn’t eaten in days . . . he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have powers.” Miller’s debut novel is at once stark and funny, a story about body image, addiction, and love. Miller’s story rides the line between fantasy and reality; does Matt really develop superpowers or […]


Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. So, when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing […]


Vanilla by Billy Merrell

Vanilla by Billy Merrell

“Vanilla and Hunter have been dating since seventh grade. They came out together, navigated middle school together, and became that couple in high school that everyone always sees as a couple. There are complications and confusions, for sure. But most of all, they love each other. As high school goes, though, and as their relationship […]


Brave by Svetlana Chmakova

Brave by Svetlana Chmakova

In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different – math is hard, getting along with friends is hard…Even finding a partner for the class project is a big problem when you always get picked […]


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