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Rated Reads features book reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and young adult. With plenty of great book reviews for parents.
2023-02-04 18:44
From Goodreads: With their long necks, sheer tights, and taut buns, Dara and Marie Durant have only known the course of a well-bred dancer. Not much changes when their parents face death in… Read More
2023-02-04 18:42
From Goodreads: One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin… Read More
2023-02-03 18:22
IN SHORT: In this third book in the Virals young adult mystery series, the genetically altered teens face more danger as they follow clues left by a serial killer. REVIEW When the Virals fin… Read More
2023-02-02 20:17
From Goodreads: A restless young journalist with big dreams interviews a Hollywood heartthrob—and reunites with him ten years later to discover exactly how he feels about her in this s… Read More
2023-02-02 20:16
From Goodreads: Edith and Ashley have been best friends for over 42 years. They’ve shared the mundane and the momentous together: trick or treating and binge drinking; Gilligan’s… Read More
2023-02-02 02:05
IN SHORT: When her husband disappears, a woman realizes he has been keeping secrets. She works with her stepdaughter to find out the truth in this suspense book. REVIEW When a preteen delive… Read More
2023-02-01 18:38
From Goodreads: When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, Chloe’s father had been arrested as a serial killer a… Read More
2023-02-01 18:37
From Goodreads: What if you had the winning ticket that would change your life forever, but you couldn’t cash it in? Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented grifter who has just pull… Read More
2023-01-31 16:39
From Goodreads: Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon. Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even w… Read More
2023-01-31 16:38
From Goodreads: For Sewanee Chester, being an audiobook narrator is a long way from her old dreams, but the days of being a star on film sets are long behind her. She’s found success a… Read More
2023-01-31 00:17
IN SHORT: This young adult science fiction book is the satisfying conclusion to the first series by collaborators Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. REVIEW As soon as I finished This Shat… Read More
2023-01-31 00:13
IN SHORT: This young adult science fiction book is a compelling second in a series by some of my favorite collaborators. REVIEW Strangely, I never read more in the Starbound series… Read More
2023-01-30 18:31
From Goodreads: At midnight, one of them is dead. By morning, all of them are suspects.It’s a party to end all parties, but not everyone is here to celebrate. On New Year’s Eve… Read More
2023-01-30 18:30
From Goodreads: During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students te… Read More
2023-01-28 22:36
From Goodreads: On a rocky beach in the southwest of Ireland, the body of Johnny O’Reilly, sixty-nine years old and dressed in a suit and his dancing shoes, is propped on a boulder, st… Read More
2023-01-27 17:23
From Goodreads: In the Long Island oceanfront community of Mattauk, three different women discover that midlife changes bring a whole new type of empowerment… After Nessa James’… Read More
2023-01-26 19:48
Honestly, I was torn on whether I wanted to read the memoir Spare by Prince Harry. Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have been everywhere the past couple… Read More
2023-01-25 20:26
IN SHORT: This young adult book is a light LGBTQ romance on its face but at its heart tackles heavy issues. REVIEW Liz Lighty always believed she was too black, too poor, and too awkward for… Read More
2023-01-24 22:36
IN SHORT: This is simply a young adult romance book, but it’s really more: a story about a young woman starting to find her way as an adult. REVIEW Since her incredibly, well …… Read More
2023-01-21 20:03
IN SHORT: This clean book is a delightful story that can be read in an hour. REVIEW This very brief tale tells of Marguerite, a 17-year-old who suddenly finds herself alone in the world. She… Read More
2023-01-19 17:17
A couple of days ago on my first blog post, I mentioned I was adding three new types of posts to Rated Reads. I’ve written about the first two: First, the blog. Second, Rapid Rati… Read More
2023-01-19 04:53
A woman and her husband and family are seeking clean books to read. They are excited to find a website called Rated Reads. When they do, they are able to search for fiction, nonfiction and y… Read More
2023-01-18 15:55
I said in my first blog post I had made three new additions to Rated Reads. First, the blog. Second is the new “Rapid Rating” feature. Over the course of 15 years and with… Read More
2023-01-17 04:50
Hello fellow readers! Guess what? After 15 years and more than 2,000 reviews on Rated Reads, I am adding a blog section to the site. A number of times over the years, particularly this past… Read More
2023-01-14 05:38
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own… Read More
2023-01-13 20:29
IN SHORT: This clean mystery book set in 1929 India is a pleasant read. REVIEW Kaveri is an energetic, intelligent, and persistent woman. She has recently married and moved to Bangalore, whe… Read More
2023-01-13 18:33
From Goodreads: A college reunion turns dark and deadly in this chilling and propulsive suspense novel about six friends, one unsolved murder, and the dark secrets they’ve been hiding… Read More
2023-01-11 18:28
IN SHORT: After she sees a suspicious video online, a woman revisits her best friend’s sudden death from years before in this compelling suspense book. REVIEW Maya has lived seven year… Read More
2023-01-10 19:32
IN SHORT: This book of women’s fiction focuses on a young woman, her mother and her grandmother supporting each other to face their fears and live vibrant lives. REVIEW When Bindu Desa… Read More
2023-01-06 20:19
IN SHORT: This rewrite of H.G. Wells’ classic horror book sets the action against the backdrop of the Mayan and Mexican conflict of the late 19th century. REVIEW This version of t… Read More
2023-01-04 20:14
IN SHORT: This second in a series is an excellent young adult fantasy book weaving Arthurian mythology/legend with history of enslaved people in the South. It’s nonstop action and… Read More
2023-01-03 19:00
IN SHORT: This mystery book is a light, entertaining crime story but just as much an exploration of the world through the eyes of someone who’s considered “different.” REVI… Read More
2022-12-31 20:07
IN SHORT: This clean holiday romance book is a fun and light young adult retelling of A Christmas Carol. REVIEW Five years ago on Christmas Eve, Holly was visited by three ghosts who sh… Read More
2022-12-29 19:07
IN SHORT: A woman is kidnapped and held in a pitch-black room in this thriller book that isn’t as great as the author’s previous novels. REVIEW Amelie has built a life for hersel… Read More
2022-12-22 19:29
IN SHORT: In this young adult paranormal book, a teen finds out her family are “monsters”: they can travel in time by stealing time from humans’ lives. And she’s… Read More
2022-12-21 19:39
IN SHORT: This young adult fantasy book features an alternate history in which the Axis powers won the war. The story is a gritty, action-packed roller coaster. REVIEW Yael is on the run. Th… Read More
2022-12-20 20:20
IN SHORT: A woman who’s just broken up with her longtime (undependable) boyfriend gets thrown together with a nerdy, boring man her family has always loved when she visits home for the… Read More
2022-12-16 01:17
IN SHORT: Teens with superpowers focus on finding lost treasure in this young adult adventure book that’s second in a series. REVIEW Tory Brennan and her friends have turned from regul… Read More
2022-12-14 19:47
IN SHORT: This young adult romance is not just about a Bangladeshi-American teen finding love, but about her finding a way to claim more autonomy. REVIEW Karina Ahmed has been exactly follow… Read More
2022-12-13 20:09
IN SHORT: In this historical fiction book, a group of young men released from a juvenile reformatory take a road trip to return home. REVIEW Duchess, Townhouse, Woolly, and Emmett are all se… Read More
2022-12-08 18:56
IN SHORT: It’s not often you read a love story about the possible end of a relationship. But in this young adult romance book, two teens going to distant universities have one last nig… Read More
2022-12-06 22:40
IN SHORT: This Cinderella story retelling is short but has well-developed characters and romance. REVIEW Loving only brings pain. At least that’s what Maia has come to believe. Years a… Read More
2022-12-01 22:56
IN SHORT: This holiday book about family and romance is a nice way to get into the Christmas spirit. REVIEW Carmen has always been the younger sister who doesn’t measure up. She didn&r&hell…Read More
2022-11-30 20:26
IN SHORT: Inhabitants of a lovely little island enjoy particularly good lives, but every seven years, seven of them must die. This compelling horror / mystery / fantasy book reminds me a bit… Read More
2022-11-29 22:55
IN SHORT: A young woman enters a boys-only competition to study science at university in this clean young adult dystopian book. REVIEW For the past 54 years, the residents of Pinsbury Port h… Read More
2022-11-28 20:30
It is the year 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. Every year, to commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour, a gruelin… Read More
2022-11-23 20:33
IN SHORT: This romance book has the makings of a fun rom-com, but I quit reading early on because of a lot of strong profanity. REVIEW Goodreads’ summary of this romance novel says thi… Read More
2022-11-22 19:50
IN SHORT: This young adult book mixes historical fiction and fantasy in the vein of a fairy tale. It’s a fast, simple read. REVIEW Sixteen-year-old Clara lives a simple, happy life wit… Read More
2022-11-14 21:06
IN SHORT: This young adult book based on two fairy tales is set in a world filled with monsters. It’s a romance-heavy fantasy story. REVIEW When Rachelle was 15, she was apprenticed to… Read More
2022-11-08 21:43
IN SHORT: This clean historical fiction book is gothic, with paranormal elements and suspense. I found it satisfying. REVIEW Winterbourne Hall has stood for two centuries on a prime spot of… Read More
2022-11-04 18:05
IN SHORT: This clean mystery book about maps follows a woman who tracks down secrets about her dead father. REVIEW Nell Young earned a PhD from a prestigious institution, yet she finds herse… Read More
2022-11-03 18:46
IN SHORT: This novel of literary science fiction features a woman searching for her birth mother, a reclusive artist. REVIEW As an infant, Pepper Rafferty was left in a dog bed on the porch… Read More
2022-11-02 18:46
IN SHORT: This whimsical, atmospheric holiday book is a Nutcracker retelling set in the early 1900s. REVIEW Marietta Stelle loves ballet more than anything, but after Christmas, she will hav… Read More
2022-10-28 17:46
IN SHORT: This romance book featuring a costume designer and an actor is a sweet story of growth and connection. REVIEW Marlowe Banks is hiding out. She broke her engagement and fled critics… Read More
2022-10-27 22:01
IN SHORT: This psychological thriller book is well-written but disturbing. REVIEW Married couple Christopher and Hannah are a surgeon and nurse at the same hospital. They are, by all account… Read More
2022-10-26 19:49
IN SHORT: This bizarre horror book for young adults mixes gothic, Victorian, magical realism, and post-apocalyptic elements. REVIEW Ever since they were first introduced to a littl… Read More
2022-10-25 19:28
IN SHORT: This novel about a woman chemist falling in love and working at a university in the 1950s is a reminder of how far women’s equality has come, but that in the MeToo era, it st… Read More
2022-10-21 17:36
IN SHORT: This young adult thriller book is fast-paced but gritty, filled with violence and terror. REVIEW When a shooting occurs in the food court of a crowded Portland mall, six teens take… Read More
2022-10-20 00:14
IN SHORT: This excellent historical fiction book, set in 1950s England, weaves together mystery and magical realism. REVIEW Escaping a scandal in London, Mila and her 5-year-old daughter go… Read More
2022-10-18 20:04
IN SHORT: In this fun, over-the-top Christmas story, a young woman accidentally summons the Holiday Spirit, in human form.  REVIEW Bettie Hughes grew up in the spotlight, the granddaugh… Read More
2022-10-14 20:16
IN SHORT: Teen best friends enter a cooking competition in this cute and clean graphic novel. REVIEW Seventeen-year-old Rose is a small-town waitress with a passion for creating new and uniq… Read More
2022-10-12 01:00
IN SHORT: This mystery, thriller and family drama is a brilliant and gripping novel. REVIEW Just after midnight on the night the clocks turn back an hour, Jen is waiting for her 18-year… Read More
2022-10-10 20:11
IN SHORT: A young woman betrays her family by joining a rival circus so she can follow her dream for her life. REVIEW The circus is in Harley Milano’s blood. Her parents run a fam… Read More
2022-10-07 19:47
IN SHORT: This meta mystery book is clever and a twist on a standard whodunit. REVIEW Four strangers are sitting in the reading room of the Boston Public Library when a scream rings out. As… Read More
2022-10-06 19:29
IN SHORT: This young adult thriller is just as suspenseful and twisty as the first book in the series, The Fixer. REVIEW Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke Academy in Washington… Read More
2022-10-04 19:25
IN SHORT: This magical realism book about buried secrets weaves mystery, romance and danger into a solid story. REVIEW August hasn’t been back to Saoirse Island for 14 years — ev… Read More
2022-09-30 21:03
IN SHORT: This young adult fantasy romance is a fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast with elements of other stories. REVIEW Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom si… Read More
2022-09-29 21:54
IN SHORT: This young adult fantasy book has beautiful settings and a unique magic structure but feels a bit slow, driven more by characters than plot. REVIEW Fatima lives a simple life with… Read More
2022-09-28 19:45
IN SHORT: In this mystery, when bones are found beneath a 40-year-old statue at a famous mansion, it could be the work of a serial killer or a murder no one ever knew about. REVIEW The Garde… Read More
2022-09-27 17:55
IN SHORT: This graphic novel continues the fun and heartwarming family dynamics of the first in the series. REVIEW Master spy Twilight may be in over his head with his new mission. Whil… Read More
2022-09-27 17:53
IN SHORT: This graphic novel is fun, fast-paced and has endearing characters. REVIEW When it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions in the name of making a better world, Twilight is… Read More
2022-09-26 19:19
IN SHORT: A female professor has a hobby or “side job” of killing bad men in this gripping mystery thriller book. REVIEW Dr. Scarlett Clark is a professor of English at Gorman Un… Read More
2022-09-23 18:32
IN SHORT: This sweet “chick lit” or women’s fiction book focuses on two half-sisters who inherit a beach house from their father and work through old hurts as well as… Read More
2022-09-22 21:50
IN SHORT: This addictive young adult thriller book has politics, sarcastic dialogue, and twisty mystery. REVIEW Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch… Read More
2022-09-21 21:06
IN SHORT: This atmospheric young adult fantasy book has adventure, magic, a bit of romance, and a cute dog. REVIEW Mererid is only 18, but she has already spent years running from the prince… Read More
2022-09-14 20:12
IN SHORT: This clean young adult book gender-swaps “My Fair Lady” and mixes it with heaping portions of “The Great British Baking Show.” REVIEW In an alternate 1830s… Read More
2022-09-13 20:32
IN SHORT: This romance book is a sweet and smart love story set in graduate school and features a plus-size heroine. REVIEW Allison Avery has made it to her dream university and program: she… Read More
2022-09-08 23:31
Blake and his younger brother, Quinn, are polar opposites. While Blake is the responsible member of the family, Quinn is fearless and reckless. So when Quinn’s thrill-seeking leads him… Read More
2022-09-07 18:40
IN SHORT: This wryly funny mystery book features four retired women who worked as assassins for 40 years. Now they have to evade getting killed themselves. REVIEW Four women who have worked… Read More
2022-09-06 22:51
IN SHORT: This romance book is simply a pleasure. REVIEW Hannah Brooks’ job is her life. She’s an executive protection agent (OK, sure, bodyguard), and she’s excellent at w… Read More
2022-09-02 18:11
IN SHORT: Teens exposed to an experimental virus get superpowers and use them to solve a cold-case murder in this young adult mystery book. REVIEW Tory Brennan is the leader of a ragtag band… Read More
2022-09-01 22:38
IN SHORT: A young woman must find a wealthy husband quickly to save her sisters from poverty in this clean romance book set in Regency times. REVIEW Kitty Talbot is in dire straits. Her… Read More
2022-08-30 22:05
IN SHORT: This clean young adult book is a romantic mix of fairy tales. REVIEW When Friday Woodcutter stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in an abandoned tower of her sister’s palace… Read More
2022-08-24 20:00
IN SHORT: This clean young adult book about Mary Shelley and Ada Lovelace is another fun revision of history by the Lady Janies. REVIEW The Lady Janies are back with their second book about… Read More
2022-08-22 19:27
IN SHORT: This young adult adventure book is engrossing but not for the faint of heart. REVIEW Jess hasn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade, but after a car… Read More
2022-08-19 19:11
IN SHORT: This young adult fantasy book centers on a young woman having magical abilities but is just as much about romance and the natural world around us. REVIEW Iris Gray is a witch. In h… Read More

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