I have enlisted the wonderful aid of some fellow book lovers to help me bring even more books to the blog for you to enjoy. Keep an eye out for their posts every month.

Enjoy and don’t be afraid to post a comment!


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“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.” –Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

Favorite Genres: Young Adult and Fantasy. I love anything with a strong fearless female heroine! (A little romance on the side is never a bad thing either!)

Hey everyone!

My name is Lexi and I’ve been reading ever since I can remember. I’ve always had a book in my hand. If you ask my mom she’ll tell you she used to tell me to slow down and turn on the television, she was spending too much money on books. It’s now a running joke in our family.

Anything fictional that has a strong central character is my kind of book. My favorite is a strong female character who can hold her own. I don’t like a princess in distress, I like a girl who can handle herself and prove that she too can play with the boys.

I was probably fifteen when I decided to try my hand at writing. At that time I didn’t know what fan fiction was, but that’s probably how I started. I would take my favorite stories and “rewrite” them if you will. I made my own characters, my own problems, but they were set inside the world of a story I was in love with. So I guess I was a fangirl before it was cool?

I’m a fangirl at heart, I love characters far too deeply. I get attached to fictional friends, but after all isn’t that what we’re supposed to do when reading?

I’m honored to be a guest reviewer on A New Look On Books and share my favorite stories with you all. If I can offer one person the love of my favorite stories, than I consider that a success.

– Lexi



 “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb” –Stephenie Meyer

Favorite Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Hi everyone! *waves*

My name is Stephanie and I am an avid reader. I first started getting into reading after a friend introduced me to Twilight. Before that point in my life, I hated reading. I thought it was boring and a waste of my time *shutters*. When my friend first told me about Twilight, I remember saying to her “Who would want to read that?”. However, as more and more people raved about the book, I decided I wanted to join in on this new phenomenon. Unbeknownst to me, Twilight would impact my life more than I could ever imagine. When I first picked up the book, I couldn’t stop. I stayed up all night just to finish it. When I finished, it left me eager for more. More of Twilight and more of other fictional worlds. And thus, the person I am today was born.

Since the days of Twilight, I have ventured into other amazing stories and worlds, like Idris and St. Vladimir’s Academy. I have felt the adrenaline pumping through my body during the heat of battle, the feeling of victory when the enemy is defeated, and grieved for the death of a loved one. I have also fallen in love with numerous characters (Edward will always have my heart though). The point of all of this is that reading is an amazing journey that opened my eyes to a variety of new possibilities. And I want to help others experience the vast amount of journeys that reading has to offer. Either through my constant fangirling (and I mean constant) or through being a guest reviewer here at A New Look On Books, my goal is to help others discover the joy of reading.
Even if reading is not your thing, give reading a chance. It might just take you by surprise!

Social Media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/xhellomotox94x



“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Genres of Interest: British Literature, Gothicism, Romanticism, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy, Biographies, History, Historical Fiction, Poetry

Hello! I am a mom, an editor (both Professional and Freelance), and a lover of books! I graduated from Millersville University with an English Major and Journalism Minor in 2016, and enjoy reading for both my job and as a hobby. When I have the time, I also enjoy gardening, researching, photography, modeling and crafting of all sorts with both fiber work, jewelry, and painting/sketching.

Social Media:
Instagram: marianne_829


Lauren Hake

Lauren bio pic“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” —J.K Rowling

Hello everyone!

My name is Lauren Hake and I am a guest reviewer here on A New Look on Books. Believe it or not, I had a lot of trouble reading when I was younger; I was even held back in first grade for it. But, now it is one of my favorite activities and I even write my own novels when I have time.

From fantasy to historical non-fiction I have read it all. The first book series that I fell in love with was Harry Potter by J. K Rowling. I was five years old when I first heard it on cassette, but soon they were being read to me by my father which led to me reading them myself.

I did not major in English in college, instead focusing on the social sciences, but I wrote frequently during my academic career. A sixty page thesis might not have been the most inspiring work in literature, but took a lot of sweat and tears.

I was honored to be ask to be a guest reviewer and share my favorite books with the world. If I can recommend at least one book that will turn into someone’s favorite, I will consider this a success.

Claire Rankin

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

Hi all!!

My name is Claire Rankin and I’m a guest reviewer here on A New Look on Books. My literary experience consists of a lot of reading, in whatever free time I have, and some writing as my most beloved hobby.

I write anything that comes to mind. So needless to say I have a lot of stuff that is unfinished. I love to read and, though I’ve never finished it (to my ever lasting shame), my favorite books series is A Series of Unfortunate Events written by the intelligent and witty Lemony Snicket.

Though, writing is not my academic focus have taken several creative writing classes at my university and have thoroughly loved them all. I will do my best to give honest reviews and, I promise, not to spoil anything for any of you. I hope you enjoy reading the reviews as much we all enjoy writing them!

Enjoy your future book choices, whether you found them through A New Look on Books or not!! 🙂


“We are all stories in the end, just make it a good one.” -11th Doctor

Hey guys!!

My name is Sam and my house may or may not be slowly evolving into a library. I keep books on everything from current events to poetry to textbooks, but my favorite would have to be teen fantasy. I love characters that exhibit incredible potential while still struggling with their own demons. My favorite book has to be Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. It was originally a German novel, and has since its publication has been translated into 27 different languages. It even has a movie, and the subtitles are definitely worth the view.

I can’t say for certain when I started writing. Even as a little kid I would make up stories for my mom to write down and my friends to act out. Now a’days I write articles about mental illness and mental health advocacy. I also work as a bartender so I always have stories to tell about the interesting characters I come across every night.

I’m so excited to be a guest reviewer here at A New Look On Books, and I hope I can give you all some good recommendations. You’ll find some new characters to fall in love with before they break your heart, and my library is always open!


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“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde

My name is Linnéa and I’m a recent college graduate with a dual degree in Literature and Creative Writing. You could say that an intense attachment to books and the written word comes with the territory. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for lazy weekends spent diving into exciting new worlds and meeting fictitious friends and foes.

Through reading I’ve had the extreme fortune to experience a multitude of lives outside my own and therein I think lies the true magic of literature. I’ve battled Death Eaters at Hogwarts with Harry, suffered the pitfalls of the Russian upper class with Anna Karenina, raged against the Republic of Gilead with Offred, and helplessly fallen in love alongside the Bennet sisters. I still have so much to learn from them and the literary adventures that have yet to come. Books will shape your life in unimaginable ways if you let them.

Over the years, I’ve learned to disregard genre as any sort of indicator of taste or intelligence. I’ve read picture books so simply divine they brought a tear to my adult eye, young adult novels so complex I struggled to keep up with their wit and world building, and so-called classics that put me straight to sleep with droning prose. If I could impart any wisdom on you at all, it would be to always go outside of your literary comfort zone because you never know what treasures you might find lurking there.

It’s that advice that I take to heart as I start reviewing books for your reading pleasure on this fine blog. I look forward to delving into new worlds and new authors and telling you all about it in the hopes that you too will be inspired to venture forth into the exciting unknown of a new piece of writing.

Contact info/links:

Email: lryan@arcadia.edu
Instagram: heyalinnea
Twitter: heyalinnea