**Currently looking for new guest reviewers! Email me if interested!

Attention blog followers and viewers… Since yours truly is unable to be as active as I want to be on this blog, I have enlisted the wonderful aid of some fellow book lovers. Keep an eye out for their posts – either book reviews or snippets of their own writing – that will be posted sporadically every month.

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


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“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!! 🙂




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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

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




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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




“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!





Gone but not forgotten…


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“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.