Courtney Webb

Courtney Webb is a former children’s librarian and reviewer for Charlotte Mecklenburg County Public Library’s Reader’s Club and Book Hive: A Guide to Children’s Literature and Books.

Ms. Webb now works exclusively as a professional book blogger and reviewer. She is the creator of Stiletto Storytime, a blog dedicated to “all things books” where she works closely with authors and others in the publishing community to spread her love of reading to individuals of all ages.

As a freelance reviewer, Ms. Webb’s editorials have been published in magazines such as Wink and Columbia Living. She has been a voracious reader since childhood and enjoys an abundant range of subjects and genres; she does however hold a special place in her heart for 18–19th century British works and authors such as Jane Austen. She is a devoted Janeite and a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Ms. Webb is currently at work on her first middle-grade novel.

Book Reviews by Courtney Webb

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“Unfortunately for eager readers and diehard fans alike they will have to wait an entire year [for Book 13].”

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“A perfectly timed novel of dystopian love . . . Smart, creative, and dazzling . . .”

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“Powerful, moving, and inspiring These Girls offers a look into the world of true female friendships . . .”

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“In the end the message of Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World is one of acceptance and inclusion, using autism awareness and educatio

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“Through her remarkable journey Carly Fleischmann has become a national figure as she explores every aspect of what it means to be autistic within her writing.

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“Amazingly, in weaving Charlotte Bronte’s beloved tome into the life of a modern day teenager, Eve Marie Mont has managed to create characters that believably embody dual roles in both sett

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“In the end the real question is: What would happen if we were to throw away caution and good sense and choose instead to enjoy a moment—albeit a delectable one—in time?

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“The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a testament to the writer’s talent for inspiration and reinvention—and while it may not live up to the evergreen timelessness of Jane Eyre, M

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“Creative and inviting, Incarnate offers a new concept into the young adult genre, now overflowing with paranormal and fantasy titles.

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“Deeply insightful, daring and filled with unanticipated background information, The Iron Knight could provide what may possibly be the perfect ending to a spectacular series—or pe

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“In her sequel to Stork, Wendy Delsol has once again beautifully woven modern day life with ancient legends and fantastic fairy tales, creating a story of adventure, romance, and u

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“We Belong Together will quickly become a favorite as the perfect board book to share with the little ones in your life.”

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“. . . between keeping an off-kilter teenage boy out of trouble, tracking random rogue paranormals and maintaining a normal relationship with a shapeshifter—who has time for homework?

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“Lyrical and elegant in its style, the tale of Sam and Grace unfolds as if it were always written, as if fate had decreed this ending from the first page of the very first volume. . . .

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“. . . author Victoria Schwab has dazzled with her debut novel. . . . destined to become a classic.”

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Get ready for a very interesting take on the almost-dead from the bestselling young adult author of the Wicked Lovely series.

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Ade Patience has an addiction. It’s an addiction unlike that of any other teen you will probably ever meet. It’s not alcohol, drugs, or even prescription medication.

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Every town has an ”it” girl: The one that shines just a little too brightly, lives life a little too fully, and yet still manages to draw the attention of everyone.

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Teenagers fall in love but very few have to literally fall in order to obtain the heart of that special someone.

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Not many individuals get a second chance at life.

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“A story is like a dance. It takes at least two people to make it come to life, the one who does the telling and the one who does the listening.”

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Meghan Chase is a somewhat human girl who once lived a somewhat normal life.

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In a work exploring just what one moment can do to a small town and a once picture perfect family, Gudenkauf has created a novel of page-turning depth.

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Seventeen-year-old Emma seems like your average teenage girl—except for the fact that she considers herself cursed.

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Sun, Moon, and Wind are all invited to a feast to celebrate the coming of the monsoon.

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An old man goes searching for adventure and finds more than he bargained for in a classic Indian tale for readers both young and old.

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Some say the book is dead.

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The year is 1777. The setting is the infamous camp of Valley Forge. The boy is Curzon, a slave and veteran soldier of the Continental Army.

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The small town of Southport, North Carolina, is as quiet as they come. It’s the perfect place to relax for a weekend or just get away—and that’s exactly what newcomer Katie has done.

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It’s a decade of abandon, decadence, and freedom—and it’s coming to an exquisite end.

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Katla Gudrun LeBlanc is stuck in Minnesota.

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Most girls in high school are not the prettiest, the smartest, or the most experienced with boys. Most girls in high school are “mostly good girls.”

 

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Part biography, part multimedia art smorgasbord, John’s Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon is more than just a nonfiction picture book: It’s a work of art itself.

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Torment is the much-anticipated second book to Fallen, the young adult sensation by author Lauren Kate, and the first novel in the Fallen series.

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The leaves will soon be changing and a chill will enter the air, and then Halloween will be upon us with all its fun and fair.

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When one hears the name Christopher Pike, high-school horror immediately comes to mind but not necessarily tales involving flying carpets and the lore of the Middle East.

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In 2007 an intense debate heated up on the blogs of young adult authors Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier.

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Rules of life: “Don’t care too much and shut up.” These are the rules by which Will Grayson lives. It keeps things simple and simple is good.

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The summer before there were four girls: Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey, each individuals with their own interests, families, and even at times their own problems.

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The search for the truth can often be elusive. The truth itself can be devastating.

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The Passage is an adventure spanning decades, genres, and voices. It is a journey of characters and their beliefs paired with questions of morality and the fate of the future world.

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The relationship of siblings is an ever complicated and constantly evolving process. It can hold a family together like glue or even tear it apart leaving a huge gaping hole.

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Almost every family has a credit card. While it’s never a good idea to go into debt or to exceed your financial budget, the repercussions of such an action are not extreme in today’s society.

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As the highly anticipated second book in the wildly popular Iron Fey series, The Iron Daughter continues the journey of Meghan Chase; half human, half faery royalty, she is also just a yo

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Sometimes in life it takes the realization of the enormity of the problems of the less fortunate in the world to awaken individuals to issues that haunt them much closer to home.

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Mullaby, North Carolina, is a sleepy town full of the rich scent of barbecue and the sound of closely kept secrets, secrets that glow in the dark and smell of sparkling sugar and vanilla.

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In a gritty and yet honest portrayal of teenage life, the truth is not always what we might wish for or want to acknowledge.

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Grace remembers her attack. She remembers the wolves as they tore her from the swing in her yard into the barren woods that cold winter day.

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Emerson Watts is pretty much your average teen girl. She goes to an alternative high school in New York City where she gets somewhat decent grades and is popular among her peers.

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She used to go by the name Sea, now it’s Sienna. She used to love the blue of the ocean, the feel of the waves beneath her board . . . she used to love a lot of things but that was before.

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As a reviewer I truly believe one of the hardest tasks a writer can undertake is to tell a story of which readers already know the ending.

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A girl, her fiddle, and a quest to save her family at what might be the end of the world in 2041—what more could one ask for in a book? Well, what about love?

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Molly Harper has returned with her third installment in the Nice Girls series with Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever.

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Ann Brashares’ latest novel, My Name Is Memory, is the perfect melding of historical and contemporary fiction.

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The much-anticipated conclusion to the young adult series, the Hunger Games, has finally arrived.

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One of the reasons this reader has returned to Maggie Stiefvater as a writer is that she makes the young adult werewolf novel real and new.

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Maeve Connelly has spent most of her mid-twenties drifting through life, unsure of what it has to offer beyond her collection of funky knee socks and her beloved bird, Oliver.

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Popularity is easy. You just have to ask the experts: the military child, the remaining hippie children, or any child whose parents travel constantly for their profession.

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In a genre overloaded with bubble-gum-pink teendom and paranormal dark fantasy full of fangs and fur, Mindi Scott’s debut novel Freefall stands out as fresh, realistic, young adult fiction

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Most Charlaine Harris fans will agree that the only thing better than a big ole glass of real Southern sweet tea is a new Sookie Stackhouse novel.  Everyone has been patiently waiting, and the wait

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Award-winning author Aryn Kyle has created a intriguing and mesmerizing work in her latest literary accomplishment, a captivating short story collection: Boys and Girls Like You and Me.

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Rarely does a book ever really live up to the hype it can generate. Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall was a book talked about even before its publication date.

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There is nothing more frightening than a woman scorned, especially if said woman also has access to the Internet and boasts a very colorful vocabulary to boot.

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As Sara Gruen’s bestselling book Water for Elephants prepares for its debut on the big screen, Gruen once again grabs audiences with her fourth novel, a work of impeccable research and ama