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The Journal of Angela Ashby

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A Middle Grade “Death Note”

“With great power comes great responsibility.” ~Voltaire

I have great power.
That’s what she told me. The old fortune-teller at the school carnival.
I thought I was doing the right thing … with the magic journal she gave me. But nothing could prepare me for what happened next.
Or, for what I unleashed.

At a school carnival, a mysterious fortune-teller
Paperback, 282 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Vesuvian Books
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Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm 13 and this was a really good book!! The story was always painting a picture and movie in my mind. The explanation of the fortune teller's tent was probably my favorite part of the entire book. How the characters learned from their mistakes and made changes throughout the book made it very easy to relate to them. This book was an edge of your seat adventure! I definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
Gracie Bustillos
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An awesome middle grade adventure. First time reading a book from this author. Will probably read more of her books
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
5 Stars

I was given this book for my honest review.

This was the first time reading a book from this author. It was different from books in this genre that I've read which became refreshing to me.

If your looking for a great sink your teeth in book then this author provides it.

Happy Sexy Reading
K.J. Simmill
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Angela Ashby had been looking forward to attending the school carnival with her mother, but since the divorce she is working more, and Angela hardly gets to see her, or her father who left and married Holly the homewrecker. Luckily Angela has a close friend, Mallory. The two of them enjoyed the carnival together, savouring the moment until their wandering put them in front of a rather unusual tent, one belonging to a fortune teller. She gives each of the girls a reading and a gift, and Angela's ...more
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Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Note: This Review contains NO spoilers

The Journal of Angela Ashby is set in the life of young middle schooler Angela Ashby and the reader follows her transition from a carefree child to one burdened with a journal that turns fantasy into reality. The character introduction lasts a fair number of chapters without feeling drawn out. The reader is introduced to Angela, her family, her closest friends, and enemies and then the story dives into the main subject of the plot, the powers of the journal.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Twelve Year Old Angela Ashby is dealing with a lot at the moment. Her parents are divorced and neither her mom or her dad seem to have time for her anymore. At school, there is a bully that loves to pick on Angela and her best friend, Mallory. Things begin to change, however when Angela and Mallory attend their school's carnival. A mysterious fortune teller gives each of the girls a gift, a necklace for Mallory and a journal for Angela. The journal comes with a warning though, "With great power ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, middle-grade
3.5 Stars

THE JOURNAL OF ANGELA ASHBY is a story about a journal that the heroine receives from a fortune teller that turns out to be magical. Readers will enjoy the element of magic and mystical creatures as well as getting to know Angela and her best friend, Mallory. An overall cute story.

I thought the journal was the funnest part of this story. It added plenty of mystery and also created quite a bit of havoc. I also really liked Mallory. Angela has some growing to do. She didn't really think a
Casia Courtier
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author via Jean Book Nerd for an honest review. There has been no compensation for this review. Only the pure enjoyment of a book in my hands and reading a story.

The Journal of Angela Ashby by Liana Gardner is a middle grade fantasy about a girl learning she has great power, but with it, she has to be responsible. I really liked this book. It's adorable, has a good message, and I feel it would work for both boys and girls. I know I plan on giving it to my
Michele(mluker) Luker
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an AMAZING middle grade read!

I fell in love with the story of a magical Journal!

It fits perfect with the age because what middle grade girl doesn't keep some sort of Diary?

This story has more than magic. It deals with real life situations... Divorce... Bullying... Friendships...while teaching that your decisions causes a chain reaction, and how it can affect those around you without intending to. It also teaches you to learn from your mistakes.

Fairies, Gnomes, and unicorns...oh I love the i
Mererid Evanna
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a funny and engaging middle-grade fantasy with the familiar theme of "wishes always go wrong". And why do they? Unintended consequences. These happen all the time in real life, of course, but with magic they're faster and with added guilt. Sometimes the magic-giver is mischievous or malevolent, sometimes just over-literal, but I was puzzled by Madame Vadoma, who seems sternly benevolent. That made me wonder if the "power" wasn't in the journal at all, that perhaps it was just "training w ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really did not enjoy this book at all. I know it's a YA book, but I felt like the 12-year-old characters were more like 5-year-olds. All the dialogue felt forced and awkward and the worst thing? The entire book is an "and then" construction. You could tell the entire story in one sentence: A 12-yr-old girl finds a magical journal that makes everything she writes in it come true and she learns right from wrong in the process of using it to solve her problems. Your welcome. Definitely skip this ...more
Evelyn Sword
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a cool story! I feel the same way Angela Ashby does about bullies. I really dont blame her for how she reacted to the bullies. But its true we are no different if we wish bad things on the bullies too. This book can be for all ages but mostly the younger age group pre-teens and teens, young adults. It gave good laughs, I loved the fairy farts! And it broke your heart seeing those bullies but then it would bring a smile to your face again. It does bring you through a bunch of emotions. ...more
Cindy Fong
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute YA story with a moral compass. Angela and her best friend Mallory are trying to navigate the intricacies of middle school when they someone end up in a fortune tellers' tent at the school fair. Both are given talismans to guide them. Angela's talisman comes in the form a journal that can affect real life and people. But we all know that "magic" comes with a cost and consequences. With Mallory and her new friends Angela learns to find her moral compass.
Linda Fast
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book for middle graders about a 12 year old named Angela Ashby. Angela and her best friend named Mallory. Angela and Mallory visit a school carnival and decide to get their fortunes read. The fortune teller gives Angela a journal to write her feelings in. This unleashes a chain of events with good and bad consequences.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome middle grade adventure from a woman who really knows her audience. Liana is as comfortable with Harry Potter-esque fantasy as she is with Goonies-style action. Once again a story that would easily transfer to the screen.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A cute story that tackles many important subjects. Responsibility, decisions, bullies, and the consequences of your actions. Loved it!
Jeannette dods
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book for tweens to read. The author incorporates real life issues with a magical twist. My middle schooler started reading it and is enjoying it aswell.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is great. R
Teaches right and wrong.
Katie Harder-schauer
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm working on writing my review now. It will be posted here after it goes live on my blog, that may take some time though because I am quite behind on review writing.
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Liana Gardner is the multi-award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution , The Journal of Angela Ashby , and the Misfit McCabe series. The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface. Engaged in a battle against leukemia and lymphoma, Liana spends much of her time at ...more