Junior Fiction

Book ReviewThe Journal of Curious Letters

Reviewer's Rating: 
2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Aladdin, 2008

I thought I was going to love this book and find it highly entertaining all due to the Acknowledgements at the beginning of the book. James shows his sense of humor by thanking some key individuals like this, "Despite being an author, I can't come up with the words great enough to express how much they've changed my life. Fabulicious. Astoundendicularily whammy. Terrificalwondershonks. (See, told ya.)" Wouldn't you think such a fun statement sets the stage for an entire book of the same? And yet, it didn't.

Book ReviewEnchanted Glass

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Harper Collins, 2010

The feeling of this novel is a leisurely walk through the green British countryside. It seems slow at first but if you keep with it, your patience is well rewarded. This is a beautiful, imaginative tale with colourful characters both heart-warming and frustrating.

Book ReviewPillars of Time

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Lobster Press, 2010

I had wanted this second book in the Archaeolojesters series to be better paced than the first and Andreas didn't let me down in that regard. Right off the bat, our three characters are kidnapped, woo hoo!

Book ReviewThe Archaeolojesters

Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Lobster Press, 2010

I had a few problems with The Archaeolojesters, but before I dive into my pile of gripe, let me point out that series writing requires a touch of finesse, character wise, and a whole wack of well thought out mystery that is going to hook a reader in book one so well they would follow the author anywhere. In other words, the power they must weld over us as readers must be much more potent than your stand alone, tidy ending novel. It's not an easy job being a mystery series writer and hats off to Andreas for a good first effort. I think this series could go to great places overall,

Book ReviewBliss

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Katherine Tegen Books, 2012

For the longest time, my two daughters were sure when they grew up that they would run a bakery together. My son confidently told them, he'd lend them some time from his snow plow company to clean their driveway in the winter. It would all be easy because they were going to build their bakery on our front lawn and they'd all still be living at home with my husband and I so they'd be right there anyway! Time passed and of course...

Book ReviewThe Red Pyramid

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Disney Hyperion Books, 2010

My 10 year old daughter gobbled this book up like it was nobody's business. After reading it myself, I could easily see why. Rick writes an amazing adventure packed with one high-speed chase to another. Both Carter and Sadie are well rounded characters and their banter and occassional bickering made them feel quite realistic. My daughter had just finished grade five and after taking Egyptian studies I think this book helped flesh out some of what she had learned at school.

Book ReviewWinterling

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Harper, 2012

I first fell in love with Sarah’s writing in her trilogy, “The Magic Thief”. Of course, I assumed Winterling would be the first in another series, but it is a stand alone novel. Perhaps in part because of this, I found Winterling lacking. Overall, this is a good read. Sarah delves deeply in fantasy mode when...

Book ReviewTimesnatchers

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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G.P. Putnam’s Sons (imprint of Penguin), 2012

I can only hope this will NOT be a stand alone novel. There are, after all, quite a few avenues for further stories at the conclusion of this novel. GO RICHARD GO! Reading Time Snatchers was like watching TV with a bowl of MnM peanuts at the side. There are nuggets of historical facts that you keep munching on and when the bowl is empty, your hand keeps searching for more until you realize it’s all up, aw man! For a first novel, this reads like the big leagues. I love it when...

Book ReviewThe Magic Thief: FOUND

Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Harper Trophy (Harper Collins), 2010

If you’ve had a chance to peruse my review of the first two books in this series, you’ll know that I loved them both and that same level of enjoyment was extended to this final book in the series. It is not easy to write three books that maintain the same high level of excitement from readers, yet Sarah does it flawlessly. In fact...

Book ReviewThe Magic Thief: LOST

Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Harper Trophy (Harper Collins), 2009

I’m always cautious with a series because the first book often fires out at us with a BANG! Then the second and third can peter out to a mere whimper and nothing, my friends, is worse than a series that gets steadily forgettable. But this is NOT that kind of series. YIPPEE! Sarah brings us another...

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