Book ReviewThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl

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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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Weinstein Books, 2015

I'll gladly admit I'm not a horror or ghost story seeking reader, BUT when I saw on the cover of this new book it was based off a successful Youtube web series I was intrigued. Usually, it's the other way around! Book first, movie second. I wondered how something conceived and made popular as a visual format would translate to book form. Last but not least, the cover concept was pretty cool too. Good points first: This book is a great...

Book ReviewThe Heir

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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 Teen, 2015

Consistency, thy name is Kiera. My daughter and I loved Kiera's Selection trilogy and were looking forward to anything more that she might add to the series. It's one thing to keep the good times rolling through three consecutive books that fall in the same time line/setting etc. But to jump ahead 20 years and keep that same vibe, the same excitement when the times have changed? Not easy. In the first three books, America and Maxon are literally battling to survive the day when rebels are never far from storming into the castle and causing chaos. Without that tension, I wondered if Kiera could create an intense novel from peaceful times, the answer is a...

Book ReviewThe Clockwork Wolf

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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Simon & Schuster Inc, 2014

SPOILER ALERT: IN THIS REVIEW I UNABASHEDLY GIVE UP SOME OF THE GOODS...
Call me crazy but second books in series often feel waftish to me. After a first good book takes off like a cannon's BOOM! a second installment can feel like the wafting smoke from that cannon ball and not quite as satisfying or as impressive. The Clockwork Wolf was sadly waftish for me.

Book ReviewThe Crown of Embers

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2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Greenwillow Books, 2012

I had a few problems with this second installment in the Fire and Thorns series. #1. It read much like a second go-round of exactly what we experienced in book one. Elisa is timid in her role as queen but get her out of town and suddenly she is confident. We saw this in book one when she was kidnapped, in book two she...

Book ReviewSweet Peril

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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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Harper Teen, 2013

I loved the first novel in this series and I understand the flow of the story over a couple books, but this novel was all about plateau for me. Where it had been gripping and tense (and romantically intent) in book one, this one required Anna to 'gather her troops' so to speak. Though a fairly dangerous venture for her, it came across as...

Book ReviewTicker

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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Skyscape, 2014

This is a humdinger of a book and I loved every page it offered! First, praise is due to the cover of this book which first drew my attention. I've said it before, I'll say it again, Steampunk is quickly becoming a dominant genre in both Young Adult and Adult fiction novels. Huzzah! I don't often give out...

Book ReviewThe Girl of Fire and Thorns

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Green Willow Books, 2011

This novel was gripping in a way that was unrelenting. Once I started I found my thoughts straying constantly to Elisa's plight. I have a set schedule that includes carved out time for daily reading before bed, but with this novel, I was scraping 5 minutes here, 2 minutes there just to go back for more. I couldn't wait, even knowing life would pull me away after a page or two. Break-neck pace...

Book ReviewGarden of Lies

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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, 2015

Amanda Quick is one of those authors you feel as though you wait ages for despite the fact she publishes one to two books a year! Her books are always a treat and Garden of Lies, though not a perfect rating from me, is a very solid 4 boxes of love. Amanda normally writes continuations in the many series she has going - not just as author Amanda Quick but also as author Jayne Anne Krentz. The Krentz books are futuristic but I always prefer the Quick series because...

Book ReviewDisenchanted & Co

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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Gallery Books, 2014

This book was recommended by author Gail Carriger whom I absolutely love as a writer. I am still learning all the different nuances of steampunk and can now add this series to my list. What I liked about this book was how the relationship between Kit and Lucien (the aforementioned deathmage) stayed with me and how I wanted to read more about them and/or any adventures they have together. Full points to Lynn on writing a feisty but...

Book ReviewJackaby

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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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Algonquin, 2014

I loved the cover of this book and no matter the synopsis, wanted to give it a try. I realize how shallow that is, but I know I'm not alone in that initial grab of 'oooooh, what's this book about?'. This first novel by William Ritter has received a good amount of praise. It would have received more praise from me if it had been sold to a Young Adult audience as opposed to a Junior Fiction one. The plot surrounds some grisly murders; that alone should have

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