Book ReviewDeath, doom and detention

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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St. Martin's Griffin, 2013.

Sweet sigh and trilling heart, after a hiatus from my normal reading habits I could finally hold a new book in my hands from treasured author, Darynda Jones. I flipped the sign on my bedroom door, "Do not disturb unless you have a handful of truffles". Okay, I don't really have a sign like that, but a girl can dream can't she? Point is, I was more than ready to pull on my literal scruffy sneakers, roll my eyes with the best of teenage intention and battle the bad guys. In Death, doom and detention, Darynda effortlessly returns to writing great relationships between Brook and Lor, Glitch and the girls and carries us further with...

Book ReviewThe Dark Heroine

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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Haper Collins, 2012.

When I saw this spanking new book fly by I first ran a check at goodreads.com to see if it was worth my while. The reviews there are mixed - this appeared to be a love/hate book. Half the people loved it, raved about it, are drooling for the next installment, the other half are bored, didn't finish, thanks but no thanks readers. This intrigued me, because, well, WHY does someone love a book? WHY does someone not? And I wanted to know where I would fall (preferably in the drool category). Half way through this novel I had my answer...

Book ReviewStormdancer

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Reviewer's Rating: 
1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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St Martin's Press, 2012.

This looked like a wicked, wicked read. Who doesn't love a young, beautiful girl who can competently weld a sword? Oh, me! Over here! I do! And just LOOK at that kick-butt cover! Ghee! But despite my enthusiasm, this book was just too smart for me. Author Jay Kristoff has his work cut out for him if he wants to market this series to a wider audience. I don't know about you, but personally I didn't grow up in Japan which made this book very confusing. It felt like a crash course in terminology: major-domo, Ninth Shogun of the Kazumitsu Dynasty (say THAT one ten times fast)...

Book ReviewBeautiful Creatures

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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Little, Brown and Company, 2009

I am biased.  I always, always, ALWAYS want to love a book.  You can imagine my eagerness when I heard there was a book rumoured to be, 'the next Twilight'.  Yeehaw!  Woo hoo!  Lemmie at it!  But I knew a mere few chapters in that despite my grand hopes, Beautiful Creatures is most definitely NOT the next Twilight.

Book ReviewStranger in the Moonlight

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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Thorndike Press, 2012.

After some time spent amongst the Junior Fiction and Young Adult genres, I was ready for a good old fashioned adult fiction romance. Stranger in the Moonlight did not disappoint! It is divinely cliche in all the right ways which means it's a rapid read that makes you smile at the end. Exactly what the Dr ordered this week for me! I cannot gush for you about the intelligent characters, the depth of their complex growth over the journey of the book or the mind-blowing intensity of the plot - hey, its romance for romance sake and you can't paint it with any other brush than what it is. I...

Book ReviewCity of Orphans

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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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011.

If you've ever felt yourself or your children taking things for granted, this is the perfect read for you. City of Orphans places you in the midst of turn of the century New York, smack dab in the tattered rags of a boy named Maks. It is a wonderful life experience - second hand of course - to live his daily life. We come to love Maks' family as he does, feel his courage push up through the desperation of his situation and each time we put the book down, you are, as a reader, grateful for your own life. And I mean GREAT-FULL. At first, to be honest, I found the book to be a bit of...

Book ReviewSapphire Blue

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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Henry Holt and Company, 2012

If you've ever had marble squares - a cake like square with chocolate chippits that melt on top and get mixed like marble throughout - we have a debate in our household about whether the square is best with minimal chocolate, or if the thick swirly chocolate parts are the best in the pan. My opinion of Sapphire Blue is a bit like that same debate...

Book ReviewWonderstruck

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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Scholastic Press, 2011.

I could easily recommend this enchanting story to both child and adult alike. Rich not just in illustration, the story itself is extraordinarily well thought out and full of attention getting twists and turns to a very touching ending. I mistakenly thought author Brian had written a sequel to his wildly popular the Invention of Hugo Cabaret. But Wonderstruck is a standalone novel written and illustrated in that same genius style. Creative, interesting, and heart-warming, Wonderstruck took me just over an hour and half to read so don't let the size of the book deter you. I'd recommend reading it with...

Book ReviewUnspoken

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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Publisher: 
Random House, 2012

If this book were a cupcake the cake part would be very good, but then you notice the pretty pink icing is so pink its neon. And I like sprinkles but instead of a few tasty bits it has been drowned in every sort of sprinkle to excess. To sum up, Sarah Rees Brennan had a great story here but she simply tried too hard. I didn't think that was possible, but who knew? The bones of the plot are strong. The complexity of the characters nice and tight like someone who actually broke the seal on their Buns of Steel DVD set. And hey, I love a...

Book ReviewThe Edge of Nowhere

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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Publisher: 
Viking, 2012

I only have one small problem with this book but it was big enough to drop this top 5 rating to a hair of my chinny, chin, chin 4. Our main girl Becca has some trust issues. Granted, after having been taken advantage of by her step-father, it is understandable to be cautious, but Becca chooses to never confide in or trust another adult and it becomes a well-worn (also known as predictable which quickly grows into boring) path by the end of book. My advice to author Elizabeth - tread lightly on this issue going forward in the series. Wee gripe aside, I loved this book and highly recommend it for the following reasons. Elizabeth George is a...

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