Book ReviewCity of a Thousand Dolls

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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Harper Teen, 2013

First, take a second look at that great cover. The cover was the main reason I ordered this book. It is colourful, promises some creative, magical forces and look at that strong girl standing in the light. She is warrior ready to face it all....Without having read the synopsis I thought this was a junior fiction novel because the colours are light in nature so I ordered this book initially for my daughter to read. But murder lurks in these pages and so...

Book ReviewGirl's Guide to Witchcraft

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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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Red Dress Ink, 2006

There were so many things I loved about this book - Jane is a librarian (holla!) And the author, Mindy Klasky is a librarian as well - you go girl! This book has had some excellent attention to detail and we reap the benefits on every page. There are great plot twists, light-hearted magical fun to spice it up, good pace and solid relationships between Jane and her Gran, her best friend Melissa and to the new flip side of her life with her familiar Neko and warder David. And I'm giving special mention to...

Book ReviewThe Girl with the Clockwork Collar

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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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Harlequin Teen, 2012

To be honest, my review of the first book in The Steampunk Chronicles, The Girl in the Steel Corset, was a bit lacklustre but that was how I felt when I finished the book. My hope in continuing in the series was that the first book was a bit droll due to the initial set up requirements but that the rest would rise to the promise of great storytelling to come. Happily, it did! I quite...

Book ReviewThe Runaway Princess

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, 2012

Hester Browne does it again with a sweet romance, meandering and insightful look at what it means to be linked to the royal family. I have to admit that growing up I had stars in my eyes regarding anything princess. One summer afternoon playing with my brother he wanted to be King and me be the Queen but I told him flat out I would never be a Queen, just a princess - it sounded so much prettier and had less seriousness about it. Like her Little Lady Agency series, Hester has written a fairly thick book in The Runaway Princess. It allows us a...

Book ReviewThe Girl in the Steel Corset

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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Harlequin Teen, 2011

In between your favorite authors it is always in your best interest to have some standby solid contenders. Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles are on my standby shelf. This book has a nice mix of common elements to the Steampunk standard - historical setting, creative mechanical devices (with some human/mechanical mixings), a dastardly dude set to take down the British monarchy, and some kick-butt kids. In addition to this we have a nice sideline colour of special...

Book ReviewOtherwise Engaged

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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JP Putnam's Sons, 2014

I have always loved Amanada Quick's historical fiction romance/suspense novels and yet, this one felt tired to me. A few old tricks have resurfaced such as a 'fake engagement' wherein the male hero proposes for the sake of society but his real intention is to sway the female heroine to marry him. I've been there, done that perhaps one too many times with previous novels by Amanda. My second disappointment surrounds...

Book ReviewThe One

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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, 2014

I believe readers have the best year because when you love to read it's like Christmas whenever a much anticipated book arrives in your hands. For me, I've got a few 'Christmases' to look forward to this year and May 1 when The One arrived was Christmas for me. I was so happy I didn't even spare a moment to actually perform my happy dance - I dashed off to pick my daughter up from an after-school practice and as soon as my feet hit home, I ran upstairs to my reading chair and submersed myself for four straight hours. Thank heavens for husbands who cook dinner! Kiera does a smash...

Book ReviewRenegade Magic

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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Simon and Schuster, 2011

If books were candy this one is a sweet treat. Intense, fun, sneaky and delightful all in one scoop, Renegade Magic is a charming and loveable novel. I happily admit that I stayed up late to finish this story - not often I can say that about a Junior Fiction book. Most adults turn their noses up at Junior Fiction in general but there are pockets of genius storytelling and Stephanie Burgis is an author that has proved golden for me in both books of her series, The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson. I love that our main gal, Kat, is fiercely...

Book ReviewDirty Laundry

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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Tom Doherty Associates, 2006

What would the world be without light, fluffy books that make us laugh? Though the Sofie Metropolis series is not a deeply intense book you can't bear to put down - so what? Sometimes life requires a book that can be put down, picked up, and put down again without causing headaches. The writing team of Tony Karayianni and wife Lori Schlachter-Karayianni have penned another enjoyable mystery for us in Dirty Laundry. I love a series for the way it swivels. Let me explain. Our main...

Book ReviewBlameless

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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Orbit, 2010

Quite happily gobbling my way through this series, there is much to love in book three of the Parasol Protectorate series, Blameless. And yet, I had a revelation while reading this novel. Throughout a series, we generally grow to love the main character and the challenges/struggles they endure. Surprisingly, I discovered it is not the main character, Alexia, that holds the majority of my keen interest, but...

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