Book ReviewUntold

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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Random House, 2013.

Untold is my first truly Gothic horror/romance/suspense book and I have to say, it didn't disappoint. This is an intense ride from the get go and I was an eager reader for wherever the adventure took me on the next page. Having said that, I was under the impression that this 'sequel' to the first book, Unspoken, was going to tie it all together and be done. You can imagine my personal restraint when the book finished with a nail biting OH NO! WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!! how dearly I wanted to chuck that book across the room for a satisfying smash against the wall. I could not fathom the...

Book ReviewEmerald Green

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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Henry Holt and Company, 2013.

It's a sequel kind of month for me. I have not one, not two, not even three but FOUR sequels on my reading shelf. It will be interesting to see which author has the best follow up - especially when I don't have the time to go back and reread everyone's first novel. Ideally, you gobble up a series like a tasters box of lindt chocolates. Each is unique, each is different but they are all made from the same mold. Your palate remembers the goodness since you are going straight from one to the other. At the end, you can easily say which was your favorite. But if, like this pile of books in front of me, you've left lots of time in between books, a sequel must have a certain pick up from the first book to take you back into that tasters choice, to remind you of everything that has passed for the characters. In the case of Emerald Green, the remembering was a bit painful...

Book ReviewFire

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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Firebird, 2010

A trilogy is a trilogy, right? Wrong. Book one comes first, then book two and sha-bam! Book three rounds it out to a trilogy finish, right? Nope. I read Graceling, the first in this trilogy and then dove into Fire. My dive felt like a head-first run into a brick wall. Fire is not a sequel or second book of anything - Fire is a completely new novel - with the exception of one character who falls into this world and then falls out. Not a second book at all, Fire, is a parallel book and it took me longer than I'd like to admit to forgive it for not having Po or Katsa from Graceling. If I can set aside my incorrect assumptions and expectations, Fire is...

Book ReviewThe Elite

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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 Teen, 2013

My worry with a second book - when I've completely loved the first in a series - is that the author changes something. Let's face it, when you've been an obscure hopeful there is something fresh and new about your storytelling. After the success of a first novel you have a team of people helping you 'improve' and 'grow' as a writer. I tend to feel a bit disappointed in second novels, BUT NOT THIS ONE! :) I loved Elite as much, if not more than The Selection. Woo hoo! My reaction to these books reminds me a bit of...

Book ReviewThe Passion of the Purple Plumeria

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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New American Library, 2013

Another Lauren Willig book in the Pink Carnation Series?  CHA CHING!  Yes please!  This book was published in August and by then, my eager fingers had been waiting almost a year for it.  The best authors are always worth the wait.

Book ReviewThe Selection

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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 Teen, 2012

This book made me feel like a little girl/teenager again. Growing up, I LOVED princess stories. In fact, I wrote a princess story in grade two that made it into our school's year book. Princesses and happy endings were my bread and butter and The Selection was an entire loaf and stick of butter for me. It reminded me of why I loved those types of stories to begin with - struggling girl with a heart of gold who loves her family puts herself forth for the prince to marry to help their situation. She goes into it with preconceived notions and prejudices that get her in hot water and then slowly fizzle away until she realizes she is falling in love with the prince. What is NOT to love about that premise, people! Sigh, I couldn't...

Book ReviewA Tangle of Knots

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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Philomel Books, 2013

The cover of this book immediately drew my interest and the synopsis sounded gentle, light and promised a happy ending = a potential great book for the youngest reader in my household. But darn if it wasn't meh-ish as a whole. Lisa, the author, has woven a very complex 'knot' of characters that all weave and cross over each other, under each other, beside each other and eventually converge to tie together at the end, but...

Book ReviewSpirit Animals: Wild Born

Reviewer's Rating: 
1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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Scholastic Inc. 2013

Initially I loved the idea of this book and series - empowering youth with a meaningful spirit animal and being asked to save the world. Go team! I love it when normal characters are asked to do something brilliant and strong where they find something special inside of them that rises to the task. But then my daughter and I read the book and we both decided we wouldn't continue in the series. Two generation strikes out. My biggest problem with the novel is that all the children...

Book ReviewGraceling

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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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008

This book holds the distinction of being a very controversial book at the Elmvale Branch. Within a month or less of being on our shelves, an adult reader had taken it home to read. She brought it back and cautioned us that two pages had been ripped out. Why? Because it crossed a line you don't normally cross in Young Adult books. But more about that later...I've got to get you to read to the end of my review somehow, right? I found the first half of this book to be...

Book ReviewAbsolutely, Positively

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2011

This series is quickly becoming a favourite go-to read when I'm in between releases from my most beloved authors. I like that it's a bit on the quirky side with the whole psychics that read auras/psychics that find lost items spiel. I like the lightly written but intense, good, clean love between Lucy and her boyfriend Sean. I like that Lucy is dubbed innocent and green by the minor characters in this book because she believes everyone deserves a second chance and always expects to find the best in them. There is hope in Lucy that filters like sunshine through the words on each page. I'm a sucker for a happy, hopeful gal - what can I say?

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