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Book ReviewScarlet

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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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Fiewel and Friends, 2013.

If you've ever had a difficult time choosing between a caramel or fudge sundae put up your hand. Me too. But never fear, I've been motivated enough in the past by this question to come up with the perfect solution. First, you go to the counter and pretend you are ordering for a co-worker, "She would like a different type of sundae if you can possibly help me out today. She'd like a layer of hot fudge on the bottom, then ice cream and finally a healthy squirt of hot caramel sauce on the top. I'd really appreciate it; she's a little crazy so it's best to keep her happy. Thanks very much." That's verbatim my request at our local McDonald's a week ago and the staff, I think, were pleased with an odd request in the waning afternoon hours. And yes, it was delicious. Scarlett is exactly like that two-for-one taste bud sundae. There are two storylines that...

Book ReviewThe Runaway King

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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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Scholastic Press, 2013.

Oh my double dunked chocolate donut - it's another book by Jennifer A. Neilsen (my highest rated Junior Fiction author of 2012)! I was so happy to buy this book for my daughter's Easter basket present and even prouder that I didn't crack the cover myself until...

Book ReviewCity of Orphans

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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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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 ReviewWonderstruck

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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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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 ReviewPegasus the Flame of Olympus

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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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Scholastic Inc, 2011

GUEST REVIEWER CRYSTAL AKA MISS GEVIOUS JR: I gave this book my best review because I wanted to keep reading it every time I got interrupted. It is very fast paced which keeps you interested and it reminded me of Rick Riordan's books - they both have Roman Gods and teach you about Greek mythology without it feeling like a classroom. Reading this book you really get to...

Book ReviewFirst Grave on the Right

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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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St. Martin's, 2011.

Normally I would not include these types of books here at Miss Gevious, but this is a classic cross-genre book that blurs the line for me - and it was a great read so I couldn't resist adding it here. True to the book synopsis, it does begin with a triple murder mystery - but we are not privy to those scenes only to the questions it leaves our characters. AND there is a heavy vein of romance throughout the book which tipped the scales for me to include it here. This is Darynda's smash hit debut novel which won some pretty chunky awards in 2009 - and with an editor like Jen Enderlin you just can't go wrong! Between you and me, something heavy must have gone down at...

Book ReviewLeviathan

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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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Simon Pulse, 2009

This book was a wild ride and reminded me of how exciting a book can truly be! I was bursting with enthusiasm for both my older daughter and my son to immediately read it when I finished. On my next shopping trip I will be looking to purchase the omnibus - three glorious adventures in one, woo hoo! Leviathan is all about...

Book ReviewThe Dragon Turn

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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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Tundra Books, 2011

I have never read any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books, nor watched any TV series based upon the character, but I did watch the recent Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams and I loved them! Perhaps in part because I have not read any other Sherlock Holmes material, I found myself finding this book very fresh and a truly great read.

Book ReviewThe Twilight Series

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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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Little Brown and Company, 2008

Due to the fact I gobbled these up four days straight with less than 8 hours of sleep, I am doing a combined review. I did not catch onto the Twilight phenomena until after the release of the fourth book, Breaking Dawn. Personally, these books cracked open the Young Adult genre for me. It was as though my brain had been numbly, dumbly unaware of what great fiction was being written in the YA area.

Book ReviewThe Traitor and the Tunnel

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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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Walker Books, 2011

There are some books you drool for. I am guilty of laying in a puddle of my own drool waiting for this next installment in the Mary Quinn Mystery Series. I can only hope she's going to carry the series to at least 40 books....AT LEAST.

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