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Book ReviewThe Mischief of the Mistletoe

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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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Dutton, 2010

By far, this book is my absolute favorite in the entire Pink Carnation series. As to the why, well, let me crack my cranial knuckles and dive in, shall we? At every turn, this book tells a wonderful tale. Within every writing element the parts click together like a perfectly made puzzle. At it's conclusion, your step is lighter, your heart is happy, and perhaps like me you'll find yourself humming a merry tune over the mountain of dirty dishes that normally makes you grumble.

Book ReviewThe False Prince

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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, 2012

As you can tell from my rating above, I loved this book! Normally, I do not allow my 10 year old daughter to read ANY Young Adult books as yet, but when we went to the bookstore to purchase her year-end summer read, the store employee suggested she try this new, hot book. It wasn't until I went to write this review that I discovered it is classified as a Young Adult read. D'oh! At any rate, my daughter loved this book as well and like me, couldn't put it down.

Book ReviewThe Hunger Games

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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., 2008

This book was referred to me by word-of-mouth at the library. Generally when a patron gushes about a book, depending on their reading style you nod and maybe get around to it. This first book by Suzanne Collins was being talked about by EVERYBODY so I decided to give it a try. Holy crap. I was completely sucked into this crazy world and speed read it in under 24 hours. Crazy world aside, Suzanne does what any great author does...

Book ReviewThe Magic Thief: FOUND

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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 Trophy (Harper Collins), 2010

If you’ve had a chance to peruse my review of the first two books in this series, you’ll know that I loved them both and that same level of enjoyment was extended to this final book in the series. It is not easy to write three books that maintain the same high level of excitement from readers, yet Sarah does it flawlessly. In fact...

Book ReviewThe Magic Thief: LOST

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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 Trophy (Harper Collins), 2009

I’m always cautious with a series because the first book often fires out at us with a BANG! Then the second and third can peter out to a mere whimper and nothing, my friends, is worse than a series that gets steadily forgettable. But this is NOT that kind of series. YIPPEE! Sarah brings us another...

Book ReviewMatched

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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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Speak (imprint of Penguin), 2010

I’ve often found how much a story resonates with us leans heavily on where we are in our heads or our lives at the time we begin page 1. There is a flood of apocalyptic writing in the YA market right now – especially since the success of Hunger Games and the subsequent movie. When this book fell into my reading pile, I had just come from a string of disappointing reads – Insurgent – which I was too tired to battle alongside the main character in, and the hotly debated Fifty Shades of Gray and when the blush...

Book ReviewThe Magic Thief

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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 Trophy, 2008

I’m always looking for books that my son can sink his 12 year old teeth into but I found my own choppers greedily eating up every page of this book and then I immediately plowed through the next two in the series. Isn’t it great when you can share books like this with your children? It creates a bond unlike parent – more like friends. With children on the cusp of teenage-horror-hormones anytime I can foster a friendship with my children I’m game! But I digress...

Book ReviewThe Giant-Slayer

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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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Delacorte Press, 2009

I read this book on a fluke request from a local school who wanted the staff at the library to participate in their class quiz on books that had been nominated for the silver birch awards in 2010. This book was great on so many levels – not only is Iain an excellent storyteller, he weaves both a 1950’s setting with a parallel whimsical fantasy world like pb and jam. The characters, both modern and fantastical, are...

Book ReviewSecond Sight

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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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006

This book is the glory of fiction at its best. Adventure, normal people with slightly enhanced abilities not quite turning them into super heros, but something that makes them special nonetheless, a bit of romance and the element of mystery. Amanda weaves us into a well thought out and expertly written tale full of twists and unexpected turns. I love the strong, intelligent...

Book ReviewThe Brimstone Key

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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, 2010

I bought this book, and the second in the series, The Relic Hunter for a friend’s son. I chose them because of the male main characters and it had a great cover that looked like Robert Munsch in older form ie: kids save the world, not adults. Before I wrapped these books, I took a little peeky inside...okay, it was a lot of peekys (ies?) and then I promptly asked our Chief Librarian to add them to our collection. There is a delicate balance in a book that has..

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