Young Adult

Book ReviewThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl

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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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Weinstein Books, 2015

I'll gladly admit I'm not a horror or ghost story seeking reader, BUT when I saw on the cover of this new book it was based off a successful Youtube web series I was intrigued. Usually, it's the other way around! Book first, movie second. I wondered how something conceived and made popular as a visual format would translate to book form. Last but not least, the cover concept was pretty cool too. Good points first: This book is a great...

Book ReviewThe Heir

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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, 2015

Consistency, thy name is Kiera. My daughter and I loved Kiera's Selection trilogy and were looking forward to anything more that she might add to the series. It's one thing to keep the good times rolling through three consecutive books that fall in the same time line/setting etc. But to jump ahead 20 years and keep that same vibe, the same excitement when the times have changed? Not easy. In the first three books, America and Maxon are literally battling to survive the day when rebels are never far from storming into the castle and causing chaos. Without that tension, I wondered if Kiera could create an intense novel from peaceful times, the answer is a...

Book ReviewThe Crown of Embers

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2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Greenwillow Books, 2012

I had a few problems with this second installment in the Fire and Thorns series. #1. It read much like a second go-round of exactly what we experienced in book one. Elisa is timid in her role as queen but get her out of town and suddenly she is confident. We saw this in book one when she was kidnapped, in book two she...

Book ReviewSweet Peril

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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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Harper Teen, 2013

I loved the first novel in this series and I understand the flow of the story over a couple books, but this novel was all about plateau for me. Where it had been gripping and tense (and romantically intent) in book one, this one required Anna to 'gather her troops' so to speak. Though a fairly dangerous venture for her, it came across as...

Book ReviewTicker

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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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Skyscape, 2014

This is a humdinger of a book and I loved every page it offered! First, praise is due to the cover of this book which first drew my attention. I've said it before, I'll say it again, Steampunk is quickly becoming a dominant genre in both Young Adult and Adult fiction novels. Huzzah! I don't often give out...

Book ReviewThe Girl of Fire and Thorns

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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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Green Willow Books, 2011

This novel was gripping in a way that was unrelenting. Once I started I found my thoughts straying constantly to Elisa's plight. I have a set schedule that includes carved out time for daily reading before bed, but with this novel, I was scraping 5 minutes here, 2 minutes there just to go back for more. I couldn't wait, even knowing life would pull me away after a page or two. Break-neck pace...

Book ReviewSweet Evil

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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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Harper Teen, 2012

I debated reading this book for a few years for a variety of reasons: The cover didn't capture my interest at all. It seemed to shout "DRAMA!" coupled with teen angst and the description of the novel was demons, demons, demons which to me seemed a cliche plot outline. After this book was recommended to me at Goodreads for a number of previously enjoyed novels I decided to give it a fair shot, and I'm so glad I did!...

Book ReviewRivals in the City

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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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Candlewick Press, 2014

This much anticipated book, and closure of the Mary Quinn mystery series wasn't quite what I expected. It reads much like a sequel to the first book, with the exception of the engagement between Mary and James. The first half of the book waffles in...

Book ReviewTrial by Fire

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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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Feiwel and Friends, 2014

This book starts off like a cannon. Things take place rapidly and leave you turning pages to see what crazy turn the adventure will take next. Once Lily settles in, the pace slows considerably and we've got time to adjust to the new world she finds herself in. The story never recaptures that exciting first race, but by then, we've developed interest in the romance between Rowan and Lilly to keep us wondering what will happen next. The parallel world that Lily finds herself in is a difficult one to...

Book ReviewThe Iron Trial

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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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Scholastic Press, 2014

BOOK ONE: MAGISTERIUM SERIES. I'm a magician's dream audience. It's not a priority for my brain to try and figure out how a trick happened. I accept it as good entertainment - the bigger the better. My brother had an interest in magic for a while when we were growing up. My favorite trick was two cards that put together were the same size, but then one would magically grow when he slid them apart. My son has that same interest in a few minor tricks to make things magically, "disPEER!"...

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