Young Adult

Book ReviewSecret Letters

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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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Hyperion, 2012

I'm a sucker for a good historical novel set somewhere in the 1800's and this novel's setting was bang on. I love it when authors are accurate and provide little drops of historical facts woven unobtrusively into the flow of the story, which Leah did very well. I have to admit that I've never...

Book ReviewUnder the Never Sky

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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, 2012

This book has a lot going for it. I like how Young Adult dystopia books are finding pockets without super violent, guns roaring, blood and guts flying. Those violent swings had made me leave great authors like Marie Lu and Ally Condie behind. Under the Never Sky is dystopia - but despite the dire synopsis about cannibals, it's gun free and that gives it a prehistoric feel despite the advanced technology of the Dwellers. It's a great contrast for us as readers to go from one environment to the other, and watch the struggle of Aria to adapt.

Book ReviewIgnite Me

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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, 2014

By far the best book of the bunch, Ignite Me finishes out the Shatter Me series with a perfect bang. The first two books in this series held a heroine who was uncertain, timid, afraid and frankly, after half a book of that, you find yourself wishing the character would grow more quickly into herself. What kept me coming back despite the slow character growth was the

Book ReviewThese Broken Stars

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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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Hyperion, 2013

Have you ever made a spectacular first impression? Note I used the word spectacular, not good, but spectacular. 10 years ago I remember meeting my sister-in-law’s mother. I brought my young children up to visit with my parents and my brother, his wife and her mother were there as well. I’d had a bright idea that morning before we came. My son has a peanut allergy and two of his Epipens had expired. My great idea was that Mom and I could use an orange and get some practise with the old Epipens in the event we ever needed to use them on my son. A good idea, right? Right.

Book ReviewThe Kiss of Deception

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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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Henry Holt and Company, 2014

Do you like rollercoasters? I loved them growing up and being part of the HCES band at school meant I could have a free day at Wonderland each school year with my chum Sally. Our record was 7 times in a row on the DragonFyre until she threw up and we had to take a break. Ahem.

Book ReviewCruel Beauty

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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 Collins, 2014

This is a great review with Halloween around the corner because it is darker than you think in these pages. I was drawn to this book when it was released in April this year due to an amazing, spectacular cover and Hello! Beauty and the Beast modernized? Yes please! In some ways, this book...

Book ReviewThe Heist

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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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Disney Hyperion Books, 2010

Despite the gloom and doom of, "..do this or your father dies.." vibe, this is a snappy, smart little tale. The family we deal with is very solid if a bit eccentric in their home business and as the odds stack up against our team of teens, the intensity of how they will pull off this job is a fun ride that keeps you guessing until it's all over. Move over 007, there's a new girl in...

Book ReviewCity of a Thousand Dolls

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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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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 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 Girl in the Steel Corset

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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, 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...

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