Young Adult

Book ReviewThe One

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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, 2014

I believe readers have the best year because when you love to read it's like Christmas whenever a much anticipated book arrives in your hands. For me, I've got a few 'Christmases' to look forward to this year and May 1 when The One arrived was Christmas for me. I was so happy I didn't even spare a moment to actually perform my happy dance - I dashed off to pick my daughter up from an after-school practice and as soon as my feet hit home, I ran upstairs to my reading chair and submersed myself for four straight hours. Thank heavens for husbands who cook dinner! Kiera does a smash...

Book ReviewEtiquette and Espionage

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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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Little, Brown and Company, 2013

First let me point out - AMAZING COVER! It completely drew me in and interested me in the premise of the book. And what a book! Our main character is resourceful, inquisitive to the point of reckless but she draws on her friendships to help her remain under the ever-watchful radar of teachers and mechanical guards. This book is a delightful dump of adventures done in layers of petticoats which are great for concealing mechanical...

Book ReviewThe Goddess Test

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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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Harlequin Teen, 2011

There are certain ironies in life such as: non-matching socks are cool, vanilla extract smells awesome but tastes terrible by itself and you can't recommend a book to a book reviewer. Weird, I know, but it's true. Reading is an intensely personal experience and if you're not in the same wagon as me - wanting happy endings always, sometimes fast paced nail biters, sometimes steamy romance, sometimes sweet relationship characters - then don't recommend me a book. I don't want devastation, hard truth memoirs, or heavy Science Fiction. Neither do I want mamby pamby. Our current co-op student...

Book ReviewThe Nightmare Affair

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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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Tom Doherty Associates, 2013

What prompted me to try this new author and book was a recommendation from Marissa Meyer - famed author of the Lunar Chronicles which both my daughter and I adore. Though both series are found on the Young Adult genre shelves, I won't be letting my 12 year old daughter read this series just yet. But more about that later....What I liked about The Nightmare Affair was...

Book ReviewCress

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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, 2014

Life outside of the pages of Cress is like molasses - thick, slow and unimportant because once you open the cover of this book adventure takes hold of you like lightening. It flashes before you in unexpected places that make you gasp, blink with wonder and thrill for where it could possibly appear next! If like...

Book ReviewLegacy of the Clockwork Key

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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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Simon Pulse, 2013

First let me say, kudos on the cover!  Dark, whimsical, historical, mechanical bird?  Yes please!  And with a synopsis that hints at romance with a stable boy?  Huzzah! 

Kristin has written us a nice steampunk novel with a steamy first love to boot.  All the elements I love to read are here and they are well written.  The pacing is zippy, the plot of whodunit well woven, and the creative juices were flowing for all the mechanical devices and trickery involved. 

Book ReviewDeath and the Girl He Loves

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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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St. Martin's Griffin, 2013

Yummy! A new book from Darynda Jones and what a treat it was AS USUAL! :) Right off the bat, I'll say one of the things I enjoyed most about this book was how the story took new turns. At the end of book two, Lorelei is leaving her hometown to try and protect her family by not being around them because the bad guys keep finding her and attacking her. The friendships and relationships Darynda has built up for us in books one and two are a major draw for readers so taking Lorelei away to create new ones made me wonder if they could be just as good as the ones we would miss...

Book ReviewThe Raven Boys

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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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Scholastic Press, 2012

There is a vein of gothic/horror novels being published in the young adult area of reading. I believe this is a branch out from the dystopia/apocalyptic popular books and after enjoying Sara Rees Brennan's Lynburne Legacy series, thought I'd give the goths another go, but a little goth goes a long way. You all know my standpoint in general with...

Book ReviewThe Thief

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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, 1996

I struggled a bit with how to review this book because of why I ever picked it up in the first place. I was in a Coles bookstore (surprise, surprise) and they often have staff picks on display. One employee named Hazel had prominently chosen the Selection Series by Kiera Cass as some of her favorites. BINGO! with me too so I checked out Hazel's other favorites and saw this series by Megan Whalen Turner. In addition to Hazel's personal recommendation, The Thief has won a bunch of awards that all sound super important so hey, let's give it a try, right? I have to admit that it is a well written book. The pacing is good, the character development good, the twisty ending also good but I couldn't help thinking this is a good 'boys' book. It's all boy characters until near the ending. The boys are dirty, stinky, and travelling together they...

Book ReviewA Spark Unseen

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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, 2013

This was another hit out of the park by Sharon. When I reviewed the nominations and awards she's won from her first book, The Dark Unwinding, I smiled, very happy for her. I knew it! As much as I loved her first book, she does an even better job with book two. Often second books move too far in another direction in order to make it feel fresh and though Katherine and her maid Mary leave England for Paris, the feel of the characters remains the steady same and feels like 'home' to us as readers. Again, there is a good solid mystery to be solved and it...

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