Young Adult

Book ReviewClockwork Princess

Reviewer's Rating: 
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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McElderry Books, 2013.

There is much to be said about your state of mind when you sit down to read a book. I bought this book hot off the press and because I loved this trilogy I put it aside until I had the proper time to devote to it. And yet, regardless of my time I didn't love it. I'm honest enough to admit I never wanted this series to end. Perhaps my inner child is...

Book ReviewThe Friday Society

Reviewer's Rating: 
1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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Dial Books, 2012.

I started this book and within a few pages thought to myself, "Oh joy! I'm going to LOVE this book!" But then, like any novel, I turned the page. Initially author Adrienne captivated me with her writing style - it is fast, no nonsense, let's keep the line moving here, people! I liked the entire premise of three unlikely friends becoming heroes. I love a historical setting so what was not to like about The Friday Society?

For starters, the language. I tired quickly of the way our characters swore...

Book ReviewDeath, doom and detention

Reviewer's Rating: 
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.

Sweet sigh and trilling heart, after a hiatus from my normal reading habits I could finally hold a new book in my hands from treasured author, Darynda Jones. I flipped the sign on my bedroom door, "Do not disturb unless you have a handful of truffles". Okay, I don't really have a sign like that, but a girl can dream can't she? Point is, I was more than ready to pull on my literal scruffy sneakers, roll my eyes with the best of teenage intention and battle the bad guys. In Death, doom and detention, Darynda effortlessly returns to writing great relationships between Brook and Lor, Glitch and the girls and carries us further with...

Book ReviewBeautiful Creatures

Reviewer's Rating: 
2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Little, Brown and Company, 2009

I am biased.  I always, always, ALWAYS want to love a book.  You can imagine my eagerness when I heard there was a book rumoured to be, 'the next Twilight'.  Yeehaw!  Woo hoo!  Lemmie at it!  But I knew a mere few chapters in that despite my grand hopes, Beautiful Creatures is most definitely NOT the next Twilight.

Book ReviewSapphire Blue

Reviewer's Rating: 
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, 2012

If you've ever had marble squares - a cake like square with chocolate chippits that melt on top and get mixed like marble throughout - we have a debate in our household about whether the square is best with minimal chocolate, or if the thick swirly chocolate parts are the best in the pan. My opinion of Sapphire Blue is a bit like that same debate...

Book ReviewUnspoken

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Random House, 2012

If this book were a cupcake the cake part would be very good, but then you notice the pretty pink icing is so pink its neon. And I like sprinkles but instead of a few tasty bits it has been drowned in every sort of sprinkle to excess. To sum up, Sarah Rees Brennan had a great story here but she simply tried too hard. I didn't think that was possible, but who knew? The bones of the plot are strong. The complexity of the characters nice and tight like someone who actually broke the seal on their Buns of Steel DVD set. And hey, I love a...

Book ReviewThe Edge of Nowhere

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Viking, 2012

I only have one small problem with this book but it was big enough to drop this top 5 rating to a hair of my chinny, chin, chin 4. Our main girl Becca has some trust issues. Granted, after having been taken advantage of by her step-father, it is understandable to be cautious, but Becca chooses to never confide in or trust another adult and it becomes a well-worn (also known as predictable which quickly grows into boring) path by the end of book. My advice to author Elizabeth - tread lightly on this issue going forward in the series. Wee gripe aside, I loved this book and highly recommend it for the following reasons. Elizabeth George is a...

Book ReviewBetween the Lines

Reviewer's Rating: 
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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Simon Pulse, 2012

I have to admit to being a little disappointed by this novel by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer. When I began it - I loved it. I loved the concept; I loved the trio narrative between Delilah, Oliver and the telling of the actual fairy tale which connects the two characters - one on page, one reading the page. The few full colour pictures were a nice touch as well as the black and white silhouettes. BUT then that initial fascination faded for me like a drop of pure paint and then a bucket of water washed it down next to nothing. Big beef number one: This book is not...

Book ReviewThe Vindico

Reviewer's Rating: 
2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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G.P. Putnam Sons, 2012

Author Wesley King has watched a fair share of action movies. How do I know this? His book reads like a movie script - lots of action, lots of punching and explosions and kidnapping and and and not a lot else. Without bashfulness I can claim to be a stereotypical female reader. I like good stories, I like a little romance, and I like my happy endings. I'm not asking for rocket science (I'd fall asleep in the acknowledgements) but neither am I after something so light there's nothing solid in it. In other words, I like a sandwich with not just lettuce and mayo - this book read like lettuce and mayo between the bread with...

Book ReviewThe Iron Queen

Reviewer's Rating: 
2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Harlequin Teen, 2011

I've a few key pet peeves with The Iron Queen - namely, being the THIRD book in a TRILOGY would indicate to any normal person that this would be the final book in the three book set...nope.  My second pea-shooter is aimed at my first pet peeve in book one, we are bogged down by the descriptions of species and the complex ways the certain factions get along/don't get along/kinda get along etc.  Not to mention we have sworn enemies deciding to get along for the time being but they won't again soon and snooze.......

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