Young Adult

Book ReviewDeath and the girl next door

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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, 2012.

Another series by Darynda Jones? YUMMY! Finding this book by chance on the shelves was like a disco ball falling from the ceiling and "Party Rocket" bursting from invisible speakers. I didn't think it was possible for a new favorite author of mine to have anything on the shelves without me having devoured it first. Being a librarian DOES have its perks you know. I was curious about this Young Adult series by Darynda because her adult series is very, um, adult in content. True, there are some definite sizzly, hot spots, but...

Book ReviewThe Iron Daughter

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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, 2010

Thank goodness the summary doesn't really summarize the book...though it is supposed to, really. But the synopsis is kinda limp which is why I had to drag myself to finally pick up The Iron Daughter and get going. And lo and behold - that synopsis really just snapshots the first three chapters then WHAMO! we're into adventure and action mode. I had mixed feelings about the first book in this trilogy, The Iron King. I felt it was way too concerned with detailing the various species, the complexity of their rivals vs comrades and it bogged the flow of the story down quite a bit. I'm happy to report that all gets left behind in The Iron Daughter, book two. Instead, we focus on just a few key characters and their very dangerous quest. Who doesn't love a good quest?

Book ReviewRuby Red: The girl about time

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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, 2011

Kudos first to this book for helping take my mind off a nasty chest cough all day long. When I wasn't burning up turning pages, I was shivering but this tale was twisty enough to keep me engaged but not so much my cold fogged brain couldn't follow. You gotta admit, that's a tricky balance on a good day! This first book in the Red Ruby trilogy will wet your appetite for the other two (sorry you'll have to wait until 2013 for the final installment, Emerald Green), but I'm not palming a brick at the bookstore window. It's a lighter entertainment rather than...

Book ReviewThe Dark Unwinding

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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, 2012.

I've been looking for a while now for a book to be excited about and The Dark Unwinding was just the ticket. It's a very satisfying experience to find a good novel that makes you set aside time to dive deep - especially when life is very busy! For a first writing attempt, author Sharon Cameron is going on my shortlist of authors to watch and enjoy for years to come. There were some great elements to this story but the thing that tops my list is...

Book ReviewPrincess of the Midnight Ball

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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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Bloomsbury, 2009.

This was a lukewarm book for me when I wanted a steaming bubble bath. Part of the problem is the misleading book synopsis - which is a big pet peeve of mine. DO NOT give me false set up, people! The jacket description alludes to a partnership between Rose and Galen, "Together they begin to unravel..." baloney! Each works separately until the itty bitty end chapter. "They'll need an invisibility cloak.." Esqueeze me but...

Book ReviewKeeping the Castle

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1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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Viking, 2012.

This is a Jane Austen look-a-like, read-a-like, plot-a-like; what's not to love? Apparently a lot. I seem to be in a reading funk these days. Nothing lately has captured my interest and this book lost me completely just five chapters in. The best thing about this book was the cover and yes, I'm shallow enough to say that was the main reason I gave it a shot. In Keeping the Castle, Patrice tries to write in Jane Austen style but it merely comes off as...

Book ReviewThe Iron King

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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, 2010.

Hype - thy name is expectation. When someone tells you, "This book was good" you have a certain standard in your mind and when that is not reached you feel a little flat about the whole thing. The Iron King was recommended by one of my favorite authors. She read it as part of her October Halloween line up so I thought, what the heck. In the author's defence, this book is...

Book ReviewThe Summoning

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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Doubleday Canada, 2008

I could not 'summon' much enthusiasm for this book as a whole, which is always disappointing for me. When I am in-between my favorite authors that's the perfect time to try someone new and take a risk. It's wonderful when you find a new, amazing author, but a downer when less than halfway through you know this will be the first and the last try on this particular writer. The biggest problem I had with this book was...

Book ReviewGoliath

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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, 2011.

I'm so glad that this last book in the Leviathan series was as great as the first. Often a series can start with a bang that ends on a disappointing fizz, but Goliath is much like its beginning - fast paced, intense, creative, fun, well illustrated and certainly well-written. For me, after a ho hum book two that felt stagnant in Istanbul, back on the great airship Leviathan, Alek and Deryn are side by side fighting in battles, dangerous intrigue and if there weren't enough wonderful characters we get mad Dr. Tesla tagging along now. Scott has

Book ReviewLegend

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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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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011

Legend is pure Dystopian. My definition of Dystopia is a book where the civilian population rebels against a corrupt and tight-fisted government all in an apocalyptic setting generally in the future. In other words, the cities are in shambles, there is no such thing as middle class anymore and the government owns all the pomade to ensure pretty pictures of themselves. Legend is an excellent first novel on many levels BUT (yes, that but is a very big but, thus the capitals)...

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