Young Adult

Book ReviewClockwork Prince

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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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Margaret K McElderry Books, 2011

Tragically lovely. That is exactly what the Clockwork Prince is to me. I have to be honest and tell you I read this book four months ago. In my heart I loved it but though it was a beautifully written tale, it was a sad piece of music and we all know I don't savor sad in my books and I couldn't bring myself to write the review for it. Just this past week in a lull between books, I decided to reread both Clockwork Angel and the Clockwork Prince back to back and see if my impressions...

Book ReviewThis Dark Endeavour

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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, 2011.

I had heard some buzz about this series and can admit Kenneth has written it well, but it is not for me. Darkly hungry. If that makes any sense to you! This book was at turns exciting, hopeful, intense but all of it under a shadow that was disturbing. Young Victor is well written but there is something off about his animalistic passion and immense stubbornness once he has set his mind about something. He feels desperate and his story flows like a river that is always thirsty.

Book ReviewRaising Dragons

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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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Living Ink Books, 2004

Raising Dragons is a Christian Fiction novel and I haven't read much in that area (okay, honestly, this is a first for me), so I wasn't sure just what to expect. Pleasantly, on a whole, it doesn't shove the bible down your throat but it did eventually cliche with ye olde, "My side has God and you are bad so smite thee!", "No, my side has God and WE are good and innocent and YOU must leave us alone!" Sigh. If you can overlook those passages...

Book ReviewSilverfin

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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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Puffin, 2005

I normally would not pick this type of book up to read on my own without some prior recommendation or prompting by my boss to check out a donated series she's considering for the library's collection. The latter is the reason I read this first book in the Young Bond series.

Despite the material not being my normal cup of tea, I have to say, this book was more enjoyable than I had thought it might be.

Book ReviewThe Prophecy of the Gems

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1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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Miramax Books, 2004

If I were to ever title reviews, this one would be, Lost in Translation. Originally written in french, this book was a smash success in France and Germany, not to mention the author was a mere 13 years of age when she wrote it over a six month time span! I love her personal success story, but sadly, not her book.

Book ReviewBehemoth

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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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Simon Pulse, 2010

After such a raving review for the first book in this series I HAD TO read Behemoth as soon as was humanly possible. What I found was definitely not the ride book one was. Rather, when I considered the series as a whole so far and my reactions to it, I felt as though I'd been shot from a cannon with book one - cheeks flapping uncontrollably with the rush of strong wind! Book two was...

Book ReviewLeviathan

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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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Simon Pulse, 2009

This book was a wild ride and reminded me of how exciting a book can truly be! I was bursting with enthusiasm for both my older daughter and my son to immediately read it when I finished. On my next shopping trip I will be looking to purchase the omnibus - three glorious adventures in one, woo hoo! Leviathan is all about...

Book ReviewThe Dragon Turn

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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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Tundra Books, 2011

I have never read any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books, nor watched any TV series based upon the character, but I did watch the recent Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams and I loved them! Perhaps in part because I have not read any other Sherlock Holmes material, I found myself finding this book very fresh and a truly great read.

Book ReviewThe Twilight Series

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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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Little Brown and Company, 2008

Due to the fact I gobbled these up four days straight with less than 8 hours of sleep, I am doing a combined review. I did not catch onto the Twilight phenomena until after the release of the fourth book, Breaking Dawn. Personally, these books cracked open the Young Adult genre for me. It was as though my brain had been numbly, dumbly unaware of what great fiction was being written in the YA area.

Book ReviewVanish

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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, 2011

As a reader, I was looking for Vanish to pick up the pace in this series, but the plot and storyline sputtered. At times, it was slow and methodical, Wowez me, I miss the cutiepie from book one type feel, but bits of action were interjected, making me sit up in my seat, until the slow returned.

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