Young Adult

Book ReviewThe Witch and Wizard

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1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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Little Brown and Company, 2009

I dont' know how James Patterson thought this book was worth publishing. It felt alarmingly like he was trying to do his own version of Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The biggest problem I had with this book was the detached style it was written in. The prisons are full of children, the way they are treated is abominable and it's all due to one evil, power-hungry psycho adult who calls himself, The One.

Book ReviewThe Traitor and the Tunnel

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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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Walker Books, 2011

There are some books you drool for. I am guilty of laying in a puddle of my own drool waiting for this next installment in the Mary Quinn Mystery Series. I can only hope she's going to carry the series to at least 40 books....AT LEAST.

Book ReviewThe False Prince

Reviewer's Rating: 
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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Scholastic Press, 2012

As you can tell from my rating above, I loved this book! Normally, I do not allow my 10 year old daughter to read ANY Young Adult books as yet, but when we went to the bookstore to purchase her year-end summer read, the store employee suggested she try this new, hot book. It wasn't until I went to write this review that I discovered it is classified as a Young Adult read. D'oh! At any rate, my daughter loved this book as well and like me, couldn't put it down.

Book ReviewCrossed

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Reviewer's Rating: 
1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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Dutton Books, 2011

Sigh. I really, really liked the first book in this series called Matched, which is why my shoulders are slightly slumped while writing this review. I can officially place myself off the boat of those who enjoy end of the world, dystopian, apocalyptic books. Matched was my kind of book because it slowly set the stage in gentle terms that perhaps things in Cassia's perfect society were not as they seemed. Crossed began with our characters slugging dead bodies into the water - teenage dead bodies, pre-teen dead bodies, dead bodies here, dead bodies there, bang! bang! dead bodies everywhere...

Book ReviewThe Hunger Games

Reviewer's Rating: 
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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Scholastic Inc., 2008

This book was referred to me by word-of-mouth at the library. Generally when a patron gushes about a book, depending on their reading style you nod and maybe get around to it. This first book by Suzanne Collins was being talked about by EVERYBODY so I decided to give it a try. Holy crap. I was completely sucked into this crazy world and speed read it in under 24 hours. Crazy world aside, Suzanne does what any great author does...

Book ReviewThe Gathering

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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Doubleday Canada, 2011

I grabbed this book as one of two I intended to read from the White Pine Awards list for 2012. The Gathering was a good read, not a great read. It had good character development, it had a good environment/setting, the plot built in a good way and the hook at the end to carry you into book two was good. Everything was solidly written but none of it was great. There are many questions asked...

Book ReviewMockingjay

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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Scholastic Press, 2010

I whined so much about a lack of movement in Catching Fire that I cannot accuse Collins of not doing so in this third and final instalment of The Hunger Games trilogy....and yet, this novel read to me like a lesson for our youth on the politics and red tape of war. Perhaps because Katniss, the main character, is an out of doors kind of girl, I found myself...

Book ReviewMatched

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Reviewer's Rating: 
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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Speak (imprint of Penguin), 2010

I’ve often found how much a story resonates with us leans heavily on where we are in our heads or our lives at the time we begin page 1. There is a flood of apocalyptic writing in the YA market right now – especially since the success of Hunger Games and the subsequent movie. When this book fell into my reading pile, I had just come from a string of disappointing reads – Insurgent – which I was too tired to battle alongside the main character in, and the hotly debated Fifty Shades of Gray and when the blush...

Book ReviewHaunting Violet

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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Walker and Company, New York, 2011

I pulled this book at random from the list of those nominated for the Red Maple awards for 2012 and was glad I did so by the end of it. Though Alyxandra has not slotted it as the first in a series to be written, (she writes the Drake Chronicles) I would be so bold as to make that suggestion to her. This book sets the stage for many more mysteries to be solved by Violet, Colin and Violet’s best friend Elizabeth. I love a seasoned writer for many reasons. Their craft has been honed. There is no sloppy writing, their plots are well thought out and...

Book ReviewFirelight

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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, 2010

Writing a series is a demanding, difficult job. The author must juggle how much to reveal with each installment, while still injecting enough mystery for readers to search in subsequent novels for those answers. The first novel in any series is your set up – introduce your main parties, explain the conflict and reveal very little. Much like looking at a menu in a restaurant, the first book sets the stage for multiple storylines/branch offs for other books. I always want to love a book and give it a top 5 rating, but I had a few problems with Firelight...

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