Category: Book Review

Book Review: The Golden Com..

Book Review: The Golden Compass

  The Golden Compass was my gateway book into fantasy. I remember stalking bookstores and looking for the sequels to come out (a time before Amazon and Goodreads). Set in an alternate London, Lyra is an orphan and warded with one of Oxford’s colleges. Her uncle is the esteemed and frightening Lord Asriel – who has discovered “Dust” – a particle that he suspects will lead to the discovery of an alternate universe. She ends up in the care of Mrs. Coulter, who seems like a mother but in a cold way. When Lyra finds out that her best friend […]

Posted July 6, 2017
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Book Review: Sputnik’..

Book Review: Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth + Giveaway

Prez is in a Temporary – a home just for the summer – when Sputnik shows up and is a talking alien with a backpack. Except his temporary family all thinks he is a dog. It takes Prez a while to figure it out. Sputnik has been sent by Laika to help save Earth – by making a list with Prez of the top 10 things that makes Earth worth saving. Obviously not wanting his world to be shrunk, he decides he must help Sputnik realize what is so great about earth. All the while, he is wanting his grandfather […]

Posted June 14, 2017
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Book Review: Two Truths and..

Book Review: Two Truths and a Lie + Giveaway

Two Truths and a Lie is an exciting new series that presents three articles on similar topics, but only two of them are completely true. Readers can actively search and look to see which one is true or not. At the end of the book, it does go section by section and go over which ones are true and which was not true. I loved the research tips section as well as the bibliography. I feel like you could use this book as a bibliography tool as well, showing students they can use a bibliography to do further research and […]

Posted June 12, 2017
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Blog Tour: 5 Worlds + Givea..

Blog Tour: 5 Worlds + Giveaway

5 Worlds is a beautiful graphic novel about a girl who doesn’t seem to be meeting expectations of a sand dancer. Oona has always felt she is not up to par, especially compared with her older sister who would have been the next sand dancer, if she had not run away. Her sister has sent her a letter and wants her to meet her on the day of the ceremony and she does not consider going until the Sand Castle is attacked. But Oona is not our only character. An Tzu is a charming street waif who helps those in […]

Posted June 2, 2017
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Book Review: Orphan Island ..

Book Review: Orphan Island + Giveaway

Jinny is one of nine children living on a mysterious island. Each year a new child arrives and the Eldest leaves on a green boat that mysteriously appears. When her best friend Deen leaves her, she becomes the Eldest and in charge of a little girl who knows nothing about the island rules. She must teach her before her own year is up and she must leave. The island itself is quite mysterious. It seems like a fairy tale – where you can’t really be harmed such as a gust of wind will keep you from falling off a cliff. The […]

Posted May 20, 2017
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Book Review + Blog Tour + G..

Book Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Shadow Cipher

Twins Tess and Theo are named after the notorious Morningstar siblings, who disappeared years ago and left New York City with a cipher to solve – at which there was a treasure at the end. When their building, one designed by the Morningstars is bought and they have to vacate, the twins with the help of their friend and neighbor Jaime decide they must solve the cipher. What they don’t realize is what they’ve gotten themselves into, the danger behind trying to find the treasure and what will happen when they do. I love this alternate NYC, one that has […]

Posted May 3, 2017
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Blog Tour: Posted + Giveawa..

Blog Tour: Posted + Giveaway

Anderson never fails to impress me. I was never a nerd when I was in school, until maybe high school. I didn’t really understand labels, but I love how it’s coined in this book – finding your “tribe” – the people you meld with. So what is this book about? I’m so choked up from the ending that it’s hard to think about the beginning. It’s about bullying, standing your ground, and being yourself no matter what. Rose crashes into a group of 4 boys and Frost (our main character) knows that nothing will ever be the same again. Rose […]

Posted April 24, 2017
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Audiobook Review: Boneshake..

Audiobook Review: Boneshaker

Boneshaker is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. I have them in book format, but decided to listen to the first on audiobook. I loved the narration and felt pulled away right into the story. The setting is steampunk, a feeling of darker, older times but with a mix of technology. In fact, technology is what laid to ruin the world that Briar and Zeke currently live in. It’s Zeke’s father and Briar’s husband that created the machine that went awry and created a city to be blocked off because of the living dead. Zeke […]

Posted April 14, 2017
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