Book Review: Fire

Book Review: Fire

Fireby Kristin CashoreRelease Date: October 5, 2009 From the author’s website: Fire, Graceling‘s prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells. Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored– fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green– and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans. Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in […]

Posted August 17, 2009
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Book Review: Dancing with A..

Book Review: Dancing with Ana + Author Interview

Dancing with Ana by Nicole Barker /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} From the author's website: Beth is a lucky girl… She comes from a loving family. She has three best friends. She loves to surf and lives five minutes from the beach. She also recently discovered that the boy she’s grown up with has the most amazing green eyes… Beth has every reason to smile. Every reason to be happy. Every […]

Posted August 16, 2009
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Book Review: The Summoning

Book Review: The Summoning

The Summoningby Kelley Armstrong From the author’s website:Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for ‘disturbed teens’. At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But […]

Posted August 16, 2009
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Author Interview: Malinda L..

Author Interview: Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo was kind enough to let me interview her. I met Malinda at ALA and thought she was amazing, so I wanted to learn more about her and especially about her amazing book Ash. A little bit about Malinda before we get to the questions:Malinda Lo was born in China and moved to the United States as a child. She grew up in Colorado and has since lived in Boston, New York, London, Beijing, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is the former managing editor of AfterEllen.com, the largest entertainment news website for lesbians and bisexual women. In 2006, […]

Posted August 14, 2009
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Book Review: The Cave

Book Review: The Cave

Author: Steve McGillReleased: February 13th 2009 by BookSurge Publishing Copy Provided by: AuthorSummary from GoodReads:When World War I began, Arthur Pratt did what many other Americans did, joining a foreign army to fight while the United States was still trying to avoid entering the conflict. He was reportedly killed in action, though no body was ever recovered, and his surviving family had only letters and photos from the war to remember him by. Eighty years later, Arthur?s great-great-grandson Ian is fascinated by the war he?s learned about from his family scrapbooks. He wants to be adventurous and brave just like […]

Posted August 14, 2009
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Book Review: Candor

Book Review: Candor

Candor by Pam BachorzRelease date: September 22, 2009 From the author’s website: In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, Oscar Banks has found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages that turn even the most troubled kids into model citizens. On the outside, he’s the perfect Candor teen, and no one knows that he’s built an entire business around helping new kids escape before the Messages take hold. But then Nia Silva moves to town, and Oscar thinks she’s perfect exactly the way she is. Soon he must make a choice: let Nia be lost to the brainwashing, […]

Posted August 13, 2009
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Author Interview + extra: S..

Sean Beaudoin, author of Fade to Blue, has graciously accepted to donate some time to me to answer some interview questions. But first, let's find out a bit more about the man himself: 58% of the letters in Sean Beaudoin's name are vowels. In ASCII binary code, his name is 01010011 01100101 01100001 01101110 00100000 01000010 01100101 01100001 01110101 01100100 01101111 01101001 01101110 Backwards, it's Naes Nioduaeb. In Pig Latin, it's Eansay Eaudoinbay. Sean Beaudoin has used his B.A. in photography as a springboard into the following jobs: construction laborer, circus roustabout, busboy, used book buyer, hotel desk clerk, camp […]

Posted August 12, 2009
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Book Review: Avielle of Rhi..

Book Review: Avielle of Rhia

Author: Dia CalhounReleased: October 28th 2006 by Marshall Cavendish Children’s BooksSummary from GoodReads: Since the blood of her great-great-grandmother, Dolvoka, had sprung up in Princess Avielle-because she looked Dredonian-would Dolvoka’s evil magic spring up in her, too? With her silver skin and silver hair, fifteen-year-old Princess Avielle of Rhia resembles her Dredonian great-great grandmother who practiced evil magic. Everyone in Rhia expects Avielle to turn evil, too. Shunned by those around her, she feels unloved and unable to love others. In addition, Rhia is on the verge of war with Dredonia, which suffers under the rule of evil wizard-priests: the […]

Posted August 9, 2009
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