Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Book View: Clementine

Book View: Clementine

Short & Sweet: Clementine is a series I've meant to pick up but haven't until now. I listened to this one on audio while cleaning and found myself laughing and smiling along with the narration. Clementine knows she is not the easy child, and often says she is the only one who does pay attention. Just not to what her teachers and parents tell her to. I love seeing the story through Clementine, who definitely reminds me of some of my own students. I'm sure this book will resonate with a lot of students and will hopefully connect with Clementine […]

Posted July 20, 2013
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Book Review: School Spirits

Book Review: School Spirits

Ever since the ending of the Hex Hall series, I have been dying for something else by Rachel Hawkins. Seriously, I am not sure Rachel Hawkins can do any wrong in my eyes. School Spirits opens around the time of the ending of Spell Bound. Although it really isn't spelled out that there is a connection between the two series, there are little breadcrumbs that link Sophie and Izzy together. Well, besides the fact that they are cousins. Truth be told, if you are looking for basically a redo of the Hex Hall series, you will not find it here. […]

Posted May 10, 2013
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Book Review: The Rules

Book Review: The Rules

In Ariane's life, survival is determined by five simple rules. Follow these rules, and Ariane can get want she wants: a normal life. A life where she is not constantly looking over her shoulder, or making sure she is following the 'human' norms. A life that does not involve her being trapped in a box because she is half alien. There are some books that you know right away that you are going to love. The Rules was not one of them. I loved the concept. I loved Ariane. Yet, in the beginning, my reading experience with The Rules hovered […]

Posted May 1, 2013
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Book Review: The Darkest Mi..

Book Review: The Darkest Minds

Having enjoyed Brightly Woven, what feels like years and years ago, so much, I have been waiting patiently for another book from Alexandra Bracken. But before I even finished page one of The Darkest Minds, I will admit that I wavered with some doubt. Could The Darkest Minds be as epic as Brightly Woven? Would I fall in love with this world as much as I had with Bracken's previous book? The answer: yes, and in a lot of ways that I did not expect. From the beginning, I loved the set up of the world. Children falling prey to […]

Posted March 15, 2013
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Book Review: Poison

Book Review: Poison

Poison has all the right ingredients to make it a read to remember. From the very first pages, I fell in love with this read. A teenage potions master who is on the run due to having tried to kill the kingdom's princess. Along the way, she meets a mysterious young man and a playful pig, who quite easily stole the spotlight and my heart. Although Kira and the gang are teens, often times Poison felt like it was directed at younger readers. Does that make me love the book any less? No way. But it did take away from […]

Posted February 28, 2013
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Book Review: The Lives We L..

Book Review: The Lives We Lost

Review: The Way We Fall Really having enjoyed the first in this series, I was eager to pick up The Lives We Lost. Kaelyn has to make a choice of leaving the island she feels safe on so that she can bring the vaccine her father created to someone who can replicate it. At first, she is just going to journey with her boyfriend Gav, but an attack on the island leaves her friends no choice but to come along to the mainland. Together they must find a way to survive with the help of Tobias, the soldier who warned […]

Posted February 13, 2013
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Double Monster Review: The ..

Double Monster Review: The Way We Fall

  Not dystopian. Not post-apocalyptic. The Way We Fall tackles something completely different…viruses! I was so excited about the potential with this one. In the back of my mind, I am already foreseeing that if this book does well, then we will probably see a slew of virus outbreak novels in the future. The Way We Fall is an often dark account of the spread of a deadly virus on a small Canadian island. The story opens with Kaelyn reaching out to a friend that she has not seen in years through her journal, something she hopes that she can […]

Posted January 24, 2012
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Book Review: Fairest of All

Book Review: Fairest of All

I bought this a while back because I absolutely love Serena Valentino, who writes the amazing graphic novels called Gloomcookie. When I saw she had written a novel, I had to get it. I really thought this was a bit unique. It used a lot of imagery from the movie as opposed to some of the original stories. Also, you saw the actual decline of the evil stepmother and why she became the monster she did. It's amazing to think what a bit of insecurity can really do to a person when put and prodded into a situation. It was […]

Posted March 24, 2011
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