Publisher: Dutton Children's Books

Book Review: The Grimm Conc..

Book Review: The Grimm Conclusion

The Grimm Conclusion is one of my most anticipated fall reads and I was excited to meet the author at a conference, where I picked up the book. On the inside of the book, he wrote "May it give you nightmares" and indeed it would. Taking some of my favorite stories, like the Juniper Tree, we find different adventures in store for a brother and sister who must fight to survive. But beyond that, I felt like I got an insight into the head of Gidwitz himself as he brings the characters into modern day and reveals the truth behind […]

Posted November 24, 2013
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Book Review: Ship Out of Lu..

Book Review: Ship Out of Luck

Having not read any of the previous books, I wasn’t sure what quite to expect with Ship Out of Luck. I decided to plunge into the book and think of it as a standalone, which worked well. Antsy struck me as a great character right off the bat. He obviously had a lot of history with getting in trouble and it was easy to see how things could get out of hand on a 7 day cruise for Old Man Crawley’s 80th birthday. I loved the variety of characters. Lexie is a blind, rich girl – the granddaughter of Crawley and […]

Posted August 24, 2013
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Book View: Eighth Grade Bit..

Book View: Eighth Grade Bites

Short & Sweet: I just love Vlad from the first disc of this book (another audiobook read for me). This is a series I've had sitting on my shelf and I figured I'd try it out on audio since it was a nice short one. Vlad is a vampire whose parents died years ago and he must live with his mother's best friend. I love seeing the day to day of Vlad's problems when it comes to being a vampire. Something that at times is not so great. So when a big bad vampire comes looking for him, he's not […]

Posted April 11, 2013
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Book View: In a Glass Grimm..

Book View: In a Glass Grimmly

Short & Sweet: I loved the first in this series, so when I saw the second at the library, I had to check it out (and read it the same day). Gidwitz puts the perfect twist on these grim fairy tales. I can't help but love the gruesome nature of fairy tales and he definitely does not hold anything back. This book does a great job of showing the cleverness of the different fairy tales while still having a straight plot line that weaves the different tales together. The Frog Prince is one of my favorite tales and I love […]

Posted March 26, 2013
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Book Review: The Fault in O..

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

I've loved everything I have read by John Green. I was interested to see what would come of this novel, especially as he was writing from a female perspective for once. Oh the wit in this book. I was dying with laughter the whole time. I book-talked this one for my masters class and I read aloud the part where Hazel first meets Augustus and I had the whole class laughing with me. John Green blends such a horrible tale of defying death once only to be at its door again with laughter and love. There were so many moments […]

Posted March 19, 2012
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Book View: Crossed

Book View: Crossed

Review: Matched   * Review and Summary may contain spoilers from the first book of the series, Matched. Read at your own risk *   Short and Sweet: Matched, the first book in the series, was one of my favorite reads of last year. Condie stormed onto the scene and was lost in her world. Flash forward a year, and here we are with Crossed. Crossed was not what I wanted it to be. I expected the same level of action, romance, suspense. But it wasn't there. Not exactly. Crossed seemed to be a stepping stone type book. Adding to […]

Posted February 22, 2012
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Book Review: The King’..

Book Review: The King’s Rose

Catherine Howard is to be King Henry's newest bride. Only 15 years old, she has caught the eye of the King just after he has sentenced and executed his last wife – Anne Boleyn. But Catherine has a dark past and is not the virgin wife that Henry is expecting. She plays her part, but, as we know from history, she is doomed to fail him. I love the insight this book gives into how Catherine may really have been. She was barely a young woman when she wed King Henry and she already had a history of a past […]

Posted June 21, 2011
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Book Review: Where She Went

Book Review: Where She Went

I just loved If I Stay. LOVED it, so when I heard there was a sequel, I had to pick it up. When it appeared on my doorstep it was like fate. Taking off a few years later from If I Stay, this book is from the point of view of Adam, who is a successful rock star, yet he feels like the world is slowly tumbling down around him. Without Mia, he seems to have little purpose and is a wealth of emotions that are ready to overflow. A chance meeting will change his life forever. I just loved […]

Posted April 19, 2011
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