Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Book View: The Name of this..

Book View: The Name of this Book is Secret

  Short & Sweet:  Who knew that a mysterious box of vials could send two kids on a dangerous trail to reveal a secret that has been kept too long? Cass and Max-Ernest find themselves involved with villains and mysteries that will put them in grave danger. The narrator consistently warns the reader about the horrible secrets within, but you cannot help but read on to find out what will happen next. I love the pace of this novel and for a chunky book it reads quickly, the action pulling you forward and the mysterious nature of all that is […]

Posted April 4, 2013
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Book Review: Iron Hearted V..

Book Review: Iron Hearted Violet

I have been longing to read this book, so when I saw it at the library, I snatched it up and checked it out. I have a bad habit of returning library books unread, but luckily the Fairytale Readathon happened in March and I dug right into this one. The narrator of this book is the castle storyteller, who spends a lot of time with Princess Violet, a somewhat ugly child who clings to the idea that in stories all princesses are beautiful. And it's that idea that has her torn in the book between what is good and what […]

Posted March 25, 2013
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Book View: Ninth Ward

Book View: Ninth Ward

Short & Sweet: Ninth Ward tells an amazing story of a girl who struggles through Hurricane Katrina. Lanesha is a character that has love in her life through Mama Ya-Ya, who helps her remain strong through being abnormal. She also is smart with math and finds that it will help her survive after the hurricane has passed. Lanesha's personality and perseverance makes her a wonderful character that the reader can admire. Ninth Ward would be a great introduction to the topic of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, giving the reader a firsthand view of how traumatic the storm was. […]

Posted November 29, 2012
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Book Review: The Last Princ..

Book Review: The Last Princess

Truth be told, I wanted The Last Princess based on its cover alone. The idea that the story was dystopian-ish didn't hurt my desire for the book either.   Set in a England of the future, the world has been decimated by what is referred to as 'The Seventeen Days.' A period when, ecologically speaking, you name it, it probably happened. But if that wasn't enough, someone is out to eliminate the royal family.   The Last Princess was an incredibly easy and fast-paced read. I was drawn instantly into Eliza's world. Although the details of 'The Seventeen Days' and […]

Posted May 12, 2012
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Book Review: Sweetly

Book Review: Sweetly

I loved Pearce's first novel in this series – Sisters Red – and could not wait to see what she came up in this one. Also, I love Hansel and Gretal and all the renditions of the tale and so I love to see what the modern tale would look like in a teen novel.   I could not put this book down after I started it. I probably enjoyed this one more than Sisters Red and that book was awesome. There's this intrigue right away in the novel. A brother and sister come to town and are warned away […]

Posted March 5, 2012
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Book Review: Daughter of Sm..

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone has probably been one of the most buzzed about books for 2011. Rave reviews. Gushing readers. The hype around this book is unreal. Usually, I don’t listen to all the hype since I am usually let down. But I figured what the heck with this one, might as well try it and see for myself.   It takes a lot now-a-days for a book to really impress me. The characters, the plot, the world all just has to line up just right. And with the first half of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor did […]

Posted November 20, 2011
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Book View: Forgotten

Book View: Forgotten

Short & Sweet: I listened to this one on audio and it was a compelling read. Poor London only remembers what notes she writes down before she goes to bed and future visions. She forgets the past and has to wake up each morning and realize what she has missed. The idea was so intriguing and I wondered what was going on, what had happened to make her so. I was surprised at the end when more is revealed about her past. The love story is interesting as well, as London never remembers what he looks likes until she sees […]

Posted October 19, 2011
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Book View: Circle of Fire

Book View: Circle of Fire

Short and Sweet: The Prophecy of the Sisters series has long been a favorite of mine. Zink's incredible writing making the pages fly by. The history. The sibling rivalry. All of it, just amazing. The final book of the series, Circle of Fire, follows in this great tradition. Although it had been a while since I had read the last book, Zink quickly got me back on track. It was finally time to find out how the Prophecy would end. Would it be happily ever after or the end of the world? I was on the edge of my seat, […]

Posted October 5, 2011
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