Publisher: Macmillan

Book Review: Beastkeeper

Book Review: Beastkeeper

When Sarah’s mother leaves, her father packs her up and ships her off to stay with her grandmother. Unsure of the reason, she puts up a fuss and tries to reason that her mother will be back. Left at her grandmother’s, she finds that there is a family curse, one that turns those descended from their blood into wolves when they fall in love. Sarah must find a way to break the curse so she can have her family back. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I found Beastkeeper to be an enchanting novel about a young girl who […]

Posted February 8, 2015
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Book Review: Rain Reign

Book Review: Rain Reign

Rain Reign is a powerful story of a girl named Rose who has no mother, a father who frequently leaves her alone to go the bar down the street, and Asperger’s Syndrome to top it off. She’s obsessed with finding new homonyms and the two good things in her life are her caring uncle and a dog that her father brings home one night and she names him Rain. When tragedy strikes and a hurricane goes through their town, Rose wakes up to find Rain missing and her house surrounded by water. Worried, she comes up with a plan to […]

Posted October 2, 2014
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Book Review: The League of ..

Book Review: The League of Seven

The League of Seven is the story of Archie Dent, son of two Septemberists, a secret society dedicated to keeping the Mangleborn at bay. Archie is on his way with his parents to the secret site of the Septemberist Society, but they find that the group has been taken over by strange bugs attached to their necks. Archie escapes with his robot, Mr. Rivets and he sets out to set his parents free of the bugs that have taken them over, while trying to stop the Mangleborn from getting free. On the way he meets Hachi and Fergus, and he […]

Posted September 17, 2014
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Book Conversation: The Vaul..

Book Conversation: The Vault of Dreamers + Giveaway

Kate: What do you want to discuss first when it comes to The Vault of Dreamers? Do you want to start with the world and the school? Kristen: Yes, I loved the setup; let’s go with that to start off. Kate: I did once I knew what was going on; the beginning was a little weird for me because they kept talking about their ‘blip rank’, but it took a couple chapters for the book to really go into detail with what was going on. Kristen: It reminded me a bit of anime/manga which throws you right into the plot […]

Posted September 9, 2014
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Graphic Novel Review: The Z..

Graphic Novel Review: The Zoo Box

The Zoo Box is a graphic novel that is more for elementary students and picture book format. I think my students would love this book, I loved the way that it flips roles of animals and humans in a zoo. What struck me at the beginning of the book is the way the siblings get along. At first I thought the older sister wouldn’t be so quick to play with her little brother, especially being the one in charge. That thought is probably due to my own experiences with an older sister who liked to boss around rather than play. […]

Posted September 4, 2014
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Book Review: The Kiss of De..

Book Review: The Kiss of Deception

For weeks now, I have been hearing about how amazing The Kiss of Deception is. How I absolutely should read it… like right this second. As with any book with some buzz behind it, I am usually a little wary. I have been burned one too many times. So, I do as the cautious do and ignore the buzz. Try to enjoy the read for what it is, how it makes me feel… and accept the book, good or bad, for what it really is. The Kiss of Deception started off pretty strong. A young princess being tossed into an […]

Posted August 31, 2014
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Book Review: Shipwreck Isla..

Book Review: Shipwreck Island

Sarah’s dad has just remarried and thinks it is a great idea to take all of the kids on their honeymoon with them. She’s not excited about the prospect of getting to know her new family which includes a stepmom and two stepbrothers. The first couple chapters is dedicated to the packing and whining that you can expect out of an almost teenage girl. It only gets worse when they discover their luxury cruise is really a small boat and even worse, the weather is horrible, leaving them stranded on an island. The island is where things start to get […]

Posted August 30, 2014
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Book Review: Alias Hook

Book Review: Alias Hook

Alias Hook is a twist on the story of Peter Pan, focusing in on Hook, a character who I’ve loved and hated for a long time. When the book begins, we can see that all is not going well and Hook is tiring of Pan’s games, which has cost him countless crews over the past 200 years. An extraordinary thing happens though, a grown woman appears in Neverland, a phenomenon that has not every happened since he’s been there. Sure, grown men who used to be lost boys and little Wendy’s, but never a real woman. Stella isn’t sure why […]

Posted August 14, 2014
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