Publisher: Philomel

Book View: Atlantis Rising

Book View: Atlantis Rising

Short & Sweet: I loved T.A. Barron's books growing up so I was excited when I picked up Atlantis Rising from the library. Promi is a thief, who loves to swipe sweets especially from the markets and has made it his goal to steal directly from the high priest himself. Atlanta is a girl who lives in the forest and takes care of the trees. They are thrown together when the hunt for Atlantis by a greedy evil villain has Promi working towards a goal of stopping inevitable evil. I'll be honest, the characters and plot both fell flat for […]

Posted January 19, 2014
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Book Review: A Tangle of Kn..

Book Review: A Tangle of Knots

First Impression: I love Lisa Graff's books and she's constantly nominated for our state children's choice awards. I was looking forward to reading something by her that involved a bit more fantasy twisted into the plot.  While Reading: I found myself drawn into the mystery behind the various characters and how they all interconnected throughout the story. Graff weaves a tale about a world where some people have talents, but they can be anything from spitting to levitating and even to baking cakes. Cady has the talent of cake baking and throughout the book are recipes for the different cakes […]

Posted February 15, 2013
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Book View: Snow in Summer

Book View: Snow in Summer

Short & Sweet: It's been a while since I saw a fairy tale retelling in America that is not modern. This one takes place in the early 1900s and Yolen does an amazing job of pulling you into the setting and story. Instead of Summer's father dying, he is under a spell after he marries Stepmama. The view point alternates, showing not only Summer and Stepmama's views, but also Cousin Nancy's at times. The reader gets to delve into the reasons why Stepmama does what she does and it really is quite a creepy tale at times that made me […]

Posted July 27, 2012
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Book Review: Between Shades..

Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

I have had this book on my shelf for quite some time now. It took my YA literature class to push me to read it. I needed a historical fiction and I knew that one had been raved about. Future award winner talk and all that good stuff you want to hear about a book. This book starts right in the thick of things, the night that Lina, her mother and her brother are taken from their home. Throughout the book, she remembers that night, how she wishes she would have brought the steaming fresh loaf of bread on her […]

Posted April 22, 2012
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Book View: Mockingbird

Book View: Mockingbird

Short & Sweet: Caitlin really is a character that draws you in. She thinks about things so differently because of having Asperger's and she must come to terms with her older brother dying in her own way. I love that this book was from her point of view and that you really did get to see how a child like her sees the world. This was a book that made me cry several times. Final Verdict: Why are all the award winning books ones that make you cry? Definitely a book worth reading and more than worthy of the National […]

Posted September 21, 2011
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Book Review: Nightshade

Book Review: Nightshade

  Why I read this: This book has been sitting on my shelf since the beginning of the school year, maybe even longer. When I passed by the audiobook at the library a while back, I figured it was time to buckle down and read it, and what better way than an audiobook? Plot: Calla has always followed the rules. She knows why they are in place, but when she starts to have feelings for an outsider, everything changes. This book is full of twists I didn't see coming, a pair of male leads that both care for Calla, and […]

Posted February 20, 2011
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