Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Book Review: The Ruby in th..

Book Review: The Ruby in the Smoke

I remember this trilogy being my favorite in middle school and I seemed to have misplaced the first one. So I hunted down this copy about a year ago for when I longed to reread these marvelous mysteries. Sally is one of the strongest female characters in literature. During a time when women were only meant to do housework and be married off, Sally finds herself hunting down the truth behind her father's mysterious death. On the way, she also finds herself becoming a manager of a photography business, living on her own and deciding what her own life will […]

Posted May 24, 2013
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Book Review: Strands of Bro..

Book Review: Strands of Bronze and Gold

You can call me morbid, but my favorite fairy tale of all time is the various Bluebeard tales. I have read the Grimm version several times and love when I find a novel rendition of the tale. As I started reading this one, I simply fell in love with the setting and the characters. Sophia is an innocent girl who is taken in by her godfather after her own father passes. He's a rich man and she does not want for anything, but she is nervous about the fact that he is a widower several times over and is unsure […]

Posted March 9, 2013
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Book Review: Dualed

Book Review: Dualed

It is hard to come to terms with a book that you have such high expectations for. The disappointment. The confusion. Where did it all go so wrong? The moment I first saw Dualed's cover and read its summary, I was sold. A kill or be killed kinda world. You against the other 'you'. I was so excited about this concept. But from the early pages of Dualed, something felt off. The beginning of Dualed was slow. Now, slow beginnings are okay when there is something to off set it. But sadly, Dualed did not have an extra layer to […]

Posted February 7, 2013
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Book Review: Mystic City

Book Review: Mystic City

Years into the future, our world has changed. Oceans have risen. Leaving the world to all but abandon Earth's once dry ground. High rises are the new normal. Politicians being the new king.   Our MC, Aria, knows about all the ins and outs of politics, or at least she should. As part of the Rose family, Aria can trace her family line back generations. Each generation a helping hand to this altered city and its people. But that family prestige comes at a price. Believing that she has had a break down of sorts, Aria awakens to find that […]

Posted November 1, 2012
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Book Review: Seraphina

Book Review: Seraphina

The moment I first glimpsed Seraphina, I knew it had to be mine. Medieval setting. Court intrigue. And dragons! Now, I love a fantasy read… when they are done right. Sadly, Seraphina hit a few sour notes. As the book started, Seraphina seemed like it was on the right track. As the plot opens, we learn that our main character, Seraphina, works for the royal court as a musician, and a member of the royal family has been killed. Or rather, as it is suspected, murdered by dragons. With an upcoming treaty to be signed between the dragon and human […]

Posted October 23, 2012
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Book Review: Yesterday

Book Review: Yesterday

The year: 1985. A time when things were changing. Madonna. MTV. The Brat Pack. The year I was born. Yesterday takes place here. But the tale does not start there.   Years into the future, our world has been ravaged by global warming. Rising ocean levels. Massive rainfalls. Severe droughts. Imagine a world that is on the brink of destruction, trying to hold on. But when the scales are tipped due to an unknown virus, this world's people only have the past to look back to.   Yesterday starts with a killer prologue. Based on that prologue alone, I was […]

Posted September 24, 2012
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Book Review: Unspoken

Book Review: Unspoken

I loved Sarah's other series and I always know that some of her unique and funny personality will make it into her novels, so I was excited for this one.   Kami has been talking to the boy in her head since she was a little girl. She knows he is real, but she is not ready to meet him when he comes to live in Sorry-in-the-Vale, especially when she finds he is one of the Lynburn family. This family is whispered about and has some hold over the town, but it's a mystery why. Kami is an investigator for […]

Posted September 17, 2012
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Book Review: Jane Jones: Wo..

Book Review: Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever.

Nice twist on vampire lore. Cute cover. Seemed like it had quite a bit going for it. Was really hoping for some humor.   I really, really wanted to like Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. The summary seems to promise a funny, quirky take on the vampire lore which is different than most vampire offerings. But what I got, was a tale that seemed to try a little too hard.   After finishing the last page, my brain has been trying to sort out my feelings for Jane Jones. Part of me loved that Jane was completely different than most […]

Posted November 7, 2011
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