Publisher: Random House LLC

Book Review: The Mirk and M..

Book Review: The Mirk and Midnight Hour

The Mirk and Midnight Hour is a retelling of Tam Lin, a fairy tale I am not as familiar with, but will definitely be reading more into soon. Set during the Civil War, Violet is still mourning the loss of her twin brother when her father announces he is not only going off to war, but marrying a widow and she will have a new stepsister along with a stepmother. Of course, her new stepsister is one she cannot stand, but she tries her best to get along with them as they move in. The coming of her younger cousin […]

Posted July 11, 2014
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Book Review: Gated

Book Review: Gated

Behind closed gates, anything goes. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting from Gated, but what it delivered was unlike anything I have ever read. For Lyla, her family, and friends, the end of the world is coming. Literally. Or at least, that is what they have been told and even passionately believe. After the events of September 11th’s attack, who are they to question the direction the world is going in. They lived through it. The choas. The terror. For them, everything Pioneer tells them seems reasonable… believable. Swept away from everything they know, Lyla and her […]

Posted July 9, 2014
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Book View: Wonder

Book View: Wonder

Wonder is one of those books that I knew I would kick myself for not reading sooner. I meant to read it during the school year, while all my students were singing its praises and the middle school in our district was even reading it as a 1 book, 1 school project. Yet, I didn’t. I read it right after school ended. I would highly suggest keeping a tissue box nearby. There are some amazing moments in this book and the book is from several points of view, giving insight into how Auggie, his older sister, and a few other […]

Posted July 4, 2014
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Book Review: Divided

Book Review: Divided

Coming directly from having read Dualed in audiobook format, I had to realign my brain to read Divided in book format. Thinking about the first book, I felt there was no a lot of background information and was hoping that Divided would fill in the gaps of the first book. I felt like there was some questions answered, but I’m not fully satisfied with the brief glimpse into the history of how the Board was formed, what the different levels mean and some of the history as well as more information on why the program of killing your clone was […]

Posted June 11, 2014
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Book View: The Whizz Pop Ch..

Book View: The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop

Short & Sweet: A great audio recording of The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop kept me reading until the end. I loved the blend of magic with chocolate and adventure. I love the latest mix of sweets with magic and this book reminded me of other books I loved with the same mix, like The Candy Shop Wars by Brandon Mull. The best part of this book was the invisible elephant, I don’t know why this stuck out to me but it did and I loved the interactions between the siblings and this creature. I think any child would wish to […]

Posted March 12, 2014
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Book Review: Fates

Book Review: Fates

Exiled and cut off from all that she knows, Corinthe is lost. A Fate stuck on Earth until she has redeemed herself. Her crime? Being curious and asking questions. Her salvation? Having to kill the one person she loves most. Fates started off pretty much how I thought it would. A little bit of back story and getting to know our characters. Nothing unusual here. Then, bam! A killer scene that came out of nowhere. Loved it! Despite, all the negativity I had been hearing, for me, things were not looking so bad. Until… I discovered Corinthe’s crime. Okay, so […]

Posted February 20, 2014
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Book Review: Ophelia and th..

Book Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

One of my favorite fairy tales is that of the Snow Queen, so when I started reading Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy I found myself completely immersed at once. Beyond even the Snow Queen, I felt compelled to read this story, set in modern times in a museum in a city where it always snows. Ophelia is a quiet girl who couldn’t possibly fathom the adventure she is about to set on. Told between her point of view and flashbacks into the Marvelous Boy’s past, I felt the story pulled me in as a reader as I became interested in […]

Posted February 16, 2014
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Book Review: Terrier

Book Review: Terrier

Terrier is the first in the Beka Cooper trilogy, set in the world of Tortall. Beka is a rookie, a “pup” who is learning to be one of the Provost’s Dogs. Having helped with bringing a man to justice at a young age, she has already started her legend and ends up with the two most seasoned Dogs on the watch – Matthias and Clara. What holds Beka back from being amazing is how shy she can be. Her training and experience on the streets help her in every aspect of the job, and her special ability to talk to […]

Posted February 9, 2014
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