Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Book Review: Friday Barnes,..

Book Review: Friday Barnes, Girl Detective

Friday Barnes is a character that amused me completely. I haven’t been drawn into a kids mystery in a while and I absolutely fell in love with the first in this new series. Friday reminds me of Matilda and Harriet the Spy rolled into one. She’s been forced to grow up herself and has exceeded becoming a genius as she has nothing better to do than read the thousands of books in her parents’ house. They are both brilliant, but have no time for her. She also is obsessed with reading mysteries. When she gets the chance to help solve […]

Posted January 20, 2016
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Book Review: Don’t Fe..

Book Review: Don’t Feed the Boy

I always love going into a book not knowing much at all. I find myself enjoying a surprising amount of books that contain no fantasy or paranormal elements lately so I was looking forward to this one. Whit often feels like his parents really should never have had a child, especially when they treat the animals at the zoo with more care than they do him. Because he is not allowed to leave the zoo, Whit finds himself confined to the premises until he meets the Bird Girl, who always is sitting near the birds and drawing quietly. He finds out […]

Posted October 18, 2012
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Book View: The Year of the Beasts

Short & Sweet: A fantastic dichotomy of a story. The graphic novel portion shows the tale of a girl who has been cursed to be medusa and turns those she loves to stone. The novel portion of the book wraps a bit of a different tale, one of a girl who cannot stand her jealousy for her little sister when she ends up dating the boy of her dreams. Quite an intense novel. I really related to both sisters in this novel and it was hard not to hate Tessa just a little bit as she could not seem to […]

Posted September 29, 2012
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Book Review: Promised

Book Review: Promised

Reviews: Birthmarked / Prized   * Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series. Read at your own risk *   Birthmarked was ground breaking. Taking readers into the depths of the Enclave. Revealing secrets that had lain buried for an untold number of years. Prized was surprising… in a good way. I appreciated O'Brien taking us outside of the Enclave and its walls. Allowing readers to get a better look at the outside world. So, like most final books in a trilogy, Promised had a lot riding on it   Maybe it has been a while since I last finished Prized, […]

Posted September 28, 2012
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Double Monster Review: Priz..

Double Monster Review: Prized

Review: Birthmarked     I was really looking forward to this book, having enjoyed the first so much and knew this one would be even better. I loved the first book, but this one was so different and made me think a bit of Blood Red Road (which I loved) but with less violence. I loved the mystery behind why people could not leave the village that Gaia discovered and how she went about solving the dilemma. The village itself was so unique and filled with intriguing characters and customs. The plot was steady, filled with drama, romance, and mystery. […]

Posted January 6, 2012
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Book View: Birthmarked

Book View: Birthmarked

Short and Sweet: I am a dystopian junky. No matter how hard I try to get away from these type of books… they just keep pulling me back in. When Birthmarked first released, I was dying to get my hands on it. Months later, I have finally had the chance to get my hands on it. First impression? Birthmarked was certainly worth the wait. A brave character. An enticing world. A romance that was a sweet as it was frustrating. Yep, I am sure glad I had a chance to dive into these pages.   Final Verdict: A very satisfying dystopian. Well-written with plenty […]

Posted April 11, 2011
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Book View: The Midnight Charter

Short & Sweet: A fantastic adventure novel that involves fantasy and historical elements. It was quite a tale that I won't be forgetting any time soon. I highly recommend reading this novel because there are so many elements to the plot and characters that you will be taken by the story being told and not want to put it down. Final Verdict: Definitely read this book, the audio was fantastic if you like to listen to books.

Posted August 3, 2010
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Book Review: Birthmarked

Book Review: Birthmarked

Gaia is the daughter of a midwife and destined to be one herself someday. That day arrives too quickly when her parents are arrested for reasons unsure to her. Bravely, she decides she must try to help them – even if it means breaking the rules she has followed her whole life. Birthmarked had a fantastic plot with a few twists, dramatic moments, and even some underlying romance. Gaia surprised me. She cared too much for her family to live a safe life. She definitely is very conscious of her scarred face and sometimes cannot see past it to how […]

Posted June 21, 2010
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