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reviewed Nancy Spellman and the Forest of Fear. September 10, 2011
Nancy Spellman and the Forest of Fear
First in a series, this book is about your average British schoolgirl thrust into a very strange situation. The fate of an entire world rests on the shoulders of her and her friend.      …
posted a Quick Tip about The Chronicles of Prydain. August 24, 2011
The Prydain Chronicles (omnibus)
Absolutely one of my favorite fantasy series (and probably in my top five fantasy series alongside the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, and J.K. Rowling), Lloyd Alexander's The …
reviewed The Last Little Blue Envelope. April 27, 2011
Aunt Peg has taught Ginny a great deal. She's taught her to take life as it comes, and to run towards adventure, not away from it. So when Ginny returns to the States after her European adventure, …
posted a Quick Tip about The Hunger Games. March 24, 2011
The Hunger Games: Book 1
Suzanne Collins has crafted a winning page-turner that will pull you in, quickly and deeply. Katniss and Peeta are truly intelligent, well-crafted, complex, memorable characters displaying the love, friendship, …
reviewed A Movie Pitch. March 23, 2011
A Movie Pitch
What kid doesn’t grow up believing they don’t fit in? In my early years I accepted I’d never be the “prom queen” type. My reality realization was due to the written words …
reviewed Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233. March 18, 2011
Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233
When hotheaded artist Cathy wakes to find a mysterious mark on the inside of her arm she doesn't worry all that much. She just, as anyone would, assumes its (at worse) a spider bite. But when she …
posted a Quick Tip about Room: A Novel. March 07, 2011
Room: A Novel
The kind of book you don't want to stop reading! Great and easy read.
reviewed Room: A Novel. February 25, 2011
Room: A Novel
I would never have read this book if it wasn't part of The Morning News' Tournament of Books. Although this seems to be on most "best books" lists for 2010(and shortlisted for the Mann …
posted a Quick Tip about The Golden Compass (Northern Lights). February 23, 2011
The Golden Compass
It's a great adventure story in a parallel universe where people's spirits (or souls, but that becomes problematic) exist as animals outside the body. Read it as an adventure tale and it will hold the …
reviewed Room: A Novel. February 23, 2011
Room: A Novel
Jack has spent his entire life in one location—Room. It is where he was born and to his five year old mind, Room is the entire world. His world contains three people, himself, Ma, and Old Nick. …
posted a Quick Tip about Twilight (book). February 22, 2011
Twilight
Clumsy generic insipid character has a sparkly vampire boyfriend who should have been spiked through the chest in the first book.
reviewed You. February 15, 2011
You
Writing in the second person (addressing the reader as "you =" while writing--"you walk in a room") is a tricky thing, David Klass handled it beautifully in You Don't Know Me.   …
reviewed Room: A Novel. February 02, 2011
Room: A Novel
I had been reading and hearing nothing but good things about Room, so I finally decided to see what the hype was all about. My reading pleasure was slightly tainted when the library gave me one …
reviewed The Carrie Diaries. January 31, 2011
The Carrie Diaries
"Meet Carrie before Sex and the City." That's what it says on the cover of Candace Bushnell's The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to that other book that launched the popular HBO series of …
posted a Quick Tip about Room: A Novel. January 30, 2011
Room: A Novel
This book was all I expected and more. It is a beautifully written novel.
posted a Quick Tip about The Hunger Games. January 18, 2011
The Hunger Games: Book 1
THE HUNGER GAMES, inspired by the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, is an innovative, dare I say unique, young adult twist on the recurring themes of violence, cruely, despair, privation and revolution …
posted a Quick Tip about The Golden Compass (Northern Lights). January 17, 2011
The Golden Compass
Heart stopping adventure pitting good against insidious evil and weak against strong, a cast of magnificently crafted characters, compelling dialogue and a child's sense of awestruck wonder and insatiable …
reviewed Beautiful Creatures. December 29, 2010
Beautiful Creatures
I have mixed feelings about this book. I'll start with the positive. The story was very unique and compelling, there were a lot of wonderful background characters, the setting was great. My favorite …
posted a Quick Tip about Mockingjay. December 24, 2010
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins' brilliant conclusion to the HUNGER GAMES trilogy, graphically showcases the horrors of war - loss, heroism, courage, death and destruction, bravery, leadership - and injects horrific …
reviewed Mockingjay. December 24, 2010
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Dystopia, Big Brother and post-apocalypse are themes that have been included in novels so often that it could well be a life's work for a librarian to prepare an exhaustive catalogue of titles. But, …
reviewed Mockingjay. December 22, 2010
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Warning! Don't read if you plan to read book 2 and haven't yet. There's a few spoilers for those who've not read book 3 yet but not many. You've been warned, read at own risk. Otherwise, …
posted a Quick Tip about The Hunger Games. December 22, 2010
The Hunger Games: Book 1
Read this book after you've finished your day. You won't want to get up to do anything else. Trust me, it's that good.
posted a Quick Tip about The Hunger Games. December 18, 2010
The Hunger Games: Book 1
THE HUNGER GAMES, inspired by the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, is an innovative, dare I say unique, young adult twist on the recurring themes of violence, cruely, despair, privation and revolution …
reviewed The Hunger Games. December 16, 2010
The Hunger Games: Book 1
Novels with dystopian themes have been popular for generations, and one of the newest, The Hunger Games, is worthy enough to merit a place among the classics. Written for teens, with adolescent main characters, …
reviewed Eragon (book). December 12, 2010
Eragon Book Cover
   If someone had assembled a checklist of every fantasty cliche ever used in any work of fantasy ever written by anyone anywhere, it would've turned into this book.      …
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