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Book Review :: The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

When the fifth book in Alan Bradley’s Buckshaw Chronicles, Speaking from Among the Bones, ended with a series cliffhanger I was in tatters. The book’s story arch had been resolved and then Bradley threw a curve ball at the de… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley

I love Flavia de Luce! Speaking from Among the Bones is the fifth book in the Buckshaw Chronicles. I’ve read and reviewed the first four books: Sweetness from the Bottom of the Pie (book 1) The Weed that Strings the… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I jumped on the book-to-movie bandwagon again and picked up a copy of Ender’s Game last month. It originated as the short story published in August 1977, which Card expanded to a book and published in 1985, receiving both the… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I finished Divergent several months ago, and Insurgent picks up right where it left off, so it took me a little while to get back in the groove. One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

Many great authors got their start writing serialized fiction for the newspaper, notably Charles Dickens for The Pickwick Papers. The difficulty with serial fiction is that the author has to keep the attention of readers so they will return for… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

A Feast for Crows is the fourth title in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series (aka The Game of Thrones). It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The cover art of The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel caught my eye at the library and the back cover copy intrigued me: He holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The second book in the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is Beautiful Darkness, which I read back in April of this year (oops). It’s a great second novel (published in 2010); a compelling young adult fantasy series… Continue Reading →

Book Reviews :: Shiver, Linger, & Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

I read these three books in quick succession (March/April 2012), and greatly enjoyed the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. The writing is simple, straightforward, yet poetry, and the characters are well-rounded. The plot is a little predictable,… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Drums of Autumn is the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, starring Scottish Highlander Jamie Fraser and time traveller Claire. Warning – Even the synopsis has spoilers. It’s difficult to discuss a book in a series without spoilers. It… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

And so A Song of Ice and Fire series continues with the third installment, A Storm of Swords. I finished this book in late August / early September and—without going bit by bit through the novel—let’s just say I enjoyed… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

The good news is that I didn’t cry as much reading Voyager (book three in the Outlander Series) as when I read Dragonfly in Amber. But I still fell hard for the story and the characters. Diana Gabaldon just has… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Nearly immediately after finishing Outlander, the first book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, I picked up book two, Dragonfly in Amber. [Click here for my review of Outlander] The first book had immediately drawn me in to Claire… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is the first in a historical semi-mythical series which includes war and violence, relationships, family and society, questions of morality, honour, and spirituality, love and sex, adventures, journeys, and violence. Truly, this book has everything I… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I picked up this book when I heard about the series HBO was producing and the guy at the till said “your friends won’t see you for weeks.” Confused, I asked why. “You’ll need to catch up on the entire… Continue Reading →

Mailbox Monday – Value Village books

Last week CW and I went to Value Village to look for some books for him. Value Village has secondhand books priced on a sliding scale which depends on the original cover price. All hardcovers at $3.99, and then fiction… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

SPOILER ALERT: This is the second book in the Hunger Games series. If you have not read it, or haven’t finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, DO NOT read this post! I have been wanting to read Catching Fire… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins has been in the back of my mind (and TBR list) for a while. So when the book bloggers started chattering about the second title in the series, I knew I had to get… Continue Reading →

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