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Book Review :: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline focuses on the characters at the heart of her story; the narrative drives home the loss of culture, abuse, and murder they have faced as a minority population.

Book Review :: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The first in a YA high fantasy series, Throne of Glass is the story of Adarlan’s Assassin, who has been captured and put to work in a slave camp. Where most die within weeks, Celaena has survived an entire year…. Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I picked this up from the library after seeing it was a Forever Young Adult Book Club pick for July. I knew Rainbow Rowell was a YA author with all the buzz around Eleanor & Park (which is on my… 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 :: 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 Review :: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones is the first book in Cassandra Clare‘s “Mortal Instruments” YA series. It sets a fast-paced, engaging tone with strong characters, a fascinating urban fantasy world, and a very thorough back-story. The Paranormal world is hidden in plain… 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 :: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I wanted to read Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones because of the movie adapted by Hayao Miyazaki. Terrible, I know, but I’m a huge Miyazaki fan and now I want to read more by Diana Wynne Jones, so… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I have wanted to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs since the book trailer was released last year. I watched the trailer and read the synopsis probably six months ago but resisted buying it several times… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Kynship by Daniel Heath Justice

Kynship is the first book in The Way of Thorn and Thunder series by Daniel Heath Justice, published by Kegedonce Press, an Aboriginal owned and operated publisher. The Everland has been home of the forest-dwelling Kyn and the other Eld-Folk… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Next Sure Thing by Richard Wagamese

The Next Sure Thing is published by Orca Books, a local BC publisher with a lot of unique lines of books. A couple years ago I read First Time by Meg Tilly which was from the Orca Soundings imprint. The… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor

The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel by Drew Hayden Taylor is a YA coming-of-age story based in the late 90s on a fictional First Nations reserve in Ontario. A sleepy native reserve. A troubled teen girl. A vampire returns… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Fruit by Brian Francis

Fruit: A Novel About A Boy and His Nipples by Brian Francis is a heartfelt tale about 13-year-old Peter Paddington, who is overweight, gay, and unpopular. When his nipples poke out and start talking to him—with brutally honest opinions—he tries… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

I’ve been meaning to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon for a few years because I’ve heard extraordinary things about it. It came out in 2003, was a #1 international bestseller, and received… 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 :: Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Extras is the fourth book in the Uglies series after Uglies, Pretties, and Specials. Extras takes place after the end of the Prettytime, which is called the mind-rain. Cities all over the world are changing, especially Aya Fuse’s which now… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Specials is the third book in the “Uglies” series by Scott Westerfeld. The first two books, Uglies and Pretties, introduce us to Tally and her friends. The premise of the series is in a post-Rusty world (which was essentially our… Continue Reading →

Book Reviews :: Uglies & Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

When I first saw Uglies in the bookstore a couple years ago, I read the back of the novel and immediately rejected it for my then-13-year-old cousin. I was shopping for her birthday gift and didn’t want to give her… 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 →

Unfinished Books

I have a confession, I can’t finish these books! I am just not feeling into them. I normally don’t read more than one book at a time, but I couldn’t get into one, so I put it down and started… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Y in the Shadows by Karen Rivers

Y in the Shadows is the second book in the XYZ Trilogy by Karen Rivers. The story followed Yale, a socially awkward girl with distant, child-like parents, and no real friends. After an embarrassing incident at a gymnastics meet, she… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: X in Flight by Karen Rivers

X in Flight is the first installment of the XYZ Trilogy by Karen Rivers. “X in Flight” centers on the lives of three intriguing teens. Xenos (“X” for short) will never be a normal kid. And it isn’t his looks… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: First Time by Meg Tilly

Meg Tilly’s new book, First Time, is directed towards reluctant teen readers. The book is small (just over 100 pages), and the font is fairly large (probably 12pt Arial). The story however, is not for a younger reader, it’s geared… Continue Reading →

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