Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dying to Know You – Aidan Chambers

This story hit me like a breath of fresh air right from the beginning.  A stream of back and forth dialogue is used at the start of the book and is employed heavily throughout the novel.  This approach made me … Continue reading

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Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

This book is amazing and intense.  The story follows two young women and their involvement in the British war effort during WWII.  One is a pilot, the other is a spy.  The story opens in Julie’s voice.  She has been … Continue reading

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Catacombs: A Tale of the Barque Cats – Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Scarborough

The Barque Cats are introduced in the first book of the series, Catalyst.  They are full-fledged members of space ships and share a bond with their Cat Persons.  As the story progresses, a mysterious cat, Pshw-Ra appears on the scene … Continue reading

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Another Jekyll, Another Hyde – Daniel and Dina Nayeri

I tend to enjoy new spins on the classic books, and this one doesn’t disappoint.  Though only loosely based on the original Jekyll and Hyde storyline, it incorporates many of the themes and morals while weaving in aspects of modern day life.  Thomas … Continue reading

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The Fairy Ring: or Elsie and Frances Fool the World – Mary Losure

Frances is lonely.  She and her mother have come from South Africa to stay with her aunt and uncle in England while her father is away fighting in the Big War.  Her only friend is her older cousin who has … Continue reading

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Wonder – R. J. Palacio

Wow.  I’ve been sorting through everything I’ve read lately, trying to narrow down the reading list for my school next year.  Wonder will be on the list.  Auggie was born with severe craniofacial deformities.  He’s had twenty seven surgeries.  He … Continue reading

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Invisible Sun – David Macinnis Gill

Non-stop fighting on Mars!  The companion novel to Black Hole Sun does not waste words with background and introductions.  Fighters for hire, Durango and Vienne, both exceedingly attractive, steal data from the former corporation of his disgraced father.    While they … Continue reading

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Every Other Day – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Kali is a strong heroine in this riveting action adventure filled with paranormal monster hunting amidst high school angst.   Kali appears like a normal teenage girl, but every other day at dawn, she shifts into something extraordinary.   She still looks … Continue reading

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Strinberg’s Star – Jan Wallentin

While exploring a flooded mine shaft in Sweden, seven hundred feet below the surface, cave diver Erik Hall, finds a well preserved body holding an ankh, the Egyptian symbol for eternal life.  The press appears and for a few days … Continue reading

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Blood Red Road – Moira Young

This dusty, gritty young adult dystopian novel is a fast 459 page read.  The pages flip very quickly because the story is told in short sentences as the thoughts of Saba, the tough twin of her brother Lugh.  Future Earth … Continue reading

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Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue picks up eight years after Graceling left off, when Katsa and Po rescued Bitterblue from her evil father, King Leck of Montsea.  Queen Bitterblue is eighteen now and feels the enormity of repairing and ruling her country after Leck’s … Continue reading

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The Lady of the Rivers – Philippa Gregory

Once again, Philippa Gregory has wonderfully recreated life among the royals in the fifteenth century.  This is the third volume in the Cousins’ War series, but the first chronologically.  It’s a prequel to The White Queen and tells the story … Continue reading

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