Monthly Archives: July 2012

Gods and Warriors – Michelle Paver

During the Bronze Age in ancient Greece, scrappy orphan Hylas, branded an outsider and banished from the village, has kept himself and his sister alive by tending goats.  The story opens with Hylas running for his life after losing his … Continue reading

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Garment of Shadows – Laurie R. King

This is the twelfth installment in the mystery and adventure series featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes.  Having awakened in bed with a skull throbbing so painfully she wanted to weep, she realized that she could not just … Continue reading

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The Kingmaker’s Daughter – Philippa Gregory

Little Anne, nearly nine years old, is processing into the throne room at the Tower of London, come to pay her respects to the Queen who will be crowned tomorrow.  She steps forward to make her curtsey and is stunned … Continue reading

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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 – Richard Paul Evans

Following the common storyline of superpower kids fighting evil, Michael Vey is a very good read for the target audience.   Teen Michael Vey can produce a killer electric shock upon touch, but he is a nice guy.  Often bullied at … Continue reading

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Liar & Spy – Rebecca Stead

The author’s award winning style in When You Reach Me is evident in Liar & Spy, but with a more straightforward storyline.  When Georges’ architect father loses his job, the family must simultaneously move into an apartment and deal with … Continue reading

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Something Strange and Deadly – Susan Dennard

I was dreading another zombie novel, and was pleased that this is more about necromancy and the determination of strong characters to fight evil forces.  Against the unique backdrop of the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876, the author explains the rules … Continue reading

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Before You Go – James Preller

A dramatic car accident begins the book.  The story then switches to a teen’s summer job at a fast food place on the beach.  The author spends the first half of the book introducing Jude and his friends and family … Continue reading

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