Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Lost Kingdom – Matthew J. Kirby

This adventure is loosely set in the colonies during the French and Indian Wars.  It is not exactly alternative history, rather reimagined history that incorporates real people from that time.   Young Billy Bartram finally gets to accompany his father on … Continue reading

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The Coldest Girl in Cold Town – Holly Black

Gone are the days when vampires were mere rumors or legends.  Vampires have gone public thanks to a rogue vampire that went on a biting spree.  Now vampires are corralled into large fortress type cities.  Those infected and expected to … Continue reading

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Frozen – Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Extreme pollution depicted by trashbergs, think icebergs but made of garbage,  in the ocean coupled with the ice age environment and harsh society lead the daring to seek a rumored Blue somewhere in the ocean.  Nat escapes from prison using … Continue reading

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Scarlet – A.C. Gaughen

This is a rousing tale of Robin Hood featuring one of his merry “men”, Will Scarlet, who disguises herself as male and keeps her painful past hidden.  Complete with the traditional cast of characters in Robin Hood tales, Scarlet stands … Continue reading

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Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake

Cas leads a difficult life.  He is the son of a ghost killer; ghosts that refuse to go quietly into the night but keep on killing.  When his father is killed at the hand of a particularly nasty evil entity, … Continue reading

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The Shadow Society – Marie Rutkoski

Darcy was abandoned in Chicago when she was 5 years old and spent time in many foster homes until she finally found a kind foster mother and created her own family of good friends.  But her junior year in high … Continue reading

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Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice

How many ways can the Three Blind Mice nursery rhyme be retold and embellished?  A lot!  The mice take over this story and teach literary devices such as point of view, cause and effect, and ambiguity.  It doesn’t seem like … Continue reading

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