Category: book review

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks: Review

Story Engineering by Larry B..

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks Published by Writer’s Digest Books on February 24th 2011 Genres: Language Arts & Disciplines, Composition & Creative Writing Pages: 288 Format: E-book Source: Purchased Buy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The King’s English Goodreads What makes a good story or a screenplay great? The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling, sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to begin. Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering […]

Posted September 2, 2015
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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: Audio Review

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hod..

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden Published by HarperCollins on January 28, 2014 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Family, General Pages: 352 Format: Audio Source: Purchased Buy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The King’s English Goodreads Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart. Audio review: I got this audiobook as a […]

Posted September 1, 2015
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Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire: Audio Review

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Mag..

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire Narrator: Michael Page Published by Candlewick Press, Brilliance Audio on August 4, 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Country & Ethnic, Fantasy & Magic Pages: 496 Format: Audio Source: Brilliance Audio I received this book for free from Brilliance Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Buy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble Goodreads “A beautiful reminder that fairy tales are at their best when they illuminate the precarious balance between lighthearted childhood and the darkness and danger of adulthood.” “School Library Journal”(starred review) Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside, and there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a […]

Posted August 27, 2015
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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith: Review

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith on September 1, 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Dating & Sex, Friendship Pages: 256 Format: Advanced Review Copy Source: Little Brown Books for Young Readers I received this book for free from Little Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Buy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The King’s English Goodreads On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might […]

Posted August 25, 2015
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Court of Fives by Kate Elliott: Review

Court of Fives by Kate Ellio..

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott Series: Court of Fives #1 on August 18, 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Prejudice & Racism, Sports & Recreation, General Pages: 448 Format: Advanced Review Copy Source: Little Brown Books for Young Readers I received this book for free from Little Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Buy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The King’s English Goodreads Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family she can be whoever she wants when she […]

Posted August 20, 2015
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Abigail’s Picture Book Picks: August 2015

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Abigail’s Picture Book Picks is an infrequent feature I do to introduce some of the books Abigail is reading and loving. Here are some of the books Abigail recommends.   Abigail says: I like this book because it tells you what happens before and what happens after. I like it that it doesn’t have any words, because then you just get to describe what is happening. Emily says: This is one of our favorite books to read together. The illustrations are amazing, and we have fun making up stories to go along with each scene. Abigail says: I like this book because it’s about cupcakes. The funniest part is where the dog gets frosting ALL OVER ITS FACE. I can read this book by myself. And I also like that they make cupcakes […]

Posted August 19, 2015
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Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George: Review

Silver in the Blood by Jessi..

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George Series: Silver in the Blood #1 Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on July 7, 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Europe, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic Pages: 368 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased Buy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The King’s English Goodreads As debutantes in 1890s New York City, cousins Dacia and Lou knew little about about their mysterious Romanian relatives, the Florescus. Now, upon turning seventeen, the girls must journey to Romania–a journey that seems to be both reward and punishment–to meet their cousins and their tyrant of a grandmother and to learn the secrets of their family. Secrets spoken of in whispers. Dangerous secrets known as the Claw, the Wing, and the Smoke. But as dangerous as those family secrets might be, […]

Posted August 18, 2015
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Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird

Art in the Blood by Bonnie M..

Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Bonnie MacBird Published by HarperCollins on September 8, 2015 Pages: 320 Format: Advanced Review Copy Source: HarperCollins I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Buy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble Goodreads London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris. Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre. Racing to Paris with Watson at […]

Posted August 17, 2015
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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows: Review

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Mea..

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows Series: The Orphan Queen #1 Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 10, 2015 Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, General, Young Adult Pages: 391 Format: Hardcover Source: HarperCollins I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Buy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The King’s English Goodreads Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.She is a spy. Wil […]

Posted August 13, 2015
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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: Audio Review

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Narrator: Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein Published by Dial Books, Brilliance Audio on September 16, 2014 Genres: contemporary Pages: 371 Format: Audio Source: Brilliance Audio I received this book for free from Brilliance Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Buy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The King’s English Goodreads Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different […]

Posted August 11, 2015
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