Reviews: What’s Import..

I’m not a teacher, librarian, writer, editor or in any way a professional in the literary realm. My expertise is in knowing what I like.  I really try to write my reviews in a manner similar to the way I would explain or recommend a book to a friend.  Over the past few weeks I’ve thought a lot about why I review the way I do, and also why I review the books that I review. As a new blogger, I’m still very much developing my “voice,” so I’d like some input from others on how they feel about these particular topics. First, I have found it more useful in my reading of others’ blogs to find books that are easily available in libraries or on most booksellers’ shelves.  A […]

Posted June 18, 2009
Dragon of the Lost Sea by Laurence Yep: Review

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Dragon of the Lost Sea By: Laurence Yep Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction The banished dragon princess and a young boy set out in search of the stone that will return the sea to it’s proper place so the dragons can again live there. Along the way they run into many obstacles that force them to work as a team. I hate to say it, but this book was a snoozer. The basic idea of the story was the same, tired story. Boy with no family or connections meets dragon, dragon has a problem, doesn’t want boy to come, begrudgingly allows boy to come, dragon gets into trouble, boy saves dragon, they become friends. I gave it 2 out of 5 stars. Don’t bother. Unless you have a kid that’s obsessed […]

Posted June 17, 2009
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Zombies and Books that Make it Difficult to Sleep

Zombies and Books that Make ..

So, as you can see in my sidebar, one of the books I’m currently reading is “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Actually, I’m not reading it, but listening to it as an audio book. And, so far it’s really hilarious, and I’m really enjoying it. However, I think I may have made a gross error in the time I allotted to read the book. I had decided to listen to an hour a night before bed. Last night I got about 30 minutes into the reading before I fell asleep. This resulted in nightmares all night long about the undead. I have pretty frequent nightmares, but I was surprised that this book gave me nightmares when the whole time I thought the book was really funny. My nightmares were so […]

Posted June 16, 2009
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George: Review

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Dragon Slippers Jessica Day George Fantasy; Young Adult Fiction Creel definitely doesn’t need to be rescued. Her aunt, desperate for money, decides that Creel’s marriage to a rich Lord or Prince will be the best way to secure the family’s future. She forces Creel to be “captured” by a dragon. In exchange for her release and preventing anyone from coming to the dragon’s cave, Creel receives a beautiful pair of slippers. After befriending another dragon who rescues her along the way, Creel seeks employment near the castle as a seamstress. Soon, she learns the secret behind the mysterious slippers. I was pretty sure that I wasn’t going to have time to read this book before it was due to the library. I’ve read so many dragon books that I was […]

Posted June 16, 2009
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones: Review

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The Lives of Christopher Chant By: Diana Wynne Jones Fantasy, YA Fiction Christopher’s mother and father are talented in the ways of magic. However, Christopher has very little contact with them and knows little about them. He learns of his ability to travel to other worlds while he dreams and brings back gifts. Soon, others begin to realize the extent of Christopher’s powers and use them for their own gain. This book is the second in a series. I was told that the stories didn’t overlap much and it would be easy to follow the story. Well, that was not the case. I was geniunely lost and confused for the first 100 pages. This book may have been good if I had read the first book, but I really don’t […]

Posted June 15, 2009
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Before Midnight: A Retelling of Cinderella by Cameron Dokey: Review

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  Before Midnight: A Retelling of Cinderella By: Cameron Dokey Fairy Tale Retelling; Young Adult Fiction La Cendrillon is the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Her mother dies soon after the premature birth, before her father can return home. When he does return home, he brings with him an infant boy, Raoul. The father then leaves, and forbids either Cendrillon or Raoul from leaving the house. This book was pretty similar to other retellings of this story. The two main differences were that the father was alive in this book, and the stepmother wasn’t a mean person. I wasn’t a huge fan of the way this was retold. It seemed like all that was ever talked about was love. The characters eligible fell in love at first sight with their […]

Posted June 14, 2009
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My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier: Review

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   My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier By: Lynda Durrant Historical; YA Fiction Jennie Hodgers first started dressing like a boy to herd sheep in her hometown in Ireland. Later, she immigrated to the US with her brother, and found there were more opportunities for a young man than for a young woman. She takes on the identity of Albert Cashier and joins in the Union Army. This book was really facinating. It’s not the kind of story I really like, but it definitely left an impression on me. I think the thing that got me the most was that this woman pretended and pulled off being a man for nearly her entire life.  She definitely has true grit. She endured the hardship of war, and […]

Posted June 14, 2009

City of Ember Winner

So, using my highly sophisticated method of making an excel spreadsheet with all the entries, and using, I have selected a winner of “City of Ember.” The winner is…… Kami I will be getting in touch with Kami and arranging shipping. Stay tuned in the next week or so, because I think I may be getting an advanced review copy of a book to giveaway. Thanks so much to everyone for entering. That was a lot of fun!  

Posted June 12, 2009
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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: Review

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 The Graveyard Book By: Neil Gaiman Young Adult Fiction  Nobody Owens didn’t grow up like most children. He’s the only living person that has a permanent residence at the graveyard. Being raised by ghosts and his guardian, Silas Reynolds, “Bod” learns about the graveyard and the ancient practices of the ghosts while also uncovering his past. Okay, so maybe I was a little slow on the uptake on this one. I didn’t realize until after I’d finished the book that this is basically the “Jungle Book” retold with a graveyard instead of the jungle. After I knew that fact, the whole book really clicked for me and I really liked it. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline while I was reading it, but I didn’t really get the point […]

Posted June 11, 2009
Beastly by Alex Flinn: Review

Beastly by Alex Flinn: Revie..

BeastlyBy: Alex FlinnYoung Adult Fiction Beastly is a modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” through the eyes of the Beast, Kyle Kingsbury. Kyle is the son of a rich and famous anchorman. Due to his selfish behavior, he is transformed into a beast, and disowned by his father and sent to live in a secluded apartment, with his only company being his maid and tutor. Kyle must find a girl that will fall in love with him and kiss him within two years or he will remain a beast forever. This book was a lot of fun. I haven’t read many stories from the viewpoint of the beast. I found this book to be incredibly funny. There were parts that I was actually laughing out loud, and that doesn’t […]

Posted June 11, 2009