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Review: Huntress


Huntress by Malinda Lo. Little, Brown. 2011. Reviewed from ARC. Companion/prequel to Ash. The Plot: The sun and the seasons have disappeared. The Fairy Queen summons the human king to visit him. The King, suspicious in part because many believe fairies to be a myth, sends his son Con instead. Taisin, a talented student from […]

Reading In the 70s and 80s

Part of the resulting discussions from the Wall Street Journal Darkness Too Visible article is what Young Adult books were around “back when I was a teenager.” I’ve also read people comment that the existence of Young Adult books somehow prevents teens from reading non-young-adult books, that is, adult books. I was born in the mid […]

Lambda Literary Awards – Wildthorn

From School Library Journal: “Jane Eagland’s Wildthorn (Houghton, 2010), a historical romance set in Victorian England, is a winner of the 23rd Lambda Literary Awards in the children’s and young adult category.” Full story here. From my review of Wildthorn: “Louisa Cosgrove, 17, is supposed to be at the Woodvilles as a companion for their […]

Review: Attack of the Vampire Weenies


Attack of the Vampire Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar. Starscape / Tor Teen. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: A short story collection that will make you laugh while you double lock your doors and check your closets for monsters. The Good: This is the most recent of […]

YALSA Nonfiction: Confidentiality

Some YALSA meetings are open to the public. Awards like the YALSA Nonfiction Award? Not so much. Here, (from the YALSA website), Confidentiality: “There will be no announcements of nominated titles until the announcement of the finalist titles in early December. When the winning title and honor titles are announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, […]

There’s Dark Things In Them There Books!

Guys, you have to read this! The Wall Street Journal has made a stunning discovery — in Darkness Too Visible, we discover books with bad, bad things like “vampires and suicide and self-mutilation,” all done by the evil publishers and librarians and booksellers and others to deliberately “bulldoze coarseness or misery into their children’s lives.” […]

Everyone’s A Critic!

Long time readers know that one area I find endlessly fascinating is what role book bloggers play in the overall book world. Are we critics or reviewers? Or something different? Who is the audience and what is the impact of book blogs? Are book blogs a competition for traditional media reviews? My personal opinion is, […]

48 Hours


This weekend is the Sixth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge. MotherReader explains in detail at her blog how the Book Challenge works, including reporting and prizes. To give the bare bones of what it’s about, this weekend (June 3 to 5, 2011) select a 48 hour period. Select middle grade, young adult, or adult books. […]

Review: Silver Phoenix


Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon. Greenwillow Books, an imprint of Harper Collins. 2009. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Ai Ling is seventeen. At the first betrothal arranged by her loving parents, not only is she rejected by the bridegroom and his mother (Ai Ling is too tall; her father left the Emperor’s court […]

Sort of Comical

Somedays, Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada (film version) is my role model. (Also on the shortlist? Nancy Pearl.) Part of it is Priestly has embraced her hair color in a way I have not. But part of it is this quote, when she explains to Andi, the so-called main character of The Devil Wears Prada, the role […]