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Review: This Dark Endeavor


This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel. Simon & Schuster. 2011. Brilliance Audio. 2011. Narrated by Luke Daniels. Review copies from publisher. The Plot: Victor Frankenstein, the teenage years. What made the boy into a man who was driven to create the monster? The Good: Confession: I’ve never read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I’ve read the […]

Smugglivus 2011

As promised, my post for Smugglivus 2011 at the Book Smugglers went up yesterday! Go find my top five books of 2011, and what I’m looking forward to in 2012!

Review: Small Town Sinners


Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker. Bloomsbury. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Lacey Anne Byer is a good girl from a good family. She’s sixteen, looking forward to getting her drivers license, spending more time with her best friends Starla Joy and Dean, and getting (hopefully!) a lead role in her church’s Hell House. […]

Smugglivus 2011


Over at the Book Smugglers, the month long festival of Smugglivus has begun! (yes, I’m not quite sure how to pronounce it, either.) What is Smugglivus? “For newer readers and those of you that are unfamiliar with the event, Smugglivus is our month-long (ok, technically it’s a five week-long) end of the year celebration. Back […]

YALSA Announces Nonfiction Award Finalists

From the YALSA Hub blog: “YALSA selected five books as finalists for the 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2010 and Oct. 31, 2011. YALSA will name the 2012 award winner at the Youth Media Awards on Jan. […]

Review: Tell Me A Secret


Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala. HarperTeen. 2010. Audiobook by Octopuppy. 2010. Narrated by Jenna Lamia. Reviewed from audiobook from author. Available from Audible. The Plot: Miranda — Rand — is the good daughter. Xanda — dead Xanda, whose name isn’t spoken aloud by her family — was the bad daughter, the daughter of […]

Magick 4 Terri


Magick 4 Terri is a fundraiser for Terri Windling. From the website: “Beloved editor, artist and writer Terri Windling is in need, and we are asking for your help in a fundraising auction to assist her. This auction will combine donations from professionals and fans in an online sale to help Terri through a serious […]

Review: The Scorpio Races


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic. 2011. Review from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Every November, there are the Scorpio Races on the island of Thisby. Every year, people die. This is not a regular horse race; the horses are capaill uisce, water horses, horses captured from the sea. Horses that want to return […]

You Can Get Anything You Want At The Library

To finish up my responses to the Letter (see Send A Letter, Maria and Oh, Volunteers), I’ve seen a few comments about the situation that says, “oh, don’t rely on review copies from libraries, just go to the library or buy a copy.” You know what I realized as I prepared my response? That thinking […]

Oh, Volunteers

I’m sitting in a conference session the other day, and Kathy Dempsey asks, what is a libraries argument for why it cannot be run and staffed by volunteers? And someone shouts out, because they don’t have to show up. In other words: volunteers are volunteers. They are not your employees, where you have control over […]