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In my review of Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavor, I mentioned how I have never read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I wanted to make this fun, for me and you, so here’s what is happening. Instead of a traditional review, I’m going to be sharing my chapter by chapter reactions over several posts. Those posts will […]

Review: StarCrossed


StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce.  Scholastic. 2010. Library copy. The Plot: A robbery gone bad means Digger, sixteen, must flee her home city of Gerse. One lie leads to another, and the next thing she knows, Digger is going by the name Celyn and is a lady’s maid to a young, shy noblewoman, Merista Nemair, living […]

Review: The Name of the Star


The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Shades of London, Book One. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin. 2011. Personal copy. The Plot: Rory Deveaux is spending her senior year at Wexford, a boarding school in London. Meeting new people, figuring out a new school system, being in London instead of a small […]

Welcome, SLJ Readers

Or, rather, those readers who are coming over having read Rocco Staino’s SLJ article, Walter Dean Myers’s Appointment as Ambassador for YA Lit Stirs Controversy, where I was quoted. Those of you who haven’t read Rocco’s article yet, go, read, I’ll be here with my cup of coffee waiting. Right. So that happened. Part of me […]

Teaser: Froi of the Exiles


Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta (Candlewick Press, 2012) will be published March 2012. My full review will appear then; in the meanwhile, my tease — and tease it is — is I loved, loved, loved Froi. Count this as my first Favorite Books Read in 2012. If you haven’t read Finnikin of the […]

My Favorite Books of 2011, Part III

And the goodness of favorite books continues into a Part III! The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2011. Book 3 in The Demon’s Lexicon Series. Book One: The Demon’s Lexicon; Book Two: The Demon’s Covenant. Reading anything after this point is spoilers for the […]

My Favorite Books of 2011, Part II

Because my favorites are too much for one post to hold! The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. Knopf, an imprint of Random House. 2011. Review copy from publisher. My review. “Nick’s struggles with the change in his family, or, rather, with his having to adjust to new information about his family, impact those around […]

My Favorite Books of 2011, Part 1

Earlier this month, my Top Five Books of 2011 was part of Smugglivus at the Book Smugglers. Here, my complete list of Favorite Books Read in 2011, Part I The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. Candlewick. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. One of my top 5. My review. My review of the audio book. […]

The Cybils — Finalists

Just a quick note to say that the Cybils have posted their finalists! As usual, I’ve read some, heard of others, and am being introduced to new books. Enjoy!