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Review: Gone Girl


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Crown Publishing Group. 2012. Personal copy. Part of my “vacation reads” series; that is, when I review a book for the grown ups instead of teen books. The Plot: On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne’s wife Amy goes missing. He tells us how he comes home […]

Review: Team Human


Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. HarperTeen. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Mel Duan has lived in the vampire town of New Whitby, Maine her whole life. She is not a fan of the vampires, and is happy that they stay in their part of town. Mel is not […]

Review: The Stone Girl


Welcome to The Stone Girl blog tour! The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. Knopf Books for Younger Readers, an imprint of Random House. 2012. Reviewed from eArc from NetGalley. The Plot: Sarah Beth “Sethie” Weiss is a senior at the prestigious Franklin White girl’s school. She gets good grades, has a cute boyfriend, a […]

Interview: Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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Welcome to this stop in Alyssa B. Sheinmel‘s blog tour! There’s two stops here; today, an interview with Alyssa; and tomorrow, a review of The Stone Girl. Other books by Alyssa: The Beautiful Between (2010);  The Lucky Kind (2011). Interview: Liz B: To begin with, I just have to say how much I adored THE […]

Buying Your Way Into Libraries

The New York Times has an article about authors buying reviews: The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy. “In the fall of 2010, Mr. Rutherford started a Web site, At first, he advertised that he would review a book for $99. But some clients wanted a chorus proclaiming their excellence. So, for $499, Mr. […]

Only A Month Or So Behind The Times….


J.K. Rowling‘s book for grown ups, The Casual Vacancy, will be published on September 27. Back in July, the cover of the book was released to some mixed reactions. The description of the book, from the US publisher, Little Brown: “When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in […]

Review: Seraphina


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Random House. 2012. Review copy from publisher. Edited to add: Morris Award winner. The Plot: Prince Rufus has been murdered; not just murdered. His head is missing, which indicates a dragon was involved. It’s been forty years since peace was declared between the dragons and the humans of Goredd, but at […]

Review: Jasper Jones


Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House. 2011. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: 1965 Australia. Charlie Bucktin, 13, is reading a book on a hot summer night when there is a knock on his window. It is Jasper Jones, the town “bad boy,” and he needs […]

Live Tweeting History

Remember, back in April, when the History Press live tweeted the Titanic in real time?  So did Real Time Titanic. More info at the History Press. I have a new “live” tweeting history account I’m following. It’s a bit more ambitious than the Titanic; it’s Real Time World War Two, at Twitter @RealTimeWWII. It’s “Livetweeting the 2nd […]

Review: Okay For Now


Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt. Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2011. My review of the ARC. Audiobook: Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group. Narrated by Lincoln Hoppe. 2011. Listened from copy from publisher. The Plot: The late 1960s. Doug Swieteck’s father has moved his family to stupid Marysville in upstate New […]