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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. [...]

Review: Where Things Come Back

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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. Atheneum Books for Younger Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2011. Library copy. Morris Award Short List. The Plot: Some things don’t come back; like Cullen’s cousin Oslo, dead from an overdose. Some things may come back, like the woodpecker that people believed was extinct until [...]

Review: Between Shades of Gray

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: 1941. Lithuania. Lina Vilkas is fifteen when the Soviet secret police come to her home, giving Lina, her mother, and her younger brother twenty minutes to pack their bags. Twenty minutes. They [...]

Review: Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman. Little, Brown. 2011. Reviewed from ARC and final copy from publisher. My teaser. The Plot: Min Green and Ed Slaterton have broken up. She gives him a box: a box, full of objects from the time they dated, from October 5 to November 12. The [...]

Review: This Dark Endeavor

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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 [...]

Review: The Scorpio Races

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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 [...]

Review: White Crow

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White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick. Roaring Brook Press. 2011. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Rebecca, 16, is spending six weeks of summer vacation with her father at the seaside town of Winterfold. It’s not a relaxing vacation: she and her father are barely speaking. Her boyfriend doesn’t call. She is alone and lonely when [...]

Review: The Returning

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The Returning by Christine Hinwood. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher from ALA conference. The Plot: A young man comes home from war, returning to the small village he left as a boy. At first it seems that only Cam Attling, missing an arm, has been changed by the [...]