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Review: Shelter


Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel by Harlan Coben. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. 2011. Library copy. An Edgar Nominee. The Plot: Mickey Bolitar is fifteen; his father is dead, his mother is in rehab, and he’s living with his Uncle Myron, someone he barely knows. Mickey is adjusting to his […]

Review: Death Sentence


Death Sentence. Escape From Furnace 3, by Alexander Gordon Smith. Farrar Straus Giroux. 2011. Review copy from publisher. Sequel to Lockdown and Solitary. The Plot: The third book of the teenage prison break series, Escape From Furnace, finds Alex and his friends trapped in the underground prison, Furnace Penitentiary. Alex’s second attempt at escape brought him tantalizing close […]

Review: Ready Player One


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House. 2011. Random House Audio. 2011. Narrated by Wil Wheaton. Listened to audiobook from library. Holiday Reads (Here at Tea Cozy, holiday reads aren’t books about holidays; they’re grown up books for grown up readers to indulge in over the holidays. And […]

Review: Liar’s Moon


Liar’s Moon by Elizabeth C. Bunce. Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic. 2011. Review copy from publisher. Sequel to StarCrossed. Spoilers for StarCrossed. The Plot: Lord Durrel Decath is in prison, accused of murdering his wife. Decath saved Digger’s life once. She owes him. She knows he could not have done it, and uses her skills as […]

Review: Chanukah Lights

Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen (author) and Robert Sabuda (artist). Candlewick Press. 2011.Personal copy. 2012 Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards, Younger Readers. Tomorrow Michael J. Rosen will be here as part of the 2012 Blog Tour for the Sydney Taylor Book Awards. Information on the Book Awards and the Blog Tour may be found at The […]

Review: Anna Dressed In Blood


Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake. Tor Teen. 2011. Personal copy. The Plot: Theseus Cassio Lowood kills ghosts, just like his father before him. Years ago, his father was killed by one of those ghosts. Now Cas, a high school senior, travels the country with his mother, a witch, always on the hunt for […]

Review: Drink Slay Love


Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst. Margaret M. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2011. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Meet Pearl. She’s a typical sixteen year old vampire: sleeps all day. Fond of blood. Has a charming, handsome boyfriend named Jadrien — of course he’s a vampire. Humans are food. […]

Review: Finding Somewhere


Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monninger. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House. 2011. Reviewed from copy from publisher. The Plot: Two girls, a horse, and the open road. The horse is old and it’s owners want to put it out down. Hattie, sixteen, wants to give Speed, a work horse all his life, a chance to […]

Review: Strings Attached


Strings Attached by Judy Blundell. Scholastic 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher at ALA Midwinter. The Plot: October, 1950. Kit has left Providence, Rhode Island for New York City. Kit, 17, is lucky — she’s found a job dancing in a Broadway musical. It’s not a great musical, it’s not a great job, it’s not […]

Review: Across The Universe


Across the  Universe by Beth Revis. RazorBill, an imprint of Penguin. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Amy Martin, 17, is frozen and placed on a spaceship with her parents and others. Three hundred years from now, the settlers will be unfrozen to settle a planet. Amy’s parents are important to the mission. Amy […]