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Review: StarCrossed

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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 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: 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 [...]

Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, illustrations by Ana Juan. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. 2011. Reviewed from copy from publisher.  The Plot: September is washing teacups in the kitchen when the Green Wind comes, asking if she’d like to come away with [...]

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Little, Brown. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Karou is just another art student in Prague with a sketch book full of characters “gorgeously rendered and deeply strange“: Issa, part serpent; giraffe necked Twiga; Yasri, with a parrot beak; and Brimstone with his great ram’s [...]

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Elisa, Princess of Orovalle, weds Alejandro de Vega, King of Joya d’Arena on her sixteenth birthday. Elisa is not just a princess; she is also the bearer of the blue Godstone, lodged in [...]

Review: Eona

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Eona: The Last Dragoneye, The Sequel to Eon by Alison Goodman. Penguin Books. 2011. Performed by Nancy Wu. Brilliance Audio 2011. The Plot: Eona takes up where Eon left off (so, if you haven’t read Eon yet, spoilers!):  High Lord Sethon has declared himself Emperor and his nephew, Kygo, the rightful Pearl Emperor, is missing. [...]

Review: The Emerald Atlas

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The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Younger Readers, an imprint of Random House. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. Middle grade. The Plot: Christmas Eve. Three small children are hurried out into a waiting car. Kate, 4, promises her mother to keep her younger brother and sister safe. It is [...]

Review: Eon

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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman. Penguin Books. 2008. Reviewed from audiobook by Brilliance Audio provided by Brilliance Audio. 2008. Narrated by Nancy Wu. The Plot: Eon is a twelve year old boy. He has been training intensively for years to get the opportunity, along with a handful of other boys, to be selected by [...]

Review: Huntress

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Huntress by Malinda Lo. Little, Brown. 2011. Reviewed from ARC. Companion/prequel to Ash. The Plot: The sun and the seasons have disappeared. The Fairy Queen summons the human king to visit him. The King, suspicious in part because many believe fairies to be a myth, sends his son Con instead. Taisin, a talented student from [...]