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Review: The Demon’s Covenant

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The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. Simon & Schuster. 2010. Personal copy. The Plot: The story of Alan, Nick, Mae, and Jamie starts not that long after the events of The Demon’s Lexicon. Demons, magicians, and battles, oh my. The Good: There will be spoilers. For those who have not read The Demon’s Lexicon: [...]

Review: The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball

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The Secret  Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green. Sourcebooks. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Erin Channing has the highest GPA in tenth grade. Yes, she’s the smart one. She’s so normal she’s a bit boring and that has her worried. She really wants to go on the AP Art History [...]

Review: Dreaming of Amelia/ The Ghosts of Ashbury High

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Dreaming of Amelia by Jaclyn Moriarty. Pan Macmillan Australia. 2009. In the United States, released as The Ghosts of Ashbury High, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, 2010. Reviewed from Australian edition; gift. The Plot: Amelia Damaski. Riley T. Smith. Two new students at Ashbury High. How curious, the other students think, to [...]

Review: Tales of the Madman Underground

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Tales of the Madman Underground (An Historical Romance 1973) by John Barnes. Viking. 2009. Reviewed from ARC from a conference. The Plot: Lightsburg, Ohio, 1973. Karl Shoemaker has a simple resolution for his senior year: don’t get the “ticket,” the slip of paper from school that sends him to group therapy during school hours. Instead, be [...]

Review: Efrain’s Secret

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Efrain’s Secret by Sofia Quintero. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House. 2010. The Plot: It’s not a secret that high school senior Efrain Rodriguez takes his future seriously. He has a plan: Harvard. Maybe Yale. Ivy League, not New York City. The problem is he’s at a Bronx high school where Ivy [...]

Review: 7 Souls

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7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando. Random House. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Mary Shayne’s seventeenth birthday begins with her lying naked in a strange bed with the worst hangover she’s ever had. Turns out, that strange bed is in the display window of Crate & Barrel in Greenwich Village. Looking [...]

Review: The Aristobrats

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The Aristobrats by Jennifer Solow. Sourcebooks. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Meet Parker Bell, Ikea Bentley, Plum Petrovsky, Kiki Allen — four best friends who are about to start eighth grade at Wallingford Academy. All are “legacies,” also called Aristobrats (but not to their faces). In addition to being second and third [...]

Review: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

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The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Pancho Sanchez, seventeen, ends up at St. Anthony’s Home after he is left alone. His mother died when he was young; his father was killed in a work accident; [...]

Review: The Beautiful Between

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The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. Knopf, an imprint of Random House. 2010. The Plot: Connelly Sternin, a junior, looks around her high school and sees it, her life, as a fairy tale. Connelly is Rapunzel, living in a Manhattan high rise, hiding behind studying and SAT Prep. She keeps herself isolated, not just [...]

Review: Manifest

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Manifest: A Mystyx Novel by Artist Arthur. Kimani Tru, an imprint of Harlequin. 2010. Copy from publicist; questions, below, are part of a Community Interview put together by Online Publicist. The Plot: Krystal Bentley, fifteen, has had a rough year. Her parents divorced, her mother forced her to move from New York City to Lincoln, [...]