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Review: Isle of Blood

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The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey. Book 3 in the Monstrumologist Series. Simon & Schuster. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: It is February 1889 and thirteen year old Will Henry and his mentor / employer, monstrumologist Pellinore Warthrop, get a special delivery from their old friend Jack Kearns.  The gift is [...]

Review: It’s The First Day of School . . . Forever!

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It’s The First Day of School . . . Forever! by R. L. Stine. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. 2011. Review copy from publisher. Middle grade. The Plot: Artie, eleven, is nervous about his first day of sixth grade at Ardmore Middle School. From the moment his alarm rings and he falls out [...]

Review: Rotters

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Rotters by Daniel Kraus. Delacorte, an imprint of Random House. 2011. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: After Joey Crouch’s mother dies suddenly, the sixteen year old is sent to live with a father he’s never met. Chicago’s DCFS assures Joey that his father is expecting him and that the local county services has ensured [...]

Review: Attack of the Vampire Weenies

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Attack of the Vampire Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar. Starscape / Tor Teen. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: A short story collection that will make you laugh while you double lock your doors and check your closets for monsters. The Good: This is the most recent of [...]

Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Lish McBride. Henry Holt & Co. 2010. Copy borrowed from friend. The Plot: Sam is your typical slacker – college drop out, working at a fast food restaurant to pay the bills for his tiny apartment, hanging out with his friends. Until the day he accidentally breaks the headlight on a Mercedes while playing potato hockey [...]

Review: The Curse of the Wendigo

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 The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2010. Personal copy. Sequel to The Monstrumologist. The Plot: 1888, New England. Will Henry and his guardian/employer, monstrumologist Pellinore Warthrop, are pulled into another hunt for monsters, this time, the Wendigo. The thing is — Warthrop doesn’t believe in the [...]

Review: Havoc

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Havoc by Chris Wooding. Scholastic. 2010. Reviewed from ARC, borrowed from friend. Sequel to Malice. Official Malice website. The Plot: Seth, back in the real world, has just recovered his memories of the dark and dangerous world of Malice. He has barely time to grab a few things, including the mysterious Shard, say good-bye to his [...]

Review: The Suburb Beyond The Stars

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The Suburb Beyond the Stars by M. T. Anderson. Scholastic. 2010. Review from ARC from ALA. The Plot: Brian and Gregory, having survived The Game of Sunken Places, are preparing for the next Game. Brian, as winner, gets to plan it and is constructing it around old detective novels. Gregory, his best friend, is helping. The [...]

Review: The Replacement

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The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from ALA. The Plot: Mackie Doyle, sixteen, knows he’s different from the other teens in Gentry. On page five, Mackie admits that during the school blood drive “I could smell the blood — sweet, metallic. I could taste it in the back [...]

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: [...]