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Review: Ask the Passengers

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Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. Little, Brown. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Astrid lives in a small town where everyone knows, or thinks they know, everyone’s business. Everyone judges. So Astrid keeps some things to herself: like that her father is smoking pot. Like how she and her younger sister Ellis are [...]

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. Poppy, an imprint of Little, Brown. 2012. The Plot: Hadley is four minutes late for her plane, the plane to London to take her to her father’s wedding. Now she has to wait for the next one, and if she is lucky, she [...]

Review: Adaptation

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Adaptation by Malinda Lo. Little, Brown. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Reese and David are returning home from nationals for debate  (they lost, don’t ask) when the world seems to go crazy. They are at the airport when birds begin attacking planes; a series of crashes forces the shut down of all [...]

Review: The Diviners

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The Diviners by Libba Bray. Little, Brown. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. Series website. The Post: New York City, 1926, is the best place in the world to be! At least, according to Evie O’Neill, who — get this — has been punished by her parents by being sent away from home to New York [...]

Review: I Hunt Killers

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I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Little, Brown & Co. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: You may have heard about Jasper Dent’s father. Billy Dent? The Artist? Green Jack. Yes, THAT Billy Dent. The serial killer. What’s Jazz up to now? He was, what, thirteen when his father was arrested? So now he’s [...]

Review: Guardian of the Dead

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Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey. Little, Brown. 2010. Personal copy. The Plot: Ellie Spencer, 17, literally runs into her crush Mark Nolan one day and he says two things that will change her world. “I like your laugh” and “do you know what you are?” Ellie’s world at her Christchurch, New Zealand boarding school [...]

Review: Substitute Creacher

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Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall. Little, Brown. 2011. Reviewed from F&G from publisher. The Plot: Substitute teacher day! The children in Mrs. Jenkins’s class think they know what that means. Fun, games, pranks. They don’t expect… a Substitute Creacher instead of a Substitute Teacher. The Good: I know, I concentrate on books for ages twelve [...]

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 [...]

Teaser: Why We Broke Up

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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman. Little, Brown. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. I haven’t done a teaser in ages! This is basically me “teasing” you with a book I read, loved, but don’t want to review in full (yet!) because the publication date is months away. Here’s my [...]

Review: Sweetly

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Sweetly by Jackson Pearce. Little, Brown. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Gretchen and her older brother, Ansel, are on the road, driving through South Carolina, when their car breaks down. Bad luck turns to good luck when they meet Sophia Kelly, owner of Kellys’ Chocolatier. Sophia needs some help around her house [...]