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Review: Jazz in Love

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Jazz In Love by Neesha Meminger. Ignite Books. 2010. Review copy from author. The Plot: Meet Jasbir “Jazz” Dhatt, high school junior. She’s book smart, part of the Future Stars and Leaders Program at her high school. She has two best friends, Cindy Reda-Rodriguez and Jeevan ”Jeeves” Sahota.Then there’s Tyler R., the cute new boy at [...]

Review: The Education of Bet

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The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Houghton Mifflin. 2010. Copy provided by review. The Plot: Nineteenth Century England. Elizabeth “Bet” Smith and Will Gardener are sixteen. Will is the nephew and heir of wealthy Paul Gardener, and Uncle Paul wants Will to the the education befitting his station in life. All Will wants is adventure — [...]

Review: The Iron Duke

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With the Thanksgiving weekend coming up, here’s something a little different for you — something for the grown ups to read! Yes, I sometimes read books for grownups, and this steampunk romance is a fun, entertaining, hot read for the weekend.   The Iron Duke (A Novel of the High Seas) by Meljean Brook. Berkley [...]

Review: The Iron King

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. Harlequin Teen. 2010. First in the Iron Fey series. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Meghan Chase, almost sixteen, lives in the middle of the Louisiana bayou with her mother, stepfather and four year old half-brother. Maybe it’s the oddness of having had her father disappear when she was [...]

Review: Beautiful Darkness

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Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. Little Brown. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from ALA. Part of the Novel Noise blog tour. Spoilers for Beautiful Creatures. This is the type of series best read in order; so if you haven’t read Beautiful Creatures, here is my review and interview with the authors from last [...]

Review: Wildthorn

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Wildthorn by Jane Eagland. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from ALA. The Plot: Louisa Cosgrove, 17, is supposed to be at the Woodvilles as a companion for their eldest daughter. Not exactly her choice, but in Victorian England she has to do what her older brother and mother say. The carriage stops and [...]

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: Jane

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Jane: A modern retelling of Jane Eyre by April Lindner. Poppy, an imprint of Little Brown. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Oh, just go look up the Wikipedia entry for Jane Eyre. Jane takes Jane Eyre and updates it; Jane Moore is a nanny for Nico Rathburn, a rock star. The Good: [...]

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: The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove

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The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore. Crown, a division of Random House. 2010. Reviewed from uncorrected proof from publisher. The Plot: As the title promises, the life of one Bezellia Louis Grove, starting with her birth announcement in 1951. Bezellia recounts her youth and teenage years as the daughter of one [...]