Category Archives: Children’s/YA

Shadow Wrack – Kim Thompson

I wasn’t sure what to make of this one for quite a while. It’s a sequel – the middle book of a trilogy, actually – and I didn’t read the first one (I keep telling myself to check these things … Continue reading

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The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

I didn’t make a single note on this book, didn’t save a single highlight. That’s unusual for me; I usually take full advantage of my Kindle’s abilities to augment my memory. Then again, I don’t really need notes in order … Continue reading

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Anne of Green Gables revisited – again

Have you seen this? I want everything on this page. I’ve written about Anne before, a few times. But – as with any extraordinary book – every time I read or listen to it something different sticks with me. As … Continue reading

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These Dark Wings – John Owen Theobald

I’m just not sure about this one. I think I’m kind of getting used to teenaged (or thereabouts) main characters that I just don’t like much – and I don’t like that, either. When her mother is killed by German … Continue reading

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Dust Bath Revival – Marianne Kirby

I’ve developed a prejudice against books with 16-year-old protagonists. There are almost as many book synopses that start with “16-year-old so and so…” as there are book titles along the lines of Somebody’s Daughter or Wife or Sister or whatever. … Continue reading

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The Girl at the End of the World – Richard Levesque – LC Kane

So, this one is a zombie apocalypse novel struggling to not be a zombie apocalypse novel; instead of some horrific virus transmitted via bites or scratches, this zombie–ism comes from horrific plant–like stalks that erupt from the the eye socket … Continue reading

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The Xanadu Adventure – Lloyd Alexander

This is the only Vesper Holly I never read… This is what pre-young-adult novels used to be. Smart, funny, with a hint of romance and lots of adventure – this is a G-rated (G-rated, do you hear me, all you … Continue reading

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In a Dark Wood – Michael Cadnum

As with a few books I’ve gotten via Netgalley from Open Road Media, I have had a paperback copy of this book kicking around for-virtually-ever. It’s Robin Hood – of course I have. Though it is told from the point … Continue reading

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A Daring Sacrifice – Jody Hedlund

Reasons I quit this book: 1) First person narrator refers to her horse as her “steed” and her “mount” – in the same sentence. And giving it full rein means letting it “plod at a leisurely pace”. 2) First person … Continue reading

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Little One – Jo Weaver

I love this little book. It’s sweet and simple (which is a compliment), and simply charming. Looking back on it some time after I first read it, I honestly couldn’t remember if there were even words in it, or if … Continue reading

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