Category Archives: Children’s/YA

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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Gideon the Cutpurse – Linda Buckley-Archer – Gerard Doyle

First off, this was a good narration. I started to write “great”, but then remembered three moments where, if I had been (God forbid) listening through earbuds, I would have had to claw them off my head and rock back … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know How the Story Ends – J.B. Cheaney

Lovely. Just lovely. Earlier this year I was in the middle of a streak of novels set around WWII; now I’ve moved back in time to WWI. In I Don’t Know How the Story Ends, thirteen-year-old Isobel, with her hellion … Continue reading

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Here, There Be Dragons – James A. Owen – James Langton

I am very disappointed in this audiobook. I loved the beginning – so much. James Langton was charming as a reader. No, really – charming. He read in a neutral, British-flavored voice, which perfectly set off the tones and accents … Continue reading

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A Tower of Giraffes – Anna Wright

My first reaction to this book is chagrin. I’ve been planning pretty much this sort of thing in the back of my head for … well, for years, so I have no right to complain about somebody swooping in and … Continue reading

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