Between the Sea and Sky
About eight years ago, I was working on this big epic mess of a never-finished novel. I wasn't very good back then at outlining or understanding what...more
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Jul 08, 2010
Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis, #1)
UPDATE: Some quick and dirty FAQishness:

--Alt-world historical fantasy based on Berlin in 1927. To be really specific.
--Inspired by the film Metropoli...more
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Aug 28, 2012
Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)
Since this book has been out a while now and some frequently asked questions pop up in reviews, I thought I'd edit my review to answer a few here.

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Oct 14, 2009
An inventive and gripping debut! I was lucky enough to pick this up at ALA Midwinter and it was one of the first books I started reading. I was instan...more
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Mar 07, 2014
Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)
Magic Under Stone FAQ:

Will there be another book?
I really felt I could have written a third book, but I was asked to wrap it up in this book, so I cer...more
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Jan 09, 2012
Two girls, one from the past and one from the present, whose destinies become intertwined. Well, I've seen that plot plenty of times before, so I figu...more
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Jun 07, 2010
Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming
I'd been wanting to read Rachel Hartman's SERAPHINA so much that I actually preordered it, and once I started reading it, I realized that I was loving...more
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Aug 01, 2012
The Secret Side of Empty
I love it when a book surprises me. I picked this book up at ALA because I love hearing voices in books that I haven't heard before, and this book dea...more
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Aug 09, 2014
Harmonic Feedback
If you enjoy serious (but not overly heavy) realistic teen fiction, you should definitely pick up this book, which is an absolutely shining example of...more
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Jun 24, 2010
Love by the Morning Star
This book reminded me of Eva Ibbotson's YA such as The Morning Gift crossed with Downton Abbey, if Downton was a mistaken identities romantic comedy i...more
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Apr 08, 2014
Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)
In some ways, I feel a little silly about this one, because there is nothing especially profound or life-changing about it. But Kerstin Gier's RUBY RE...more
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Mar 10, 2011
Seven Stories Up
Laurel Snyder is one of my favorite middle grade writers, and this one doesn't disappoint.

A fun book with time-traveling and 1930s Baltimore and an ol...more
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Jan 30, 2014
Flash Burnout
Once I started reading this book I had trouble putting it down, even though, on the surface, the plot doesn't sound like one I would find page turning...more
Oct 14, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
Starclimber (Matt Cruse, #3)
Imagine finding the wreckage of the Titanic, or King Tut's tomb, or being the first man to walk on the moon. It must have been exciting, terrifying, s...more
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May 15, 2009
The Brothers Story
Katherine Sturtevant is the author of my favorite YA novel, A True and Faithful Narrative. That book also takes place in Restoration London, but it's...more
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Mar 13, 2013
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
Wow, this book was so well executed. It's one of those books you can't talk about much without spoilers,'s good. Really good.

Favorite things:...more
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May 11, 2012
I am J
I enjoyed Cris Beam's non-fiction book "Transparent" about transgender teens, and I enjoyed this book too, and it certainly isn't a commonly covered t...more
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Jan 23, 2011
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters
I thought I loved How to Say Goodbye in Robot, but this was even more my kind of story. At first I was a little people, yawn. But I qui...more
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Aug 29, 2010
A Long, Long Sleep (Rosalinda Fitzroy #1)
First posted at

So, at some point earlier in the year, I was asked to blurb a book. My first reaction:

"WOW, YES! I w...more
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Aug 22, 2011
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Clockwork Angel was absolute page-turning fun from beginning to end. Tessa is a great heroine--feminine and bookish but tough when she needs to be, an...more
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Jul 25, 2010
Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
What a fascinating book. There are some grumpy reviews about it around the web, but I think a little controversy just adds to the mystery. The author...more
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Oct 25, 2010
Bleeding Violet
This book was dark, extremely creative, and kind of trippy. I kept thinking it would make a very atmospheric movie. I kept turning the pages to see wh...more
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Nov 03, 2009
The Twin's Daughter
This doesn't come out for a couple months but oh, I'd better review it before I forget! The Twin's Daughter is pure gothic goodness. I kept turning th...more
Jun 2010
Jul 05, 2010
Very LeFreak
Very felt familiar and real. She was a number of girls I have known who are hilarious and indulgent and quirky and fun to be around and irresponsible...more
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Nov 03, 2009
Long Live the Queen (2008 Revision)
Dear Book, thanks for keeping me up an hour and a half past my bedtime. I had just read up to where Meg, the President's daughter, is in the hands of...more
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Jun 24, 2010
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
This book started slow for me, but then I was completely gripped in part 2. I have since discussed some of its downfalls with people who liked it less...more
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Jan 26, 2009
Journey to the River Sea
Eva Ibbotson books always have a wonderful cast of characters that come in two stripes: Delightful, and Odious. The Delightful characters are, of cour...more
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Aug 29, 2012
Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1)
I should tell you, firstly, that my first serious childhood book crush was Jonathan the Zombie Master from Piers Anthony's Xanth books. Everyone in Xa...more
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Aug 12, 2011
How People Live
*happy sigh* I love books like this. Beautiful photos and fascinating tidbits of how people live in countries and different ethnic groups around the w...more
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Jul 22, 2010
At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
Historical fiction all too often lacks the proper spark, as if the writer got a leeeeetle bit too caught up in research and conveying the history and...more
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May 15, 2009
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