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Maggot Moon
Hmmm... this is a tough one to review. I didn't LOVE it, but I didn't hate it. It's 288 pages, but because most of the opposite papers are blank or ha...more
Jun 2013
Jun 03, 2013
Linked (Linked #1)
I might be the stereotypical adult YA fan--really digging books teens dislike or find boring. I know sometimes books are hard to get into--believe me,...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
In the Shadow of Blackbirds
I'm always on the lookout for new plots and time periods, and this book about a 16-year old girl living through the Pandemic of 1918--the Spanish Flu-...more
Apr 26, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
I felt inspired to read “Nick & Nora” after reading Cohn & Leviathan’s latest, “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.” I have to say, I N&N kin...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
Paolo Bacigalupi’s first YA novel, Ship Breaker, takes place in the Gulf Coast region of the future. Nailer, a teenage grunt on a scavenge crew, strip...more
Jun 30, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)
So I went back to my review of “The Madman’s Daughter” and was surprised that I had only given it 3 stars. I really dug “Her Dark Curiosity.” Again, s...more
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
The Unidentified
I like to read about things that scare me. No, not vampires and zombies; I’m talking about futures that are disturbing but oh so possible. Worlds like...more
Oct 31, 2010
Oct 16, 2010
Thirteen Reasons Why
A novel premise of one girl's story told through audiotapes she has recorded for 13 intended recipients to receive after her suicide. While the indivi...more
Jan 2009
Jun 08, 2010
Intertwined (Intertwined, #1)
Paranormal Overload
I picked up “Intertwined” because I heard some buzz around the “Unraveled” release. I liked the initial premise: Aden Stone, a 16-y...more
Sep 19, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Dirty Little Secrets
An interesting topic I don't recall being covered recently: hoarding. A quick read, it is easy to skim over the hour-by-hour details of the teenage pr...more
May 18, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
The Twelve-Fingered Boy (Incarcerado, #1)
This book has the feel of a Stephen King novel, in its characters, pacing, and plot, only it doesn't have as much of the head talk as King's novels te...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)
Before you write off Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, due to its romantic-looking cover, read the first chapter. It describes in excruciating detai...more
Feb 13, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
In this post-apocalyptic tale, a contagion occurring many years before has left a village isolated and surrounded by zombie victims, called the "Uncon...more
Apr 2010
Jun 08, 2010
Worldshaker (Worldshaker, #1)
The premise: a moving city (think Carnival Cruises on steamrollers) with all the Victorian trappings. Sheltered, upper-crust boy meets hard-scrabbled,...more
Sep 07, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)
I really love the "Across the Universe" series. The only reason I read this book in less than 24 hours is because I couldn't skip work and sleep and r...more
Feb 07, 2013
Jan 22, 2013
A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)
If you've read "Across The Universe," you'll love the sequel. Whereas the plot twists of ATU rolled out in waves as the story drew to a close, AMS sta...more
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
Under the Light (Light, #2)
"Under The Light" depicts the aftermath from "A Certain Slant of Light," that is, the "hosts," Jenny and Billy, dealing with the consequences of ghost...more
Jul 24, 2013
May 08, 2013
Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
While reading Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron, it’s hard to imagine living in a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but cells within endless...more
May 23, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Others here have written a synopsis, so I’ll just say I loved the wit and banter Dash and Lily have between each other, and with their family and frie...more
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
The Archived (The Archived, #1)
I was really intrigued by the interesting premise that when people die they leave Histories behind. These "histories" are held in Archives (like a mor...more
Mar 15, 2013
Sep 19, 2012
The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)
A harrowing dystopian tale as told by 17-year old Alex Morales. His daily struggles are--having grown up in New York City--totally plausible; in fact,...more
Jan 2009
Jun 08, 2010
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)
Even before I found out that this book was “co-written” by “Million Little Pieces” huckster James Frey, I had a “meh” reaction. But now that I found o...more
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
The Marbury Lens (The Marbury Lens, #1)
I feel describing this novel IN ANY WAY would reveal a lot, but I will say this: this novel is GRITTY. Jack’s insane journey starts when he’s kidnappe...more
Mar 31, 2011
Nov 03, 2010
Rough Magic
An interesting take on Shakespeare's "The Tempest"--although I know only vaguely the plot of the original; I haven't read it--and because it's a quick...more
Jan 16, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)
In spite of the challenge to suspend my disbelief at Dr. Moreau's "science" (as in, I had a hard time seeing animals, some as small as rabbits, transf...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
A Certain Slant of Light (Light, #1)
A novel romance premise--female ghost haunting English teacher meets male ghost possessing one of the teacher's male students. The ghosts try to conne...more
Jan 2009
Jun 08, 2010
The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker, #2)
FANTASTIC sequel to an already fantastic book, even though the characters are different. TDC takes us from Shipbreaker's Gulf Coast to the Washington...more
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
Everyone else has given their synopses of the book, and since this review isn't meant for a blog post (I write them for my library), I'll skip it here...more
Apr 12, 2011
Jun 08, 2010
Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse, #1)
I liked the premise--anorexic girl making a suicide attempt is visited by Death--looking like Kurt Cobain--who chooses her as one of the Four Horsemen...more
Jan 29, 2011
Aug 19, 2010
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
If you loved "Dash & Lily's Book of Dares," you'll love this. But give this book a chance even if you didn't like D&L. Fragile family ties com...more
Apr 18, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
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