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The Death-Defying Pepper Roux
What would you do if you were told you would die on your fourteenth birthday? If you're Pepper Roux, you would try to escape death by taking on someon ...more
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Nov 15, 2011
Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal
Fresh, original story told in a real way. The main character, Carson Phillips, is the smart, ambitious kid in school - he's also the head of the Creat ...more
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Jan 15, 2013
And We Stay
Intriguing concept -- Emily Beam's boyfriend Paul confronts her with a gun, then kills himself. To escape this past, she starts over at an all-girls b ...more
Feb 10, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel

Author, and former NFL defense end, Trevor Pryce creates an imaginative environm
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Feb 15, 2013
The Truth About Alice
A short book that packs a punch. The writing is accessible, sometimes annoying, but that could be the character voice. The story unfolds like a myster ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
Twisted Fairy Tales
This. Was. Awesome! I love fairy tales! And I love retellings! These retellings work to bring fairy tales closer to their origins - as tales to scare ...more
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Oct 27, 2014
Summer Love
As I guy, I know I'm not the intended audience, but I liked the appeal of a "choose your own adventure" book for older readers (seriously, why aren't ...more
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Oct 27, 2014
Play Me Backwards
Hard to like the characters - especially when they keep reminding you one of them is Satan.
Dec 22, 2014
Dec 03, 2014
The Downside of Being Up
Weinerschnitzel. Steel pole. Bit of thunder. Beef Kabob. South-of-the-Border Sausage. Salami. Stiffies. Ding-dong. Banana. Sky-high pork pie. Bologna ...more
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Jul 20, 2015
Splintered (Splintered, #1)
Such GREAT potential - a dark, moody, gothic, modern take on the Lewis Carrol Alice in Wonderland tale. But goes no where. Slow. I was bored half-way ...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
Fan Art
As a gay YA Librarian - I've read my share of gay YA - but this one, this one is delightfully refreshing in that it is not a "gay story", but a story ...more
Nov 11, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
Boy Meets Boy
Beautiful, emotional read about the "randomness, the comedy, and the faith that brings us all together and makes us hold on." (pg 185) For those who c ...more
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Apr 13, 2015
We Were Liars
The only reason I read this book is because it is buzzing on all literary fronts as being short-listed for the Pritz. I found the book intriguing, but ...more
Sep 23, 2014
Sep 21, 2014
Cute, light, romantic read. Hard not to like it, but at the same time, I felt there was the potential for a greater story within this one. Centered ar ...more
Mar 06, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2)
Good concept, but much like Dorothy Must Die, the writing is lacking. The characters all come across as one-note, sarcastic, and that makes them hard ...more
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Jun 01, 2015
Romantic. Mysterious. Chilling. The book is about love, and the sacrifices made for love. Can't go into plot without revealing spoilers. The book is w ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
Delightful and charming. The "who" of the mystery was a bit obvious (at least to me), but I'll admit the "why" took a bit longer to solve. I hope we g ...more
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 13, 2015
A Trick of the Light
Easily accessible, and highly accurate (in my opinion) look at the mindset of a teen boy struggling with anorexia. Told from the view point of Anorexi ...more
Mar 11, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)
This book grabbed me with the in-flap description of "Doctor Who meets Sherlock" -- two BBC programs I love -- and yes, to a degree that was an adequa ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
Anything Could Happen
Not at all what I was expecting, and pretty sure that's a good thing. What I thought was going to be a fluff book about a gay guy in love with his str ...more
Aug 04, 2015
Jun 02, 2015
Croak (Croak, #1)
When Miranda becomes a good girl gone bad - her parents ship her off for the summer to work on her Uncle Morty's farm. Only Uncle Morty isn't a farmer ...more
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May 15, 2012
One Man Guy
I finished this two weeks ago, and still not sure how I feel. Part of me wants to applaud a gay romance book that isn't a cliché - the family is fine ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Wow. Just. Wow.

I've finished it and I am emotionally drained. The writing is excellent - serious subject matter, but handled with a little humor and
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
Short, fast moving chapters keep you engaged as you enter the mind and memories of Jamie, a boy who witnessed the murder of his mother causing him to ...more
Sep 21, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Love Letters to the Dead
Picked it up because there was early whispers of Printz contender. Got to page 90. Passing is slow, but subtle. I was a bit engrossed in the mystery o ...more
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Sep 09, 2014
A Little Something Different
Quaint and cute romance told from 14 different POVs (including a bench and a squirrel). Interesting concept, though it does feel a bit dragged out nea ...more
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Nov 11, 2014
Doctor Who: Summer Falls and Other Stories
A nice light companion read from the BBC Doctor Who franchise containing three separate short stories. It is what it is - fan fluff.
Jul 08, 2015
Jul 05, 2015
My Faire Lady
It is what it is -- a fun summer love chic-lit piece of mental bubble gum. The Medieval Faire element adds a nice piece of geek to the mix, and is rea ...more
Oct 28, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
False Memory (False Memory, #1)
A fast-paced thrill-ride that reads like an action-packed movie script. It's one twist after another, as the reader tries to figure out what is going ...more
Jun 06, 2012
May 08, 2012
I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier
Review is for the YA version:
A humanizing account of what its like to be a soldier at war. And not just any solider, a sniper for the elite SE Air La
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Apr 11, 2012
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