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Firefly by Joss Whedon
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There are some interesting tidbits and anecdotes in this roundup of Firefly pieces. Most of the content from actors is cribbed from other places -- quotes from cons and web interviews and the like. Some good quotes, sure, but mostly recycled info.

The
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Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Belzhar
by Meg Wolitzer
read in December, 2014
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Um, wow.

Belzhar was a surprisingly deep, wonderful find in a box of YA books. (Don't get me wrong -- I'm not being derogatory. It would be a surprisingly deep find in any box of books.)

There are elements of plenty of other worlds here, but Wolitzer m
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Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz
Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)
by Melissa de la Cruz (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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My teen and I were gifted with a HUGE box of YA novels (thank you, thank you to the K's), and we're working our way through them -- some more to our liking than others.

Frozen impressed me quite a bit. It's post-apocalyptic, as is the trend of late. B
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The Alex Crow by Andrew  Smith
The Alex Crow
by Andrew Smith
read in December, 2014
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The Alex Crow perplexed me for a while: three disparate stories, three very different tones, times and places. And I really only liked one of the three, so I was disappointed each time the perspective changed.

And then it clicked and I figured out wha
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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nati... by M.T. Anderson
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The Pox Party is one of the stranger books I've read in a while. And I read strange books.

(I happen to also be in the middle of the John Adams miniseries, so it was interesting to see another story from that time and place.)

Octavian and his mother ar
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The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)
by Michelle Hodkin (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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My kid says that Evolution "isn't useless," as the second book in a trilogy often is. I have to agree. The Mara Dyer books are all sorts of creepy and disturbing, in all the right ways.
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The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)
by Michelle Hodkin (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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I'm sorry to say that this is my least favorite in the Mara Dyer series. There's a whole lot of "scientific" explanation about what's happening to Mara and her friends, and a dose of mysticism/supernatural elements/etc. to boot. But neither makes muc ...more
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100 Sideways Miles by Andrew  Smith
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I haven't yet read Grasshopper Jungle, which some friends of my swear by. But after 100 Sideways Miles, I'm very ready to.

After a spate of genre reads, Miles was a nice change of pace. And it's coming of age without being epic. Here's this kid, and h
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The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)
by Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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Not sure how I'd never tried this Sanderson, given how much I adore his adult stuff. And it's a fun read, though definitely feels on the "younger" side of YA.

It's Potter-esque, but it's hard not to say that about any book set at a school for the "spe
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