Tag Archives: YA

Orson’s Last Card or what to do when a favorite author turns out to be a crazy bigot

Orson Scott Card isn’t playing with a full deck any more. It was well known that Card, acclaimed writer of Ender’s Game, arguably one of the best YA sci-fi books out there, is against gay marriage. And not just quietly … Continue reading

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The Absolutely True review of a book that’s not about masturbation

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie I’m going to review this book, but first let’s talk about masturbation, OK. everyone uncomfortable now? If you haven’t heard,  some over-anxious  parents fought to have The Absolute True Diary … Continue reading

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Fairest of all retold fairy tales

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine Seems like everyone is rewriting fairy tales these days, but Levine’s Fairest has to be one of the best out there. Fairest gives us an ugly Snow White. Her name is Aza, and sure enough, she’s white … Continue reading

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Oh my stars! What a big list of book reviews!

A couple of changes to the blog: First, I added a page called the Big List of Book Recs See it up there? It has all the books I’ve reviewed on the blog: all on one page! I hope to … Continue reading

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Awesome Indies

Curious about the Indie book revolution? Here’s a good place to find some independently published gems: AwesomeIndies.net  features novels that meet strict criteria. They’ve received four or five stars from a professional book reviewer.  You can check them out by … Continue reading

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Another killer girl! Review of Grave Mercy

Ah, who can resist a book about the handmaiden of death? Yes,  this is another YA book with a killer heroine—It’s becoming a trend I know, but I love it. There’s just something gratifying about giving a teenage girl so much … Continue reading

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Fantastic Fairy Tale: Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek

Opal  by Kristina Wojtaszek This is the story of an owl who is changed into a girl when her mother dies— which seems almost the reverse of your usual fairy tale when the changing happens the other way. In Opal, … Continue reading

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Fantastic Recommends: Cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Cinder has a problem with her foot. It’s the wrong size. Not her shoe, her foot. Because Cinder is a cyborg. Intriguing twist on Cinderella huh? Fairy tales seem to be made to be re-told and … Continue reading

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Cold howling teens in love: Review of Shiver

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater This is a teenage werewolf love story. I’m not giving anything away here. A wolf attack survivor, Grace is obsessed with the a wolf she’s seen in the woods behind her house, every winter ever since … Continue reading

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Book v. Movie and Howl’s Moving Castle

In the ongoing battle over which is better: the book or the movie, I’m usually on the book side. However, Howl’s Moving Castle is a special case: the book is fantastic and so is the movie—but they are almost completely … Continue reading

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