Monthly Archives: November 2013

Inside the Whimsy Works by Jimmy Johnson

Inside the Whimsy Works is a very personal but also a very interesting account of a man who started out at the lowest rung of Disney Pictures in the 1930s and worked his way up to President of Walt Disney … Continue reading

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Holders by Julianna Scott

I really have to hand it to Strange Chemistry – I haven’t found a bad book yet among their titles.  For really, I should by all rights be giving this book a 2 star review for hitting nearly every cliche … Continue reading

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Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail by Lorraine Turner

Calico Horses and the Patchwork Trail is an exploration of the decisions made by adults, how they affect children (both human and horse), and how the children are powerless to deal with those decisions. The book has many fantasy elements … Continue reading

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Archetype By MD Waters

Archetype is an intelligent, well-written, and compelling read that manages to a) not give too many clues about the mystery so that the book is predictable b) not give too little information so that the book is inscrutable and frustrating.  … Continue reading

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Venture Untamed

Venture Untamed unfortunately hit quite a few personal pet peeves for me: overt christian undertones, undefined world with modernistic terminology, a complete lack of ending or story arc, and a lead character who consistently fails to make intelligent life decisions. … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Hostie

I have read really good books about aviation recently (e.g. Cockpit Confidential) and as a frequent international flier, I was looking forward to learning more about what goes on behind each flight. But admittedly, the title is really what you … Continue reading

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Anyone But You (3rd in the Twisted Lit Series) bt Kim Askew, Amy Helmes

Anyone But You is the third book in the Twisted Lit series. As with the two previous books, we are given an original but solid take on the source material (in this case, Romeo and Juliet) and the series’ trademark … Continue reading

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Success with Writing, Grade 4

The book is comparatively thin (45 pages) but appropriately priced for that amount.  The stress is on more sophisticated writing including complex sentences, paragraph topics, main idea exploration, run on sentences, etc.  The book has a good mix of ‘fill … Continue reading

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Point Blanc: Graphic Novel by Horowitz

Point Blanc is another solid adaptation of the popular “young James Bond” series of books by Anthony Horowitz.  As with the first graphic novel, the essence of the story is ably captured and the flow excellent. The over-the-top quality of … Continue reading

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Stormbreaker The Graphic Novel by Horowitz, Kanako Damerum, Yuzuru Takasaki

Stormbreaker is the graphic novel adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s very popular “James Bond” type of series. The artwork inside is an interesting mix between manga and traditional American comics, with an easy-to-follow storyline and decent adaptation of the source. Alex … Continue reading

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Avalon By Mindee Arnett

Avalon is a YA science fiction story that has a decent arc and definitive ending (despite being first in a series). As with the generic name, though, the characters and plot do feel like something we’ve seen before.  And yes, … Continue reading

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling is a modern throwback to the fantasy books of the 1980s and 1990s – a straightforward story, relatively low key romance, and complete lack of over the top heroines and too-modern-sounding teens.  But at the same time, some of … Continue reading

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Champion by Marie Lu

Champion was a satisfying ending to a solid dystopian trilogy – one of the most underrated in the last few years, in my opinion. Author Marie Lu manages to sidestep a lot of the cliches of the genre and end … Continue reading

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Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

I was quite surprised at how far off the blurb was from the actual book. What sounded more like a dystopian sci fi with a kick butt female Wall E type of story; in actuality was a slow burn, passive … Continue reading

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Fractured, Guards of the Shadowlands 2, by Sarah Fine

Fractured continues right where Sanctum left off: the Mazikin were let loose in the world and begin to breed in Rhode Island. Coincidentally, that happens to be Lela’s hometown and so she settles right in, preparing to take on the … Continue reading

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Finder: Talisman by Carla Speed McNeil

I feel this is one of those graphic novels that can divide readers – a meditation on the love/importance of books and imagination rather than a straight-forward story. One can either love it or be bored by it as it … Continue reading

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Horses of the Dawn: The Escape by Kathryn Laskey

I had not read Laskey’s other novels (though my family had seen the LoG movie) and so perhaps I did not realize what I would be getting into with this book. I read this out loud to my 11 year … Continue reading

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Mindscape by Tal Valente

Mindscape is a fairly short novel in great need of being fleshed out into a real story. It is told through a mix of flashbacks from one character and then current-period unfolding story from the other (currently in a coma). … Continue reading

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Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow

Sorrow’s Knot is a lyrical, haunting, beautifully written novel that will stay with you long after it is finished. Easy to read and yet deeply compelling and full of pathos, this will easily go to my best of the year … Continue reading

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Sanctum, Book 1 of the Shadowslands by Sarah Fine

This really started out fascinating – I was eagerly devouring every page, appreciate the world, the main characters, and a lot of the ideas contained within.  And then about half way through, this came to a crashing halt as the … Continue reading

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