Monthly Archives: January 2015

Samurai Summer by Ake Edwardson

Samurai Summer is a book that has big ideas yet somehow comes across as being a bit cold and too shortsighted to make the story stick. Characters that should have been believable somehow weren’t and the book left me somewhat … Continue reading

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The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff

I enjoyed the first book in the Confederation series, Valor’s Choice, but didn’t love it. The story was decent yet it was also somewhat cold and impersonal. But wow, Huff really kicked up the story and characters in this second … Continue reading

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I Become Shadow by Joe Shine

I can forgive logic flaws in a YA book when the author knows to write very tongue in cheek rather than drearily earnest. With Joe Shine’s I Become Shadow, we have a very snarky but also kick-butt heroine that who … Continue reading

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More Happy Than Not By Adam Silvera

Sometimes, a book really does live up to the hype. In this case, a story about a confused 17 year old and the heartache and heartbreak of his life. There is a slightly science fiction aspect that figures in the … Continue reading

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My Little Pony Friends Forever Volume 3

Review from my 11 year old daughter: In this volume, all the ponies are well drawn and have great stories that are true to their characters. Each also had a strong story arc and not just random vignette stories empty … Continue reading

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The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber

More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog https://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/</p></i>The subtitle is really the key to this book: this is about everything having to do with money and raising kids to be smart about it: from being honest about how much … Continue reading

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Discussion: Angelfall by Susan Ee

While I rated Angelfall from Susan Ee poorly poorly, others have enjoyed her dystopian angels run amock story.  Here is a discussion with book blogger Ian Wood of Ian Wood’s Novellum on why we reviewed the book so differently. I … Continue reading

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