Book review: “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell” by Chris Colfer
Book Reviews / February 19, 2013

Bookish Alex Bailey and her twin brother Conner are navigating sixth grade in very different ways. Struggling with a ‘family situation’, Alex sits at the front of the class and hangs on the stories and words of her teacher Mrs. Peters, whilst Conner is just trying to rest his eyes! The one thing they have in common is their mutual love for the fairy tales read to them from their Grandma’s old book, “The Land of Stories”. When Grandma tries to cheer the twins up on their twelfth birthday by gifting them the book, it’s not long before Conner starts noticing strange changes in his twin’s behavior. What secrets does “The Land of Stories” hide, and why exactly is it glowing?

Book review: “Noughts and Cross” by Malorie Blackman
Book Reviews / February 12, 2013

Critically acclaimed author, Malorie Blackman, tackles issues of race in this reversing of segregation in an alternate dystopian landscape of England in the 1960s. Persephone (Sephy) Hadley is a dark-skinned Cross and daughter of a successful politician. Her childhood friend, Callum, is a Nought with light skin, and his Mother is a former employee of the Hadleys as Sephy’s Nanny. When tensions rise, secrets are revealed, and Callum’s Mother Meggie is fired from her position in the household, the friends struggle to maintain their relationship despite the harsh judgement of those who cannot understand their connection.

Book review: “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness
Book Reviews / January 29, 2013

The first in a series of adult novels that are filled to the brim with details that place the magical world directly in to modern day Oxford. The story of reluctant witch and keen academic of alchemy, Diana Bishop, begins in the dusty and mysterious setting of the Bodleian library. For those missing Hogwarts, these libraries feel wonderfully familiar. Likewise, fans of Pullman’s Lyra will get a chance to explore more of the city, running and rowing through this antiquated world. And fans of conspiracies in “Wicked” will enjoy the magical plotting.

Book review: “Eve” by Anna Carey
Book Reviews / January 24, 2013

In 2032, after a devastating bout of world-wide disease we meet Eve, a best friend, an orphan, a school valedictorian and a survivor. Dubbed one of the brightest students since the 21st century plague demolished the majority of earth’s human population, Eve is expected to do great things once she graduates. However these great things are only defined as “trades”. Until one becomes an actual 12th year graduate, true life after school remains a mystery. As a female student in 2032, throughout her whole life Eve’s been taught and warned away from the wicked, manipulative and deadly ways of the male species.

Book review: “Hemlock” by Kathleen Peacock
Book Reviews / January 24, 2013

In a literary world where the vast majority of werewolf stories fall into the “been there done that” category, “Hemlock” doesn’t merely shine, it supernovas! Dark, creative, and emotional; “Hemlock” raises the bar on all accounts. Solid world building and multifaceted characters pair with a unique take on werewolves to create not only a highly addicting book, but also a new personal favorite of mine.

Book review: “A Bad Day For Voodoo” by Jeff Strand
Book Reviews / January 24, 2013

Who knew flying body-parts, gushing blood, and cannibals could be so fun? “A Bad Day for Voodoo” was a total LOL-fest. Although there is a darker and edgier tone to the book, Strand sugarcoats it with hilarious and downright pee-your-pants scenes that have you rapidly flipping the pages. From beginning to end I was completely enraptured.