Book Reviews

Book Review: Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith

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Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith Recommended Ages: 12+ “Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast” is the name of the series, as well as the place young David “Scrub” Elliot finds himself visiting over the summer between sixth and seventh grade. It isn’t that Scrub is into science fiction, so much. His main interest is basketball. He would rather be back in Florida, trading insane dares with his best friend and training for the all-star team. ... Read More »

Book Review: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan Recommended Ages: 13+ In Book 2 of “The Lynburn Legacy,” a dark ultimatum looms over the outwardly charming town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. The evil sorcerer Rob Lynburn means to return the town to its old ways, in which the sorcerous few held power over the non-magical many—an arrangement whereby good weather and prosperous fortunes were given in exchange for blood sacrifice. Rob and his sorcerers demand a victim—a human victim, mind ... Read More »

Review: Railsea by China Miéville

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Railsea by China Miéville Recommended Ages: 12+ I’m just going to come out and say this. It’s Moby-Dick, only without the boring bits. Well, no. What I just described would be an 80-page novelette. This is a full-size book, filled wall-to-wall with thrilling action, squirm-worthy tension, weird discoveries, and warm, appealing characters. Also, instead of water, the ocean in this version of Moby-Dick is a seemingly endless landmass filled with merging, splitting, tangling, and criss-crossing ... Read More »

Book Review: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Recommended Ages: 12+ Already in the Table of Contents of this book, we encounter a mystery. The Kindle edition that I read includes eleven Sherlock Holmes Adventures in this book, as do most American editions and some British editions of this book. The very first edition, however, contained twelve stories. Fear not; “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” will eventually turn up, most likely in His ... Read More »

Book Review: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

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SPOILER ALERT: If you aren't up-to-date with all the 'Veronica Mars' TV episodes or more importantly, haven't seen the 'Veronica Mars' movie, you might not want to read this review. Read More »

Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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Release date: April 1, 2014 Pages: 258 I started reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin with little idea of what it was about – but even the little bit that I knew made it sound like an intriguing read. The jacket copy thrown around on the internet was enticingly vague: A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died; his bookstore is ... Read More »

Book Review: Grim by (multiple Young Adult authors)

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Ringing-in at 480 pages, 'Grim' is a compilation of suspenseful and dark short stories, by 17 of today's hottest young adult authors. Even though the stories only span between 20-30 pages each, the authors... Read More »

Book Review: Empire of Bones by N. D. Wilson

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Empire of Bones by N. D. Wilson Recommended Ages: 12+ The third and final book of “The Ashtown Burials” features so many characters, doing so many things at once, in so many places, that even quite close to the end I couldn’t believe it was going to conclude the trilogy. I fully expected another cliffhanger, hooking us for a surprise fourth book, à la Brisingr. The good news—if you’ll pardon my relief—it really does end ... Read More »

Book Review: The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner

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The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner Recommended Ages: 11+ Atticus Higginbottom, Tick to his friends, is a 13-year-old science geek who gets bullied at school, trips over his own feet, and plays champion-level chess. Few people would guess that such a boy would have the makings of a hero who might one day save the world. Somebody seems to have guessed, however. Somebody calling himself M. G. (short for Master George) begins sending ... Read More »

Exclusive Interview with Lauren Owen

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Lauren Owen spoke to MuggleNet recently about her upcoming book, The Quick, and her history with the Harry Potter fandom. Read more for the full interview! Read More »