Book Reviews

Review: 13 Curses by Michelle Harrison

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13 Curses by Michelle Harrison Recommended Ages: 12+ In 13 Treasures, a silver bracelet strung with thirteen charms serves mainly as a link between twelve-year-old Tanya and a tragically short-lived ancestor who shared her gift, her curse: the second sight, or the ability to see faeries. But other than that, the book wasn’t really about the thirteen magical objects that gave it its name. The treasures were then little more than a talisman representing the ... Read More »

Review: The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman

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The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman Recommended Ages: 12+ In The Grimm Legacy, we discovered the wonderful collection of fairy-tale artifacts housed at the New-York Circulating Material Depository: a place where, for a reasonable deposit (say, your sense of direction) you can check out seven-league boots. Now a new group of pages explores one of the Depository’s other Special Collections: the Wells Bequest—as in H. G. Wells, the author who pioneered science fiction. In a ... Read More »

Review: 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison

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13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison Recommended Ages: 11+ Being able to see fairies isn’t all sparkly dust and tinkly bells. Tanya has been able to see them since she was a baby, and it’s a living nightmare for her. Her parents are fed up with what they see as serious behavioral problems. And the winged creatures that visit her on moonlit nights do not bring wonder and enchantment, but threats and punishment when she doesn’t ... Read More »

Review: Doughnut by Tom Holt

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Doughnut by Tom Holt Recommended Ages: 14+ Theo Bernstein’s promising career as a physicist blows up along with the Very Very Large Hadron Collider, apparently because he moved a decimal point the wrong way. Now he has lost his job, his fortune, his wife, and even his fleabag apartment. The only work he can find is hauling cartloads of offal at a slaughterhouse, where he also sleeps because he has nowhere else to go. Then ... Read More »

Review: Blimpo by Dale E. Basye

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Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye Recommended Ages: 11+ In this sequel to Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go and Rapacia: The Second Circle of Heck, twice-dead teen Milton Foster heroically dons a fat suit (sort of) and infiltrates the part of the 18-and-under Afterlife set aside for fat kids. His mission: to rescue his chubby friend Virgil, who has been darned for what may be only a sin of weakness. ... Read More »

Review: The Night Itself by Zoë Marriott

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The Night Itself – buy it by Zoë Marriott – her website Recommended Ages: 13+ The first book in Marriott’s The Name of the Blade series proves to be a fast paced action packed urban fantasy, with danger, friendship and romance. It will leave readers gasping for more. Fifteen year old Mio has had bad dreams for years – ever since her grandfather revealed that she was to inherit a priceless sword as a family ... Read More »

Review: Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

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Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini Recommended Ages: 12+ As they went, he considered her admiringly, and marveled at himself that it should have taken him so long fully to realize her slim, unusual grace, and to find her, as he now did, so entirely desirable, a woman whose charm must irradiate all the life of a man, and touch its commonplaces with magic. I chose this quote (see inset) to illustrate why this book has ... Read More »

Review: The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

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The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling Recommended Ages: 14+ When I admit that I waited to read J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults until the audio-book version came available at my local library, I knowingly risk my credibility as the book reviewer for the internet’s Number One Harry Potter Fan Site. In fact, I left it till so late that I was still reading it when news broke that J. K. R. had ... Read More »

Review: Interworld by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves

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Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves Recommended Ages: 12+ High school sophomore Joey Harker has such a poor sense of direction that he sometimes gets lost in his own house. One day, during a social studies exam in the form of a scavenger hunt around the downtown area, he walks into a patch of fog and comes out in another reality altogether. A world where McDonald’s sports a single, green tartan arch, and where ... Read More »

Review: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages by Tom Holt

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages by Tom Holt Recommended Ages: 14+ Polly Mayer is an in-house lawyer for a property development company. Her brother Don is a jingle-writing musician. For whatever reason, these two siblings have been chosen to be the next pair of contestants in a multi-dimensional game designed to answer the question, “Which came first—the chicken or the egg?” Their first clue that something funny is going on is when Polly ... Read More »