Book Reviews

Book Review: The Wizard in the Tree by Lloyd Alexander

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If Chocolate Frogs Famous Wizard Cards featured beloved wizards from the pages of literature, you know there would be a card each for J. K. Rowling’s Dumbledore, and Tolkien’s Gandalf, and Peter Beagle’s Schmendrick, and John Bellairs’ Prospero… I’ve already got quite a long list in mind. Now that I’ve read this brief book by the Newbery Medal and National Book Award winning author of the Prydain Chronicles, I have another name to add to ... Read More »

Book Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

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We’ve run into this problem before: First it was a novel. Then it was adapted, more successfully than faithfully, into a movie. Then came a film novelization, a novel designed to be more faithful to the movie than the movie was to the original novel. They did it to Pierre Boulle’s Planet of the Apes. More recently, it happened to Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon. It even happened to another book by Ian ... Read More »

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling

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"The Queen of the Tearling" was introduced to the world in a flurry of publicity. Debut author Erika Johansen received a much publicized seven-figure advance when she sold the rights to her trilogy to HarperCollins, and not long afterwards, Emma Watson was attached to produce and star in the film adaptation of the novel – before the first installment was even published! Read what we thought of the book! Read More »

Book Review: The Land of Stories (TLOS3) A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

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The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning - buy it By Chris Colfer – website Recommended Ages 9+ Published today, Chris Colfer is back with the third instalment of his magical The Land of Stories series and this time fairytale history comes with a Grimm Warning! Now aged 14 and stuck living in the Otherworld, Conner Bailey must navigate across the globe to decipher a clue left from the world’s most famous storytellers. With a ... Read More »

Book Review: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

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When I saw this book at the public library, I thought it had a striking design. This, including loads of quirky but beautiful illustrations, is the work of Carson Ellis, who has also decorated books by Lemony Snicket and Trenton Lee Stewart. As for the author, I thought his name sounded familiar. Only later, after I had brought the book home, did I connect it with the alternative-rock band The Decembrists, of which Colin Meloy ... Read More »

Book Review: Stray #1 by Elissa Sussman

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Like all women, Princess Aislynn (pronounced ‘ASH-lynn’) possesses dangerous magic that must be controlled and subdued with the help of male Advisers in accordance with The Path to keep them from becoming ‘strays’—like the wicked and reclusive Queen Josetta. When Aislynn fails to control her magic, she’s punished: stripped of her title and ‘loving heart’ (aka all intense or ‘sinful’ emotions), and sent to become a Fairy Godmother (a combination of nuns and governesses who ... Read More »

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Today I am more than thrilled to be reviewing Landline by Rainbow Rowell, out tomorrow from St. Martin’s Press. Like Rowell’s first novel Attachments, Landline is an adult novel, but I can tell you that it will be delightfully consumed by her fans both young and old. Read More »

Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire (TMI #6) by Cassandra Clare

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City of Heavenly Fire is easily my favorite book in the Mortal Instruments series. I felt like it did a wonderful job of tying up Clary and Jace's story, connecting with Tessa's, Jem's and Wills, as well as, revving us up for the next series featuring new players - Emma and Jules. Read More »

Book Review: Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

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Random House sent me a copy of this latest book by the author of the 100 Cupboards and Ashtown Burials series. I thank the author and his wife for arranging it, and apologize for once again taking so long over such a short book. Released in April 2014, it is as Heather Wilson described it to me, a mash-up of “Beowulf + football + Florida swamps.” As befits a book based on an epic poem—the ... Read More »

Book Review: The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson

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When the vultures were circling over the carcass of Borders Bookstores, I swooped down on one of the clearance sales and picked up this book. Then I found out it was the sixth installment in the Repairman Jack series. It has perched ruefully on my bookcase since then, waiting for the day when I finally read the five books before it. Getting there has been a challenge. Some of the earlier volumes in the series ... Read More »