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Book Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson delivers again with yet another fun, edgy, and thoroughly enjoyable read. The Name of the Star, the first book in the Shades of London series, will have you diving right in for more! Rory has sort of hit the lottery as much as any high school student can. Her parents are taking some time off from their Louisiana jobs to uproot the family for a year… to London! When Rory enrolls at her ... Read More »

Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I’ve been waiting for several months now to hit a book that fully captures the spirit and magic of Young Adult Fantasy/Romance. I think Cruel Beauty may be it. It’s delectable, sexy, and passionate, aka everything you want to read in this genre. Here’s why! Nyx’s dad kind of sucks. He’s made a bargain so that Nyx has to marry the prince of their world when she turns 17, a prince who just happens to ... Read More »

Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay is beautiful, romantic, and world shattering. Beware, if you read it, it will totally knock you on your shaking, unsuspecting feet. When I left for LeakyCon Orlando just a few short weeks ago, I had exactly six books in my suitcase to get signed. When I came home, an additional four had made it into my bag. Gayle Forman’s If I Stay was one of them. I’d never read it, but LeakyCon ... Read More »

Five Favorite Characters from the “Forgotten Houses” part 2

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Hufflepuffs, it's your turn! It seems Hufflepuffs are always getting the short end of the stick - losing Quidditch games, for example, and having a reputation, according to Ron, for being push-overs. Even when they got a chance at glory with Cedric, he ended up dead. It seems Hufflepuff just can't win. But here are five fantastic 'Puffs to make you proud! 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 »