Category Archives: young adult

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Read February 2017 Recommended for fans of fairy tales and clever girls  ★     ★    ★    ★    ★     Castle Hangnail is unbelievably charming and one of the first reads of the year to make it to my ‘to … Continue reading

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Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson, or Author’s Notes to Way of Kings

Read August 2016 Recommended for librarians, fans of Lemony Snicket and Artemis Fowl  ★     ★     ★      Also known as The Official Author’s Notes for The Way of Kings. Stay with me. The first clue is in Chapter 2. “I’ve … Continue reading

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The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia. Or, Back to class!

Read July  2016 Recommended for the author. To re-work.  ★     “This week’s assignment will be to write two chapters of a young adult book about a Pygmy girl, dragons and special powers.” At least, that’s how I imagine The … Continue reading

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The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Read June  2016 Recommended for young adult readers, fans of imagination  ★     ★     ★     1/2    Based on Wanda’s excellent review, as well as my own fondness for ancient Egypt, I picked up this young adult book … Continue reading

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Read February 2016 Recommended for fans of young adult, biotech, Austria  ★    ★    ★ An Adventure in Which an Aristocratic Young Man Discovers How to Pilot an All-Terrain Walker and that he is Now an Orphan, and a … Continue reading

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Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Read October 2015 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy, UF  ★    ★    ★    ★ I’m rather annoyed by the label ‘message fiction,’ as I feel like it implies everything else doesn’t have a message. Yet I suppose … Continue reading

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Positive by David Wellington. Not so much.

Read September 2015 Recommended for fans of YA and zombies. And flat story-telling  ★    ★    See Finn and his parents. See Finn leave New York. See Finn fight off a scary woman. See Finn meet a man traveling with … Continue reading

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The Artful by Wilbert Stanton. Not really.

Read July 2015 Recommended for tolerant fans of young adult dystopias who want to read a movie script  ★    1/2 Truthfully, I can only blame myself. With a well-known addiction to the apocalypse (but a choosy one), a kindle … Continue reading

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The Commons: Book One. Not that common.

January 2015 Recommended for fans of  ★    ★    ★    ★   A very good read. Thanks to Koeur for the recommendation and NetGalley for the reviewer’s copy.

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

Read August 2014 Recommended for fans of Valente, purplish prose, shadows  ★    ★    ★    ★    1/2 Once you’ve been to a world filled with magic, what happens next? September first visited Fairyland in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland … Continue reading

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