Tag Archives: young adult

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

Read  March 2018 Recommended for fans of new-adult steampunk ★    ★    1/2 Dear Carol: Someday, someone is going to enthusiastically mention this series to you, and you are going to find yourself making that scrunched-up-nose-face that means either the dog … Continue reading

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. I’d go there.

Read  January 2018 Recommended for YA adventurers and librarians ★    ★    ★    1/2 Titles with ‘library’ and ‘bookstore’ are irresistible to readers. Add in a cover that looks like faded and cracked leather with gilt lettering and it is … Continue reading

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Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Read  January 2018 Recommended for Fans of YA, explorations of identity ★    ★    ★     Sometimes, it’s all in the spin. If you has said to me, “here, read this YA book with trigger scenes, set in the Old-Timey … Continue reading

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So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane

Read  November 2017 Recommended for people who want to think ★    ★    ★    1/2 Why yes, yes I do. Based on the title, I expected something rather light and possibly silly. What I got was something more substantial, an old … Continue reading

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

Read  October 2017 Recommended for fans of Roald Dahl ★    ★    Things that are cool: a cigar-smoking grandma who encourages you to take safe action investigating solving problems witches with accents   Things that are creepy: Having to stay a … Continue reading

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Interstellar Pig by William Sleator. Or, a board game I could actually play.

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of sci-fi, board games ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 It takes a special book to stick in one’s memory for over thirty years. There are some I remember because I read them over and … Continue reading

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Lumberjanes Vol.2 Friendship to the Max!

Read  July 2017 Recommended for chicks who love camping or graphic novels ★    ★    ★    ★    ★ Score! For a person who ordinarily struggles with the format of graphic novels, this series is the max, adorbs, the bomb, rad, … Continue reading

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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 Creeps by John Connolly. More like The Laughs.

Read August 2016 Recommended for fans of clever YA books  ★     ★     ★     ★    1/2   I confess: I’m still not entirely sure who the ‘creeps’ are. Is it Samuel Johnson, his dog Boswell, and his compadres from … Continue reading

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