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Looking For Alaska by John Green

March 21, 2013

Sixteen year old Miles “Pudge” Halter, who has a talent for remembering famous last words, is in search of the “Great Perhaps.” He is done with his boring,  friendless life in Florida and decides to follow in his father’s footsteps by enrolling at the Culver Creek Boarding School.  Upon arrival, Miles meets his roommate Chip … Continue reading Looking For Alaska by John Green

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

March 12, 2013

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? begins with 15 year old Bee’s journey to find her mother, Bernadette, who has disappeared.  Bee tells her mother’s story leading up to the disappearance through a number of emails, letters, faxes, and texts written by Bernadette, Bee’s father, and “the gnats,” just to name a few.  Before moving to Seattle, … Continue reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

March 04, 2013

Warning: Siege and Storm is the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.  If you have not read the first book, Shadow and Bone, then there will definitely be spoilers in this review.  Check out my review of the first book here: Shadow and Bone.  Synopsis: Siege and Storm begins right where Shadow and Bone left off. … Continue reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

February 27, 2013

Set in the 1980s, Rory Dawn Hendrix is a young girl living with her mother in a Reno trailer park. Rory’s maternal lineage includes a mother and grandmother who were both pregnant before turning 16.  They are also high school dropouts, chain smokers, and welfare dependents.  Rory’s trailer park, the Calle de la Flores, is … Continue reading Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

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Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

February 20, 2013

“The sun kept on with its slipping away, and I thought how many good things in the world might be resting on the shoulders of something terrible.”Carol Rifka Brunt’s heart wrenching novel begins by introducing 14 year old June Elbus.  June is a self proclaimed “weird” girl who enjoys venturing into the woods behind her … Continue reading Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

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Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schiltz

February 19, 2013

Thirteen year old Lizzie Rose and eleven year old Parsefall are two orphans who have been taken in by Grisini, an ominous master puppeteer. The story begins with Grisini and his wards performing at young Clara Wintermute’s 12th birthday party.  The night of the party, Clara goes missing and Grisini is suspected to be her … Continue reading Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schiltz

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Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

February 15, 2013

Alex, a seventeen year old traipsing through the wilderness as she ventures to spread her parent’s remains in Lake Superior, discovers a lot more than she bargained for. Told from her point of view, Ashes tells the story of Alex and those she encounters in the Waucamaw Wilderness of Michigan.  Four days into her trip, Alex … Continue reading Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

February 06, 2013

The shelves were packed close together, and it felt like I was standing at the border of a forest–not a friendly Californian forest either, but an old Transylvanian forest, a forest full of wolves and witches and dagger-wielding bandits all waiting just beyond moonlight’s reach. There were ladders that clung to the shelves and rolled … Continue reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

February 01, 2013

Any Downton Abbey fans out there?  I began watching Downton Abbey about a year ago and have been hooked since.  After finishing Season 3, I went into a bit of withdrawal and longed for another story set in a similar time period.  I read Jane Eyre about 5 years ago when I joined my very … Continue reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Legend by Marie Lu

January 29, 2013

In the first installment of Marie Lu’s dystopian series, we are introduced to a plague infected post-apocalyptic world.  While the rich are protected from the plague by vaccines, the poor are most effected and are dying quickly.  The United States no longer exists and the new governments, the Republic and the Colonies, are constantly at … Continue reading Legend by Marie Lu

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