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When a princess doesn’t speak her royal parents will do anything to get her to talk. A tiger takes them up on the offer and gets her to talk. A simple kids story with very good art.




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I first started this thinking it was the end of the trilogy only to find out that it is now five books and I am fine with that. I couldn’t see how they would get to a good ending by the end of this book and warning it does end on a cliffhanger.
You find out more about Burners and they are not all the same just as it is with the Library. Jess and Morgan develop more of their relationship and Morgan finds out more about her powers. I don’t want to give much away about what happens in Philadelphia but hard choices are made and people will have to live with their decisions. A good read and I always enjoy the bits of backstory and history of the world that is inserted in to give more color to this universe.

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Polly is surprised by her mother with a trip to an exclusive school on Earth. Her twin brother thinks this will be great but Polly doesn’t want to go and already has ideas about how her becoming a pilot are mapped out and this school wasn’t in her plans.  Turns out the school can really help her out since the cream of political and money circles of Earth go to Galileo Academy.  The off world students stick together for most part due to trying to get used to the gravity.

Polly has more issues fitting in then Charles but when things go wrong on an outing for her year mates she jumps in and does the right thing. This helps her out a bit socially but she still isn’t happy at school.  More things happen during the school year as Polly and with some assistance from her twin get to the bottom of it.
Overall a good YA read and I’m glad to see more from Carrie Vaughn.


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This book has all the threads tied up by the end.  There are some surprises near the end of the book. She does find out who her father is and she does find a way to beat the Red Queen.  But the final ending of the book is a total deus ex machina and if you don’t like those types of endings then this will irk you.  If you don’t mind it then the last chapter will feel like an epilogue to a good story and leave you with the idea that the characters are in a good place in this story universe.

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This is a graphic novel retelling of Snow White set in the Depression. The art is lovely but it is very sparse with dialogue.  The story is faithful to the tale and is clever on hitting all main points of the well-known story.
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This is a new YA series set in a future where things from Otherside are attacking humans. A few people are born with the powers to fight them with their “hounds”.  Hounds are from another dimension and help the hunters in their battles. They can look like almost anything and they live off the manna they take from the Othersiders in death.  All Hunters must report to Apex City for training and for the most part to keep the main city safe. Apex is where the rebuilding began after the Diseray happened 250 years ago.

Hunters are the sport stars of Apex, They are constantly under the eye of video feeds and rankings are based on kills and viewership.  Joy is on her way to the city to take her place among the Hunters; her uncle has told her to come but to hide the information of her life out in the mountains. Her uncle is in charge of the Hunters but stays mostly out of contact with her to not show favoritism since everything between them is for public consumption.

Things are not as great in the city as it seems to the people living farther away and there is dissent brewing.  This is a good setup book for the rest of the story and I’m curious as to what will come next in this universe.

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This alternate history book works with the premise that the Library of Alexandria never burned but thrived and slowly became the shadow power that runs the world.  Countries still rule themselves but the Library controls all knowledge. No one owns personal books without paying a large fee. Everyone has a “blank” that can access any book in the Library archives. People strive to be able to work for the library.  Jess on the other hand has been sent there by his father to “help” with the family business of running black market books.  Jess finds himself competing for a precious spot when so many other capable other hopefuls from around the world are in his group.

The world building is very complete in this setting and you also see what happens with the Library when there is a regional war and the Library also fights the Burners, a rebel group that fights against the ways of the Library. This is a young adult novel so some of the story is Jess learning things about the world and that allows for the reader to learn more about the setting. A great first novel in a new series and I know I’ll be recommending this one to lots of people.

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The third book deals with Chu sneezing at the beach. Of course the little panda sneezes and splits the water. The problem is getting him to sneeze again to fix it. I liked the art in this one better than the last one and as a bonus it explains to kids that sometimes you sneeze when you look at the sun. A cute picture book and fits well with the previous two.


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This is a cute middle grade story about an Evil castle and its crew in need of a leader.  When a very young Wicked Witch shows up on the doorstep to claim the castle with her invitation in hand they believed they are saved.  The guardian of the castle isn’t so sure but she is getting the job done and doing her tasks that are needed to finalize her title to the castle.  Molly isn’t that Wicked but she does a great job in doing her tasks even if she has a secret.  I really liked this book and I think at least one of my nieces or nephews will be getting a copy this holiday season.

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This YA book is starts with Georgiana being dumped off at a girls school with a reputation of reforming girls that don’t fit into society’s role during the Regency period.  Of course the school isn’t what it appears to be once Georgiana’s stumbles around and finds a hidden passage while trying to escape.  The premise sounded interesting but it took far too long for anyone to sit her down and explain what they really do at the school. The main reason they are so interested in having her there is she seems to be a outstanding chemist even if she burned down her parent’s barn while trying to make invisible ink. She is given the task of trying to come up with the ink in just a few days before a large conference in Vienna to deal with the problem of Napoleon, who has just been banished to Elba. Everything in this story just goes so fast along with building personal relationships. I wanted to like this book but having read some other series recently that also dealt with unusual finishing schools for girls this didn’t have the same charm as the other books.  An entertaining enough read but I don’t think I’ll bother to read the next one.


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This book suffers a bit from being a bridge to the next book. The entire book is waiting for the invading army to come after a quick rout of the first battle. The reader gets mostly Kelsea’s viewpoint and a new viewpoint character that only Kelsea can see since these are visions from the past brought to her by the sapphires.  The sapphires are also changing her appearance quite a bit and people are noticing.  She feels very much not in control of her life and people are trying to control what she does in order to protect their own self interests.  The visions do eventually let the reader know how the Kingdom of Tear was founded and yet there is still some mystery about just how it happened.  I’ll probably read the next one just to see if they explain it all in the next book but I’m not sure if I will hang for the entire length of the series.

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I had a friend describe this book to me years ago and I decided to finally find a copy and read it. This is not the book a parent would buy their kid to read but more of a book a aunt or uncle mad at their sibling would get their niece or nephew. This would also make a great shower gift for the laughs. The book covers the alphabet but not in the correct order and gives bad advice to kids that would get them into lots of trouble. Overall I got several laughs out of the book but I will not be putting into my nieces or nephews hands anytime soon.

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This YA novel starts rather interesting but as the story goes along it gets very heavy handed in the message that the author wants to reader to hear.   Alix goes to an exclusive school that has been targeted by a political group with an agenda against the work her father does for large corporations.  Turns out the group has been targeting Alix to get to her father and it works but just not immediately.  Alix is kidnapped by the group and let go after they think she is on their side about the legal tricks her father’s company does to sow doubt in legal cases against large companies.  At first she sides with her family but after doing some research she switches sides to their side.  That she was able to switch over to them and helps them was a bit much for me.  It was an ok book but I don’t think I would bother to recommend it to anyone.

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This is your basic Hansel and Gretel story. There isn't anything new to the story the only thing some people might find different is that the mother suggests they leave the children in the woods and not a stepmother. The art is very dark charcoal sketches and it didn’t appeal to me for the most part. I was left feeling meh about the book and I know it will sell well on the star status of Gaiman but just felt disappointed in this for the most part.

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Of all of the characters that Hiaasen has created, Skink will be the best of them. He isn’t the main focus of this novel, that goes to Richard, a teen that decides to rescue his cousin from someone she ran away with. Richard meets Skink the night Malley runs away. Skink decides to help Richard rescue his cousin from the guy she met on the internet. Turns out the loser is stealing a recently dead vet’s identify and that really irritates Skink. Richard learns how to drive from Skink due to an injury he gets trying to help a skunk on their trip. Everything works out in classic Hiaasen fashion but I have to wonder at what point will Skink walk off into the sunset never to seen again.

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The third book starts immediately with Sidheag leaving school after a message from her pack. If you have read the Parasol Protectorate then you will know what the message contained and why she left without telling anyone. Sophronia and everyone else is in the dark and they worry even as they are planning for the engagement ball for Sophrnia’s brother. At the ball, chaos happens with the mechanicals and Sidheag shows up with two werewolves. Sophronia and friends leave immediately to try and get Sidheag to Scotland to help her pack and of course on the way discover yet another Pickleman plot. By the end of the book, things have changed quite a bit for her and her friends and should make for some interesting developments in the next book.

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The plot is summed up in the title. It has even less story than the first book. The only real redeeming part of this book is the wonderful Adam Rex illustrations.  Yes there is the sneeze payoff at the end of the book but there just wasn't much to the story this time.

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There has been a ton of hype in publishing about this book, it has been optioned for a movie and the odds are it will be a good one. Kelsea has been raised away from people and she knows she is to be the next Queen on her 19th birthday. But she has never met her mother and doesn't know who her father is. There were gaps in her education that help the plot along but only makes sense in the fact that her unknown mother didn't want her growing up knowing about the political decisions and the fallout of those decisions that Kelsea has to deal with. Her uncle the Regent has a price on her head and even getting to the palace in once piece will not guarantee that she will sit on the throne and make policy changes to the kingdom and stop the practice of sending her people to the Red Queen as part of a peace treaty her mother had negotiated. What the book shows of the Red Queen doesn't show enough of her to understand the whys of what she is. There is magic in this universe and clues that we may be more familiar with this world instead of a standard fantasy realm.  There is magic but the reader isn't given much insight into it since Kelsea knows almost nothing about it as well. A good solid YA book and I'm interested in seeing how it all turns out.


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This is the first Joe Abercrombie book I have gotten around to reading but it will not be my last one. This is follows the younger son's path of revenge for his father and brother's murder. Fortune does smile of Prince Yarvi more than once in the book but mostly if it wasn't for his training to become a King's minister he never would have been able to take every chance that he came across and use it to the best advantage. The other thing he does is not abandon anyone that he comes across and shows mercy whenever he is able and that does pay dividends for him when he needs it the most. This can be marketed as either a YA or a regular fantasy novel. I know I'll be waiting for the next book but now I think I will read his other books some point soon to tide me over.


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This is somewhere between a middle grade and YA book. A girl joins a MMO and gets into more than she bargained for. An online friend recruits her to help hunt down gold farmers in the game and get paid. As she is doing this she actually talks to one of them and finds out that lfe isn't so fun when you game for a living. When she learns about unions and strikes on TV and asking her Dad about some of it she gives this advice to the gold farmer and of course it doesn't work out. The plot does somewhat get a happy ending but it thought it just took the easy way to end it since it comes across more as a story with a moral rather than a good story. I do have to say that I liked the art in it and it did make up for some of my feelings about the story.


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