A review of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I usually don't read YA novels, but Grave Mercy, the first in The Fair Assassin series, contains a number of elements that I do read--history, the struggle between good and evil, political intrigue, character growth, love, strong characters, mystery. The starred review that I read and the offer of a free e-galley drew me in, but Ismae's story kept me reading. Robin LaFevers's debut novel is about a young lady in 15th century France who becomes an assassin, serving the god of death. more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 7, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of One Special Day by Lola Schaefer

It's One Special Book! "Ok, I've seen her, you can take her back!" Granted, I was two when I said that and didn't realize that #1, that little baby would grow up to be one of my very best friends in the whole world and #2, being a big sibling didn't take away everything else I already was. But even as young as I was, I might have gotten a jump on both of these important ideas with the beautiful new book, One Special Day. Spencer is a 'big' kid: strong, fast, loud, funny and imaginative more

Reviewed by Abby on
May 4, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

I love graphic novels like this. The main character, Maggie, is an excellent protagonist. She's starting high school after being homeschooled and is nervous about fitting in. She's independent and smart and a bit of a wreck because her mom just took off. Her dad is the Chief of Police and she's a little self-conscious about that. And, oh yeah, she can see ghosts. The story is set in what is described as a small city on the East Coast. It seems kind of big and cool, though. There are museums and more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Murder in the First-Class Carriage by Kate Colquhoun

It was a quiet evening when Mr. Briggs, a well-to-do London bank clerk, stepped into a first-class carriage on the North London railway. Ten minutes later, two passengers stepped into the same carriage to find pools of blood on the cushions. Mr. Briggs himself lay stunned and bleeding along the tracks a few miles distant; he would later die without giving any hint as to the identity of his assailant. The investigation and trial that would follow turned into a sensational case is the subject of more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Arcadia by Lauren Groff

It sounds pretty great: a society in which there is no heirarchy, where everyone contributes equally in the pursuit of a pure life lived off of the earth, where idealism is a reality.  Growing up in such a place would be paradise, wouldn't it?  In Lauren Groff's brilliant new novel Arcadia (following the equally outstanding Monsters of Templeton and the story collection more

Reviewed by Kylee on
May 1, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Fairy Tale Interrupted by RoseMarie Terenzio

I think it started in college with a term paper, but maybe it was even in my high school history class? (I always paid attention because the teacher was the cute wrestling coach). This isn’t my first review about a Kennedy related title, I did one about a fabulous coffee table book a few years ago and I took care of my Kennedy fix this winter by listening to more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
April 30, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger

In the vast estate of the Smugwick Manor, there are many employees and only a handful of the Luggertucks who own the mansion. Unfortunately, the Luggertucks are an unpleasant bunch who make the lives of their many employees rather miserable. Until one day, when (for reasons unknown) M’Lady Luggertuck asks her maid not to tighten her corset quite so tightly. The repercussions of this startling request form the basis of this story that borders (almost constantly) on the ridiculous. Pirates and more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
April 27, 2012 | 0 comments
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E-reader Statistics You know how I love a good infographic and thanks to Galleycat I've found another cool one to study. This one was designed by graphic designer Boris Benko and depicts the stats with regard to the explosion of ebook use. Some of the things you can spot in Benko's graphic? In December of last more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Art of Duke Hunting by Sophia Nash

When a widowed countess saves a cursed duke is it love at first sight? Not exactly. Sophia Nash continues her Royal Entourage series with The Art of Duke Hunting (the first in the series was reviewed here). It is the love story of Montagu and March, as they like to call each other. Roman Montagu more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 25, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Wild Thing by Josh Bazell

Josh Bazell's Beat the Reaper is a funny, funny book. Jane's MADreads review gives you an excellent rundown of what it's all about.  Wild Thing is a follow-up to Beat the Reaper. While I don't like it quite as much, I think it's funny, too, and will more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 24, 2012 | 0 comments
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