Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte is the first in the Charlotte Holmes series. Brittany Cavallaro puts an interesting twist on the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters by imagining what their descendants would be like. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson meet at boarding school in Connecticut. Holmes has been solving crimes since she was a young child, and Watson is a typical teenage boy. When a fellow student turns up dead, the pair strike up a fated friendship and set to solving the case. I’ve never read Sherlock Holmes, but I have watched the BBC show Sherlock and the Robert Downey Jr. movies, so I am familiar with the characters. […]

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Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility did not live up to my expectations. I had heard so many great things about this book, but surprisingly I had no recollection of what it was about before I started listening to it. Nastya is new in town. She’s come to live with her aunt after some sort of horrific attack on her life. She was a concert pianist, but she can no longer play because her attacker crushed her hand. Josh Bennett keeps to himself. He lives alone because his parents are dead, and his grandfather is dying. They’re both damaged, so they develop a unique relationship. This book was […]

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Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost is a really fun read. Aubree has just graduated from high school, but she’s never been anywhere. She’s set to start college in the fall in her hometown. Her sister, Elizabeth, the perfect one, gets arrested for hosting underage drinkers at Aubree’s graduation party. When she concocts a crazy plan to have Aubree to fill in for her as a tour guide in Europe for the summer, Aubree is less than thrilled. But feeling responsible for her sister’s situation, she reluctantly agrees. Aubree is soon in Europe with a Spanish-speaking bus driver and a small group of senior citizens who are expecting her to […]

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Review: The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet by Natasha Farrant

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennett by Natasha Farrant

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet is such a fun read. You know I love Jane Austen, and of course Pride and Prejudice is her best known work. Lydia Bennet is the youngest and most annoying sister in that story. Natasha Farrant has taken that character and filled in the gaps in her story. Austen never told us how Lydia ends up running off with Wickham. Farrant has imagined a very interesting twist. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Because I knew how things ended up for Lydia, I wasn’t expecting some much suspense. Farrant made me feel for Lydia and even […]

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Review: Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling is such an intense read. I have always loved watching gymnastics – whether it was live Olympics or just TV shows or movies about gymnastics. This book was only my second experience reading about gymnasts. Wow. The whole book takes places over only two days, the US Olympic Trials. Twelve girls are competing, but the book only focuses on 5 of them. You know that part in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Hermione tries to explain Cho Chang’s feelings to Ron and Harry (because she was crying while kissing Harry)? That’s what this book is like. Each chapter takes you into […]

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Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving is a great YA suspense novel. On the first day of kindergarten six students went missing, and now 11 years later five of them return. They cannot remember where they’ve been, but they act like normal teenagers, so obviously they’ve grown up relatively normally somewhere. This story sucked me right in. I was so intrigued and curious about what could have happened to these kids. The story is told in alternating perspectives – Scarlett and Lucas,two of the kids who have returned, and Avery, the younger sister of the boy who never came back. Scarlett’s mother is convinced the kids were abducted by […]

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Review: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

The Impossible Fortress is absolutely adorable in all its geek-romance glory. Billy and his best friends, Alf and Clark, are obsessed with Vanna White. It’s 1987, and they need to get their hands on the new issue of Playboy magazine because it has naked pictures of America’s sweetheart. They hatch a plan that involves buttering up the store owner’s daughter, Mary. Billy is selected for that job, but maybe he doesn’t want to use Mary. Mary is the only other person who’s interested in programming computer games like Billy is. And when she tells him about a computer game competition for students, run by Billy’s idol, he […]

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Review: Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe is completely unbelievable, but super cute. Harper Scott, descendent of the famous Antarctic explorer, Robert Falcon Scott, is having a rough time, so she runs away to Antarctica. Her mother’s graduate student gets her into an exclusive high school study program for “Winter Over”, the dark winter time in Antarctica when no planes come in or out. The story is told in alternating chapters in past and present. In the past we learn about Harper’s plan to be a professional ballerina and everything that happened with her best friend, Kate. In the present Harper helps Charlotte with her penguin studies and […]

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Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway was a little confusing at the start, but once I got into the story, I was pleasantly surprised. Nancy ends up at a very unique boarding school after returning from a world that isn’t the one we know. All of the children at Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children have stumbling into other worlds – some ruled by logic, some fueled by nonsense. It’s rather like Alice in Wonderland only imagine there are hundreds of Wonderlands, each unique as the child who visited it. Nancy makes a handful of friends, but most of the students are weary of her since bad things […]

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Review: Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel spin-off of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. You all know how much I love that series, so of course I had to read this book. It was my first graphic novel (well except the ones I read with my son). The main character is Iko, Cinder’s side-kick android friend. The story takes place between the battle on Luna at the end of Winter and the wedding story from Stars Above. Basically, it covers the clean up of all of the wolf soldiers on Earth. Iko is a bounty hunter of sorts. It’s pretty fun. I enjoyed this book because I’m a […]

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