Monthly Archives: April 2013

Review: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Also Known As by Robin Benway. Walker Books, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Spy Novel/Thriller Face Value: Aren’t we done with disembodied girls yet? Apparently not, and it’s a shame because I feel like there are a whole lot of really … Continue reading

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Use Your Gray Matter: Amelia Bedelia Does the Time Warp

When I was growing up, I was fond of Amelia Bedelia. As a kid with a predilection for language and words, I thought that a character who took everything literally was absolutely hysterical.  I remember Amelia Bedelia looking like this: … Continue reading

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Review: The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford. Clarion Books, 2010. Currently Available. Genre: Steampunk, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction Face Value: This cover does a great job of capturing the specific creepiness of this story. I love that it’s illustrated (middle grade covers … Continue reading

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Review: Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. Currently available. Genre: Middle grade realistic fiction. Face Value: This is such an exuberant cover! Nate on the red carpet in NYC is a joyful … Continue reading

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Review: Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed. Disney-Hyperion, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Fiction (or is Downton-Abbey-inspired its own genre yet?) Face Value:  This cover is unsurprising. It doesn’t do much for me, as a reader, but it also doesn’t turn … Continue reading

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Review: Orleans by Sherri Smith

Orleans by Sherri Smith. Penguin, 2013. Currently available. Genre: YA Futuristic/Dytopian Fiction Face Value: I adore this cover. With fantasy and futuristic book covers, I find that the cover illustrators/designers can be reluctant to go into much detail. It’s almost … Continue reading

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Review: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson. Shades of London #2. Putnam Juvenile, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Mystery/Ghost Story Face Value: This is a definite upgrade from the first book. While it doesn’t scream to me from the shelves, I think … Continue reading

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