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Review: The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress Genre: Historical Fiction/Action/Steampunk (is Steampunk a genre now? Call me out on it if that’s not acceptable) Face Value: I can’t say I’m particularly enamored with this cover, which looks a little too Charlie’s … Continue reading

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Review: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield. Dutton Books, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Mystery Face Value: It’s tonally appropriate, and creepy, that’s for sure. But an obscured image of a dead girl with a flower between her legs? … Continue reading

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Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Random House, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Mystery, Fantasy Face Value: I like this kind of cover, with the monochrome background and black and gold stenciling. It’s a familiar look in YA covers these days, but … Continue reading

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Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray. Little, Brown, and Co., 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Paranormal Fiction Face Value: This is a well-designed cover. Rather than showcasing one of the many characters and giving the impression that the book has a … Continue reading

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Review: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery. Philomel Sleuth, (2006). Currently available. Genre: Middle grade mystery/historical fiction Face Value: This is a terrific cover illustrated by Peter Ferguson. I love Enola’s hunted look, her bicycle, her period-specific … Continue reading

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Review: The Shattering by Karen Healey

The Shattering by Karen Healey. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011. Currently Available Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy/Contemporary Face Value: I don’t love this cover, but there’s nothing wrong with it either. While I don’t think it really tells you much about … Continue reading

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Review: With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo. Margaret Ferguson Books, 2011. Currently Available Genre: Historical Fiction Face Value: Gorgeous. I love this cover. I love the illustration. I love the look on Ollie’s face. I love the flyers falling … Continue reading

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Detectives Week Review: Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief  by Wendelin Van Draanen. Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Mystery Face Value: I checked out an old library bound copy, and I love the oddly colored images on the cover. It’s … Continue reading

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Detective Week Review: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene. Grosset & Dunlap, 1930. Currently available. Genre: Mystery Face Value: The copy I own, an 80th Anniversary Limited Edition, has a terrifically boring cover.It’s the book cover equivalent of a yawn. But I’m … Continue reading

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Review: Pie by Sarah Weeks

PIE by Sarah Weeks. Scholastic Press, 2011. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction Face Value: It certainly grabbed my attention. I look at this cover and have a slew of questions: Why is the cat staring at that pie? Why … Continue reading

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