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The Miseducation of Cameron Post: review

The Miseducation of Cameron Post: review

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth If you were to lay out a visual storyboard for The Miseducation of Cameron Post, it would be filled with lomographic photography–retro lighting, wide-open vistas, saturated colors, and quirky, sometimes blurry exposures that provide quick snapshots of the many small pleasures of childhood. This coming of age novel, which is written more like adult literary fiction than typical YA, beautifully captures the sun-drenched mood of summer as we meet Cameron, a young girl living in a small town in eastern Montana in 1989. It was the kind of heat where a breeze feels like someone’s venting a dryer over the town, whipping dust and making the cottonseeds from the big cottonwoods float across a wide blue sky and collect in soft tufts on neighborhood lawns. Irene and I called it summer snow, and sometimes we’d squint into the dry glare and try… Read more »

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review: Wonder

review: Wonder

Wonderby R. J. Palacio Wonder is one of those rare books that makes you want to hug everyone in it so tightly that they’ll have no doubt about how much you love them…and beyond that, it also makes you want to reach out and hug the whole world. It’s an upbeat, humorous, life-affirming story that deserves to be read—and it’s one that may just change its readers, too. If you remember how terrifying it was to be a kid on a day to day basis, you’ll appreciate August’s story. 10-year-old Auggie is going to school for the first time in his life, and he has to navigate new rules, learn to interact with teachers, and figure out how to make new friends. In addition, he also has a severe facial deformity that stops strangers in their tracks, so all the usual perils of the fifth grade take on even more… Read more »

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2011 Favorites!

2011 Favorites!

This has been a monumental reading year for me, because it was the year I rediscovered my love for YA. I also started posting reviews on GoodReads and started this blog, which has been so much fun! Most importantly, I’ve made so many amazing new friends who feed my book addiction, and I’m grateful everyday for having so many people I can go to for recommendations. Total Books Read:    422 Here are my favorite books published in 2011. #1 Liesl & Po A lovely tale full of adventure and magic, and an instant classic alongside books like Mary Poppins and A Little Princess. #2 Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) A heart-breaking story that combines exquisite Victorian details, steampunk, a love of literature, principled characters, and magic. #3 Angelfall  Post-apocalyptic YA + kickass heroine + badass angels + cannibals…what more could you ask for? #4 A Monster Calls  A difficult but… Read more »

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Angelfall: review

Angelfall: review

Angelfallby Susan Ee In the beginning, it starts with a single feather drifting slowly down from the sky. When 17-year-old Penryn sees this simple sight, she is filled with incredible dread, because this lovely, floating ephemeral thing is an unlikely sign of terrible things to come. Six weeks after a devastating attack on earth, the world has been torn apart by a war between angels and humans. Caught up in a battle she doesn’t understand, Penryn watches in horror as an angel named Raffe is cornered and brutally stripped of his wings. In trying to help, she antagonizes one of the perpetrators and is forced to watch as her wheelchair-bound little sister is taken away. Penryn angrily demands that Raffe provides information and assistance in finding her sibling, and the two natural enemies must work together to outwit danger at every turn. If you’ve been searching high and low for… Read more »

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Clockwork Prince: review

Clockwork Prince: review

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2)by Cassandra Clare Have you ever pictured yourself wandering among the tombs at Westminster Abbey, marveling at the sheer wonder of being among the greatest literary figures in history? Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray is taken to Poets’ Corner by someone who understands exactly what such an experience will mean to her, and this lovely little moment in the sequel to Clockwork Angel perfectly encapsulates everything I love about the Infernal Devices series. Tessa is a shapeshifting Shadowhunter who is becoming accustomed to her powers, but in the middle of all the magic and mystery in Victorian England, the relationships between Tessa, the enigmatic Will, and the thoughtful, sensitive Jem remain the very heart of the story. Following a rather, ahem, provocative prologue, the story really begins as the London Institute of Shadowhunters is given two weeks to find the evil Magister, who is still determined to gain… Read more »

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Hallowed: review

Hallowed: review

Hallowed (Unearthly #2)by Cynthia Hand There aren’t words enough to express how gorgeous this book is. Fans of Unearthly who might have worried whether Cynthia Hand could deliver a second installment that would do justice to the story need worry no longer. This sequel lives up to and exceeds every expectation I had for it, and I only wish I could hand this book to every single would-be author who is even considering writing a YA paranormal romance. Because this should be the template for what every teen romance/sophomore/angel book should aspire to be. As the story opens, Clara is still recovering from the fire in which she went against her “purpose” as a part-angel in order to follow her heart. Her brother Jeffrey is still acting strange, Angela is helping Clara to test her powers, and eventually, we are introduced to an important congregation of angels and learn more… Read more »

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