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JUN24
Audiobook Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carringer

Audiobook Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carringer

Still super-fun!  Sophronia is in her second year at Mlle. Geraldine’s Academy for Finishing and excelling at everything she does when she is truly put to the test:  her friends turn their backs on her, the boys from their brother academy are aboard visiting,  and the dirigible sets a course for London, reasons unknown.  Oh , and someone is after Dimity and her brother.  You know, business as usual. Curtsies and Conspiracies was just as much fun as the first novel, maybe even more so.  We get more character time, Sophronia has, even more, self-confidence to spy on things at her own school, so we get to learn the inner workings much more intimately. I sense a love-triangle forming!  Remember the… Read more »

JUN23
ARC: Eyes on You by Kate White

ARC: Eyes on You by Kate White

According to the cover, Eyes on You by Kate White is “a novel of suspense”. Unfortunately, I was hard-pressed to find much suspense, or muster up much emotion at all for any of the characters. Someone is out to sabotage Robin, who has just gotten her life back on track after losing everything both personally and professionally. She now seems to have it all – she is a co-anchor on a TV talk show that is becoming quite successful, and her first book is just about to be published. Someone wants to take it all away from her – but who? And why? There are several suspects to choose from at Robin’s office, and most of them are at… Read more »
JUN19
ARC: Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

ARC: Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

Kids can be cruel. And at St. Michael the Archangel High School, the adults can be even more so.  This wasn’t a fun read – I wanted to take some of these kids home, give them a hug, and protect them. Dealing with bullying, rumors, bad home lives, corruption and deceit – it’s no wonder that a lot of the characters in this book were making bad choices and struggling to figure out what kind of person they wanted to be, what kind of person they should be, and what it would take to survive this year of high school. Peter Davidek and Noah Stein are two freshmen, who after witnessing a student snap after years of bullying, wind up… Read more »
JUN17
Son of Set Blog Tour: Excerpt & Guest Post by Kelsey Ketch

Son of Set Blog Tour: Excerpt & Guest Post by Kelsey Ketch

Welcome to my stop on the Son of Set tour! Son of Set is an Upper YA fantasy.  Click the tour banner for the full schedule of interviews, guest posts and more! Guest Post *Disclaimer: I am not an Egyptologist. I am not a linguist. I’m not even a historian. But I am an author and scientist, and I do take my research very seriously.* To bring certain characters and written texts to life, authors have to use language, communication, and slang. And I’m not just talking about American English vs British English. I’ve seen French, German, even Latin used in many YA novels. For Daughter of Isis and Son of Set, the language that brings Seth’s spells and Isis’s clues… Read more »
JUN16
ARC: On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor

ARC: On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor

On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor first grabbed my attention because it was about running.  More specifically, it’s about Alice, an overachiever who has just been rejected from her one and only choice of a college – Yale – and feels like her life is over. She initially starts to run as a New Year’s resolution made at her best friend’s insistence.  Even though running is hard and there are days when she hates it, she sticks with it and slowly not only makes progress, but she finds community, a lot of clarity, and even a love interest. I could totally relate to being a newbie runner – feeling like you can’t breathe and thinking that you… Read more »
JUN15
ARC: The Right Thing by Amy Conner

ARC: The Right Thing by Amy Conner

Annie Banks is one spunky and entertaining kid, but she grew into the kind of woman I really can’t stand. She has no backbone, basically starves herself to maintain the look she thinks she is expected to have, she endures parties with people she loathes because her husband is a wealthy lawyer and that is what is expected of his wife. He treats her like a child, and she acts like one. She is devastated by the fact that after years of trying, she has been unable to conceive a child (even though her husband refuses any kind of fertility testing and there is never any mention of even considering adoption). Her life is empty and she feels like a… Read more »