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Shadow & Bone…so good!

13 Oct

shadow and bone

GREAT BOOK. Seriously. Read it.

Oh yeah, and Leigh Bardugo is also a makeup artist. What?!


The Scorpio Races

14 Mar

I recently finished a book that is definitely worth recommending. Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling author of Shiver and Linger, is out with a new book, entitled, The Scorpio Races.  This book recently received a Michael Printz Honor and it was well deserved.

The Scorpio Races takes place on the small island of Thisby, a made up place somewhere near Ireland and Britain. When autumn comes, water horses emerge from the sea, hungry and wild. The townspeople try to capture them without getting eaten and then race them on the beach every November, hence the title. The first to reach the end of the beach wins a boat-load of money. This is a risky game – every year many people die in the process.

The novel shifts back and forth between Sean and Puck. Sean is a four-time champion and a water horse whisperer. Puck is the new to the races and the first girl to ride.

A great combination between action, adventure, drama, fantasy, and a little bit of romance, but not too much to make it cheesy.

New teen book by the lead singer of the Decemberists

13 Mar

Pretty interesting combo here: Colin Meloy, otherwise known as the lead singer of the group the Decemberists and Carson Ellis, illustrator of the Lemony Snicket books. The story begins when seventh-grader Prue McKeel’s her baby brother is kidnapped by crows. She ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness – a dangerous and magical forest at the edge of Portland, Oregon – and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants. Check it out!

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

21 Jul

Book Cover

“In a world where angels are fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans and drain them of their vitality, a ruthless teen assassin of angels falls in love with a half-angel, half-human girl, with devastating consequences.”

The Chronicles of Narnia

28 Jun

This seven book series, which I’m sure you’ve heard of is really worth sitting down and enjoying. The wonderful stories are unbelievably fun and mysterious. Despite taking place in England, and a whole different world, they are one of the best set of books I’ve ever read. One more thing, if you read them read them in this order: The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle. They are all by C.S. Lewis.

“All Just Glass” by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

22 Jun

Witches and Ghosts!  “All Just Glass” by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is a fast-paced and gripping adventure that picks up where “Shattered Mirror” ended.  Sarah Vida comes from a long line of vampire-hating witches.  She has now been turned by the vampire Kristopher and must prove to her family that vampires don’t have to be evil and soulless.  Stakes are high because the family matriarch has called for Sarah’s destruction at all cost.

Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi wins 2011 Printz Award

10 Mar

Paolo Bacigalupi is also a 2010 National Book Award Finalist in Young People’s Literature

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Little, Brown & Co.


In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. . . .


Paolo Bacigalupi’s writing has appeared in High Country News,, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. His short fiction has been nominated for two Nebula Awards and four Hugo Awards, and won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction short story of the year. His short story collection PUMP SIX AND OTHER STORIES was a 2008 Locus Award winner for Best Collection and also named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

His debut novel THE WINDUP GIRL was named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. His most recent novel, SHIP BREAKER, is his first for young adults and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and The Horn Book.

Paolo lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son, where he is currently working on a new novel.

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