Book Review: Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Reading level: Young AdultHardcover: 304 pagesPublisher: Clarion Books (September 14, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0547223994ISBN-13: 978-0547223995 Rating: 4/5Source: Library Book Blurb:Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin’s magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find …

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Book Review: Pastworld by Ian Beck

Reading level: Young AdultHardcover: 368 pagesPublisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books (September 29, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1599900408ISBN-13: 978-1599900407 Rating: 4/5Source: Library Book Blurb:What if all of London were really an amusement park – a whole city returned to Victorian times to entertain visitors from the twenty-first century? That’s the wildly original premise of Ian Beck’s Pastworld, a high-stakes mystery set in a simulated past. Eve is a lifelong resident of Pastworld who doesn’t know she’s living in …

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Book Review: Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts

Paperback: 368 pagesPublisher: Berkley Trade (October 27, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0425230074ISBN-13: 978-0425230077 Rating: 3/5Source: Public Library From Publishers Weekly:In her second bridal-themed romance about four friends who run Vows, a Greenwich, Conn., wedding planning business, Roberts focuses on Emma Grant while her partners, MacKensie, Parker and Laurel, play supporting roles. In the first installment of this planned quartet, Vows’ bridal photographer got engaged, and now florist Emma wonders if she can find true love with old …

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Mini-Review: FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer

Paperback: 320 pagesPublisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 076532413XISBN-13: 978-0765324139 Rating: 3/5Source: Library Book Blurb: What would you do if you got a glimpse of your own personal future and it looked bleak? Try to change things, or accept that the future is unchangeable and make the best of it? My Review: I picked up this book because I like the TV show so much that I wanted to learn more. There …

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Book Review: Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Reading level: Young AdultHardcover: 416 pagesPublisher: HarperTeen (August 25, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0061490008ISBN-13: 978-0061490002 Rating: 5/5Source: Library Book Blurb: Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . . Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they’ve been extinct for a hundred and fifty years. Or not. Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother’s stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend – thereby …

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Book Review: Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry

Paperback: 288 pagesPublisher: Kensington (March 1, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0758225245ISBN-13: 978-0758225245 Rating: 3/5Source: Library Book Blurb: Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle’s supernatural nightlife. My Review: This was a fun, fast …

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Book Review: The Child Thief by Brom

Hardcover: 496 pagesPublisher: Eos (August 25, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0061671339ISBN-13: 978-0061671333 Rating: 5/5Source: Library Book Blurb: Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief – and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life. He appears to lonely, lost children – the broken, hopeless, and sexually abused – promising to take …

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Book Review: Demon Inside by Stacia Kane

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pagesPublisher: Pocket (July 28, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1439155070ISBN-13: 978-1439155073 Rating: 4/5Source: Library Book Blurb: It’s been three months since psychologist Megan Chase made the stunning discovery that the world is filled with demons, and once more the situation is too hot to handle. Ironically, Megan – the only person in the world without a little personal demon sitting on her shoulder – has become the leader of a demon “family,” but now …

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Book Review: Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye

Reading level: Ages 9-12Hardcover: 304 pagesPublisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 22, 2008)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0375840753ISBN-13: 978-0375840753 Rating: 4/5Source: Library Book Blurb:When Milton and Marlo Fauster die in a marshmallow bear explosion, they get sent straight to Heck, an otherworldly reform school. Milton can understand why his kleptomaniac sister is here, but Milton is—or was—a model citizen. Has a mistake been made? Not according to Bea “Elsa” Bubb, the Principal of Darkness. She doesn’t …

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Book Review: Sucks To Be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Reading level: Young AdultPaperback: 304 pagesPublisher: Mirrorstone (August 11, 2009)ISBN-10: 0786952563ISBN-13: 978-0786952564 Rating: 4/5Source: Library Book blurb:Mina Hamilton’s parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They’re vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina’s more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she’s being forced to …

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Book Review: The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

Hardcover: 416 pagesPublisher: William Morrow (June 2, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0061558230ISBN-13: 978-0061558238 Rating: 4/5 Book Blurb:A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response …

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Book Review: Stray by Rachel Vincent

Mass Market Paperback: 624 pagesPublisher: Mira (June 1, 2007)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0778324214ISBN-13: 978-0778324218 From the Publisher:I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds. Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked. I’d been warned about Strays – werecats without a Pride, constantly …

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