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Readathon: The Trouble With Destiny, by Lauren Morrill

Liza is determined. As the drum major for her band in a school where music funding is about to get severely cut, she needs to find a way to save the program. Enter the Destiny cruise, where high school performers … Continue reading

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My True Love Gave to Me, by Multiple Authors

My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of twelve holiday short stories by different YA authors, including several of my favorites. Five of the authors were ones I’d read before, the rest new-to-me.  This was my experience: This … Continue reading

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This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer Smith

An email goes awry, and two teens from opposite sides of the country begin to converse. Over months of correspondence, they get close – but not close enough to reveal some pretty important secrets about themselves. When they finally meet … Continue reading

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Middlemarch, by George Eliot (audio)

I’m not even going to attempt to summarize Middlemarch. It’s a situational story about a small town in Britain, and the various things that happen to several key families. Actually, I’m not even sure I can really review this book. … Continue reading

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Ten Things We Did, by Sarah Mlynowski

Full title: Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) Five years ago, I read Gimme a Call by Mlynowski. It was a cute, fun summer read, light and well-written, not at all shallow: a perfect comfort read for a … Continue reading

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The Precious One, by Marisa de los Santos (audio)

When Taisy was almost an adult, her family fell apart when her father left her mother and additionally disowned her and her twin brother, Marcus. Dad then married his mistress and had a new child, Willow, whom Taisy has only … Continue reading

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Throwback: Prisoner of Azkaban

What better way to spend Thanksgiving than to lounge around in warm pjs, with the Macy’s parade on TV, and Prisoner of Azkaban in hand? This is one of my two favorite Harry Potter books. The first time I read … Continue reading

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Throwback: Chamber of Secrets

I have always considered Chamber of Secrets one of my least favorite books in the Harry Potter series. It follows too closely the pattern of the first book, and there are a few scenes in it that just really bore … Continue reading

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Throwback: Sorcerer’s Stone

I am in need of comfort right now. I’m also right smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo, having received a wonderful bit of inspiration when the NaNo team chose to design a cover of my novel for their 30 Covers … Continue reading

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Ninepins, by Rosy Thornton

Laura is a single mom of 12-year-old Beth, living out of the way in the fens, in a house dubbed Ninepins. Beth’s father is remarried and has three little boys, and Beth sees him every other weekend. Laura supplements her … Continue reading

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