Young Adult

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

When I first learned of this novel I was emphatically not going to read it. The back cover blurb hinted of horror novel aspects. The pictures interspersed in the text gave me a creepy vibe. Then Anne Marble posted the book trailer and I became instantly obsessed. I ordered the book that day, got it ...

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Wake unto Me

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Call me a kid at heart! I read quite a bit in the YA field and love, love, love the changes that have taken place in that genre over the last several years. No more angst ridden novels of coming of age - bring on the magic, the mayhem, the super duper supernatural. This is an expanding genre right n ...

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Red Riding Hood

The idea of an enemy at the gate is as old as gates themselves. To protect us from our enemies is, after all, why we built them. The idea of the enemy within the gate is probably equally as old. And, to me, just the tiniest bit more frightening - because it indicates that your defenses have been bre ...

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Wishful Thinking

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Even though it has been many (many) years, I still remember trying on dresses for my high school dances. Many times a dress that looked perfect on the rack or in a picture looked awful when put on. But then the right one would be magic - that feeling you have of suddenly becoming a part of a fairy t ...

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Pegasus

I have read almost every single word that Robin McKinley has published, and I used to feel guilty that I didn’t enjoy all her books. I stopped worrying about this transgression when I understood that I have the right to dislike, even as it is her right to write whatever she so chooses. Having now ...

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A Kiss in Time

Like most guys, Jack hoped to kiss a hot European chick while on a tour of the continent. He just hadn't planned on her being 300 years old. Jack hadn't been surprised by how "completely lame" his bus tour of Europe was. If his parents planned it, it was bound to not be fun. So taking a day off f ...

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Princess of the Midnight Ball

When the cover for this novel was mentioned on the Potpourri board I was thrilled. I had this book in my TBR and had not yet been motivated to move it up the stack. Hearing others talk about it, even if it was just cover design, gave me the impetuous to pull it out and get it read. I am so glad I di ...

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Book of a Thousand Days

When I was a young girl I read every fairy tale I could get my hands on. The Brothers Grimm. Disney. From Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves to Rapunzel , I devoured them all. Country of origin did not matter - just that the tale be of prince and princesses, clever pig boys, sheep herders or maids, bra ...

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Extraordinary

The readers on my Christmas list normally get gift cards to Borders or B&N, but in 2009 I loved two books so much I felt that I had to share them with others. One of those books was Nancy Werlin's Impossible, a retelling of the story in the song Scarborough Fair. Those of you who have heard the ...

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Beastly

Beauty and the Beast is a very old tale. The roots of the story go back to the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, and it has furnished the plot for many romance novels - Ravished by Amanda Quick and Mary Jo Putney's short story, The Black Beast of Belleterre are two of my favorites. Beastly is a young ...