Category Archives: Young Adult Books

Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters #3) – Alethea Kontis

Dearest
Following Enchanted and Hero, this third installment of the Woodcutter sisters books is about Friday (the sweet, good, selfless and caring seamstress). Borrowing from fairy tales such as “The Wild Swans”, “The Goose Girl”, and “Peter Pan” this is a delightful mix of stories that allow Friday to shine. Continue reading

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The Stepsister’s Tale – Tracy Barrett

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The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett is the story of Cinderella from the perspective of the eldest stepsister and it is AMAZING! Continue reading

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Liar’s Moon (Thief Errant, #2)

Liar's Moon

Okay… I am seriously behind on reviews.  I have been doing reading – a fair bit of it! – but I have been absolutely TERRIBLE at posting reviews.  So I’m going to attempt to catch up, but my next few posts are going to be very short.  It has been SO LONG since I read some of these books that I don’t recall more than general impressions, plus writing shorter posts will hopefully mean that I get more done!

So, Liar’s Moon by Elizabeth C. Bunce is one of those books I read ages ago, right after I read the first one, Star Crossed (review here).

Digger is back in the city, after witnessing the start of a civil war. Continue reading

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The Inventor’s Secret – Andrea Cremer

The Inventors Secret

I read this a while ago but obviously am really behind on posting. I think the sequel is coming out this month, so I figured it was a good time to post this review! Continue reading

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Star Crossed (Thief Errant #1) by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Star Crossed

I’m still playing catch-up for books that I read a while ago! I’d been meaning to read Star Crossed for a while – another book that I was prompted to read by the cover / title. I’m glad I did!

In the city of Gerse, where all magic is banned, Digger is a thief and spy-for-hire. When her partner, Tegen, is killed by the Greenmen who police the city, Digger knows she must escape the city quickly. Disguising herself among a group of merry nobles, Digger finds herself swept up by their group. Becoming a lady’s maid, Digger accompanies her new mistress, Merista Nemair, to the Nemair family stronghold. Blackmailed into spying on the family, Digger is caught between loyalty and survival. Things out in the country are not so peaceful as they might seem. Rebellion is brewing, and Digger seems right in the middle of it. Continue reading

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A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn

A Creature of Moonlight

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn was a book I picked up a while ago based on the cover. (Yes, I am often influenced by covers, much to my chagrin).

The woods come and go, but of late they have been coming more than going. Girls on the cusp of womanhood tend to disappear in the woods. Only Marni has secretly entered the woods and returned again.

Marni has grown up apart from the court but not a commoner.  Living in exile at the edge of the woods, Marni is the heir to the throne but her existence hinges on the battle of wills between her Grandfather and her Uncle. Things are changing, and Marni is growing up. The magical woods are creeping onward, swallowing the countryside in search of this half-human, half-dragon girl. Marni is faced with a choice of what she will become, and what birthright she will claim.

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The Rangers Apprentice Books 4 – 12 by John Flanagan

OKAY, I admit defeat.  I can barely find time to make it to the computer let alone to post about what I’ve read, so I’m going to do a mass post on the rest of the Ranger’s Apprentice Series.   I loved them ALL and I can’t wait to share this series with my son when he gets old enough!  The characters just get better and better, and the stories remain interesting and fresh. Love love love!

Instead of reviewing them all, I’m going to list the rest of the series with brief comments!  You can see my posts on Books #1, #2, and #3 here, here and here respectively!

So here we go… Continue reading

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Incarceron

Incarceron

I’m still playing catch-up to books that I read and didn’t have the energy to post about.

Incarceron is a prison, designed to be a “perfect world” – a paradise – but in reality a harsh and vast universe with strange landscapes and people. Sealed for centuries, only one man has ever been rumoured to escape. Continue reading

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The Spiriglass Charade (Stoker & Holmes #2)

The Spiritglass Charade

After reading The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason, I was quite happy to delve into the second book in this series, The Spiritglass Charade.

Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are on the case again, this time helping out the friend of the Princess. After the death of her mother and the disappearance (and presumed death) of her younger brother, Willa Aston has turned to spiritual mediums.  Fraud, murder, and manipulation abound, as Mina and Evaline try to track down what is going on and who is behind the move to discredit Willa’s mental state.  Throw in the re-emergence of vampires in London, a dash of potential love interests, and a hefty dose of steampunk and you have a fun fictional tale! Continue reading

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Waistcoats and Weaponry

Waistcoats and Weaponry

I was so thrilled when Book #3 of the Finishing School Series came out!  Waistcoats & Weaponry follows in the excellent footsteps of Books #1 (Etiquette and Espionage) and #2 (Curtsies and Conspiracies) which I re-read right before reading this one.  I actually ALSO re-read the entire Parasol Protectorate Series (beginning with Soulless) to re-acquaint myself with that world (and okay, because I love those books).

Sophronia is now in her second year of Madame Geraldine’s unusual finishing school, learning the secret tricks of the trade, including wielding a bladed fan and developing her Seductive Looks.

When things go wrong at home for her classmate and friend Sidheag (Lady Maccon), Sophronia and her team (including Dimity, the sootie Soap, and Lord Felix Mersey) band together to help get Sidheag back to her pack.  On the way they uncover plots and face down with enemies – and Sophronia must decide where her loyalties lie.

With a little bit of romance, a lot of covert activity, and Sophronia’s creative style, this is a perfect companion to the other books in the series.  I highly enjoyed it!

Sophronia is growing up – but remains quirky and altogether too curious for polite society (although this makes her excellent as a covert recruit).

Dimity is still fluffy, but she’s showing more and more backbone, which I like.

Soap and Lord Mersey add plenty of opportunities for flirting and confused feelings, which is the only area where Sophronia is at a bit of a loss (though not a complete loss – flirting is a valuable skill after all).

If you haven’t tried out Gail Carriger yet, do!!  If you’re an adult, start here. If you’re looking for strictly YA, this series is for you!

5/5

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