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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Posted June 22, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Neil Gaiman is remarkably good at creepy-crawly stories.  He writes worlds that you are curious about, but perhaps don’t want to live in (but maybe you do, just a little).  I read The Graveyard Book last year and it was amazing.  In reaching for another of Gaiman’s childrens books, I was hoping for the same.  I know lots of people who love Coraline, and I wanted to be one of those people too.  However, with Neil Gaiman I tread carefully, because his books are very hit-or-miss for me. Coraline… was somewhere in the middle. There are moments in this book that […]

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The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Posted June 21, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Goblins have kidnapped Simon and it’s up to his siblings to rescue him.  In this second installment of The Spiderwick Chronicles, we meet the goblins – who have no teeth so they use bits of glass – and a troll who hides under the bridge from the sun.  With the help of a seeing stone they steal from Thimbletack, Jared and Mallory set off through the woods to find Simon. There’s something missing in translation with the audiobook from the illustrated hardback.  Mark Hamill is a really good narrator, but these books are so short that the illustrations add […]

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Posted June 20, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Usually, I sit down and write a review within twelve hours of finishing a book.  It just works better that way – the story is still fresh in my mind. With A Great and Terrible Beauty, I’m writing this review two days later.  I’m still thinking about it.  There’s a lot to say on certain things, but for me, my thoughts on the book are incredibly simple.  I liked it.  I just liked it.  I know there are some problematic areas, but enjoyed listening to this one and was invested in the characters and the story.  Simple as that. I’ll […]

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Posted June 17, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  This book is a really difficult one for me to review. It’s not because of mixed feeling or any qualms I had with the story itself – no, I loved this book and now have so much respect for Kristin Cashore as a writer – but because this book really made me think about how female leads are characterized in YA literature, about reading levels and character relationships, about high fantasy as a genre… so much.  I have so many thoughts about this book. After deliberating about it for a while, I’ve decided I’m going to talk about the romance […]

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The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Posted June 12, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I’ve been meaning to pick up the Spiderwick books for ages.  Even though they’re children’s books, they’re staples in children’s fantasy… like Harry Potter or The Magic Treehouse.  They’re so short, though!  There’s not a lot to say! The sibling relationship was great and interesting.  I love that they are all so changeable, like children are, and I like the little tips about fae creatures and what to do about them.  I needed this guidebook when I was six. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was their mum, who seemed very grumpy and disagreeable all the time.  Though, […]

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