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The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
The Inquisitor’s Tale is a cleverly structured, well-written, surprising, thoughtful, intriguing book. It is also challenging and profound, so I’d recommend it to be best for older, more mature eager readers. There is plenty of excitement, danger, drama, and yes...a dragon(!)...all factors that work well to keep our attention. The main characters are ‘...
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The Wastelands - The Dark Tower Book III
The road to the Dark Tower just keeps getting harder for the gunslinger and his band of followers, yet the books keep getting better and better! Mr. King is a master of the written word, as most everyone knows. The books in this series demonstrate his talents to the maximum. His deep, complex characters are creatively immersed in a carefully crafted and thor...
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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
How’d you like to spend a nightmarish Groundhog Day with a chaotic group of friends, relentlessly investigating the mysterious death/possible murder of your beloved high school boyfriend, all while simply trying to survive and make it back to real life? Sounds awful. But it makes for a good book! The strength of Neverworld Wake is in the setting and the...
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Nocturnals Book 4: The Hidden Kingdom by Tracey Hecht and Sarah Fieber
This is an outstanding book for teachers and classrooms, appropriate for anyone really--from grades one to six and it would be enjoyed equally by boys and girls. The suspenseful, slowly building plot of The Hidden Kingdom centers on an odd but endearing crew of animals who consider themselves caped crusaders...saviors of the forest and of their fellow crea...
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Firefight and Calamity (Books 2 and 3 of The Reckoners Series) by Brandon Sanderson
Basically, you just need to click on the link below for my review of Steelheart. The first book in this epic series about...umm...Epics. Steelheart is the best of the trio so if you read and enjoy that one, you’ll definitely want to finish the series. If you want some more info on the rest of the books first then you're in the right place! Firefight takes...
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Peeves by Mike Van Waes
Peeves is a wonderful book...well-written with action, suspense, exciting plot twists, and relatable, well developed characters. Strangely though, it’s not so much of a “fun” book. But it is still entertaining, endearing, and educational. Allow me to explain. Basically, Slim Pickens--the main character--is infected by an experimental drug that causes ...
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Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Remember the movie “The Game” starring Michael Douglas? If not, rent it ASAP, it's fantastic. Caraval captures a small feeling of the “what's real and what's part of the game” magic of that film. However this story is set in a fantasy-like version of Venice and features a tough, determined, yet vulnerable heroine named Scarlett Dragna. Scarlett’s ...
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The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
This is the second book in the epic Dark Tower series. It's fabulous. You know that Mr. King is a phenomenal writer, I don't need to write words to tell you that. So I just wanted to try out a video and share about the book itself. My copy, which I found in a used bookstore in Breckenridge, has these cool illustrations. You may have to hunt around to find t...
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
For me, The Girl Who Drank the Moon was a fascinating book for many reasons. I’ll do my best to keep this short. Quick plot summary--In a town known as The Protectorate, sadness is the norm and hope for a happy life is minimal. A fog hovers over the townspeople at all times. Particularly on a certain day each year when someone is forced to leave their bab...
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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
This is an excellent, captivating, mesmerizing book. The whole time I’m reading it, I’m thinking ‘What a brilliant idea, how could this not already be a book and TV series and movie and everything?!’ Well, it’s a novel now, plus an upcoming movie. And since reading it was fantastic, I’m certain watching it will be brilliant too. The heroine of T...
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Dune by Frank Herbert
I finally made it out of the exhausting unending desert! This is how you feel when you finish the epic, remarkable book that is...Dune. I picked up this old paperback on a whim simply because it looked cool and seemed like a novel I should read. Turns out I am a much bigger fan of sword and sorcery fantasy than I am world-building sci-fi with mind-bogglingly...
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Mutant Bunny Island by Obert Skye
Man, this book is out there. I mean OUT THERE. It’s clever and full of imaginative writing, but just so strange. And very difficult to explain. Our hero Perry is a young introvert who loves a comic book hero named Admiral Uli. Admiral Uli appears in a comic series titled Ocean Blasterzoids and the author includes a few pages from this made-up comic book t...
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Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
First of all, right here at the top, I have to say something. In reviews and promotional materials for this novel, you will inevitably see many comparisons to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I have to say I don’t think this is entirely accurate. While both books do deal with immersive virtual reality and the inherent dangers within, Ready Player One is t...
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The Legend of Shadow High by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
Ever After High Meets Monster High! I absolutely believe this is a near perfect mash-up book and it would definitely be ideal for fans of either series. Just to catch you up real quick if you have no clue about either of these product lines: In Ever After High, you have meticulously-designed teenage characters who are the daughters of fairy tale superstars...
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The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Excalibur...the infamous Sword in the Stone, magic, epic’ve heard it all before, right? Perhaps--but you may not know the real history behind the mythic legend. The Winter King, masterfully written by Mr. Bernard Cornwell, tells this timeless tale in a bold new way. Unending wars fought across a multitude...
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Babymouse: Tales From The Locker (Middle School Series) by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
First off, I don’t read a ton of these “crossover” books meant to appeal to readers who are moving into longer chapter books as they approach 6th grade and up. It’s not that I’m against them, I simply don’t come across them too often. That being said, I really liked this new form for Babymouse and as far as I know, it works perfectly as a longer-...
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The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
In this finely-written, creative middle grade novel, we learn about the trials, troubles and triumphs of a not-quite-all-the-way-there witch. Or, as I suppose we could call her, The Apprentice Witch. The main character Arianwyn (beautiful name, by the way), though strong in magic and from a long line of witches, is unable to pass her witch evaluation on fir...
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Song of Solomon and The Catcher in the Rye
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Yep, I just came out of a deep dive into two heavy classics. I recently gave Song of Solomon to my wife as a gift because we once saw an article in a magazine where someone said he “envied anyone who hasn’t read Song of Solomon yet because he wished he could have that feeling agai...
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The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress
This is an excellent book for eager reading middle grade boys or girls. Kids will find a familiar plot line but they will be wowed by the many unique elements and the fun characters. Sebastian, the lead, is a very orderly, studious, habitual kid whose carefully organized existence is threatened when he discovers--yes--a door in an alley near his home. Throu...
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Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
Blood Rose Rebellion has a couple of really great aspects. However, there were also a few things I didn’t enjoy, so I did have to force myself a little to push through the middle of the novel (I refuse to DNF a book). Ultimately, I was pleased to have finished. This is because most of the cool aspects rise to life at the end and I do think these highly ima...
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To Series or Not To Series?
Featuring: The Gunslinger, The Dark Tower Book 1 by Stephen King Gregor the Overlander, Book 1 in the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins Writing a trilogy, or a longer series, is obviously a big boon for an author. You get a long contract (I presume), built-in recognition of characters and plot, a chance to expand on a consistent idea--rather than com...
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The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
The third book in the Gentleman Bastards series, this one sits just about even with “Red Seas Under Red Skies” and slightly under “Lies of Locke Lamora” in my rankings. The writing is deep, thoughtful, gloriously complex, and excellently executed. Mr. Lynch’s characters are fabulously made and the world he’s created is immersive and mesmerizing. ...
My Write-Up on the other Locke Lamora books
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The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
It took me almost two months to read this incredible book, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. This is significant because I read a lot--probably at least an hour a day--and this book clocks in at just over 1100 pages, so it takes a commitment. Just like the story itself is an epic quest, reading it is as well. I enjoyed it so much that about two weeks ag...
My Review of The Name of the Wind
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Actually…It’s a Stop Motion Animation
Highlights from the story "Actually..." which is in our new children's short story collection: "Actually...It's a Short Story Collection" Available NOW on Amazon!
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by J.K. Rowling, et al
It’s good, and I’m glad I read it, but I don’t think you need to rush out to grab this book and drop everything to read it immediately. If you are a massive HP fan, or you know a massive HP fan, then that person will definitely want to read this script. Our daughter definitely falls into the massive HP fan category, and--like me-- she’s happy to have...
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