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Nov 16
Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

I’m not sure what it was about this book, but it was kind of a chore to get through it. It’s not that I disliked the characters or the story, but I just kept coming up with all kinds of things to do other than read. When I was reading it, I really liked most of what was happening, and wanted to know what would happen next. But the moment my attention wandered, it was like pulling teeth to pick the book back up again. I loved Quicksilver and Fox, they really were the best parts of the book. I… Read more »

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Oct 27
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Technically a re-read, but as I haven’t read it in 10 years or more and I wanted something spooky for October… This totally scared the crap out of me as a teenager. It isn’t as scary as an adult, but there are a number of spooky moments in the book. Heather is a horrible brat, constantly trying to get her step-siblings in trouble with her father, and trying to split up her Dad’s new marriage. But she is fairly well redeemed in the end, and the reason she was such a little terror is both believable and sad. I liked… Read more »

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Sep 14
The Last Phoenix (Genie #2) by Linda Chapman (review)

The Last Phoenix (Genie #2) by Linda Chapman (review)

I didn’t like this one as much as the first book. I still liked it, but there were a number of cringe-worthy moments that made me want to skim past them. Like the first book, the 4 siblings stumble upon something magical. And they go on various adventures to help the phoenix hatch her egg. I liked Fenella, she didn’t act like I expected a phoenix to in my head, but she was a fun character if a bit ditzy. I liked how the kids had to work together in order to get each item that Fenella needed. And while… Read more »

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Jun 30
A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

I loved how devoted Lilia, Kai and Karina were to each other. Even though Lilia was basically adopted (found floating down the river in a basket as a baby), they all love each other like siblings. I was expecting the reveal about who Lilia’s parents were, but it was still interesting to find out how she was lost all those years ago. There was a good bit of world building for such a short book. I liked the elves, Odin and the Wild Hunt. I also liked the bit about the Royal Beds. There is a tiny hint of romance… Read more »

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May 19
Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech (review)

Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech (review)

This was a really cute book. I liked the explanation about how ghosts appear, and why the one Dennis wants most to see, wasn’t there yet. It was also really sweet the way he helped his Uncle Arvie with his three “pleases”. I loved the bit with the “wasps”, and how Dennis had to try to figure out what Uncle Arvie was saying to him. Uncle Arvie had a stroke when he was still alive, and so his words are all garbled. That seems to have carried over into his ghost-self. So Dennis’ dad is called his “pepperoni”, and Arvie… Read more »

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Feb 25
The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani (review)

The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani (review)

I loved getting to meet some of the ‘famous’ fairy tale characters. And the twists their stories took. (Though I could have done without a geriatric Peter Pan… Poor Peter!!) Merlin was hilarious, and spot on if you like the way he’s portrayed in The Sword In The Stone. I also liked the surprise twist with Hort, as well as the fact the witch coven played big roles in this book again. All the books have been a fun read, but this one was a little bittersweet too since it’s the last one. Agatha did a lot of worrying about… Read more »

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Oct 25
A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani

A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani

I loved how we never really knew for sure whether or not it was Agatha or Sophie who had made a wish and re-opened their fairytale until the end of the book. Agatha was blamed for most of the book, but Sophie had made a wish at her mother’s grave, so for me at least, it could have gone either way as to who was to blame. In the first book, I liked both Agatha and Sophie, but Agatha was a firmer favorite. In this book? I ended up liking/connecting with Sophie more. She made a few bad mistakes, but… Read more »

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Apr 15
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (review)

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (review)

I won this book in a giveaway over at On Starships And Dragonwings. As it is an Advanced Reader Copy, some things may have changed in the final version.   The cover is gorgeous, and the description of the book sounded really good. Unfortunately, those were some of the best parts of the book. The main character, Aza, I think was supposed to come off as a bit snarky, a bit ironic. But mostly she sounded like a whiny emo brat to me. I just found it really difficult to like her at all. Her best friend Jason on the… Read more »

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Feb 08
Dragon Steel (Dragon #2) by Laurence Yep (review)

Dragon Steel (Dragon #2) by Laurence Yep (review)

Magic, adventure and Chinese mythology is blended into this fun story. It’s been years since I read the first book, and so I didn’t remember much at all about it. But there is enough summarization of key plot points that I was able to figure out what was going on fairly easily. For being as old as she is, Princess Shimmer still has a childlike view of the world about some things. She expected to be lauded and welcomed back into her uncle’s court under the sea. Even though she had been exiled from the dragon-kingdoms. This is not what happened… Read more »

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