Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Diamond of Drury Lane

Cat Royal is such a spunky main character that a reader can't help but love her. The hardships she endures during the tale The Diamond of Drury Lane go from bad to worse. And all along, I kept rooting for her.

Could it be my partiality toward red heads?


Julia Golding has written a superb mystery with this book. Mystery is definitely not my genre but this one kept me interested. I loved the characters and the London landscape.

Hopefully more Cat Royal books are on their way!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


What a fantastic book this was! I'm a huge fan of the happy ending and even though this book didn't have a sappy, perfect, wrap-it-all-up ending, I still loved it!

The characters were so imaginative and dynamic. The story line was creative and original. I loved the idea of having a Grace. I wonder what mine would be?

On a similar note, after having finished this book I saw a show on TV about people with supernatural powers. For example, this one guy could withstand extreme cold temperatures by regulating his own body tempreature. They dropped him into 8 degree cold water and he didn't even shiver. I thought - wow - he is a Graceling! I love it when real life portrays the literary life.

Kristin Cashore's book is going to be very popular. Mark my words.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

My Mother the Cheerleader

Robert Sharenow rocks. Who knew that he had such a cool job at A&E writing and producing some of the coolest docu-soaps ever!

Anyway, that's what I learned from reading his brief bio from the back flap of My Mother the Cheerleader. And God - did I love this book. The characters were so complete and true. The story was one that has been told from many perspectives and in many ways but Sharenow has written something both timeless and original.

This book has been on my to-read list since it made the Michigan Thumbs Up! top 20. I'm totally disappointed that it didn't get into the top 4 but hopefully being on the list (as well as other noteworthy lists) will put it into the hands of teens all over.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Bloody Jack

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack Adventures) Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by Louis A. Meyer

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
A fine tale of hidden identity with a few pirates mixed in for good measure.

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