Category Archives: Fiction

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
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I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Told in a series of sparse but beautiful narrative poems that depict one short elevator ride, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds is a YA standout. This little book is reminiscent of the troubling … Continue reading

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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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Set in a revisionist post-WWII alternate reality where Japan and Germany actually won the war, I expected this novel to be fantastic. I knew that this story had been recently picked up as a series by Amazon, and the premise … Continue reading

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Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
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Well, this was GOING to be a Two Dorks, One Book feature post, but SOMEONE didn’t read it. So it’s just me. Reviewing alone again. Like a solitary, non bookdorky, book blogger. Because where are you, Kelley, and what are … Continue reading

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Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
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This reads a little like Lost mixed with Castaway mixed with Days of our Lives. Lillian and her mother-in-law, Margaret, win an all-expenses-paid vacation to Fiji courtesy of a yogurt brand. While on the promotional trip, the two women, the pilot, a flight … Continue reading

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The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
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I read this for my challenge book with non-human characters. This is the story of babies left with a childless old healer woman on a mountaintop. The woman’s name is Verity, and as one might expect, she can tell no lies. One … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The King’s Dragon by Una McCormack
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I read this as my “based on a TV show” book for the challenge. I’d read several other Doctor Who novelizations and they’ve been pretty good. This one doesn’t disappoint if you accept it for what it is: a light … Continue reading

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
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Oh, I liked this one so much better than Dark Places!!! I hate when I have to do a bad review 😉   A not-super-good reporter at a fourth-rate paper in Chicago is sent back to her tiny hometown to … Continue reading

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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Well, this is not what I was expecting. It was a whole bunch of Martha’s Vineyard “I’m fancy” with more than a little bit of King Lear who-is-the-favorite-daughter and the Kennedys all-American family thrown in. So Cadence Sinclair Eastman is 15 and and … Continue reading

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The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
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This is a fairly typical YA book about rumors and reputations and bullies. It’s got quite a few slut-shaming incidents and scenes depicting how boys get away with sleeping around but girls never can. It’s not groundbreaking or anything, but it was … Continue reading

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
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I had heard this book is awesome. It also came up on potential booklists for teenagers, so I felt like I should check it out before recommending it to students. And, overall, it sounds like it probably is awesome…dog tells the … Continue reading

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