Book Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character development: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) Age Range Recommendation: 9 and up (Be it known that I read an ARC of Monstrous and a few details may have changed since publication.) It’s been a while since IContinue reading “Book Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly”

Book Review: Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 8-14 I’m so excited that Alice Hoffman is putting out another novel for young people!  I loved her books when I was a teenager.  She captures moments of “everydayContinue reading “Book Review: Nightbird by Alice Hoffman”

Book Review – Lockwood & Co #2: The Whispering Skull

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 11 and up It’s rare and exciting that I read more than one book in a series.  Series aren’t often my thing, and even when I do read aContinue reading “Book Review – Lockwood & Co #2: The Whispering Skull”

Book Review: Dark Spell by Gill Arbuthnott (Scottish Children’s Book Award Shortlist)

I was investigating the Scottish Children’s Book Awards Shortlist recently, because Scotland’s been on the brain and I only know how to deal with big issues through literature.  I read an awful lot of Scottish fiction – for children, teens, and adults – while I was living there, but have felt it rather lacking inContinue reading “Book Review: Dark Spell by Gill Arbuthnott (Scottish Children’s Book Award Shortlist)”

Book Review: Cartwheeling In Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell

This new children’s novel by Katherine Rundell (author of my much-beloved Rooftoppers) came out in August.  I read an advance reader’s copy, so some details may have changed before publication.  The UK title of this book is The Girl Savage. Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars)Continue reading “Book Review: Cartwheeling In Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell”

Summer Camp Rec: A Snicker Of Magic (if you liked Rooftoppers)

I may be cheating a little with this recommendation, because I don’t know if Rooftoppers is such a smash hit at other bookshops. I’ve been recommending it non-stop ever since we got it last year. It was one of my favorite gift ideas for the holidays, what with the read-aloud appeal and enchanting atmosphere. Now, aContinue reading “Summer Camp Rec: A Snicker Of Magic (if you liked Rooftoppers)”

Book Review: Deadweather And Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg #1)

  Alas and alack! My pile of Pirate Books To Tackle has grown so monstrous that I should have avoided starting a new series on top of everything. Usually I gravitate towards stand-alone books in my reading ventures, because life is too damn short. But several stalwart and fervent young readers of the 9-12 persuasionContinue reading “Book Review: Deadweather And Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg #1)”

Book Review: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

A great ensemble cast and a middle-school heist. I really wish Varian Johnson had written The Great Greene Heist while I was in middle-school, because it turns that joyless institution into the setting for some thrilling escapades. Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4Continue reading “Book Review: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson”

Book Review: The Islands of Chaldea by Dianna Wynne Jones

Star Ratings (out of 5 stars): Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 8 and up Just to say: I read an advanced readers’ copy of this book, so some details may have changed by publication. The IslandsContinue reading “Book Review: The Islands of Chaldea by Dianna Wynne Jones”

Book Review of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 8+ Some of you may not know this, but underneath all the fairytale infatuations and my ambitions of piracy, I’m a Voracious, Fervently Devoted admirer of Mr. Lemony Snicket’s life and work. (Actually, youContinue reading “Book Review of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket”