Book Review: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Publishing Date: June 14 2011 Genre: YA, Contemporary, Paranormal Format: Paperback Page count: 348 My rating: Imaginary Girls is the tale of Chloe and her amazing-for-no-reason older sister Ruby. Ruby has this certain power she can exert over people – she can get them to do whatever she wants, almost like hypnotism – without even trying. […]

Book Review: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK Publishing Date: October 27 2011 Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance Format: Paperback Page count: 292 My rating: Carmen Bianchi, world-famous violins child prodigy, is competing for a prestigious prize: a four year performing contract, oodles of cash, and the loan of a violin worth as much as a small country. Probably. It’s worth a ridiculous […]

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Publishing Date: August 24 2010 Genre: YA, Dystopian Format: Paperback Page count: 458 My rating: Katniss’s final act of rebellion in the Quarter Quell Hunger Games in Catching Fire starts a revolution that she is fated to lead as the famous ‘Mockingjay’ – the symbol of the very rebellion she tried so hard to avoid. Mockingjay was […]

Audio Book Review: Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Publisher: Buzzy Multimedia Publishing Publishing Date: February 2 2003 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format: Audio Book (unabridged) My rating: Storm Front did not seem like my kind of book. A family member has been pestering me to read them, and I have resisted, only because it does not sound like ‘my’ kind of thing. I mean sure, urban fantasy, a […]

Audio Book Review: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Publisher: Listening Library Publishing Date: November 2003 Genre: Children, Fantasy Format: Audio Book (unabridged) My rating: The Subtle Knife is Book 2 of the His Dark Materials trilogy, and the audiobook is an unabridged version narrated by the author and performed by a full cast. Lyra has left her world and stumbled into a strange, adult-less city called Citagazze, […]

Book Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publishing Date: September 1 2009 Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance Format: Hardcover Page count: 264 My rating: When Ash’s mother, full of fairy tales and knowledge of the old ways, dies, her father remarries a woman who brings two horrendous daughters to the household. Well, Ash is a Cinderella retelling, so that bit should […]

Book Review: Fury by Shirley Marr

Publisher: Black Dog Books/ Walker Books Publishing Date: May 1 2010 Genre: YA, Contemporary Format: Paperback Page count: 277 My rating: Eliza Boans is sitting in an interview room, confessing to murder. That’s the premise of this book, and it’s totally awesome. We are told the story in a series of flashbacks: when new girl at school Ella joins ‘Lizzie’s […]

ARC Book Review: Foxfire (Others #3) by Karen Kincy

Publisher: Flux Publishing Date: October 8 2012 Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy Format: e-ARC Page count: 312 (paperback) My rating: Tavian just wanted to go on a holiday to Japan with his shapeshifter girlfriend Gwen. He had no idea his shapeshifting past would catch up to him upon return to his homeland: his kitsune (fox) mother is looking for him, […]

Book Review: Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

Publisher: Mira Books Publishing Date: June 1 2004 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Page count: 409 My rating: When Yelena is saved from execution only to become the General’s new food taster, captive in this position by a poison due to kill her in two days if she does not regularly take the rare antidote, she acknowledges this only chance to […]

Mini Review: Sailor Twain: or The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel

Publisher: First Second Publishing Date: October 2 2012 Genre: Graphic Novel Format: e-ARC Page count: 400 My rating: Mark Siegel’s wonderfully imagined and beautifully drawn graphic novel Sailor Twain tells the story of the Mermaid in the Hudson (which is also its alternate title). Captain Twain stumbles upon an injured mermaid, and in nursing her back to health develops an […]