Away by Teri Hall

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The sequel to the previously reviewed The Line (and part of The Line Trilogy), we’re reintroduced to the world of The Line and Rachel herself. After crossing The Line, Rachel finds herself ‘Away’. She’s welcomed into the world of The Others and the boy called Pathik. Searching for her missing father, Rachel tries to adapt to the curious and unknown… Read more »

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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I’ve been meaning to review Marisha Pessl’s physical book genre-bending novel Night Film for quite some time. Easily one of the best books I read in 2013, it’s not quite as much a book as it is an experiment in storytelling. It blends the Internet, mobile-phone era, and the traditional book into one tidy package. It’s very hard to describe… Read more »

On Reviewing (Grammarly Edited)

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I use Grammarly’s free plagiarism checker because it’s never fun finding out that you’re not as original as you think you are. It’s about time that I wrote an essay about my philosophy of reviewing and why I think reviewers matter. To me, the essence of reviewing is the recording of one person’s experience with an item. That review allows… Read more »

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

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The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas is the first in a planned trilogy entitled ‘The Elemental Trilogy’. Set in England in the 1880s with both a magical world and a normal world, if you’ve been searching for your Harry Potter replacement – this is it. The Burning Sky recalls common elements grounded in reality, such as the English 1880s setting,… Read more »

{FC} Relic (The Books of Eva I) by Heather Terrell

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A few weeks ago, I was contacted by SOHO Teen about Relic: The Books of Eva, and as I read the promotional summary of the book itself – I was intrigued. It’s described as a sort of fantasy meets dystopian world and is the first in a trilogy. I’ll be the first to admit that I do love dystopian fiction,… Read more »

{FC} The Circle of Thirteen by William Petrocelli

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If you’ve been searching for an up and coming author of thrillers to supplement your Dan Brown, Simon Toyne, and James Patterson fixes – look no further. William Petrocelli has announced his candidacy with his stunning debut novel – The Circle of Thirteen. Petrocelli pulls off magical alchemy with his thriller, combining a realistic futuristic dystopian environment complete with politics…. Read more »

The Returned by Jason Mott

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I wanted to like and enjoy The Returned by Jason Mott. I really did. It made it onto Entertainment Weekly‘s Summer Must List for 2013 – a list of the best 10 books you could read for Summer 2013. EW’s succinct summary mentioned that The Returned is already being adapted for a mid-season ABC series entitled Resurrection starring Omar Epps. The… Read more »

{FC} Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr

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Luke Barr’s Provence, 1970 tells the story of the evolution of American cuisine and its ringleaders: M.F.K. Fisher, the Childs (Julia & Paul), James Beard, and Richard Olney. If food and the champions of culinary writing have any appeal to the reader, they are strongly encouraged to ignore the rest of this review and just go ahead and read Provence,… Read more »