MINI-REVIEWS: Love Among the Chickens, The Explosionist, The Warrior Heir

36. Love Among the Chickens by P.G. Wodehouse Publication: originally published 1906, ebook published 2003 Genre: Fiction, Humor Rating: Borrow it Read: April 13-15, 2011 Source: Project Gutenberg Review I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by a Wodehouse book, and I’m not really disappointed with this one. But I AM underwhelmed. This is, I feel, one of his more lackluster books, with more fluff than wit and entirely forgettable characters. It’s a funny story Read More …

REVIEW: No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

30. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July Publication: Scribner (May 6, 2008), Paperback, 224pp / ISBN 0743299418 Genre: Fiction, Short Stories Rating: Borrow it Read: March 27, 2011 Source: Bought Summary from Amazon: Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a Read More …

REVIEW: I Lost My Mobile At the Mall by Wendy Harmer

25. I Lost My Mobile At the Mall by Wendy Harmer Publication: Kane/Miller Book Publishers (March 2011), Hardcover, 265pp / ISBN 1935279971 Genre: YA Fiction Rating: Borrow it Read: February 27, 2011 Source: Publisher Summary from Amazon: I lost my mobile at the mall and am now facing certain death. My mother will accuse me of being lazy, ungrateful and plain old stupid. The first death I suffer will be from an utter lack of Read More …

REVIEW: Bloodshot by Cherie Priest

Man, thinking about having to write this review has given me (hypothetical) hives, because I adore Cherie Priest and I absolutely love her steampunk books and I know she’ll find this review somehow and I don’t want her to hate me. I put off writing a review for a while because of the (hypothetical) hives, because, you see…I’m just not enthusiastic about Bloodshot. I was SO excited about it when she was posting updates re:plot/wordcount/etc Read More …

REVIEW: The Bloomswell Diaries by Louis L. Buitendag

This is such a cute book. It reminds me a lot of the Pseudonymous Bosch books, A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Mysterious Benedict Society series– by which I mean it’s got great kid protagonists, secret-mysterious things going on, action and adventure, and fun illustrations. I will say that I do think it fell prey to the “shove as much possible in the first book to make it easier on the subsequent books” syndrome. Read More …

REVIEW: The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno

Okay, true fact: I bought this book solely because of the cover. Well, and the summary– but mostly the cover. I love that cover. That cover is amazing, and it’s such a shame the inside doesn’t match it. I don’t mind literary fiction. In fact, most of the time I even enjoy it! But what I don’t enjoy is when all literary fiction starts to sound the same. You know what I mean: the lit Read More …

REVIEW: Bitter Melon by Cara Chow

So: Bitter Melon. There’s been some drama about this book, mostly because I think it came out around the same time as Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and people were kind of like “ANOTHER book about an obsessive Chinese mother?” Well, yeah. But it’s more a book about an abusive Chinese mother, about the clashes between Eastern and Western cultures, and about finding your own voice. It’s a little hokey in some places, Frances’ Read More …

REVIEW: The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

18. The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner Publication: Dial (May 1, 2008), Hardcover, 384pp / ISBN 0803731000 Genre: YA Magical Realism, Historical Fantasy Rating: Borrow it Read: February 5-6, 2011 Source: BookMooch Recommended by Gaskella Summary from Amazon: Clever and head-turningly attractive, fourteen-yearold Yann is an orphan who has been raised in Paris by Têtu, a dwarf with secrets he has yet to reveal to the gypsy boy. It’s the winter of 1789, and the Read More …

REVIEW: Cat in the Mirror by Mary Stolz

14. Cat in the Mirror by Mary Stolz Publication: Harpercollins Childrens Books (October 1975), Hardcover, 199pp / ISBN 0060258322 Genre: YA Fantasy Rating: Borrow it Read: January 30, 2011 Source: PaperbackSwap Summary from Amazon: An unhappy teenage girl, unable to cope with problems at home and at school, suffers an accidental blow on the head and is transported 3000 years back in time to another existence in ancient Egypt. Review Jenny told me about this Read More …

REVIEW: Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede

15. Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede Publication: Scholastic Paperbacks (June 1, 2010), ebook, 352pp / ISBN 0545033454 Genre: YA fantasy, Alternative History Rating: Borrow it Read: January 31, 2011 Source: Bought Summary from Amazon: Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he’s supposed to possess amazing talent — and she’s supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her Read More …