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Friday, September 23, 2016

Librarian Book Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

It happened just like the movie/book said. Dorothy went to Oz and then returned to Kansas only to discover that she wanted to go back to Oz. When she went back, however, something had changed. Dorothy had changed and she was no longer the sweet girl we know her as--she was a magic hungry tyrant. ​Amy Gumm is transported to Oz where she finds a world unlike the one in the story. This world has been slowly destroyed by Dorothy and her desperate desire for more magic. Amy is recruited into the Order of the Wicked with the directive that she is to stop Dorothy's tyranny by any means necessary.

I love twisted fairy tales, and it was interesting to see how the author would twist this story. She takes Dorothy from the sweet girl from Kansas and turns her into a tyrant. Everyone is afraid of Dorothy and the evil of her minions the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion.

The story is well developed and the characters are interesting. Over and over Amy is told to trust no one, but when you need to trust someone who can you trust. This novel is fast paced and action packed. Amy is constantly stumbling into one deadly situation after another while trying to get her footing in this unusual land. The book is definitely a lead in for the other books in the series. You don't get the a solid conclusion in this novel and much is left up in the air.

Overall, this is a fast paced action packed novel for those who love twisted fairy tales. This novel will take you back to Oz--a much more dangerous place than ever before.​

Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Sex: Some kissing
Language: Mild
Drugs/Alcohol: There might be some drinking at a party.
Violence: Some graphic violence and gore.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Librarian Book Review: Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Two teens, children of mothers who were stunt pilots, grow up together as brother and sister even though one is black and the other white. In order to escape the discrimination in the United States, they move to Ethiopia with their mother where they can be treated as equals. There they find themselves at home in the beautiful country, but when the Italians decide to invade Ethiopia, they find themselves in the middle of a war.​

I love historical fiction, as you can often learn so much about the time period and events taking place in that time. This book is no exception. Prior to reading this book I knew little about Ethiopian history or about their conflict with the Italians, but Wein does a great job with the history in her story. The book even provides an author's note at the end where she provides more details about what was going on. The characters in this novel were very believable and likable. You wish for them to succeed. ​

Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Sex: None
Drugs/Alcohol: None
Language: None
Violence: Some and some description of the effects of mustard gas.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Librarian Book Review: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

After her father is killed in a fire and she kills a man who attempts to rape her, Chinese American Sammy escapes with the help of Annamae who is a runaway slave. Both girls know that the punishment if they are caught will be death. Together they head west along the Oregon Trail, hoping to find Annamae's brother and Sammy's father's business partner so they can start a new life. Along they way they fall in with a group of young cowboys, who help them survive the dangers of the trail.​

There aren't many young adult westerns written, so I was very excited to find this one. There have been two other young adult westerns written in the last year (Vengeance Road  by Erin Bowman and Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson), so I am hoping this is a new trend in young adult publishing. This book tells the story of a Chinese American girl who is on the run with a runaway slave after she kills a man who attempts to rape her. Sammy is a likable character and her history and background are well developed. She is a real person, but so often people judge her by the color of her skin. The story is fast paced from the very beginning when Sammy kills the man and doesn't stop moving until the very end.

This was one of those books where I finished and I wanted more--it was just so much fun to read. The story has action, adventure, danger, and romance--a great combination.​

Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Sex: attempted rape
Drugs/Alcohol: some hard cider and other drinks are present in the novel
Language: mild
Violence: yes

Friday, September 2, 2016

Librarian Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Meira is one of the few free Winterians left after her kingdom was captured when she was a baby 16 years ago. She longs to fight to free the captive people of Winter and to restore their prince to the throne. In a world ruled by magic and politics, Meira begins to realize that she is a pawn in a much larger game, and that her destiny isn't what she thought it would be.​

​Like many fantasy novels this one has a lot of world building and it takes a while for you to get used to the world Raasch has created. Meira is a fighter. She is strong, determined, and more than a little rash. She longs to prove herself, and free her people. In some ways this novel was predictable--as a saw the ending coming. Still it is a well written and entertaining fantasy for those who love books like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. 

Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Violence: Definitely
Sex: Vague references
Language: None
Drugs/Alcohol: Mild

Friday, August 26, 2016

Librarian Book Review: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke
​This short story collection contains a number of horror stories from well known YA authors. From creepy birds to tragic tea parties, this collection has it all.

Normally, short story collections are hit and miss. You get really great stories, and then some not so great stories. This collection is different. While all the stories are greatly varied, they are all wonderful. Each story is inspired by film or classic horror tales. This is definitely for the horror fan as some of the stories are a bit disturbing, but fantastic. This is one of the best short story collections I have read in a while.​

Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
​This one can be more than a bit disturbing. There are stories of abduction, cutting off body parts, and many other nightmare scenarios. Be warned, this one is amazing, but could be disturbing to the sensitive reader.

Click here to place a hold.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Interference by Kay Honeyman

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week, I picked:


By Kay Honeyman

Publication Date: September, 27th 2016

From Goodreads:

As a Congressman's daughter in Washington, DC, Kate Hamilton is good at getting what she wants -- what some people might call "interfering." But when her family moves to West Texas so her dad can run in a special election, Kate encounters some difficulties that test all her political skills. None of her matchmaking efforts go according to plan. Her father's campaign gets off to a rough start. A pro tip for moving to Texas: Don't slam the star quarterback's hand in a door. And whenever Kate messes up, the irritatingly right (and handsome) Hunter Price is there to witness it. But Kate has determination and a good heart, and with all her political savvy -- and a little clever interference -- she'll figure out what it takes to make Red Dirt home.

Why I picked it:

1. Because when I think of Texas, I think of cowboys... And who doesn't love cowboys?
2. I'm curious to see how things work out between Hunter and Kate. I tend to fall for the books when the main character and the love interest argue and irritate each other at first... It makes them getting together at the end that much more satisfying.
3. But what if it's not Hunter and Kate together at the end? What if it's Kate and the star quarterback who end up as a couple? What if Hunter and the quarterback are the same person? These are the questions I need answered!
4. This sounds like one of those cute contemporary novels similar to that of Sarah Dessen, Kasie West, and Morgan Matson. And I am rather fond of those authors,.. So we shall see if this one lives up to my expectations.