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Book Review: The Pretty Dead by David Martin Stack

The Pretty Dead is a gory, suspenseful read for teens who are music minded, really listen to the poetry of lyrics, and enjoy some dark comic relief. The main character, Blake, inventor of the virtual rock band Posterband, is one of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Intertwined by Gena Showalter

 Aden Stone isn’t your typical sixteen-year-old.  Instead of spending his time playing games on his Xbox 360, he’s dealing with the four souls that share his body.  One is a time traveler, one can see the future, one can raise the dead, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Elphame’s Choice by P.C. Cast

Elphame,  the Chosen of the Goddess Epona, is half-centaur and half-human. She leaves the luxury of home, and her mother, the Goddess Incarnate, to travel to a crumbling castle. Elphame is determined to revive the site, once the scene of slaughter, and find … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses by Ty Drago

The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses is a first book in a wonderful new series by Ty Drago. In it we meet young Will Richter. Will’s father Karl was a cop in the Philadelphia police department until his untimely death a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Floored, that’s how readers will feel even when they are only part of the way into this breathtaking tale of three teens admitted to a mental care center after each has attempted suicide. While the book is large, 666 pages, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Zombies Don’t Cry by Rusty Fischer

A stray lightning strike burned out Maddy’s life, but not her existence, and after a few hours of unconsciousness she wakes up undead. Not that her life was wonderful (or terrible) to begin with, but now that she’s a zombie … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Zombie Handbook: An Essential Guide to Zombies and, More Importantly, How to Avoid Them by Dr. Robert Curran

Thanks to AMC’s The Walking Dead, interest in zombies has risen once again! In The Zombie Handbook, Curran gives background on zombie lore, ways to identify a zombie, and how to avoid a zombie attack. For example, in Voodoo beliefs, the word “zombie” … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dead by Charlie Higson

The Dead is the prequel to Higson’s book The Enemy. Unlike books in most series, this book can be read as a stand-alone.  As a prequel, there are no references to Higson’s previous work, which is refreshing. The book is once again … Continue reading

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The Enemy by Charlie Higson

The Enemy is a unique twist on the zombie survival story. In this version, only people over the age of 14 are infected, leaving children as the survivors of the new world. Set in present-day London, the story focuses on a … Continue reading

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Zombies vs. Unicorns, edited by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black

It began as an Internet debate on the blogs of YA authors Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black. Which one is cooler-zombies or unicorns? Justine announced that she was pro-zombie and anti-unicorn, and Holly stood up for the awesomeness of unicorns … Continue reading

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