Book Review: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Series title:N.A. Publishing Date: October 2007 ISBN:9780385720960 Available in:Kindle,HardCover, PaperBack,Audible,and Audio CD on Amazon. Extra-sensory gifts are not always considered gifts by those who receive them. Such is the case with eight-turning-nine year old Rose Edelstein. Her lemon-flavored birthday cake tastes like aching despair,her brother’s toast is soaked in hallow dread,and the local bake shop […]

Book Review: The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

Series title:The Secret Series Publishing Date: October 2007 ISBN:9780316113694 Available in:Kindle,HardCover, PaperBack,Audible,and Audio CD on Amazon. Cass is an eleven-year old survivalist who may or may not really be named Cass. Max-Ernest is a young compulsive speaker and factoid stocker who may or may not really be named Max-Ernest. The magician? There’s much we know […]

Book Review: The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick

Wendy Lamb Books, October, 2004 ISBN: 0385730551 Available: New and Used     In The Book of Dead Days, Marcus Sedgwick introduces us to Boy, a teenage orphan who is the servant and apprentice to a stage magician named Valerian. Valerian is on a quest to find a book that will help him get out of a […]

Throwback Review: Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

Rebound by Sagebrush, October, 1999 ISBN: 0881035122 Available: New and Used Lois Duncan presents us with a chilling Gothic nightmare in Down a Dark Hall. Kit is starting eighth grade at the very exclusive Blackwood School. It’s so exclusive there are only three other students! A local tells Kit there are rumors that the house the […]

Book Review: My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman Atria Books, 2016 ISBN-13: 9781501160486 Available: Hardcover/Kindle edition/Audio Download/Compact Disc   Elsa is seven, “going on eight”. Her world looks bleak: she is too mature for her age. and is bullied and friendless at school.  Elsa’s parents are divorced.  She lives with her mother, […]

Book Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire Tor, 2017 ISBN-13: 978-0765392039 Available: Hardcover, Kindle edition, audiobook Down  Among the Sticks and Bones is a companion novella to Seanan McGuire’s award-winning novella Every Heart a Doorway. Every Heart a Doorway explored the question of what happens after children who walk through a door to a fantasy world […]

Book Review: Demon Freaks by J.R.R.R. Hardison

Demon Freaks by J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison Fiery Seas Publishing, 2017 ISBN-13: 978-1-946143-16-7 Available: Paperback, Kindle edition   Jim Hardison’s Demon Freaks pits high schoolers on the eve of their SAT exams against wicked would-be wizards and monsters, with the fate of the world at stake.  The story is written with irony and humor from the viewpoint of teenagers.  The […]