Review:: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.” Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and…

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Review:: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale as you’ve never seen it before, tracing the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start: the beautiful princess and stepmother queen. At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never…

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Book Review: “The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide” by Chris Colfer

Goodreads Synopsis In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters–heroes and villains–are no longer confined within their world! With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet.…<img

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Cat Ellington’s review of The Skin Room

The Skin Room by Morgan Fleetwood My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” — Proverbial expression Credit: Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord(?) Seven things about this Morgan Fleetwood-composed “memoir” of double murderer, Alex Melville, hooked and reeled me in right from its opening: The Italian setting—namely Sicily; the coffee bar;

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Cat Ellington’s review of The Boondocks: Because I Know You Don’t Read The Newspaper (The Boondocks )

The Boondocks: Because I Know You Don’t Read the Newspaper by Aaron McGruder My rating: 5 of 5 stars Political correctness be damned! The Boondocks: Because I Know You Don’t Read The Newspaper (The Boondocks #1) is nothing less than what has come to be expected from one of the most undisputed—or disreputed, depending upon

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Cat Ellington’s review of The Fountain of Youth

The Fountain of Youth by Steve Shear My rating: 5 of 5 stars Alz·hei·mer’s /ˈältsˌhīmərz/ noun progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility. Par·kin·son’s dis·ease /ˈpärkənsənz dəˌzēz/ noun a progressive disease of the nervous system

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Cat Ellington’s review of A Penny For Her Heart (Detective Rachel Storme, )

A Penny For Her Heart by Alretha Thomas My rating: 5 of 5 stars In a heavy-bottomed, literary soup pot, politics, ambition, jealousy, extramarital liaisons, homosexuality, duplicity, untruths, blackmail, animosity, retaliation, ruthlessly committed murder, two and a half tablespoons of good old-fashioned kickass detective work, and a meaty portion of mystery all simmer together in

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Beauty by Peter Liney

In a near-future world without beauty, a man becomes obsessed with a singular woman. The future, as imagined here, is unremittingly nasty. Anyone walking the streets (or driving) is at risk of being killed so their organs can be sold as spare parts. People can even have transplants for cosmetic reasons, so a pretty face

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