LitStack Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here Patrick Ness Harper Teen Release Date:  October 6, 2015 ISBN 978-0-06-240316-2 Did you ever read a book, or a series of books where strange, supernatural things happened in what would otherwise be considered “normal” towns, and wonder what the other, more mundane folks who lived where sparkly vampires [….]

LitStack Review: Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace

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Archivist Wasp Nicole Kornher-Stace Big Mouth House Publishing Release Date:  May 5, 2015 ISBN 978-1-61873-097-8 Wasp isn’t her real name.  But it’s the one given her by the Catchkeep-priest, who oversees all the girls who serve in the goddess Catchkeep’s name, upstart and Archivist alike.  He gave her the name, because it fit and because [….]

LitStack Encore Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown  Holly Black Little, Brown Books Release Date:  September 3, 2013 ISBN:  978-0-31621-310-3 In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, here is a slightly updated review of one of our favorite spooky novels.   Enjoy!   Now THIS is what a vampire tale should be like.  Forget that it’s written for [….]

LitStack Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

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Court of Fives Kate Elliott Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date:  August 18, 2015 ISBN 978-0-316-36419-5 It’s wonderful how author Kate Elliott has been able to make Jessamy, the heroine of her YA novel, Court of Fives, so unique a literary character, and yet so recognizable in relation to what’s going on in [….]

LitStack Review: Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci

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Stone in the Sky Cecil Castellucci Roaring Brook Press Release Date:  February 24, 2015 ISBN 978-1-59643-776-0 Stone in the Sky is the follow up to Cecil Castellucci’s 2014 young adult science fiction novel Tin Star.  In it, we are reunited with Tula Bane as she continues to make a living on the remote space station [….]

LitStack Review: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

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I Am Princess X Cherie Priest Arthur A. Levine Books Release Date:  May 26, 2015 ISBN 978-0-545-62085-7 Is there anything Cherie Priest cannot do? I first got to “know” her through her steampunk alternate history novel Boneshaker, which took me surprise and by storm.  I read three other of her “The Clockwork Century” books and [….]

LitStack Review: Biggie by Derek E. Sullivan

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Biggie   Derek E. Sullivan Albert Whitman & Company Release Date:  March 1, 2015 ISBN 978-0-8075-0727-8 Henry Abbott is 16 years old, and a 10th grader at Finch High School in the little town of Finch, Iowa, where he gets straight As.  He works four nights a week at Bob’s Food and Fuel.  He has [….]

LitStack Review: The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi

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The Doubt Factory Paolo Bacigalupi Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  October 14, 2014 ISBN 978-0-316-22075-0 Paolo Bacigalupi has written, among other things, a gritty, dystopian award winning adult novel about the fallout from dangers of genetic manipulation of crops (The Wind-up Girl), a somewhat silly but also very smart middle grade novel (Zombie Baseball [….]

Flash Review – The Iron Trial

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The Iron Trial Holly Black and Cassandra Clare Scholastic Press Release Date:  September 9, 2014 ISBN 978-0-545-52225-0 Callum Hunt is a 12 year old boy.  He lives with his dad; his mother died when he was baby.  He also has a gimp leg – the multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy have not alleviated [….]

LitStack Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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We Were Liars E. Lockhart Delacort Press Release Date:  May 13, 2014 ISBN 978-0-385-74126-2 Take a privileged family – the beautiful Sinclairs, headed by Granddad and Tipper, and their three married (at least at times) daughters – who summer on a private island across the water from Martha’s Vineyard.  Add in a bunch of blond, [….]