Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

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WWII fiction is my absolute favorite genre to read this time of year. Okay, okay – It’s my favorite genre to read any time of the year, but it’s even better in the chilly months of November and December. It’s so easy to get lost in blustery war-torn Germany when you can curl up by a fire. Prisoner of Night …

Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

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(Quick shout-out to the best friend ever Brooke who, upon my realization on FaceTime that I had yet to get a post up due to lack of bookish photography, stepped outside onto her little Japanese plot of land and took a photo of her copy of The Winner’s Kiss. *collective deep breath because that was a run-0n sentence* And isn’t …

Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Umm where’s my heart?? Can I have it back please, Salt to the Sea? I had to let a few days pass between when I finished the book and when I wrote a review to gather my bearings. I was speechless by the last page. “Just when you think this war has taken everything you loved, you meet someone and …

review: last in a long line of rebels by lisa lewis tyre

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Lou might be only twelve, but she’s never been one to take things sitting down. So when her Civil War-era house is about to be condemned, she’s determined to save it—either by getting it deemed a historic landmark or by finding the stash of gold rumored to be hidden nearby during the war. As Lou digs into the past, her …

review: mother-daughter book camp by heather vogel frederick

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After so many summers together, Emma, Jess, Megan, Becca, and Cassidy are reunited for one final hurrah before they go their separate ways. The plan is to spend their summer as counselors at Camp Lovejoy in a scenic, remote corner of New Hampshire, but things get off to a rocky start when their young charges are stricken with a severe …

ruby red by kerstin gier

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Title: Ruby Red Author: Kerstin Gier Series: The Ruby Trilogy/The Precious Stone Trilogy #1 Publisher: (original German publisher) Arena Verlag Publication date: January 6, 2009 (German edition) Source: library About: Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to …

always emily by michaela maccoll

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Title: Always Emily Author: Michaela MacColl Publisher: Chronicle Books Publishing date: April 8, 2014 Length: 282 pages Source: Kindle (e-book) About: Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead …

reading priorities?

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Believe it or not, Emily, The Queen of Procrastination, has priorities. I make lists — lots of them. On my mirror, on paper, on sticky notes, in my head (and they all come to me at night, EVERY ONE OF ‘EM, geez!) The point is: I am always thinking about the books I need to read, the ones I need …

resist by emily ann putzke

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You know those books that just leave you in a daze, staring at a wall before finally closing the book, still feeling like you’re inside the characters’ world? This is one of those books. I’m in awe of Emily Ann Putzke’s beautiful writing, and her talent to capture what life would have been like in 1940s Germany so perfectly and …

the winner’s crime by marie rutkoski

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Title: The Winner’s Crime Author: Marie Rutkoski Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #2 Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Publication date: March 3, 2015 Source: library About: {The synopsis contains some small spoilers as this is the second book in a trilogy: Read the review for the first book here for the series synopsis.} Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to …