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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This is a space where we can applaud the books we have loved or bemoan the ones that have let us down. Way, way, down.

“The covers of this book are too far apart.” – Ambrose Bierce

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Jan. 2019 Madelynne’s review of Blackthorn Key, by Kevin Sands

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This is a truly “wicked” book!

This song highlights the hardships the main character, Christopher, experiences throughout thus book.

This book is a very suspenseful book, filled with plot twists and things you would never expect. It is an action and mystery book, but not in the normal way. It takes place in the 1600s in England. The main character, Christopher, is an apothecary’s apprentice. He has been terrified by the six murders that have recently occurred, because three of the killed were apothecaries.His master was probably one of the nicest masters in the apothecary’s guild, but one day that mysteriously changes. His master sends him away angrily to get an ingredient, and when he returns his life is changed forever. I don’t recommend this book for squeamish people, but it is a very good book that will have you on the edge of your seat until the end.

Jan. 2019 Julie’s review of The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell

 

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Because this girl is NOT THROWING AWAY HER SHOT!!!!!

This book is a classic retelling of both The Twelve Dancing Princesses, by the Brothers Grimm, PLUS Beauty and the Beast, by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve. I have to admit that it felt a little slow in the middle but certainly regained my attention for the ending. If you’re looking for a classic read-alike, I think you’re going to like this one!

Dec. 2018 Mary’s Review of The Nameless City Series, by Faith Erin Hicks

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the main character is a strong and fast girl who runs on roof tops. So I substituted Rat for Violet Parr because she is also fast and strong

The series of three was so good I read it in 24 hours and had to beg friends to read faster to get it. The books were highly enjoyable. The main characters were so easy to love and relate to. Every teen would / should drop their screens or devices to read this wonderful book. l finished the last book in math class.

Dec. 2018 Julie’s review of The Bottle Imp of Bright House, by Tom Llewellyn

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first of all, YES! to the drawings by Gris Grimly.  Really set the stage there!

but the truth is, I COULD be a little more pleased. Just a tad, though.

It might be just me….maybe it was a fantastic read but it’s never enough for me, for me, for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I could kind of picture this actor playing the lead character (except he’s an adult now)

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In summary, I would probably ask the author why he didn’t take the book a step further. This is a very fast-paced and funny story that looked to solve a crisis, but I rather expected the main characters to try and discover loopholes and counterattacks much earlier on.  On another note, this book is a reboot of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story, The Bottle Imp.  So, maybe I’ll have to read the original and see how it compares?

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Dec. 2018 Mary’s review of The Nameless City Series, by Faith Erin Hicks

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because the main character is a strong and fast girl who runs on roof tops. So I substituted Rat for Violet Parr because she is also fast and strong.

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The series of three was so good I read it in 24 hours and had to beg friends to read faster to get it. The books were highly enjoyable. The main characters were so easy to love and relate to. Every teen would / should drop their screens or devices to read this wonderful book. l finished the last book in math class.

Dec. 2018 Madelynne’s review of The Nameless City (1,2,3), by Faith Erin Hicks

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These were probably some of the best books I’ve ever read! They are so heartfelt and strong. There is a little violence and some blood in these book, but don’t let that keep you from reading them! They are graphic novels. 1. The nameless city, 2. The stone heart, and 3. Divided earth. Everyone can relate in some way to one of the characters. They are suspenseful stories that show a meaning that family, and friendship are the strongest weapons out there. There is also some ironic historical fiction-ish stuff in there if you know where to look. I guess what I’m trying to say is: I LOVE THESE BOOKS, EVERYONE SHOULD READ THEM! 500,000,000,000,000 Stars out of 5 stars!

Dec. 2018 Madelynne’s review of The Adventures of Silas Freethorn, by DJ Renner

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It was a thrilling tale of adventure, betrayal, romance, heartbreak, and finding oneself. The author of this book went deep to explain Silas’s inner feelings. After a while you start to wonder if he will ever get “home”. It is a beautifully written book that I loved. It was so good I now know it by heart! I suggest this book for readers of all ages and it fits in many different genres, historical fiction, action, and romance.