Showing posts from December, 2011

Review: The Missing Heir - Tracy Barrett

The Missing Heir by Tracy Barrett Series: The Sherlock Files #4 Genre: Middle Grade, mystery, Sherlockian fiction Published on June 7, 2011 Published by Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 176 Read From: 12.9.11 - 12.10.11

SYNOPSIS Xena and Xander Holmes have just learned that their shy classmate, Alice, is heir to a royal throne. Then they discover that their ancestor Sherlock Holmes had his suspicions about the kidnapping and return of Alice's grandmother, the princess of Borogovia. Alice is to be crowned on her thirteen birthday. . . .but she goes missing days before the ceremony. Who

Review: Plain Kate - Erin Bow

Plain Kate by Erin Bow Genre: YA, fantasy Published on September 1, 2010 Published by Scholastic Pages: 314

SYNOPSIS Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work its magic. As the wood-carver's daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her "witch-blade" - a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

Pretty Prezzies!

I'm extremely sorry that I abandoned you on Christmas! Things just got so very busy, and before I knew it I was stuffed to my nose with candy and gingerbread, and every good thing; the very thought of getting up and retrieving the computer sent my stomach into spasms of pain. The good news, though, is that Shewsbury Cakes are not exclusively for Christmas, so I will be posting the recipe the day before New Year's!

Review: Legacy - Cayla Kluver

Legacy by Cayla Kluver Series: Legacy #1 Genre: YA, fantasy, romance Published on August 18, 2011 Published by AmazonEncore Pages: 464

SYNOPSIS Obligated to wed her father's choice in successor to the throne, seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica believes that she is being forced into the worst of all possible fates - a marriage to an arrogant and hot-tempered Steldor.

When the attractive and mysterious Narian arrives from enemy lands bearing secrets and different ideas about women's roles in the world, Alera's private desires threaten to destroy the kingdom. The discovery of Narian's shocking past plunges Alera into a shadowy world of palace intrigue and ancient blood feuds, leaving her unsure of what to believe in, or whom to trust.In writing this review, I will try to keep the Author's youthfulness in mind, but I confess that even with that continuous fact, Legacy isn't a book I would recommend. Four hundred and sixty-two pages long, the book shouldn&#…

Review: A Curse Dark as Gold - Elizabeth C. Bunce

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Genre: YA, fairy tale retelling
Published on March 1, 2008
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 396

The gold thread shimmers in the fading light. It promises Charlotte Miller a way out of debt, a chance to save her family's beloved wool mill. It promises a future for her sister, livelihood for her townsfolk, security against her sinuous and grasping uncle. It might even promise what she didn't know she needed: lasting hope and true love.

Review: The Name of the Star - Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson Series: Shades of London #1 Genre: YA, mystery, paranormal Published on September 29, 2011 Published by Putnam Pages: 372 Read From: 12.2.11 - 12.1.11

SYNOPSIS The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city - gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific work of Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888.

Review: The Secret of the Rose - Sarah L. Thomson

The Secret of the Rose by Sarah L. Thomson Genre: YA, mystery, historical fiction Published on August 1, 2006 Published by Greenwillow Books Pages: 304 Read From: 11.28.11 - 12.1.11

SYNOPSIS Rosalind Archer has secrets. Her father is in jail. She and her brother, Robin, are in hiding. Desperate to survive, she cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy.