Book Review: The Moth in the Mirror by A.G. Howard

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A journey into another’s memories

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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Title: The Moth in the Mirror
Author: A.G. Howard
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
Series: Splintered #1.5
Format: Kindle eBook
Acquisition: Won from a giveaway

Purchase at: Amazon

An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.
This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.

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Book Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a review for a sequel in a series. There will be SPOILERS in this book. I try avoiding spoilers as much as I could, but I cannot guarantee that I could avoid giving out too much. You may jump to the end of the review to see my summary and rating. You can also check out my review on the first book, 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

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recommendedTitle: The Last Little Blue Envelope
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Little Blue Envelope #2
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

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Ginny Blackstone spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how the adventure was supposed to end.
Now a mysterious boy has contacted Ginny from London, saying he’s found her bag. Finally she can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a whole new one, and Ginny must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

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Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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favoriteTitle: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication Date: August 23, 2005
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Little Blue Envelope #1
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Would you follow the directions?
Would you travel around the world?
Would you open the envelopes one by one?

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–-though utterly romantic–-results.
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

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Book Review: Finding It by Cora Carmack

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Title: Finding It
Author: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Losing It #3
Format: Kindle edition
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.
It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

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Book Review: A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

WARNING: This is a review of a second book in the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series, and may contain spoilers for the first book. To see my review for book 1, click here. You may also jump to the OVERALL and rating part of my review to know how much I loved this book.

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favoriteTitle: A Tale of Two Centuries
Author: Rachel Harris
Published: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
ISBN13: 9781622660124
Format: Paperback
Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #2
Acquisition: Bought

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Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.
One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.
With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?

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Book Review: Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

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favoriteTitle: Insignia
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Published: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN13: 9780062093004
Format: Paperback
Series: Insignia #1
Acquisition: Bought

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More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.
Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?
Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Published: May 17, 1900
Publisher: Public Domain Books
ASIN: B0083ZRAJS
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: Oz #1
Acquisition: FREE Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

Join Dorothy Gale, Toto, and all of her friends as they explore the incredible land of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is American’s most enduring fairy tale. From the moment Dorothy puts on the silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers by MGM to take advantage of their new advance in movie making: color) until the moment she clicks her heels and returns home to Kansas you will be swept away and captivated by her extraordinary story.

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Book Review: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

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favoriteTitle: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
Author: Rachel Harris
Published: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
ISBN13: 9781620611357
Format: Paperback
Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1
Acquisition: Bought

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On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.
Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Author: Lewis Carroll
Published: 1865
Publisher: Bantam Classics
ISBN13: 9780553213454
Format: Paperback
Series: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Acquisition: Bought

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In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books–with those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.–by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children’s literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about the trials and tribulations of growing up–or down, or all turned round–as seen through the expert eyes of a child.

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