Trish Trash

December 22, 2017

Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel Graphic Novel Science Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Trish lives on Mars with her aunt and uncle, and although she’s only 7 (in Mars years – 15 in Earth ears), she sneaks into the tryouts for the Hoverderby.  She’s actually doing great until prima donna “Hanna Barbarian” claims she fouled her.  Then the truth comes out.  But Trish is able…

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Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point

December 21, 2017

Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point Surfside Girls #1 by Kim Dwinell Graphic Novel Mystery Supernatural * * * * Stars (Great!) Samantha and Jade (both 12) discover an underwater cave at Danger Point, which has just been bought by a developer that wants to put up a big hotel.  When Sam explores further, she meets a whole host of ghosts who want her help to protect the land. …

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Warcross

November 22, 2017

Warcross Warcross #1 by Marie Lu Mystery Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Emika Chen is a teenage hacker who has been trying to survive as a bounty hunter since her father died and she was kicked out of school for illegally retrieving and releasing sensitive data about other students and their parents.  Facing crushing debt and eviction, she uses one of her hacks to steal…

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When Dimple Met Rishi – book review

November 20, 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Dimple is a career-focused girl who is thrilled when her parents agree to send her to Insomnia Con – a 6-week web-app development program/competition where she’ll have the chance to compete for the chance to pitch her ideas to her inspiration, Jenny Lindt.  Unbeknownst to Dimple, her parents are using this opportunity to introduce…

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Artemis

November 17, 2017

Artemis by Andy Weir Mystery Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Jasmine (Jazz) Bashara is a brilliant porter/smuggler living in Artemis (moon colony) who makes really poor life choices.  When she agrees to sabotage some harvesters for one of her clients in return for a million slugs (a sort of moon-based credit system), Jazz has no idea that the company she’s violating is a front for…

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I Will Always Write Back

November 16, 2017

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda (w/Liz Welch) Autobiography-Memoir Non-fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) When Caitlin was 12, she was given the opportunity to choose a pen pal from another country.  She picked Zimbabwe because it sounded “like the beginning of an adventure.”  She and her pen pal, Martin Ganda, began exchanging letters, and over the years became best friends despite the many…

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Girl with the Wrong Name

November 16, 2017

The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller Mystery Psychological Suspense Thriller * * * Stars (Pretty good) Theodore (Theo) Lane has a new obsession – Andy Reese.  She’s been watching him (and filming him for her documentary) for several days now at an NYC café, and when she finally gets up the courage to talk to him and hears his sad story, she can’t resist helping him.  Andy…

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Dire King

November 16, 2017

The Dire King Jackaby #4 by William Ritter Fantasy Mystery Supernatural Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Jackaby and his assistant Abigail Rook are facing the greatest challenge of their professional lives.  The Dire King now has almost everything he needs to rip away the barrier between the Anwynn (Faerie) and the human world.  In fact, looking back, now they can see his hand behind the troubles that…

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Tea Dragon Society

November 14, 2017

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill Fantasy Graphic Novel * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Greta is training to become a blacksmith and isn’t really seeing the value in producing something like swords, which no one really uses anymore.  Then she finds a tiny green dragon – one of the tea dragons – whose caretaker introduces her to the care and keeping of these special creatures and it…

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Through the Woods

November 14, 2017

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll Graphic Novel Horror Short Stories Supernatural Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Emily Carroll shares 5 chilling tales in this short story, graphic novel collection.  Murders, ghosts, voices in the dark, supernatural creatures, inexplicable happenings.  Sharp reds bleed through black and grey pages, highlighting suspenseful and terrifying scenes.  Corpses and blood and disturbing teeth permeate these pages, but scenes are not overly…

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