The Dollmaker of Krakow – R.M. Romero

My Life, Stolen by Books


In the land of dolls, there is magic.
In the land of humans, there is war.
Everywhere there is pain.
But together there is hope.

Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past.

The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina’s courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter–that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him.

But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help…

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Book Review: The Alchemist

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The Alchemist is a wonderful fictional story about a young boy making his way through the world searching for his personal treasure. It is a quick read and masterfully crafted message that will resonate with people of all ages from all backgrounds. As someone who tends to favor non-fiction, I found this a wonderful place to branch into fiction as the story emphasizes universal concepts about belief, determination, and positivity.

The key takeaways:

The story truly empowers the reader to dig deep into what you most desire from life and go out to achieve those. It highlights the fact that taking risks in pursuit of your dreams is not in fact risks, but necessities. The boy who is the main character throughout the book finds meaning in each phase of his journey. Throughout each phase there is a new adventure, he embarks upon he builds upon his learning’s to…

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

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What it’s about: An orphaned boy living in a train station in Paris where he steals food to survive and takes care of the clocks.

What made me pick it up: Abby said it contained a lot illustrations so it was practically a graphic novel.

My favorite things: This book is like reading through a silent film. The illustrations are breathtaking, and rightly so, since this was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 2008 for illustrated work. I don’t think I’ve felt so strongly for a character since Harry Potter. Now this is no HP but there are a lot of similarities. It follows a boy on his own as he makes friends and works to solve a mystery before time runs out all while trying to protect his secrets. Magic might be involved. This was heartfelt and also very fun. Plus it flies by so the…

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10 Horrifying Kids Books That Are Not Actually Appropriate for Kids – Wicked Horror : Wicked Horror

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs


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“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.

I received this trilogy for Christmas this year and was not disappointed. I have seen this series floating around in the book-iverse for quite some time and was always interested in picking it up. But I never quite knew what it was. Is it a young adult novel? Is it just straight up fantasy? What is it? Tell me! It is billed as a young adult novel, though I found some very adult themes running through out and if I had read this as a teenager or “young adult” I would definitely have had nightmares. It does feel somewhere in between Harry Potter and The Magician’s.

The premise is simple enough to follow; a boy, Jacob, witnesses his grandfather’s murder by some monster that only he can see. Then he sends…

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 8th, 2016 by Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House

Judging by the title, I thought this book had some fantasy/magical elements in it (I hate knowing too much about a book before I start reading it since it tends to spoil my reading experience more often than not). I was obviously wrong. This book is a very realistic depiction of what it can be like to grow up as a social outcast. And my god, was this done ever so majestically.

~Goodreads Synopsis~

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through…

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Assassin’s Heart Review

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Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication date: February 2nd 2016

My rating: 4.5 stars

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin


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Author: Ryan Graudin

Publisher: Brown Books for Young Readers

Year: 2015

Pages: 388

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Synopsis: The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball. Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer…

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The Only Girl in School


Finished The Only Girl in School by Natalie Standiford.

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the acclaimed author of The Secret Tree comes the story of a girl who finds herself a sudden outsider in the loneliest place in the world–middle school.

When Claire’s best friend moves away just before the start of fifth grade, Claire suddenly becomes the only girl in the entire elementary school. While the boys are resentful that she gets a bathroom all to herself, Claire soon sees the lonelier side of things–until a few incidents put her quite literally in the spotlight.”

I am a huge fan of Natalie Standiford’s and have been since I read her YA novel How to Stay Goodbye in Robot.  Lately she’s been writing more MG than YA, but they’re still amazing.  This one is no exception.

I feel so awful for Claire: she’s the only girl in her elementary…

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The Children of the Red King Book Review

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Midnight For Charlie Bone is the first book of the series Children of the Red King. The author who wrote this book is New York Times bestselling author Jenny Nimmo. The main protagonist is Charlie Bone, a child with the ability to hear the people in pictures and photographs. There are even some occasions where he can travel into them too.The other characters are Olivia Vertigo, Manfred Bloor, Fidelio Gunn ,Emma Tolly ,Maisie Jones, and Alice Angel. Charlie starts to notice voices in is head, but its not voices its pictures. His mom decides to finally tell him about his dad being a descendant of the Red King. So he gets shipped off by his grandmother to Bloor’s academy for endowed children(Don’t get it mistaken for Charles Xavier’s academy for gifted students) .While he’s there Charlie gets asked by a book store owner Julia Ingledew to find her long lost niece that…

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