I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

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11277218I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
A Flavia de Luce Novel
 
Alan Bradley
Delacorte Press, 2011
 
From the back of the book, “It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop’s Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening’s shocking conclusion: a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film. But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene? As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must use every ounce…

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

We are looking forward to seeing this in the theater when it comes out, but I will always maintain, the book is always and always will be better than the movie.

Review,The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan.

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Book – The Son Of Neptune.

Author – Rick Riordan.

Publication – The 4th of October 2011 by Disney-Hyperion Books

Format – Hardback, 521 pages.


Synopsis on Goodreads.

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

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Review: Burning

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A book that sears through you and leaves a mark on you forever. That’s how I describe Burning by Danielle Rollins. This book is a mix of Orange is the New Black and sci-fi. The story follows Angela who is at a corrections facility and is trying to be on her best behaviour so she can be there for her younger brother. But the unexpected arrival of a young girl named Jessica and Dr Gruen gets in her way. There’s something strange about Jessica, the doctor and the latter’s elusive SciGirls, and they put Angela in a sticky position, leading to a road filled with danger and loyalty tests, and tying her to the prison more than she likes.

The strong points of Burning are the characters. Angela is snarky and so real, Dr Gruen gets under your skin, Mateo makes you melt and Jessica prickles your skin with goosebumps…

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Book Review

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Lady Midnight

By: Cassandra Clare

Rating: 4/5

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And…

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret is one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read. Brian Selznick seamlessly combines drawings, writing and adventure in a completely unique novel. He works with the history of film to create an entrancing story filled with clockwork and mystery.


The book first caught my eye because of the numerous drawings. I was skeptical as to whether or not it was possible to tell a story through pictures, but Selznick was able to capture my attention right away.

The story starts off with Hugo Cabret, who is a young orphaned boy living in a Paris train station. His father was killed by a fire before the story. Hugo is taken in by his alcoholic uncle, who winds the clocks in the busy train station. Unfortunately, Hugo’s uncle mysteriously disappears, and the task of winding the clocks falls on Hugo’s shoulders.

“If you’ve ever wondered…

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BOOK REVIEW: You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

Title: You Know Me Well

Author/s: David Levithan and Nina LaCour

Publication Date: June 07, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Format: Kindle

Number of Pages: 256

SynopsisWho knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. See Goodreads’ Blurb

My thoughtsI don’t usually give 2 stars or below. but…

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)

Author: Ramson Riggs

Pages: 352

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genre: Yound Adult Fantasy.

What is it about?

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.


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“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

Before reading this book I was overwhelmed for it. Just because look…

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Half bad Trilogy by Sally Green

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This is a book recommendation that I have for you.  This trilogy is about a boy named Nathan that is a witch.

The setting

The story is set in a modern day world, mostly England and other European countries.

The story

The story is about a group of people born in a modern world with normal humans but they are different. This group of people are witches. We have two kind of witches Black and White. Black witches and White witches do not get along. It is known that white witches are good and black are bad. Our main protagonist is born half white and half black. His mother is a white witch and his father a famous “evil” black witch. Before he comes of age and can receive his magical powers he is taken to “the government” of the white witches to do tests to see if he is…

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The Midnight Society Promo

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TheMidnightSociety-Final2.jpgThe Midnight Society (The Midnight Chronicles #1)
By 
Rhonda Sermon

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 15th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Witness protection has a protocol for dealing with every situation—except magic. 

Fifteen-year-old Cate’s life has been monitored since her new identity was created five years ago. She’s spent countless hours learning how to deal with potential threats and dangerous situations. None of which is any use when everyone around her is suddenly frozen like statues at the bus stop. 


As Cate attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appear out of thin air. They are intrigued she’s not affected, but focus on completing their deadly mission, using baffling powers before they vanish again. 


When the group seeks her out the next day, Cate is drawn into a world filled with sorcery and time travel. After she accidentally brings a cheerleader back from…

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