Showing posts with label little brown books for young readers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label little brown books for young readers. Show all posts

Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Monday, June 22, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I had to read this book for my YA grad class, and honestly I'm glad I did because I probably wouldn't have read it on my own. We've been really focusing on diversity in the books we read for this class, and this was one of the most perfect books to add to that list.

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 12th, 2007
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflects the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. (Goodreads)

Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Monday, April 27, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I saw this book on Goodreads a couple months back, and immediately thought that this book was right up my alley. Fantasy, witches, an epic quest... all I could think is that I had a might need. Luckily, Little Brown was kind enough to provide me with an advanced copy. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution is she can track down the person who laid a deadly curse on him.

As she's thrust into the world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and all-too-handsome healers, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate. (Goodreads)

Guest Review by Cait @ Paper Fury: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Monday, January 19, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I jumped out of my skin with absolute glee when Amanda asked if I'd like to review this book for her. After I read Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and White Cat, I fell in LOVE with her writing. I'm a mild fan. ("Mild Fan" here is a phrase, which means: entirely, ludicrously excited to the point of flailing forever.) Thank you so much, Amanda!

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: January 13th, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they're destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she's found the thing she's been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attract tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. 

Until one day, he does...

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough (Goodreads).

Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Why I Chose This Book:
When I read the synopsis of this book I was instantly hooked. Give me a magical book mixed with a seaside love and I am yours forever. There is something about magical realism that appeals to me as a reader. Perhaps it is because I like to think there is still a bit magic left in this crazy world. Regardless, I was captivated by charmingly enticing novel.

Salt & Storm 
by Kendall Kulper
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 23rd 2014
Format: ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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You don't know what you must give up to become a witch.

Avery Roe wants only to claim her birthright as the witch of Prince Island and to make the charms that have kept the island's sailors safe at sea for generations, but instead she is held prisoner by her mother in a magic-free life of proper manners and respectability.

Avery thinks escape is just a matter of time, but when she has a harrowing nightmare, she can see what it means: She will be killed. She will be murdered. And she's never been wrong before.

Desperate to change her future, Avery finds a surprising ally in Tane—a tattooed harpoon boy with magic of his own, who moves her in ways she never expected. But as time runs out to unlock her magic and save herself, Avery discovers that becoming a witch requires unimaginable sacrifice.

Avery walks the knife's edge between choice and destiny in Kendall Kulper's sweeping debut: the story of one girl's fight to survive the rising storm of first love and family secrets. (Goodreads)

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Monday, July 7, 2014
Why I chose this book:
This book has been getting so much hype lately due to the release of the final installment. I always saw this book but never really bothered picking it up. The American cover didn’t really do it for me. Now if it was the British cover, I might have. I’m not going to lie I judge a book by its cover -we all do. But after hearing Addison non-stop fangirl over this beautiful read, I couldn’t not get a copy of my own.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback 
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban-Fantasy
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Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hairactually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? (Goodreads)

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
I won’t lie, when I picked up this book I was not expecting vampires. Paranormal? Yes. But the synopsis is a bit misleading, like the book itself, and lures you into a story of dark vampires with mediocre plot development. The only thing that kept me going was the delicious presentation of the audio storytelling. I listened to this book on my commute throughout the month of February, which ironically was the coldest month in my state. So while I endured the chilly drive to and from work, I loudly complained to myself about the characters, plot, and pacing. So if you saw me on the road talking to myself like a crazy person, I apologize. 

 The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 3rd, 2013
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself. (Goodreads)
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