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The Graveyard Book

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This is the first of Neil Gaiman's works that I have read. Of course, I had seen the movie Coraline, but honestly had NO idea that it had been a book first. I like things out of the ordinary. Books that make me just a tad uncomfortable, and books that take the less traveled path. This is what The Graveyard Book was.Bod was to have been murdered as a baby. He wasn't. And Jack had to fix this mistake. Fortunately for Bod, he wandered into a graveyard where the inhabitants were willing to take on one of the living and protect him from a world that meant him harm. You get a touch of everything in here. Love, betrayal, creepiness, loyalty, sadness, and most of it is all jumbled up at the same time. You weren't sure if you were happy, sad, or slightly creeped out by many of the things that happen in this book.I will be a bit vague here because I don't want to give anything away - but I will try to explain without saying too much. There was something big at the end that, at first, I wish we had been told. BUT we weren't. The more I sat and thought about it, I think Mr. Gaiman did us a favor by not telling us, or explaining it to us. It gave more meaning by not telling that by explaining it all. Hopefully that made any kind of sense. But I think this book was great on many different levels. It was great when taken at face value, but there is so much more lurking underneath if you like doing that kind of stuff - which I do. :)I am looking forward to reading more of his titles, and I am glad I found this book. If you are looking for something easy to read, entertaining, touching, and sometimes a bit disturbing, this is your book.
Becoming Holmes: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case

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I love YA books. I especially love good YA books. I discovered this book on the Librarything's early reviewers club. I was disappointed to learn I was on the last book in the series. I had a great time going through Holmes's journey and wished I had been able to be there from the start. I hope it doesn't ruin the first books for me since I read the last one first, but I am hoping to get the other books soon and read those as well. This was a wonderful take on the Sherlock Holmes series. I am actually in the process of rereading the originals because of these books. It's a wonderful series with a wonderful feel and I think this was a great story that anyone can dive right into.
Everlost

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What if your light at the end of the tunnel burned out? What if your train to Nirvana derailed? How about your reincarnation stopped by Depo? If any of these things stopped you from moving on, you may end up in Everlost, as Allie and Nick found out after a fatal car crash left them in a luscious forest. As this pair get acquainted with their new afterlife, they stumble across an assortment of villains, horrors, and a bibliophile. Or maybe you could call the bibliophile the "Life After Death for Dummies" superstar author.The characters in this book really fell flat. For someone we spend the majority of the book with (Allie), we really don't get a good feel for her or really step into her character much - and the person who really seems to turn the book around (Nick), we see very little of and don't know him much by the time the book ends. The one character I feel we connected most with, that had the most real emotions coming through were Mary and Vari. We got to see more of their personality instead of being told what it was.The villain in the book seemed... for lack of a better term, nonthreatening. Ugly, very much so. Rude. UH-HUH. Evil?? Nope. It was an easy read, the story moved along, but at times, it really didn't feel like we were doing much. It almost seemed like scenes were put in there just to fill the time. The plot isn't deep, the ending is pretty predictable, and there isn't much to the suspense. I know this is labeled for a younger reader, but I still believe that this could have had a few subplots woven in for the enjoyment of older readers, especially given Shusterman's fan base. One thing that really and truly upset me were the amount of errors found in the book. This is a book put out by one of the biggest publishing houses out there. There is no reason to have as many errors as there are in this book. Self-published authors get slammed on a daily basis because of their lack of editing, and the big houses are putting out books that are entertaining, yes - but also riddled with blatant errors. There were instances of two characters speaking in the same paragraph, commas missing from the end of dialogue, "id" being used instead of "is" and the list goes on. I feel that, especially in a book that is aimed at younger readers, our goal is to show them how English SHOULD be written, not by throwing a popular author's book out there full of errors because the publishing house knows it will sell. I'm giving this book a three-star rating because the storyline was interesting, I was able to finish it, and I wasn't bored to death. However, I will say that I am getting increasingly more angry at the large publishing houses for their lax editing and formatting on their eBooks. As a whole, I am not interested enough in the series to pick up book two. I will, however, be reading book two of his Unwind series (which I thought was brilliant). Everlost is the second book of Shusterman's that I have read, and while I'm not thrilled with it, I haven't given up on him as an author. I want to see what else he has in store for me in his other books. :)
Fated

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If you are a fan of Alyson Noel, this book will keep you as happy as all the rest of them have, Daire is not an ordinary girl, she has mysterious things happening to her - things that should be ordinary are not so normal anymore. Birds and time are not quite the same around her... mysterious (and attractive dreams are coming to her nightly). So what does any good mother do? She sends her away. After all, we have to bring in a new location somehow. :)What I liked about this book was MAGIC. I am a huge fan of fantasy, and there seems to be a huge hole in the market now that the Harry Potter phase has come and gone. This book gave me some of what I was missing in my literary library, and that was more magic. If you love the fantastical, but hate the love triangles - WELL - you may be torn on this book. Which is why I'm not giving it a full four stars. I am just really kind of played out on the love triangles. It just seems to make all the girls appear so weak and wishy washy.I would rather see characters in books who have a bit more loyalty and sense about them when it comes to relationships. All these love triangles are starting to give young women the idea that is okay to play around with people's emotions, almost leading them on. I liked the book, please don't get me wrong, but come on, ladies. Make a stand - make a commitment - and stick to it. If you made the wrong choice, join 99% of every other female out there. :) Great thing about it is, if you made the wrong choice in fiction - there is always the sequel to change it.
Night Terrors Anthology

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A lover of short stories led me to request this book from the Early Reviewers Program. I was not disappointed in this book. I feel that some of the stories feel flat compared to some of the classics that were in the book, but overall a solid read. This is a book that I would read again if I was looking for something to pass the time. I can go through, pick out my favorites, and lose myself for 10 minutes at a time. :)
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