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Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Arch

My mother-in-law read this book in her book club and passed it on to me after she finished the book.

Published: 2002

Genre: YA historical fiction

Length: 246 pages

Setting: early 1900s, New York City

Summary: Short version: Irish immigrants end up in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire Continue reading

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Eldest by Christopher Paolini

This is the second book in the Inheritance Cycle. I enjoyed Eragon (although I read it before I started doing book reviews) and figured it was worth picking up the next book in the series.

Published: 2005

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 668 pages

Setting: mostly with the elves of Alageasia, soon after the events of Eragon

Summary: Short version: Eragon trains before the big battle
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Virals by Kathy Reichs

As a icebreaker question, I’m asking everyone in my 80-person Environmental Science class to give me a book recommendation. This was one of those recommendations. I’m interspersing lighter books with a 1300+ page book I’m also reading, and this seemed to fit the bill.

Published: 2010

Genre: YA science fiction/mystery

Length: 454 pages

Setting: Charleston, SC, present day Continue reading

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I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author (for one last book in my reading the alphabet challenge) and came upon this book. I chose it because Zusak also wrote The Book Thief, which I enjoyed.

Published: 2002

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 357 pages

Setting: I’m guessing England based on some of the nouns (like fish and chips or crisps), present day Continue reading

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Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

I had the second book in this series (Blood of Wonderland) on my reading list for Miss Adventure (she loves fairy tale retellings, and Alice in Wonderland is close enough to fairy tales to count). I thought that was a mistake and she hadn’t read the first book. So, when I needed a longer audiobook for a trip to a gymnastics meet, I picked this one up. Turns out she had read the book, but she doesn’t mind rereading books (or relistening, in this case).

Published: 2014

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 306 pages

Setting: Wonderland, mainly in the Castle, during the reign of a King of Hearts Continue reading

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Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce

This is the second book in the series, following Trickster’s Choice. Miss Curiosity requested it via interlibrary loan, so I had to read it now since it was special order for the library. Pierce had a note at the end of the book commenting on the length of the series. She decided on two long books instead of several shorter books after J. K. Rowling showed that kids are willing to read long books.

Published: 2004

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 444 pages of story, 467 pages total

Setting: Rajmuat, within the Copper Islands, after the events of Trickster’s Choice. Continue reading

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Pretties by Scott Westerfield

This is the second book in the Uglies series. Mr. Curiosity started reading the series and I decided to try to finish the series while the book was in the house.

Published: 2005

Genre: dystopian YA

Length: 370 pages

Setting: New Pretty Town, soon after the events of Uglies

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