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17 06, 2010

“Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater

By | June 17th, 2010|Categories: For Teens, Gift Ideas, Paranormal, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Attacked by wolves and dragged from her swing into the woods, young Grace is rescued by a mysterious wolf with penetrating yellow eyes. Years later, Grace remains devoted to this wolf who watches her from the edge of the woods that lines her parents’ property. While her parents are absorbed in their own lives and largely absent from hers, the wolf is a strange source of comfort that Grace relies on. She dreads his disappearance during the warm months, and knows that he’ll always be there at Christmas time.

When Grace’s classmate Jack is attacked by the local wolves, the community fears for their safety and forms a hunting party to drive the animals out. Arriving home after an aborted attempt at saving the wolves, Grace is shocked to find a boy on her deck – naked

21 05, 2010

Review: Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

By | May 21st, 2010|Categories: For Teens, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

16-year-old Claire’s poolside birthday party is a success–until a werewolf’s murder spree results in all of Claire’s guests leaving early to get safely behind doors. But who cares about werewolves when Matthew Engle has just asked Claire out? As if going through puberty wasn’t enough, Claire starts going through changes that she’s sure aren’t normal. Suddenly she is growing hair at an accelerated rate on the backs of her hands and the tops of her ears. Claire’s mother Marie finally reveals to Claire that she is turning into a werewolf, and introduces her into the werewolf pack she’s kept secret from Claire for the last 16 years–a secret that Claire must keep from all of her friends, including Matthew.

13 01, 2010

Guest Post: Alexandra Bullen, author of Wish

By | January 13th, 2010|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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Summary

Nothing can change the fact that Olivia Larsen’s twin sister, Violet, is gone…until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn’t just look magical—it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back.

Olivia’s wish will be granted.

With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second chance at life. And as the sisters soon discover, they have two more dresses and two more wishes left.

Please welcome Alexandra Bullen, author of Wish, to Luxury Reading!

One of the best parts of writing Wish was that it gave me an excuse to do something I’d always really wanted to do: Spend a few months living

21 12, 2009

Review: Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

By | December 21st, 2009|Categories: Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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download (14)Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

In towns across Europe, ten-year old children – Belle, Christian, Victoria and Valentin – are greedily wishing for things they do not have: beauty, fame, money, success. One night, the children mysteriously disappear and no one, not even their parents, remember that they even existed. Years later, the teenagers, along with Belle’s twin sister Bice, reappear in New York City. Led by the beautiful and mysterious Madame Vileroy, the teenagers enroll in the prestigious Marlowe School and use their special gifts to soar to the top.
To the outside world, Madame Vileroy is a selfless governess raising five adopted teenagers. Behind closed doors, Vileroy was the one to recognize their greed and to grant them the things they so desired in exchange for their souls. Their special abilities are what they always

14 10, 2009

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

By | October 14th, 2009|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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hush-hush-becca-fitzpatrickReviewed by Melanie Kline

Nora Grey is an outstanding student and model teenager attending Coldwater High School in Coldwater, Maine. She can always be counted on to do the right thing – she would never go against her mother’s wishes, break a rule, a law or most of the things other teenagers do. That is, until she gets a new lab partner in biology. Patch Capriano is nothing like Nora. She can tell just by looking at him that he is bad news and Nora does everything in her power to avoid Patch. Patch, on the other hand, seems to be everywhere Nora is and she can feel him watching her long before she spots him.

Vee, Nora’s best friend, is the typical teenager who would gladly skip her homework to attend a party. Vee is outgoing and friendly to Nora’s

8 10, 2009

Review: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

By | October 8th, 2009|Categories: Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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download (6)Reviewed by Lauren K.

Lesley Livingston’s first novel, Wondrous Strange, is a quick, fun, and vibrant read. Seventeen year old Kelley Winslow is a fledgling actress living in New York City. As she struggles with a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a series of strange events begin to unfold and Kelley realizes that there is more to her life then there appears to be on the surface. Wondrous Strange is a Harper Teen novel that is very descriptive and enjoyable for any age. I finished it in around two hours easily and judging by the teaser at the end, there is more to follow for Kelley Winslow’s story. At least I hope there is…

The handsome Sonny Flannery gets mysteriously introduced into the novel and the reader hears the story from his point of

11 09, 2009

Friday Cravings: Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein

By | September 11th, 2009|Categories: Etc., Paranormal|Tags: , |1 Comment

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Here’s the pick of the week!

Have a book that you’re craving to add to your collection? I’d love to hear from you! The books do not have to be new or upcoming releases. Leave a link to your own post in the comment area and link it back to Luxury Reading. If you don’t have a blog, just list the book and the author.

Pick of the Week

Brilliant archaeologist Page Brookstone is convinced bones speak, yet none of the ancient remnants she has unearthed during her twelve years of toiling at Israel’s storied battlegrounds of Megiddo has delivered the life-altering message she so craves. Which is why the story of Ibrahim and Aisha Barakat, a young Arab couple who implore Page to excavate the grounds beneath their house in Anatot, instantly intrigues her.

The Barakats claim the ghosts of two