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30 11, 2012

Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

By | November 30th, 2012|Categories: Children's Books, Gift Ideas, Halloween Books, Horror, Love & Romance, Mysteries, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Reading the description of Gretchen McNeil’s suspense/thriller Ten took me back to my pre-teen years when R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Richie Tankersley Cusick, and Caroline B. Cooney dominated the shelves in my Walden Books. Eager to return to the style of books that engaged me as a young reader, I readily dove into the pages of Ten.

Meg and Minnie are best friends, and rivals for the heart of T.J. Meg, who is always looking out for Minnie, secretly hides her feelings for T.J. and babies Minnie because of her medical condition. She reluctantly agrees to attend a top secret, 3-day getaway with Minnie on a nearby island, thinking that she’ll spend her time relaxing and writing stories on her laptop.

Meg and Minnie share the luxury home not only with kids from their own school, but also

2 11, 2012

Review: Gravediggers by Christopher Krovatin

By | November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, Gift Ideas, Halloween Books|Tags: |3 Comments


Reviewed by Krystal Larson

Gravediggers is the perfect book to read for a spooky night – both girls and boys will enjoy this one. P.J., Kendra, and Ian might seem like stereotypical kids, but the reader will adjust to them in record time. P.J. is the more rational one of the group, asking all of the sensible questions. Kendra acts as if she has seen and heard it all and her arrogance might be annoying during the first couple of pages. Ian is more athletic, almost to the point where the reader wonders if he cares about anything else. The three must ultimately work together to keep each other safe from the sudden horde of zombies.

The book starts innocently enough…until Ian runs after a buck and the group’s problems begin. Kendra and P.J. follow Ian against their better judgement and they

27 10, 2012

Review: Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

By | October 27th, 2012|Categories: Children's Books, Gift Ideas, Halloween Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

For some, the general idea of becoming a vampire these days is rather appealing. Who wouldn’t want to be an ageless, perfectly gorgeous, sex icon? But on the more realistic side, nobody really truly wants to be stuck as their normal imperfect teenage self. Unfortunately, the vampires running around in Jane’s neck of the woods didn’t bother asking permission before turning her into an eternal fifteen-year-old.

Now she’s stuck dealing with parents who want to be turned for the sake of responsible parenting, an annoying little brother who is convinced that she’s a zombie rather than a vamp, and a seriously sexy vampire hunter who’d rather cut her head clean off rather than have a make out session. And to add to all that, fanfic is not quite as realistic as she’d hoped based on the fact that most of the current

24 10, 2012

Review: It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

By | October 24th, 2012|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, Gift Ideas, Halloween Books|Tags: , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! is a cute board book has two of the characters from the If You Give… book series, Mouse and Dog. Mouse has seven pumpkins on which to paint faces and on each page we see a new face being created. It’s rather cute to see Mouse have the same facial expression as each of the pumpkins as you turn the page.

Dog sneaks in and paints a scary face on one of the pumpkins while Mouse is busy with the others. Together they finish painting friendly faces on the pumpkins and have a beautiful lineup of painted pumpkins. Happy Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

For a child who is very young and still learning the basics of book handling and colors, this book would be okay. The parent can point out colors and color mixing to the

14 10, 2012

Review: Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye

By | October 14th, 2012|Categories: Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Halloween Books, Horror, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Amanda Farmer

With Halloween right around the corner, I recommend picking up Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone. It will definitely leave you feeling disturbed and haunted by the nature of the human psyche and what it can do to people. The cover is rather haunting as well, especially if you bring it up close to make out the rest of text. This was a wonderfully written story from the point of view of the main characters from the tiny sheltered village of Hemmersmoor, Germany.

The story opens with the return of Christian to attend the funeral of Anke, a childhood friend who had resided in the von Kamphoff manor, which has its own mysterious history. He is reunited with some old friends who have never left or returned soon after leaving – everyone seems to

5 10, 2012

Halloween Book Recommendations for Kids and Teens

By | October 5th, 2012|Categories: Etc., For Kids, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Halloween Books|3 Comments


My neighbors are putting up some crazy Halloween decorations so I know fall is definitely here! Here are some great Halloween book recommendations for the kids and teens in your life:

Vampire Boy’s Good Night by Lisa Brown (browse inside the book here)

Publisher’s Description

When the sun goes down and everything is wonderfully cold and dark, a vampire boy and a little witch go searching for children in the night.

But this is no ordinary night. It is Halloween, and what they find may surprise them. . . .

Just Say Boo! by Susan Hood (browse inside the book here)

Publisher’s Description

If three dinosaurs roar when you open your door, what do you say?

“Boo!” of course! In this charmingly spooky story by Susan Hood, little trick-or-treaters learn just what to

30 08, 2012

Review: Risen by Krystal Lawrence

By | August 30th, 2012|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Halloween Books, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Amanda Farmer

First off let me start by saying that Risen is not your typical Twilight vampire story. This story focused on the town of Alder Lake and its inhabitants and what their ancestors did two hundred years ago to the Barclay family.

Risen revolves around several different families and their connection to the two hundred year old murder. Some of the characters are a philandering husband who has a wife that doesn’t ask questions and another couple that ignore the signs of a mental breakdown until it’s too late. The philandering husband becomes the number one suspect when his current mistress is murdered, so his secret life is revealed to all in the town. Some other characters include a no nonsense mailman and his trouble making step son; and a nosy neighbor.

The two hundred year old vampire has awakened