Juniper (Monica Furlong)

A few weeks ago I put out the call on Twitter for young adult and middle grade books with very strong fantasy settings, as I'd been challenged with the setting on one of my current WIPs. I was fortunate to hear back from enough kind people to assemble a reading list of seven or eight titles, which I promptly put on hold at the library. I was familiar with some titles already (Princess Academy, which I was more than happy to reread), and introduced to others for the first time (Darkbeast, which is waiting on my nightstand as I type), but there was one that caught my eye particularly: Juniper, a middle grade novel by Monica Furlong.

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June & July in (Reading) Review

Well, it's nearly the end of July...and I'm back in the United States after six months in Australia! The last few months have been hectic and stressful to say the least, but I'm in California for the moment and loving the summer after the Australian winter. Sadly, my reading life hasn't been great. Still, there have been brief spots of shining greatness (starting when I realized that I could check out e-copies of graphic novels - that was marvelous). Without further ado, here are the best of June and July.

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May in (Reading) Review

Another month gone! My reading month started off strong and devolved. Right now I'm in the middle of a teeth-gnashingly annoying reading slump. Hopefully this will be resolved over the course of the next month, but for the meantime, here are my favorites from May! There are some AMAZING books in here, guys...

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Uprooted (Naomi Novik)

I...don't even know how to start talking about Uprooted. Okay, let's start here: I started reading this book. Then I finished reading this book. Then I immediately thumbed back a few chapters so that I could read the climax through the end one more time, because it was just so delicious. But it's not just the end of the book that was delicious. It's the whole. freaking. thing.

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