{tv} Sherlock: S2

I had pretty much given up hope that there would be another season Sherlock after Watson signed on to be a Hobbit, some character by the name of Bilbo–really, what was Martin Freeman thinking?! And finally there was: another series of three: “A Scandal in Belgravia,” “The Hounds of Baskerville,” & “The Reichenbach Fall.” It is hardContinue reading “{tv} Sherlock: S2”

{book} divergent

Too bad the title does not necessary imply divergence from present popular Young Adult formulations. Work-shopped from an outline and a list of ingredients came to mind as I grit my way through this one. Is the imaginative twist on post-apocalyptic dystopian construction of society enough to forgive the seams? Likely. More, its saving graceContinue reading “{book} divergent”

{book} Amulet series, 1-4

How many heroines in juvenile fiction have lost their mother early on? Now how many have brought their mothers along on their adventures? Thanking the daughter for lending me her copies of Amulet to re-read up to the latest: (book 4) The Last Council, we started listing all the things we love about the series.Continue reading “{book} Amulet series, 1-4”

courtney crumrin and the night things

in full disclosure: I had the pleasure of this read thanks to NetGalley, Oni Press, and an advanced reader copy. What follows is my free, fair, & honest review. Courtney Crumrin (Volume 1) : The Night Things, Special Edition Art & Story by Ted Naifeh The Courtney Crumrin stories were originally released in digest form since 2002.Continue reading “courtney crumrin and the night things”

the good neighbors (trilogy)

“Long ago, mortals called us The Fair Folk, The People of Peace, The Good Neighbors. They called us these things not because we were fair or peaceful or good, but because they feared us. As they will again.” ~Aubrey (The Good Neighbors: Kin, 77) The Good Neighbors by Holly Black & Ted Naifeh book one: Kin Graphix,Continue reading “the good neighbors (trilogy)”

How Tía Lola Came to (Visit) Stay

How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay (Book 1) by Julia Alvarez A Yearling Book (Random House), 2001 Hardcover, 147 pages (w/ 2 page addition of a letter from the author, 2010) Juvenile Fiction, ages 8-11 Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Tía Lola, his quirky, carismática, andContinue reading “How Tía Lola Came to (Visit) Stay”

ivy+bean: no news is good news

Ivy + Bean : No News is Good News (book8) by Annie Barrows w/ Illus. by Sophie Blackall Chronicle Books, 2011 Hardcover,127. Juvenile Fiction, Ages 6-10. Ivy and Bean need some money. Ten dollars, to be exact. Never mind what for. Okay, it s for low-fat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for you serving size.Continue reading “ivy+bean: no news is good news”

tia lola stories : the 4th

How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over (Tia Lola Stories : Book 4) by Julia Alvarez Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 Hardcover, 147 pages, Juvenile Fiction (ages 7-10) Welcome to Tia Lola’s bed and breakfast! With the help of her niece and nephew and the three Sword Sisters, Tía Lola is opening the doors of ColonelContinue reading “tia lola stories : the 4th”

after Fox Street

Mo Wren, Lost and Found by Tricia Springstubb Illustrations by Heather Ross. Balzer+Bray, 2011 Hardcover, 256 pages. Juvenile Fiction (ages 8-12) This is the story of what happened after Fox Street. Mo Wren knew that eventually she, her dad, and her sister, Wild Child Dottie, would have to move from beloved Fox Street. She just neverContinue reading “after Fox Street”

Guys Read : Thriller

Ten stories guaranteed to thrill, chill, and have you so far on the edge of your seat that you’re actually on someone else’s, from the following notorious authors: M.T. Anderson, Patrick Carman, Gennifer Choldenko, Matt de la Pena, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Bruce hale, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Anthony Horowitz, Walter Dean Myers, James Patterson; with IllustrationsContinue reading “Guys Read : Thriller”