Originally posted 2016-07-30 12:00:50. I have read The Island of Doctor Moreau twice. I have even repeatedly stomached the Val Kilmer film version of the novel. You might be asking yourself why I would willingly do such a thing. It’s for the same reason that I can never pass up the abysmally awful film version…

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Originally posted 2016-07-28 17:00:01. Title: In the Mean Time Author: Paul Tremblay Published: October 19, 2010 Pages: 214 Genre: Short Stories, Horror Kid Friendly Rating:  16+ Language, Horror, Scary Themes. This book is not meant for young children.

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Originally posted 2016-07-27 17:00:55. Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (Book 1) Author: Ransom Riggs Published: 2011 Pages: 382 Genre: Horror/Adventure Kid Friendly Rating: 14+ Lots of spooky monsters and some adult subjects that may be just a little bit inappropriate for younger children. Click here for the Common Sense Media Guide! Synopsis: When Jacob…

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Originally posted 2016-07-26 17:00:15. I enjoyed exactly 50% of this novel. Ok, maybe closer to 60%, since some of the half that I disliked dealt explicitly with the half that I did. The House Girl tells the story of two women separated by hundreds of years. Josephine is an escaped slave whose incredible paintings have…

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Originally posted 2016-07-23 12:00:38. After the trainwreck that was The Madman’s Daughter, the only way to cleanse my palate was to revisit The Island of Doctor Moreau. I enjoy rereading novels like this because I always notice new things the second time around – or in this case, the fourth time around. This time, I…

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Originally posted 2016-07-21 17:00:54. Title: The Martian Author: Andy Weir Published: 2011 (e-book); March 2013 (audiobook); February 2014 (hardcover) Pages: 369 Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller Kid Friendly Rating: 13+ for some coarse language; however, there is enough realistic science in the book that I would hesitate to discourage any mature science-minded kids from reading it.

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Originally posted 2016-07-20 17:00:02. Title: Bridge to Terabithia Author: Katherine Paterson Published: 1977 Pages: 144 Genre: Drama/Friendship Kid Friendly Rating: 9+ This book has a sad moment or two, but it is an appropriate book for any child capable of reading it. Click here for the Common Sense Media Guide! Synopsis: As the summer before 5th grade draws to a close, Jess…

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Originally posted 2016-07-19 17:00:54. The End of Your Life Book Club is a memoir of Will Schwalbe’s relationship with his mother in her final two years of life. Mary Anne Schwalbe is dying pancreatic cancer. During the time Will spends with her in various waiting rooms, the two create a book club of sorts to…

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Originally posted 2016-07-16 12:00:53. After The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga, I was left with a really awful aftertaste for the Young Adult genre. That brief interlude into the melodramatic and intellect-demeaning world of teenage fiction only made me remember why I never visited during my own young adulthood. I have been studiously avoiding…

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Originally posted 2016-07-12 17:00:25. Sage Singer suffers from a disfiguring scar across her face, so she hides from the world by working the night shift as a baker. In spite of Sage’s constant reclusive efforts, she befriends the saintly old Josef Weber at her weekly grief support group. The two hang out at the bakery,…

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Originally posted 2016-07-09 12:00:37. “What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?”  Amazon’s tagline for Life After Life worked its magic, and I instantly bought the book. I’ve been fascinated by the concept of reincarnation since Catholic School told me that I shouldn’t be, but Life After Life wasn’t quite what…

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Originally posted 2016-07-05 17:00:18. This book tries too hard. That single thought kept popping up the further I progressed into Reconstructing Amelia. McCreight knows how to write, that’s not the issue; but she is painfully heavy handed with the twists and turns in this curvaceous debut novel. Amelia is a high school sophomore at an…

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Originally posted 2016-07-02 12:00:19. I knew that Stephenie Meyer had something disturbing in mind when she devoted countless pages to justifying the concept of “imprinting.” Apparently, when a werewolf meets his soul mate and loves her very, very much, it doesn’t matter how old she is. Meyer comes back to this point one too many…

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Originally posted 2016-06-30 17:00:54. Title: Trust Author: David Moody Published: July 23rd, 2012 by Infected Books Pages: 298 Genre: Sci-Fi, Apocolyptic Kid Friendly Rating: 4/10, but I would certainly say 8/10 for ages 16 and up. The limited sexuality in the story is the only thing that does not allow me to rate this higher for “kids”…

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Originally posted 2016-06-25 12:00:32. This week, I unintentionally, read two books concerning demonic children. Figuratively, in We Need to Talk About Kevin, and literally in Rosemary’s Baby. When I am exceptionally irritable, I find it useful to read about individuals in situations that are far worse than those of which I myself will likely encounter…

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