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27 March 2009 @ 04:07 am
The Year of Ice
By: Brian Malloy

Spoilers Behind the Cut: Moderate

Summary: It's 1978 and a typical January day in Minnesota's Twin Cities--except for Kevin Doyle, whose mother died two years ago when her car plunged into the icy waters of the Upper Mississippi. A high school senior, Kevin is a marginal student obsessed with keggers, rock and roll, maintaining his place in the pecking order of high school males, and--unbeknownst to anyone else--a boy in his school with thick eyelashes and a bad attitude. In the past two years, Kevin's relationship with his father, Patrick, has grown increasingly distant, and as lonesome women vie for his father's attention, Kevin discovers Patrick's own closely guarded secret: At the time of his wife's death, he had planned to abandon his family for another woman. More disturbing, his mother's death may well have been a suicide, not an accident.

Fanning the flames of familial discontent is Kevin's aunt Nora, a belligerent aqnd fiercely religious Irish immigrant who has never liked her brother-in-law and blames him for the death of her sister. In the coming year, a series of painful truths and closely guarded secrets threatens to shatter the tentative bonds between father and son and wreak havoc on the lives of those nearest to them both.

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The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
By: Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler

Spoilers Behind the Cut: Mild

Summary: While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan (taken from here)

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16 February 2009 @ 09:46 am
The Last Vampire
By: Christopher Pike

Spoilers Behind the Cut: Much

Summary: Alisa Perne is a five-thousand-year-old vampire. For ages she has hunted humanity, loved humanity, but now someone hunts her. Who is this person-- what is he or she? Another vampire? Alisa is not sure. She thought she was the last of her kind.

Alisa has only one lead to follow. A detective, Mike Riley, has tried to blackmail her. In haste, before she could learn everything he knew, she killed him. Now she must go after the detective's son and find out what his father knew. Fifty centuries old, and she must enter high school and befriend Ray Riley, a handsome, shy boy who will attract her like no mortal has in centuries. Ray will make Alisa think the unthinkable, to make another of her kind, something she hasn't done since ancient times.

But will Alisa use Ray to help protect her from the mysterious enemy? Or will she just use him as bait?

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The World According to Humphrey
By: Betty G. Birney

Spoilers Behind the Cut: Mild

Summary: You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That's what Humphrey was told when he was first broght to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to his classroom escapades, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up-Sayeh. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write, and even shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course.) Humphrey has friends, adventures, and a cage with a lock-that-doesn't-lock. His life would be perfect, if only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn't out to get him!

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20 October 2008 @ 06:59 am
By: Kim Ganter

Spoilers Behind the Cut: Mild

Summary: Nicole Hayes sure likes to daydream, especially during her boring part-time job as a receptionist. When she’s alone with her notebook, she crafts a fantastic story and lets her imagination go-go-go! Meanwhile, Nicole’s former neighbor Josh can’t seem to snap her out of her daydreams and get her to notice him. If only he could finally win her over.

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16 October 2008 @ 07:45 am
By: Arina Tanemura

Spoilers Behind the Cut: Mild

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Kusakabe Maron is the reincarnation of Jeanne D'Arc (Joan of Arc). She, with her angel Fin, steals artwork to get the forces of the devil out of them, stopping chaos from being unleashed. Meanwhile, her best friend Toudaiji Miyako is the daughter of the detective on the case to catch Jeanne. Not to mention that Miyako wants a piece of the action! To make matters worse, her new neighbor, (whose a bit of a pervert) Nagoya Chiaki, starts suspecting something...but he isn't just the good looking next door neighbor. He is really Sinbad, Kaitou Jeanne's arch enemy! (Summary ganked from here)

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15 October 2008 @ 08:11 am
By: Christopher Pike

Spoilers Behind the Cut: Mild

Summary: Everyone, at some point in life, dreams that they are secretly a king or queen or wizard of a far-off land. Someday their true identity will be revealed, and they will begin a new life of magic and power and love. Teenager Ali Warner has good reason to believe in such a fantasy. While hiking in the woods behind her house, Ali stumbles across a plot by the elemental--mysterious creatures who live in a neighboring dimension--to invade and destroy the Earth. Not only that, she discovers that she has been chosen to stop that attack. Why was Ali chosen? It is very possible that she may be more than human. To reclaim her magical abilities and her true identity, Ali sets out on a great adventure. This journey will take her far from home and through a series of dangerous tests that require not only courage and strength but an insight into life itself. Accompanied by a devious leprechaun, a loyal troll, and three close friends, Ali strives to reach the top of a forbidden mountain and lay claim to the Yanti, an an ancient talisman of great power that even elementals cannot control. Ali Warner is Alosha.

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19 June 2008 @ 02:50 pm
By: Helen Dunmore

Spoilers Behind the Cut: Moderate

Summary: A whisper on the tide -- Sapphire's father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where her family has always lived. She misses him terribly, and she longs to hear his spellbinding tales about the Mer, who live in the underwater kingdom of Ingo. Perhaps that is why she imagines herself being pulled like a magnet toward the sea. But when her brother, Conor, starts disappearing for hours on end, Sapphy starts to believe she might not be the only one who hears the call of the ocean.

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19 June 2008 @ 01:00 pm
When I review books, each review will be under this format:

By: [Author's Name]

Spoilers Behind the Cut: Mild, Moderate, or Much

Summary: Umm, duh?

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Says Risa: Insert brief, to long-winded blabbering about the book right here.

Rating: I'll rate these based on a scale of 1-3, because 1-10 would be pointless (I won't finish a book I'm reading for fun if it's below a 7, so what's the point?) Anyway, a 1/3 rating means it was decent, but probably didn't suit my tastes that well. A 2/3 means the book was good, but nothing spectacular that I'd rant and rave about until blue in the face (I suspect that it'll be the rating I issue the most. XD) A 3/3 means it's awesome, of course, and I'd highly encourage anyone to read it. A rare 4/3 will be a book I'd sell my soul for, and you'd BETTER read it, or else you haven't liiiiived (lol, j/k. But you get the point, right?) BUT PLEASE NOTE, 1/3's and 2/3's shouldn't just be ignored because I'll only rate books I read cover to cover. If I review a book AT ALL it's likely to be good reading. These ratings are based on PERSONAL OPINION ONLY, so don't take 'em to heart that much.

Final Words: Flibbertygibbit~! Err, I mean, only if I have more to say, and I probably will because I don't shut up.
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