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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen - Review by Ashlee, Staff Blogger

Posted on 30-Jul-15 15:21
Stolen Songbird, author Danielle L. Jensen’s first novel, takes place in a historical fantasy setting in which trolls exist but were cursed by a witch to live underground in secret. The protagonist is Cécile de Troyes, a farmer’s daughter with a lovely voice who is kidnapped, brought to the city of Trollus under the mountain, and sold to trolls who intend to marry her to their troll prince, Tristan. This element of cursed creatures abducting a beautiful human bride and taking her below ground reminded me of the 1991 animated movie The Princess and the Goblin, but after that, there are fewer similarities. Contrary to popular belief, Stolen Songbird explains, trolls aren’t ugly; they’re “more like beautiful things that have had the misfortune of being broken.” Most of the troll characters in this novel have various misfortunes like no limbs, misaligned halves of their face, or being conjoined twins. However, the book misses a potentially interesting element in exempting Prince Tristan from the difficulties of living with an unusual body. Instead, he is tall and beautiful, though cold and sardonic.
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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – Review by Gina, Teen Blogger

Posted on 29-Aug-14 13:34
The character, Tiger Lily, wasn’t my favorite type of person to read about. She was mysterious and didn’t say much, so she was hard to relate to, or get to know. I think that’s why the author chose to write the book in alternating perspectives, where readers read not only from Tiger Lily’s perspective but from her little friend, Tinkerbell's. It was very interesting how...
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The Queen’s Thief series — Review by Ashlee, Staff Blogger

Posted on 26-Aug-14 13:50
If there’s something I adore in a young adult novel, it’s a misunderstood hero. Well, that and great world-building—oh, and perhaps a romantic sub-plot with a wickedly awesome heroine. And maybe throw in a jaw-dropping twist, just for good measure? Fortunately, this series has it all.
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The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset - Review by Ashlee, Staff Blogger

Posted on 26-Aug-14 13:28
In this young adult fantasy novel, The Girl Who Never Was, Selkie Stewart thinks she’s a normal Boston teenager being raised by her eccentric aunts because her father is in a mental institution and her mother abandoned her on the doorstep when she was a baby. When she turns seventeen and goes searching for her long-lost mother, though, things really start getting weird, and Selkie discovers her connection to a magical world of faeries, ogres, wizards, and the dreaded Seelie Court. And meanwhile, there’s a very special boy in her life…
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Lauren Oliver - Interview by Julia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 03-Feb-14 14:30
This was such a nice interview! I loved doing this with Lauren and had a very good time doing it. She has such a beautiful writing style that contributes to her amazing stories. They make such a nice combination while tied in with her amazing book covers (which attracted me in the first place). I really started to fawn over her books this past year when choosing which book to read first from the many that I was given as Christmas presents (deciding is always a big brain battle!).
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Charles de Lint - Interview by Tarah, Teen Blogger

Posted on 23-Jan-14 15:37
Back in September, a few of the teen bloggers volunteered to host the Youth Author stage at Word on the Street. One of the authors featured, Charles de Lint, agreed to answer some questions for me. Talking to him was such a fun experience! As an aspiring author and musician, it was interesting to get his prospective on the writing process (both novels and songs) and learn about his tastes and inspirations. I haven’t gotten around to reading his novels yet, but they’re definitely on my list of must-reads!
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Clockwork Princess by Anna, Teen Blogger

Posted on 18-Jul-13 14:56
Clockwork Princess is the third book in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series. The series is set in late 1800’s England. In the first book, Clockwork Angel, Tessa Gray moves to England from America in search of her brother. In this search she discovers....
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A Rainbow of Books by Emily, Teen Blogger

Posted on 26-Jun-13 13:11
There are so many ways to classify books: by title, release date, non-fiction, fiction, author’s name, etc. But has anybody ever tried to list books by the colour they may be associated with?
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New and Exciting Teen Reads by Emily, Teen Blogger

Posted on 28-Jan-13 10:46
School can keep you busy with homework, tests, projects and extracurricular activities filling most, if not all, of your time. Except… what if miraculously you have some downtime?
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A Rainbow of Books by Emily, Teen Blogger

Posted on 28-Jan-13 10:19
There are so many ways to classify books: by title, release date, non-fiction, fiction, author’s name, etc. But has anybody ever tried to list books by the colour they may be associated with?
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