Quick Thoughts: “Razorhurst”

“Razorhurst” by Justine Larbalestier

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

GoodreadsSource: Book Riot’s Quarterly Box

Summary from Goodreads:

The setting: Razorhurst, 1932. The fragile peace between two competing mob bosses—Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson—is crumbling. Loyalties are shifting. Betrayals threaten.

Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment.

Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson’s ‘best girl’, experienced in surviving the criminal world, but she doesn’t know what this day has in store for her.

When Dymphna meets Kelpie over the corpse of Jimmy Palmer, Dymphna’s latest boyfriend, she pronounces herself Kelpie’s new protector. But Dymphna’s life is in danger too, and she needs an ally. And while Jimmy’s ghost wants to help, the dead cannot protect the living . . .

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Book Review: “The Gray Wolf Throne”

“The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3)” by Cinda Williams Chima

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other Seven Realms books

Summary from Goodreads:

Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana’Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he’s concerned, the princess’s family as good as killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen.

Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it—he’s saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive—and even that might not be enough.

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Quick Thoughts: “The Pilgrims of Rayne”

“The Pilgrims of Rayne (Pendragon #8)” by D. J. MacHale

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Bought

Other Pendragon books

Summary from Goodreads:

When Bobby Pendragon first arrives on the tropical world of Ibara, he finds paradise. There is beauty all around and the people of Ibara are blissfully happy. It’s not long before Bobby discovers, however, that they are also blissfully…oblivious.

The leaders of Ibara are keeping a devastating secret from their people, one that gives Saint Dane all the opportunity he needs to launch his final assault on Halla.

While Bobby struggles to learn the truth in time to thwart Saint Dane, Courtney Chetwynde desperately searches for Mark Diamond. On the heels of a shocking tragedy, Mark has disappeared. Worse, he seems to be under Saint Dane’s influence. It’s up to Courtney to find Mark and stop him from making a grave mistake that could change the future of all existence.

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Quick Thoughts: “Lumberjanes, Volume 1”

“Lumberjanes, Volume 1” by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen

Genre: Middle Grade/Children’s Fiction, Graphic Novel


Other Lumberjanes books

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:


At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

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Quick Thoughts: “Book Scavenger”

“Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

A hidden book. A found cipher. A game begins . . . .

Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold and leads to a valuable prize. But there are others on the hunt for this book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before Griswold’s attackers make them their next target. 

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I decided to start another blog where I can talk about my library work a bit more in depth.

Follow me on The Pseudo Librarian for program ideas, display ideas, and other library talk!

Originally posted on The Pseudo Librarian:

Time for a quick introduction. My name is Alison and I’m a library paraprofessional. Youth Services is where my heart is. I spend far too much time online looking up program ideas and other fun library things.

I thought it was time for me to pass along some of my library ideas. That’s what you’ll find on this blog: program ideas, display ideas, book lists, and probably other things as well.

Feel free to use what I put up or use it and make it your own. Please share your ideas and thoughts here as well. There’s no point in reinventing the wheel so let’s help each other out.

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Quick Thoughts: “I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You”

“I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1)” by Ally Carter

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

Other Gallagher Girls books

Source: Free audiobook from SYNC

Summary from Goodreads:

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.


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