Monthly Archives: February 2011

Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: HarperTeen (October 2, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 0060874163 ISBN-13: 978-0060874162 genre: romantic fairy tale Synopsis: A modern retelling of the famous Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. New York City. Rich, privileged … Continue reading

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Concise history with fangs – part two.

In the first part I presented briefly some ancient beliefs concerning vampires and werewolves – they came from Egypt, Middle East, Greece and Italy. Now let’s progress to more familiar eras and countries – those of Southern, Eastern and Northern … Continue reading

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Review: Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (July 10, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 0307381463 ISBN-13: 978-0307381460 genre: historical fiction I got this book in the digital form courtesy of my friend Kasiul – thanks a lot! Synopsis: The Eighteenth Dynasty, … Continue reading

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Wishful Wednesday, 23 February

The meme is hosted by Brooke Bluestocking Guide.  Welcome to Wishful Wednesday!  This week I wish for an unusual story: “Because I am Furniture” by Thalia Chaltas  Product description from “Anke’s father is abusive to her brother and sister. … Continue reading

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Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers 01)

Reading level: Young Adult Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (August 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0373210035 ISBN-13: 978-0373210039 genre Paranormal romance Synopsis: Kaylee Cavanaugh lives with her aunt, uncle and a younger cousin Sophie. All in all … Continue reading

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Concise history with fangs – part one.

You must admit it – nowadays vampires and werewolves are practically everywhere. Books, movies, shops, pop culture, you name it. When it comes to books, though, I’ve noticed that many (really too many) authors don’t even bother with “when” and … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: Princesse de Clèves by Marie de la Fayette

About the author: Image via Wikipedia Marie Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne was born and raised in Paris, to members of the minor nobility. Her father died when Marie was 15, and in the following year her mother married a … Continue reading

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Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 471 pages Image via Wikipedia Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books (October 1, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 015206396X ISBN-13: 978-0152063962 genre: fantasy, adventure Synopsis: Katsa, a princess living in a fatansy kingdom, is a Graceling – someone … Continue reading

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All glitter? A vampire? Nah, it must be made of Swarovski crystal (+ a giveaway)

 Have you ever admired beautiful (but a bit expensive) earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings with multi-coloured crystals which brilliance is comparable to that of a diamond? If yes you are undoubtedly familiar with the brand name of Swarovski and you … Continue reading

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Five most annoying literary romances

It is known that there is no novel, especially no YA novel, without a romance. Romantic pairs are even featured in the Bible! Romance – for good or for BAD – is an immovable fixture in fiction. Somehow love makes … Continue reading

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