Book Review: Poison is Not Polite

Poison Is Not Polite
by Robin Stevens

My Edition:
Paperback,  321 pages
2016, Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481422161

The Wells and Wong Detective Society is back in action while the girls are on holiday at Daisy’s family estate. Her mother has thrown her a birthday party, but amidst the festivities, one of the guests falls deathly ill. Due to a massive storm and flooding, the family and their guests are on their own for a few days, so the girls are determined to solve the case before the police arrive, and avoid being murdered themselves!

This was a charming sequel to Murder is Bad Manners (yes, I’m referring to middle-grade murder mysteries as charming) and as usual, I was totally stumped as to who the murder was.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: East of the Sun and West of the Moon

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review: The Swallow

The Swallow
By Charis Cotter

My Edition:
Paperback, 317 pages
2017, Tundra
ISBN: 9781770495920

Rose and Polly are neighbors, opposites in many respects. Polly is energetic, boisterous and fair-haired and her house is loud and full of family. Rose is quiet, ghostly pale and wears dark clothing and her house is mostly empty with the exception of the housekeeper. But when the two girls meet they discover what they have in common – the constant feeling of isolation and the desperate desire for a friend to call their own. While their friendship forms, Polly begins to suspect that Rose might be a ghost; after all, she’s pale, quiet and no one else seems to notice her aside from Polly. When the girls find a tombstone bearing Rose’s exact name, they set out to unravel a dark family secret.

We all know I make grabby hands at any middle-grade that sounds remotely dark and I was tickled pink to find that I’d won The Swallow from Librarything. This book didn’t disappoint!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Wars of Vis

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review: River of Teeth

River of Teeth
By Sarah Gailey

My Edition:
Paperback, 173 pages
2017, Tor
ISBN: 9780765395238

What if the U.S. government had come up with a plan in the late 1800s to import hippos to be bred as an alternative meat source? What if after the plan failed, the marshlands of Louisiana were flooded with feral hippos, savage and all too ready to devour any man caught in their waters? This is a story of an America that might have been and the crew chosen to wrangle the ferals.

Oh. My. Gourd.

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Book Versus Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle

In a previous post, I made a list of books whose movie adaptations I enjoyed as much as (or more than) the original texts and Howl’s Moving Castle was one of them. Rather than do a review of the book (TLDR: I love it and think you should read it), I thought I’d write a post about some of the more significant differences between the book and movie.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Pride and Prejudice (XIV)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review: Castle in the Air

Castle in the Air
By Diana Wynne Jones

My Edition:
Paperback, 298 pages
1990, HarperTrophy
ISBN: 0064473457

Abdullah often dreams that his life is not truly his own – amid the daily tasks of running the carpet shop he inherited from his father, he fantasizes that he is truly a prince who was kidnapped and adopted by a rug merchant after a lucky escape. His dreams also include marrying a beautiful princess (of course). When a mysterious bearded man appears at his shop and offers to sell him a magical, flying carpet, Abdullah snatches as the chance for adventure. After falling asleep atop the carpet, Abdullah wakes to find himself in a night garden with a beautiful princess – his dreams are finally coming true! But his princess is quickly kidnapped by a djinn and Abdullah sets off to rescue her with only his carpet and his wits.

The cover of this book declares it to be the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, but the connection is tenuous at best.

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