Book Review

Book Review: The House in Poplar Wood

The House in Poplar Wood
K.E. Ormsbee

My Edition:
ARC Paperback, 333 pages
2018, Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452149868 (hardcover)

I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Felix and Lee Vickery live separate lives in the same house. Lee and his mother serve Memory and Felix and his father serve Death and while the boys can meet, neither can see the parent they don’t live with, nor can that parent see them. This has been the Agreement for their whole lives and the boys have done all they can think of to break it. When Gretchen Whipple comes into their lives stirring up trouble, the twins believe they might have finally found someone who could help them break the Agreement. If, that is, they can outsmart Death.

The cover caught my eye when I was browsing the LibraryThing Early Reviewers page (I mean, come on, isn’t that color combination gorgeous?!) and when I saw it was a dark middle-grade, I slammed the request button. I’m so happy I won a copy! This was a great read, perfect for the fall/Halloween season.

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Art of Beatrix Potter


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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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Prisoner of the Palace

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 have purchased special editions of books or 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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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Griffin and Sabine

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 have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I won this book back in February from LibraryThing and I’m so happy it finally arrived, as I’d lost hope of ever actually receiving it. This is an awesome book with actual envelopes you can open that contain the correspondence between Griffin and Sabine. This is the 25th-anniversary edition so it comes with a bonus (blank) postcard in the back and some stamp shaped stickers. 2016 reprint by Chronicle books, ISBN: 9781452155951.