Review: Through The Woods


Book Review
Through The WoodsTitle
: Through the Woods

Author: Emily Carroll

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publish Date: July 15th, 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Graphic Novels

‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

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Discussion: No, the Last Movie Shouldn’t Be Two Parts



I’ve come to terms with the fact that popular Young Adult books are going to be turned into movies, am I OK with that…no not really. You probably just gasped really loudly, but I have my reasons. It’s not that I don’t like my favorite books being turned into movies, but I think it’s gotten out of hand.
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Review: The Geography of You and Me


Book Review18295852Title: The Geography of You and Me

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Series: None

Publisher: Poppy

Publish Date: April 15th, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and—finally—a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

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Review: Hush, Hush


Book ReviewTitle: Hush, Hush

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Series: Hush, Hush Series

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: October 13th, 2009

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

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Review: The Sea of Monsters


Book Review
: The Sea of Monsters

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Publisher: Miramax Books

Publish Date: April 1st, 2006

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

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Sunday Stumper #44: Charles Dickens


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Charles Dickens is regarded as one of the most influential and notable novelists of the nineteenth century, and consequently, he was the perfect topic for our 44th Sunday Stumper!  The opening lines of his work, A Tale of Two Cities, feature his most referenced quote:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

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Introduction Post: Hello, It’s Mel


You: Who is this new blogger?
Me: Why I’m Melanie or Mel.
You: Oh really, why are you a blogger here now, huh?
Me: Oh, I like to think it’s my charismatic personality or my ninja like skills.
You: Cut to the chase, why are you really here?
Me: Well, there was a co-blogger position open and I was interested in it.
You: Hmmm, seems legit. So tell me more about yourself.

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Rave-Worthy Recommendations (5)


All of the bookstores near my house have been offering great deals and discounts recently, ranging from buy 3 books get the 4th free to 15% off a single item.  That’s as much of an excuse as I need to stop by for a few books!  If you’re finding yourself in a bit of a post-Christmas lull or are also planning on taking advantage of similar bookstore promotions, hopefully this list can provide you with a few suggestions!

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Yes, I know, lame title much? I guess even online I’m nervous introducing myself to a crowd. But, alas, here I am.

My name is Kenzie, and I’m here to announce that as of a few days ago, I’m a new coblogger here on Brewing Up Books!  Continue reading

Review: Jackaby


Book Review181309Title: Jackaby

Author: William Ritter

Series: Jackaby Series

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Publish Date: September 16, 2014

Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

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Discussion: Series I’ve Started…But Never Finished



Over the years, I’ve accumulated quite a few…undesirable bookish quirks.  From convincing myself that reading seven books simultaneously is a good idea to breaking self-imposed book buying bans within a week, I certainly had my fair share of bad habits.  Needless to say, the most jaw-dropping of these habits thus far is my increasingly nonchalant behavior toward completing a series once I’ve started it.  And no, I would not recommend developing a similar habit of your own in any capacity.

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Book Review by a Movie Watcher: The Selection, by Kiera Cass


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In case the title doesn’t give it away, this is a new feature on Brewing Up Books: book reviews from a movie watcher (aka, non-reader). Here’s how it will go. I receive a summary and cover of a book that I have never seen or heard of previously (which could be a lot of possibilities).  I then review the book based solely on these two criteria and…attempt to recount the plot. I will be completely wrong. 100% wrong.

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Review: Beastly


Book Review8755785Title: Beastly

Author: Alex Flinn

Series: none

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publish Date: October 2nd, 2007

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

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