Book Review – The Emperor’s Ostrich

Berry, Julie - Emperor's OstrichResponsible dairy maid, Begonia, sets out to retrieve a runaway cow. The fussy to-be-emperor disappears without a trace from his bedchamber. But these two disconnected events might not be as unrelated as they seem. Guided by unexpected friendships, flighty pets, magical gifts, and the hand of the ancestors, a simple chore becomes the twisting adventure of a lifetime.

It was the kind of fresh, sparkly morning that might make a young girl forget the milk oozing over her scalp and the ache in her bottom.

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Book Review – The Three

Kinde, Christa - FS, The ThreeBenaiah is shunned by the people of Israel because he’s different. Forced to take odd jobs on battlefields and burial grounds, Ben jumps at the chance to quit working behind the scenes and ally himself to a shepherd boy with a giant destiny.

Tossing aside his pick, Ben winced when it clunked dully against some guy’s head. Not that the dead man could feel it. Judging by the snarl on the corpse’s rigid face, the last two things he’d felt were rage and a Philistine javelin through the chest.

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Book Review – The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Valente, Catherynne M. - Fairyland 1When the opportunity explore a land of adventure presents itself, September doesn’t hesitate to leave home behind to take up the adventure of a lifetime. Aided by a dutiful jacket, partly-educated dragon-kin, and a pair of magic shoes, September navigates the most dreaded, delightful, and deadly places in Fairyland.

Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and the throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble.

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Book Review – Who Could That Be at This Hour?

Snicket, Lemony - Q1Apprenticed under the unpredictable and unimpressive S. Theodora Markson, Lemony Snicket is swept off to a small town as strange as it is shabby. The duo is hired to find and return a valuable item to its owner, but while Theodora gets busy with the case, Lemony tries to solve a problem all his own.

You’ve probably never been to the Far East Suite at the Lost Arms in Stain’d-by-the-Sea, but I’m sure you’ve been in a room you couldn’t wait to leave, which is about the same thing.

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