Book Review – The Detective’s Assistant

Hannigan, Kate - The Detective's AssistantCornelia Warne is taken to live with her unwilling Aunt Kitty in Chicago after disaster takes the last of her closest kin. Ingratiating herself to her aunt is the only way to keep from being dropped off at the closest orphanage, but Aunt Kitty’s only focus seems to be for her unusual occupation.

I say gossip is just like a newspaper, only written in whispers instead of ink. Sure you can’t always believe everything you hear, but isn’t that the same with the newspaper?

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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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Book Review – Serafina and the Black Cloak

Beatty, Robert - Serafina and the Black Cloak Hidden beneath the high-society Vanderbilt family and their rich guests, Serafina and her pa secretly live in the basement of the Biltmore Estate. Staying out of sight is easy for Serafina, whose uncanny ability to slink through the shadows aids her job as self-appointed rat catcher. Tensions run high at the Biltmore Estate when children begin to disappear, but only Serafina has witnessed the cloaked criminal who lurks after dark.

More and more she wondered what it would be like to have some sort of secret friend who her pa didn’t know about, someone she could talk to about things, but she didn’t tend to meet too many children her age skulking through the basement in the dead of night.

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