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Character Casting for Zaria Fierce – Meet the Fierce Family

Greetings! You might have noticed some changes on the website recently. One of the sidebar widgets is displaying information about the book I wrote and self-published this month….

spirit rebellion

Review: The Spirit Rebellion (The Legend of Eli Monpress, Book 2) by Rachel Aaron

Reviewed by First Mate Keira Title: The Spirit Rebellion (The Legend of Eli Monpress, Book 2) Author: Rachel Aaron Format: Digital ebook Page Count: 464 pages Grade Reading…

prisoner of azkaban

Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Reviewed by Captain Lyaf Yarr Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback # of pages: 435 Grade Reading Level: 5.9; Ages 11+…

dark side of nowhere

Review: The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman

by Captain Lyaf Yarr Title: The Dark Side of Nowhere Author: Neal Shusterman Format: Paperback Page Count: 192 Grade Reading Level: Grades 6-9 Summary: Jason has always lived…

Review: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

by Second Mate Embry, guest reviewer Title: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls) Author: Ally Carter Format: Hardcover #…

igraine the brave

Review: Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

by Second Mate Embry, guest reviewer Title: Igraine the Brave Author: Cornelia Funke Format: Hardcover Page Count: 212 Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12 Summary: As a daughter of…

ender's game

Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Reviewed by First Mate Keira Title: Ender’s Game Author: Orson Scott Card Narrators: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison Format: Unabridged Audio Book # CDs + Minutes: 9 CDs (11…

WillWorkForPromDress

Review: Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris

Reviewed by First Mate Keira Title: Will Work for Prom Dress Author: Aimee Ferris Format: Paperback Page Count: 272 pages Grade Reading Level: Ages 12-16 Summary: Quigley Johnson…

seeing stone

Review: The Seeing Stone by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black

by First Mate Keira, guest reviewer Title: The Seeing Stone (Book 2: The Spiderwick Chronicles) Author: Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black Format: Hardcover # of pages: 109 Grade…

Review: Spartan Frost (Mythos Academy, Book 4.5) by Jennifer Estep

Reviewed by First Mate Keira Title: Spartan Frost (Mythos Academy, Book 4.5) Author: Jennifer Estep Format: Ebook Page Count: Grade Reading Level: Ages 14+ Summary: What Logan Quinn…

spirit eater

Review: The Spirit Eater (The Legend of Eli Monpress, Book 3) by Rachel Aaron

Reviewed by First Mate Keira Title: The Spirit Eater (The Legend of Eli Monpress, Book 3) Author: Rachel Aaron Format: Digital ebook Page Count: 448 pages Grade Reading…

last airbender

Movie Review: The Last Airbender starring Dev Patel and Noah Ringer

by First Mate Keira Title: The Last Airbender Director: M. Night Shyamalan Run Time: 103 Minutes Rated: PG Summary: Based on the cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender,…

reading books

5 Reasons to Read Books before Seeing the Movie

by Captain Lyaf Yarr Before we start I think I should let readers know that I’ve done both: seen the movie before reading the book and reading the…

catching fire

12 Ways to Gear-up for a Catching Fire (Hunger Games) Party!

Who is excited for the release of Catching Fire this November? I know I am and I’ve been thinking about some party ideas for the big night. What’s…

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Movie Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel

by First Mate Keira Title: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Director: Jon Turteltaub Run Time: 109 minutes Rated: PG Summary: At the age of 10, a young boy finds himself…

exile

Review: Exile by Anne Ousterlund

by First Mate Keira Title: Exile Author: Anne Ousterlund Format: Trade Paperback Page Count: 304 pages Grade Reading Level: Grades 7-12 Summary: Aurelia has exiled herself from the…

bad beginning

Review: The Bad Beginning (Book 1) by Lemony Snicket

by Cook Cutlery, guest reviewer Title: The Bad Beginning (Book 1) Series of Unfortunate Events Author: Lemony Snicket Illustrator: Brett Helquist Format: Hardback Page Count: 162 Grade Reading…

Unanswered Harry Potter Question #12: How did Lily and James Potter thrice defy Voldemort?

Unanswered Harry Potter Question #12: How did Lily and James Potter thrice defy Voldemort? (This article is humorous, not factual.) Everyone thought Trelawney was a hack, but she…

peter-and-the-starcatchers

Audio Review: Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, Book 1) by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Reviewed by First Mate Keira Title: Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, Book 1) Authors: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson Format: Audio book Length: 8 hours…

eyes like stars

Review: Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

by First Mate Keira Title: Eyes Like Stars [Théâtre Illuminata (Act 1)] Author: Lisa Mantchev Format: Trade paperback Page Count: 384 Grade Reading Level: Grade 7+ Summary: Beatrice…

Ingenious Way to Motivate Reluctant Readers

by First Mate Keira I stumbled on an ingenious way to motivate my two reluctant readers. The one doesn’t like reading and will only do it if the…

Review: The Iron King (Iron Fey, Book 1) by Julie Kagawa

by First Mate Keira Title:The Iron King Author: Julie Kagawa Format: Kindle Ebook Page Count: 368 (Paperback) Grade Reading Level: Grade 7+ Summary: Meghan Chase is just your…

artemis fowl lost colony

Audio Review: The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, Book 5) by Eoin Colfer

by First Mate Keira, guest reviewer Title: Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, Book 5 Author: Eoin Colfer Narrator: Nathaniel Parker # CDs (Minutes): 7 CDs (8 hours, 24…

independent study

Review: Independent Study (The Testing, Book 2) by Joelle Charbonneau

Reviewed by First Mate Keira Title: Independent Study (The Testing, Book 2) Author: Joelle Charbonneau Format: Hardcover Page Count: 310 pages Grade Reading Level: Grades 9-12 Summary: Cia…

false princess

Review: The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

by First Mate Keira Title: The False Princess Author: Eilis O’Neal Format: Hardback Page Count: 319 pages Grade Reading Level: Ages 11-19 Summary: Nalia is a shy bookworm…