Author Archives: Jerilyn

About Jerilyn

Book lover, seamstress supreme, and doll collecting guru.

Staff Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Why I checked it out: I love the idea of a female relative of Sherlock Holmes working with a female relative of Bram Stoker. Why I liked it: Imagine the observant, logical niece of famous detective Sherlock Holmes partnering with  the stalwart vampire-hunting … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett’s “Dodger” takes place in an impoverished section of London during the reign of Queen Victoria. One dark and rainy night, Dodger, a young man who searches for treasure in the sewers, rescues a woman being chased and beaten … Continue reading

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Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Why I checked it out:  A friend recommended this book. She said, “Between the Lines” is your kind of book, Jerilyn. It has fairytale people coming alive inside a book.” Why I liked it: The story is told in the alternating voices of … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Why I checked it out: I love novels that incorporate a variety of fairy tales into the story. Why I liked it: “Enchanted” includes themes from “Cinderella”, “Rumplestiltskin”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, and “The Frog Prince.” Sunday is … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Deadly Pink by Vivian Vande Veld

I was excited to find that Vivian Vande Velde has a new book out that revolves around gaming and virtual reality. I loved her earlier book “Heir Apparent” with its virtual reality “sword and sorcery” adventure. I was a little … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Bewitching by Alex Flinn

What do Hansel and Gretel, the Titanic disaster, the Little Mermaid, the Princess and the Pea, and the Great Plague of 1666 have in common? Kendra was there.  In “Bewitching” by Alex Flinn, Kendra gives you the inside scoop on … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

I just finished another good read and I want to recommend it to fans of Twilight and Shiver: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington. On Violet’s 17th birthday she finds out that exiled angels are on Earth who want to take over … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

“Dear Ed, In a sec you’ll hear a thunk.” Min Green, lover of old movies, is about to leave a box on the doorstep of Ed Slaterton, co-captain of the high school basketball team. In it is “every last souvenir of the … Continue reading

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See What I’m Sayin’

“Wonderstruck” by Brian Selznick came out recently to rave reviews. It tells two stories about deaf people. Ben’s story, told through words, takes place in 1977. Rose’s story, told through pictures, takes place in 1927. The book moves back and forth … Continue reading

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Gateway Mondays: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now

If I Stay by Gayle Forman Life or Death?  These are Mia’s choices.  She is outside her body watching what goes on around her. Her parents have been killed in a car accident and she is in a coma.  Should … Continue reading

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