Category Archives: fantasy

How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity

Michael Cart, ed., 2009.  The long break since my last post reflects my difficulty with finishing books of short stories.  I have trouble getting into them; they’re just too short and I don’t have the chance to identify with the … Continue reading

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Justine Larbalestier, September 2009.  Micah is a compulsive liar, which she admits right away, so how can we believe anything she says? She swears she will tell the truth in the book, though, and she promises this in a very … Continue reading

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Blue Moon

Alyson Noël, July 2009. In this sequel to Evermore, protagonist Ever is estranged from her friends for much of the book, so we don’t get to spend a lot of time with gay sidekick Miles.  We do know that he … Continue reading

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As You Wish

Jackson Pearce, August 2009.  This light fairytale about falling in love with a jinn, or genie, doesn’t make a lot of sense – but maybe it doesn’t need to.  The story begins after Viola’s boyfriend Lawrence has broken up with … Continue reading

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Alyson Noël, February 2009. When sixteen-year-old Ever lost her parents, sister, and dog in a car accident, she survived, but since then she’s had the ability to read people’s minds just by being near them. She tries to cloud this … Continue reading

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Malinda Lo, September 2009. Twelve-year-old Ash has grown up listening to fairy tales and experiencing medical care provided by greenwitches rather than doctors, so she’s surprised but not shocked when her late-night wanderings in the forest lead her to fairyland. … Continue reading

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