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Title
Dogwood
Author
Chris Fabry
Review
When convicted child killer Willl Hatfield is released from prison and returns to his old West Virginia town of Dogwood, his troubles do not end. His childhood sweetheart, Karen is mentally tormented and has lost part of her memory. Neither Will nor a good friend of Karen is able to help her. It is only after the hatred for Will, explodes and catches him and his mother in a life threatening situation, that Karen is able to finally unlock her memory.
Title
The Wrath of the Bloodeye
Author
Joseph Delaney
Review
This is the fifth book in the Last Apprentice/Wardstone series, which I understand is called "The Spook's Mistake" in the UK edition. Still a solid, fun, scary, and engaging read, but it didn't grab me as much as the previous books for some reason. Maybe it's just getting a bit wearying to see Tom and the Spook go through the same arguments over and over. I have a feeling something's going to give in the next installment. At least I hope it does, because as interesting as this series is overall, it does need some forward momentum after this.
Title
Lost Stars
Author
Claudia Gray
Review
After months of being told that this story was much more than a doomed romance in space, I finally finished it. I'm only sorry it took me so long to take all those glowing recommendations seriously. Claudia Gray has a way of taking old, worn clich├ęs and turning them into something wonderful, and that's the case with this new addition to the Star Wars literary canon. Even if you don't love Star Wars, you will love this book. Recommended to everyone.
Title
City of Ember
Author
Jeanne DuPrau
Review
This is a futuristic dystopia with none of the trappings I've come to associate with the genre--that's a good thing. It's hopeful, bright, exciting, and action-packed without being violent or depressing.

It's also very telly, which is unfortunate. The author feels the need to over-explain the same points over and over, and took a long time getting to the end of the mystery. I grew impatient with it towards the end, although I was still heavily invested in the story.

So this is a rare case in which I actually like the movie better, which I probably should not have watched first.