Falling Into Place–Book Review

There is a trend in Young Adult fiction to use dark themes and or characters. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang would definitely be part of that category, although it is an overly simple categorization. Falling into Place is the story of Liz Emerson, a popular, well-liked high-schooler. However, not all is as it seems on the…
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For Darkness Shows The Stars–Book Review

If there was more proof necessary that Jane Austen is beloved and still popular, one can point to the recent young adult “retellings” of Austen’s stories. Diana Peterfrend’s For Darkness Shows the Stars is one such book. It is basically a science-fiction teen version of Persuasion. I was skeptical, but I read it anyway and discovered that I…
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Into The Woods–movie Review

I’m glad I didn’t realize Into the Woods was a musical before I went to watch it, because I don’t always like musicals. One of the few previous exceptions is Les Miserables.  Into the Woods, however, was quite funny, and the singing was generally excellent. It is an amusing movie, one that combines a number of fairy tales…
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Unbroken–movie Review

The hardcover version of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over four years, and the paperback debuted at number one on their list. It seemed like an obvious choice to make a movie based on such a popular book. However, the flip side to that is problem with making a movie…
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P.D. James

On Thanksgiving Day in America, one of England’s great modern writers died. P.D. James was probably best known for her mysteries featuring Adam Dalgliesh, a police commander and poet. What set James apart from the many other English mystery authors? Perhaps it was her characters, or the way she wrote her mysteries. The ones I’ve…
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