Monthly Archives: February 2011


Review: HUMAN.4 by Mike A. Lancaster

Review: HUMAN.4 by Mike A. Lancaster

28 February, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

Final Grade: 87/B 240 pages YA Science Fiction Available March 2011 Review copy provided by EgmontUSA Rated PG BLURB: The Millgrove talent show has the same performances as any other small town — a cheesy ventriloquist, off-key karaoke singers, and bad dance routines. But after Kyle Straker is hypnotized as […]

Genre-hopping

Genre-hopping

25 February, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 6 Comments

So, here’s a question for you:  Do you genre hop or are you genre loyal? The reason I ask this is, the longer I write this blog, the more aware of my reading habits I become. When I was in high school, I rampaged my way through historical romance novels. […]

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox (10)

20 February, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 9 Comments

Welcome to In My Mailbox, the slacker edition! It’s been one of those weeks–never-ending but so packed-full, I got behind on so many things, including reviews (notice I didn’t say reading. That was a priority!). So this IMM is actually two weeks worth of mail. IMM is hosted by The […]

Teen Review: TAKEN by Edward Bloor

Teen Review: TAKEN by Edward Bloor

17 February, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 2 Comments

Final Grade: 97/AYA Dystopian272 pagesAvailable nowLibrary copyBY 2035 THE RICH have gotten richer, the poor have gotten poorer, and kidnapping has become a major growth industry in the United States. The children of privilege live in secure, gated communities and are escorted to and from school by armed guards. But […]

Teen Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

Teen Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

15 February, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 1 Comment

Final Grade: 98/A YA Modern Classic 336 pages Available now Personal copy Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic, Puliter Prize-winning novella, a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus’s children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores […]

Teen Review: JAY’S JOURNAL by anonymous

Teen Review: JAY’S JOURNAL by anonymous

15 February, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 11 Comments

Final Grade: 97/AYA Realistic240 pagesAvailable nowPersonal copyBrian’s Blurb: Jay’s a smart boy. With a genius IQ, he’s never really had trouble with school work or anything, for that matter. Almost every problem that’s arisen in his life, he’s been able to fix with logical reasoning. This changes however, when he […]

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