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The Case of the Left-Handed Lady

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #2)The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great spin-off of Sherlock Holmes. Follows his younger sister as she makes her way on her own in London as a detective in her own right. In this edition she is trying to find a missing young woman from the aristocratic set. Did she run away to find her freedom from her stifiling life? Did she elope with the young man she recently met? Or was she kidnapped? Enola gets herself into many tight spots as she searches for the answer.

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The Fault in Our Stars- Part 2


So I finished this yesterday.  It was sad, and moving, and funny, and uniquely John Green-ish.  You know how some authors just have a certain tone, well he has one.  For an author who writes stand alone books, this can in some ways be good for the reader because there is still a rhythm for the reader to find and fall in step with.  That may sound crazy, but I swear it’s there in every John Green book I’ve read.

Back to my original point of this post- did I like it?  Yup!  It’s obvious that Green has upped his game.  I think his writing style is becoming smoother and more nuanced, but I mean that in a totally non-snobbish literary criticism way!  He’s better at his craft and it shows in the end product.

Do I recommend this book?  Yes- especially to those who like thoughtful, funny, more-character-study over action, and yes, sad books.  My 17-year-old daughter LOVED the book, although Looking for Alaska is still her fave Green book.  I enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next John Green project.

BTW, John is a very funny person and you might want to check our his YouTube channel Mental Floss which contains all sorts of posts busting myths and holding forth on all sorts of wide-ranging and varied topics.  Also on YouTube is the channel John started with his brother Hank called the VlogBrothers- also very funny!  So come on you Nerdfighters DFTBA!!

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Strange Chemistry

Katya's World    TheAssassinsCurse-144dpi

I’ve read the above two titles from the Strange Chemistry imprint and have loved both of them.  I plan on trying to read everything they’ve got out- although it does not seem to be more than 15 or 16 titles right now.  Both of these books feature strong, plucky heroines who the reader can get behind and really root for.  I would classify Katya’s World as solidly Sci/Fi and The Assassin’s Curse as more of a Fantasy/Adventure with a tad of romance thrown in for good measure. 

I’ll be keeping my eye on what this imprint has in store in the future!

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