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  • Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Titan’s Curse Author: Rick Riordan Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3 Published: May 2007 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 9/10 American author Rick Riordan continues his imaginative and mythological story about Percy Jackson in the third installment of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Titan’s Curse. In The […]

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  • Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Sea of Monsters Author: Rick Riordan Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2 Published: Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 6/10 The Sea of Monsters is the second installment of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of five novels, and really, it’s a little less exciting than The […]

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  • Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Lightning Thief Author: Rick Riordan Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1 Published: July 2005 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 8/10 Recently, I’ve been reading so much literature written specifically for children and young adults I’m surprised my brain hasn’t melted a little. But, to be honest, I am […]

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  • Book Review: Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox Author: Eoin Colfer Series: Artemis Fowl Published: July 2008 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 7/10 Finally, after months and months of failing miserably and being distracted by so many other adventures, I finally finished Eoin Colfer’s sixth Artemis Fowl novel, The Time Paradox. The Time […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Writing might be in the stars

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 18, 2015] One of my favorite things to do with my coworkers is talk about books and movies. We have such varying degrees of respect for different genres that sometimes it makes for interesting conversation hearing what two opposite-thinkers think about one bit of entertainment. Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin

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  • Girl on Fire: Young is a subtle inspiration

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 4, 2015] Part of the job of a news reporter is to be unbiased: we tell the whole story, both sides, without including any personal thoughts into our stories because it’s up to our readers to form their own opinions. However, sometimes you find that one thing […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Musical, races make for great weekend

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 7, 2015] Last weekend I had the opportunity to see a modern production of “The Lion King” Saturday at the Des Moines Civic Center. That was probably one of the best productions I’ve ever seen. Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin

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  • Girl on Fire: Comics, firefighting blurring gender lines

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 16, 2015] A few months ago, I sat on the couch of my friend Nicole Shope watching something on Netflix. We were talking, and she mentioned she had started buying a comic book series focusing on the life of Kara Zor-El, or Supergirl. I flipped through the […]

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  • Book Review: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Fellowship of the Ring Author: J.R.R. Tolkien Series: Lord of the Rings #1 and #2 Published: 1954 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 8/10 I love the Lord of the Rings. I’m so much of a nerd that last month at a bar in Des Moines a guy […]

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  • Book Review: Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: Mother of Eden Author: Chris Beckett Series: Dark Eden #2 Published: 2015 Publisher: Broadway Books Pages: 480 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 9/10 Chris Beckett came out of left field. The British author, who does social work as well as writing novels, wrote a novel called Dark Eden, which takes a biblical approach […]

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