Category Archives: YA

The Hunger Games – Catching Fire (A Movie Review)

Β (Beta) Fantastic movie within the genre Alright, I’m off and traveling, so I thought I’d do a quickie review of The Hunger Games – Catching Fire.  In essence, I can sum it up by saying I loved it and that the … Continue reading

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Happy 3rd Birthday to the Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Today I celebrate the third Anniversary of this blog![1]  This year saw a continued increase in readership, and as with last year, I thought I’d do a quick breakdown of the most popular posts. First, however, I thought it only … Continue reading

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The Wee Free Men: A Story of Discworld, Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, 2003) {HarpurAudio, Narrator: Stephen Briggs)

CRIVENS! The Wee Free Men: A Story of Discworld, is a stand alone novel that serves as the extremely amusing first volume of the Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Pratchett. Set in his Discworld, it is a Mid-grade to Young Adult novel that is funny, engaging and wonderfully enjoyable for adults as well as midgrade readers. Maybe more soo. Continue reading

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Wired, Robin Wasserman (Simon Pulse, 2010) (a.k.a. Torn)

Wired is the last installment of the Skinned Trilogy by Robin Wasserman, and serves as a solid conclusion to the saga of Lia Kahn. As with the other volumes in this series, Wired did not shy away from hard scenes or uneasy topics. It remained a good read throughout. However, while I did enjoy this volume, and it does bring to a close all the varying threads of the series, it did not quite live up to its potential for me. Even so, it is a good book and well worth the read if you enjoyed the other two books in the series. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Today marks the one year anniversary of my first post! To mark this day, I’m going to list the top ten most popular posts, and the top ten favorite books I reviewed this year! To see them go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com

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Posted in 19th Century Fantasy/Fae Tale, Alternate History, Crime Thriller, Cyberpunk, Espionage, Fantasy, Hard SciFi, High Fantasy, Identity, Military Science Fiction, Music, Mystery, Near Future fic, New Space Opera, Opinion Piece, Original Fiction, Political Drama, Post Modern, Ripping Yarn, Romance, Science Fiction, Series, Space Exploration, Spy Thriller, Steampunk, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Ultratech, Uncategorized, Unique or Imaginative World, Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA, Zombies | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (Tor, 1994)

Ender’s Game is probably the best YA book I’ve ever read. It creates the bar by which all other YA books should be measured. It never condescends to its readers and never belittles the main character as being just a kid. It is a remarkably brutal and intense Science Fiction tale that is well worth reading what ever your age (for a more indepth review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com) Continue reading

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Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl (Little Brown Books, 2009) {Hachette Audio, 2009; Narrated by Kevin T. Collins, featuring Eve Bianco}

Beautiful Creatures is a YA Paranormal Romance which received sixth place in the 2010 Teens Top Ten Award. God only knows why. The writing flows and is easy to follow, but the story failed on a number of levels, not least of which was the authenticity of the narrator. While it would have made a brilliant short story, novelette or maybe even novella, coming in at around 600 pages, it drags more than just a little. For a full review, go to: http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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