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September 21, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano •  September 13, 2016 • Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Lionel is a wild boy, who doesn’t much like to be around other people. He’d rather be a purring cat or a wolf stalking the woods.

Marybeth is a nice girl. She doesn’t need to be told to comb her hair or brush her teeth, and she’s kind to everyone at the orphanage . . . Lionel most of all.

Different though they are, Lionel and Marybeth are best friends in a world that has forgotten about them. So when a mysterious blue spirit possesses Marybeth—and starts to take control—they know they must stop it before the real Marybeth fades away forever.


I received this book for free from Bloomsbury for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Lionel was a wild boy.”

Meet Lionel, a boy who acts more like an animal than a human, and Marybeth, a girl who is amiable and follows every direction given to her. You wouldn’t expect these complete opposites to get along, but they do. At this orphanage, they have nothing but each other.

In The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart, Marybeth becomes possessed by a mysterious blue spirit who is wary of everybody and keeps acting out. Lionel and Marybeth set out to figure out what has gotten ahold of Marybeth and how they can keep Marybeth from fading away.

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August 29, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano •  September  1, 2015 • Bloomsbury
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Pram Bellamy is special–she can talk to ghosts. She doesn’t have too many friends amongst the living, but that’s all right. She has her books, she has her aunts, and she has her best friend, the ghostly Felix.

Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram’s power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost.


I received this book for free from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Pram died just before she was born.”

I took a chance on Lauren DeStefano again after I had been disappointed by her previous books, and she surprised me with A Curious Tale of the In-Between, which was a solid book—one that I actually enjoyed and wanted to learn more about the world of the In-Between.

This Middle Grade follows Pram Bellamy, a girl who was born under unusual and depressing circumstances and have the ability to see and talk to ghosts, as she is essentially thrust into the world of the living when her aunts decide that it’s best she goes to school with other kids. Before, she had only her aunts and Felix, a ghost that had been her only friend growing up. Now, at school, she has Clarence Blue, a boy she befriends who pushed away all his friends and who also suffered a death of a parent. The two kids have questions they want answered, and they decide to go to a Psychic, Lady Savant, who is not what she seems. You’re in for spookiness and adorableness.

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May 15, 2014 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover


Inspired by What She ReadsPure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.

I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though? 

Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe) and discuss cover changes.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

COVER CHANGE: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Today, we look at the cover Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano!

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August 7, 2013 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

ld-prPerfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano
October 1, 2013
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

Why I’m waiting?

How can a book that has a floating island in the clouds  AND a murder not catch your attention? The premise is so fascinating. I always enjoy a good detective-y book (if it’s done right). I really love the idea of air versus ground. What makes one more special than the other? Also, can I just saw how much I love the names of the characters? Basil? Judas? These name are calling for me!  

And isn’t that cover gorgeous? I love the details the illustrator put in the tree branches and the gears. 

What books are you waiting on?