Search Results: "Lauren Roedy Vaughn"


BOOK REVIEW

OCD, THE DUDE, AND ME by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 21, 2013

"Reminiscent of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, Vaughn's work avoids stereotypical pitfalls and deftly tackles the sensitive issue of a teen's struggle with mental illness with humor and integrity. A must-read. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
There are good books, and there are great books, and then there are books with characters you'll never forget. Vaughn's debut about a high school senior whose struggle to fit in is compounded by the social quirks associated with her OCD is definitely one of those rare finds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEEL by Carrie Vaughn
ADVENTURE
Released: March 15, 2011

"Through her assertive, appealing protagonist and a satisfying plot that sheds light on lesser-known aspects of pirate life, Vaughn introduces readers to an intriguing sport with an ancient pedigree. (author's note, glossary of fencing terms) (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
In a thoroughly enjoyable take on the historical time-travel tale, Jill Archer, vacationing in the Bahamas with her family and depressed at having just missed qualifying for the Junior World Fencing Championships, uncovers the rusty tip of an old sword in the sand. Read full book review >

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BANNERLESS by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slight but well-crafted and heartfelt effort."
Vaughn, who's competent in many subgenres, eschews werewolves (Kitty Saves the World, 2015), superheroes (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014), dragons (Refuge of Dragons, 2017), and spacefarers (Martians Abroad, 2017) for a smaller-scale story, an intimate post-apocalyptic mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECOND GUARD by J.D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In the matrilineal monarchy of Tequende, when second-born children reach the tender age of 15, their families must surrender them to be trained as the mightiest soldiers in the land, known as the Second Guard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE by Carrie Vaughn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2011

"For readers who admire Lois Lane more than Superman."
In this warm homage to and deconstruction of classic comic books, a young woman demonstrates that you don't need superpowers to be a hero. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A worthy, rich and thoughtful sequel."
Is covert manipulation a better parental and corporate tactic than overt pressure? Vaughn's superpowered sequel to After the Golden Age (2011) attempts to answer that. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DISCORD’S APPLE by Carrie Vaughn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2010

"Thin and inane."
A fantasy novel that combines modern apocalypse (or close to it), Greek mythology and Roman domestic life…and doesn't work on any level. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"The magnum opus of America's magnificent reptile. (Two- hundred b&w photographs.)"
Marvelously entertaining account of the natural history of the American alligator, and of the worship, medicine, commerce, and art it has inspired. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANGEL OF HIGHGATE by Vaughn Entwistle
Released: April 4, 2012

"A magnificently written, provocative novel that blends genres to help readers answer profound questions about mortality."
A romantic, mystical tale of adventure set in Victorian Britain that seamlessly blends elements of history, fantasy and horror. Read full book review >

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN
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BOOK REPORT for Panic by Lauren Oliver

 

Cover Story: WTF
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Masterful
Bonus Factor: Tournament
Anti-Bonus Factors: Reader Superiority, Patty Chase Award For Awful Parenting
Relationship Status: I'll Split The Reward With You

Cover Story: WTF

This cover might make sense if, say, the book was ...


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BOOK REVIEW

REACHING FOR SUN by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Readers living with a disability or trying to understand others seem like the target audience, but Josie's voice has a universal appeal. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Josie's cerebral palsy has made her an outsider at school, but at home she is one of three strong women with a rewarding routine. Read full book review >

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VOICES OF DRAGONS by Carrie Vaughn
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Once the action gets going—the military is moving in on Dragon, the dragons are gearing up for war, people are getting killed and only Kay and Artegal (the dragon) have any hope of averting disaster—this is a fast-paced read; sadly, it takes way too long to get there and any real payoff is saved for later volumes. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
What is it about dragons in the western United States (Robin McKinley's Dragonhaven, 2007, and, to a lesser extent, Patricia Wrede's Thirteenth Child, 2009), and when will someone figure out how to make these stories really soar? Read full book review >