ARC Review: The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman

Book cover for The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Rosemary Spell
Author: Virginia Zimmerman
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Part mystery, part literary puzzle, part life-and-death quest, and chillingly magical, this novel has plenty of suspense for adventure fans and is a treat for readers who love books, words, and clues. Best friends Rosie and Adam find an old book with blank pages that fill with handwriting before their eyes. Something about this magical book has the power to make people vanish, even from memory. The power lies in a poem—a spell. When Adam’s older sister, Shelby, disappears, they struggle to retain their memories of her as they race against time to bring her back from the void, risking their own lives in the process.  Continue reading

Book to Movie Review: The Giver


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Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a weekly feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting  and reviewing book to movie adaptations. 

Book cover for The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Lois Lowry
Publisher: HMH
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Odeya Rush
Director: Phillip Noyce
Screenplay: Robert B. Waide and Michael Mitnick

Summary (from Goodreads): Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.  Continue reading

ARC Review: Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko

Book cover for Chasing Secrets by Jennifer Choldenko.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Chasing Secrets
Author: Gennifer Choldenko
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books: an imprint of Random House
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Newbery Honor–winning author Gennifer Choldenko deftly combines humor, tragedy, fascinating historical detail, and a medical mystery in this exuberant new novel.
   San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people . . . but not thirteen-year-old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city—a side that’s full of secrets, rats, and rumors of the plague.
   The newspapers, her powerful uncle, and her beloved papa all deny that the plague has reached San Francisco. So why is the heart of the city under quarantine? Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground? Why is Noah, the Chinese cook’s son, suddenly making Lizzie question everything she has known to be true? Ignoring the rules of race and class, Lizzie and Noah must put the pieces together in a heart-stopping race to save the people they love.  Continue reading

ARC Review: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Book cover for Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Goodbye Stranger
Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books: an imprint of Random House
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Bridge is an accident survivor who’s wondering why she’s still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody’s games–or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade?

This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl–as a friend?
On Valentine’s Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in plain sight? 
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ARC Review: We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Book cover for We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen.

I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: We Are All Made of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Pages: 256
Stars: 4/5
Kindle Edition

Summary (from Goodreads): Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. 
Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink.

Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.

They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.  Continue reading