100 Words: The Replacement

I have been doing the 100 Word Reviews for a while now, and only a few of my friends know about them. But Jay has been following right along. We both tend to read at a steady pace, but not the same books. I was so excited when Jay told me he had written a few 100 Word Reviews of his own! And I’m even more thrilled that he will let me post some. This one is not from Olivia, but from Jay. Enjoy!


This modern take on changeling folklore pitted young Mackie against an industrial town, complete with consecrated cemeteries he can’t set foot on, sickening iron, and suspicious looks. As children are taken from their beds, the things left in their place die off… and Mackie tries to keep from being signaled out as a culprit. But when his sister makes a pact to help her sick brother, Mackie is forced to aid the strange folk who live under the scrap mound.

Though the book started off slow, once it got into the swing of things The Replacement became an interesting read.

Learn More: The Replacement
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Publishing info: September 21st 2010 by Razorbill/Penguin Group; ISBN 1595143378
Age Range: Recommended for ages 14+, but your mileage may vary! Minimal swearing, moderate violence, alcohol use and moderate sexual situations.
Jay’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5 smiley pumpkins

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To Do List – February 2012

January’s To Do List was helpful. Let’s do it again.

On the Blog:

100 Word Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset – check!
100 Word Review: The Princess of the Midnight Ball – check!
100 Word Review: guest post “Tithe”, schedule and gather book’s technical info – check!
100 Word Review: How It Ends – check!

Today in YA History – try for one a week! – Two written and scheduled! Not many this month or March…

Leftover from January: “I should probably also make a post about the Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler book event I attended last night, as it was quite pleasant!” Would feel better about this if I had a camera and thus pictures of the event. – probably not happening at this point…

Possibly write an article? Not sure what to write about. So: brainstorm ideas on a writing article! ^_^ – nothing interesting to say that isn’t said more succinctly elsewhere, for the moment!

Off the Blog:

Gather cover images and technical info for up-coming April-August books for the YA Magazine. – April is done! Taking a brief break on that to focus on the next item… – check!

Contact authors about interviews for April, May, June for YA Magazine. I have a few especially in mind, who have books I am excited about! – check!

Eagerly await the ARC I need to read, create interview for that author, and start calming down about how excited I am to be included on her blog tour late next month! ^_^ Also, find out when I can announce that Mysterious Unannounced Author will be here…. Hmmmmm.

Finishing the 3rd chapter edit on my WIP. – In progress! Half-way done. Finally hit this Narrator’s core, I think. – check!

Keep going, 2012… You’re not bad looking! :D

100 Words: The Genius Wars (Genius, #3)


After loving the previous books, I regret my excitement for this (final?) tale of teenage genius Cadel. With mysterious attacks on his new life, the clever kid seems only interested in whining or ignoring competent allies.

I wondered, at 50 pages left, on this promised Genius War! This was one rushed cameo after another, without development or tension.

The few pages of action at the end are courtesy the villain. (Give us a book of shorts about him!) Things are back to banal once he leaves. This story could serve better summed-up in the prologue of a more exciting tale.

Learn More: The Genius Wars (Genius, #3)
Author: Catherine Jinks
Publishing info: October 2009, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; ISBN 1741758548
Age Range: Recommended for ages 12+, but your mileage may vary! Minimal swearing, action-movie violence, illegal activities, no alcohol or sexual situations.
Olivia’s Rating: 1.5 out of 5 smiley pumpkins

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100 Words: The Future of Us


In 1996, neighbors Emma and Josh log onto AOL and discover their futures on Facebook. Snippets of info set them off changing their fates—accidentally and on purpose!

Suspending disbelief that Future-Emma still used her first AOL email and password, this compulsive read had everything I love: the 90s, time travel, and the domino effects of our lives. I wanted more 1996 instantly impacting 2011, but that’s the internet addiction talking!

With social media absorbing our lives, this is a timely and cautionary tale encouraging us to live in the Now. If we don’t, what—and who—are we missing?

Learn More: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler
Publishing info: November 21st 2011, by Razorbill; ISBN 1595144919
Age Range: Recommended for ages 12+, but your mileage may vary! Minimal swearing, no violence, light alcohol consumption, mild sexual situations.
Olivia’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5 smiley pumpkins

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100 Words: Vixen (Flappers, #1)

In 1923 Chicago, debutant Gloria’s engagement protects her from family scandal, although she might cause one as a speakeasy singer. Best friend Lorraine, the flapper wannabe, is slipping in society standing and chasing the wrong boy. And cousin Clara, here keeping Gloria respectable, hides from a wounded heart and Big Apple past.

I found Gloria unsympathetic: a spoiled, erratic princess pursuing flighty “dreams”. Lorraine’s seductress bad girl role felt forced and fake. Clara’s past mistakes made her intriguing and relatable. Despite easily guessed plot twists, the period slang and speakeasy settings are worth the read! Clearly setting up the sequel.

Learn More: Vixen (Flappers, #1)
Author: Jillian Larkin
Publishing info: December 14th, 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers; ISBN 0385740344
Age Range: Recommended for ages 13+, but your mileage may vary! Moderate cursing, some violence, rivers of booze, sexual situations, rebellious themes.
Olivia’s Rating: 2.5 out of 5 smiley pumpkins

P.S. – You might want to buy this one in paperback; I have NEVER had a hardcover fall apart on me, and this one did after one day in my bag. o.O I was shocked…

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