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Hedgie's Must Reads: November 2012

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The month of turkey, pumpkin pies, family get-togethers, and thanksgiving is coming to a close (and soon it'll be the Christmas month! Yay!), and here are some books that I was truly thankful to read over November. I would love to hear about the good books you've read this month!

Review: Beautiful Lies - Jessica Warman

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Beautiful Liesby Jessica Warman Genre: YA, mystery, paranormal, thriller Published on August 7, 2012 Published by Walker Childrens Pages: 432 Read From: 11.15.12 - 11.18.12










SYNOPSIS No one can tell Alice and Rachel apart. But the twin sisters' connection goes beyond their genetic similarities: when one is physically injured, the wound also shows up on the other twin's body, no matter how far apart they may be.

Review: The Maze Runner - James Dashner

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The Maze Runnerby James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #1
Genre: YA, post-apocalyptic
Published on October 6, 2009
Published by Delacorte Press
Pages: 374
Read From: 11.10.12 - 11.14.12










SYNOPSIS
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is blank.

Review: Sapphire Blue - Kerstin Gier

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Sapphire Blueby Kerstin Gier Series: Ruby Red Trilogy #2 Genre: YA, time travel, romance Published on October 30, 2012 Published by Henry Holt Pages: 362 Read From: 11.7.12 - 11.11.12









SYNOPSIS Gwen's life has been a roller coaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve. When not searching through history for the other time travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she's been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

Craving Something Yummy!

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Readers, remember reading about those scrumpious November Cakes in The Scorpio Races and really craving one? Craving one now as we slide further into November? Well, Maggie Stiefvater kindly posted the recipe on a Twitter update! So get your November Cake recipe here! I tried the recipe out myself today. I substituted the orange extract with lemon extract (because I prefer lemons over oranges) for the roll filling, and instead of using water and butter for the icing recipe, I just used milk and powdered sugar. It's the same type of icing I use for my very popular (and highly unhealthy) cinnamon rolls. The glaze the recipe calls for surprised me. It has a very mild caramel flavor, which was nice, because I don't like caramel, but a slight caramel-ish flavor was fine with me.
When I bit into my first November Cake, my thought waswow. They are amazing, and they really hit the spot when it comes to craving a delicious, warm, baked good. And considering that it's something akin …

Review: Splendors and Glooms - Laura Amy Schlitz

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Splendors and Gloomsby Laura Amy Schlitz
Genre: Middle Grade, historical fantasy, mystery
Published on August 28, 2012
Published by Candlewick Press
Pages: 384
Read From: 11.5.12 - 11.10.12











SYNOPSIS
The master puppeteer Gaspare Grisini is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini's act and invites him to entertain at her home. Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with his caravan, puppets, and two orphaned assistants.

Review: The Hunters - John Flanagan

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The Huntersby John Flanagan
Series: The Brotherband Chronicles #3
Genre: YA, adventure
Published on October 30, 2012
Published by Philomel
Pages: 403
Read From: 11.1.12 - 11.6.12











SYNOPSIS
Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artifact stolen when the brotherband let

Review: The Thirteen Treasures - Michelle Harrison

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The Thirteen Treasuresby Michelle Harrison Series: Thirteen Treasures #1 Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy, mystery Published on April 12, 2010 Published by Little Brown Pages: 368 Read From: 11.2.12 - 11.5.12









SYNOPSIS Though her mother cannot see the evil fairies that rouse Tanya from her sleep, torturing her at the slightest mention of their existence, they are as real to the thirteen-year-old as anything she's ever known. If she could wish them away, he would, but instead it is she who is sent away - to live at her grandmother's secluded countryside manor.

Review: Cuttlefish - Dave Freer

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Cuttlefishby Dave Freer
Series: Cuttlefish #1
Genre: YA, alternate history, steampunk
Published on July 26, 2012
Published by Pyr
Pages: 299
Read From: 10.27.12 - 11.1.12











SYNOPSIS
The year is 1953, and the British Empire still spans the globe. Coal drives the world, and the smog of it hands over the canals of London.

Review: Westmark - Lloyd Alexander

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Westmarkby Lloyd Alexander Series: Westmark Trilogy #1 Genre: Middle Grade, adventure Published on May 12, 1981 Published by E.P. Dutton Pages: 184 Read From: 10.20.12 - 10.27.12









SYNOPSIS When Theo the printer's devil agreed to publish a pamphlet for the bombastic Dr. Absalom, he didn't know it would lead to trouble. But Westmark had become a dangerous place since the villainous Chief Minister Cabbarus had come to power. The press was destroyed, and Theo barely managed to escape with his life.

Review: Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan

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Unspokenby Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1
Genre: YA, fantasy, mystery, romance
Published on September 11, 2012
Published by Random House
Pages: 370
Read From: 10.24.12 - 10.27.12











SYNOPSIS
Kami Glass loves someone she's never met. . . .a boy she's talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn't silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn't suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.