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Chelsea Russell's Blog

I grew up with a love of the written word. Writing is an art just like any other creative endeavor. Unlike painting with pastels, my words are my medium.

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The Passage
Justin Cronin
The Golem and the Jinni
Helene Wecker
Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God's Everything
Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
Jenna Woginrich
The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré


Poison - Bridget Zinn Bridget Zinn definitely accomplished her goal of writing a “book with pockets of warmth and happiness.” I thought “Poison” was charming and wholly genuine. All too often YA books are strewn with heavy topics that aren’t suitable for teenagers. It was refreshing to read about a strong young woman who wasn’t afraid to be herself.

There were a couple copy editing mistakes, but nothing too glaring. The ending contained a twist I wasn’t quite expecting, which was pleasantly surprising. Looking back, the twist almost seems as though it was thrown in to tie up loose ends because I certainly wasn’t expecting it. Some parts felt a bit forced, but overall I thought this book was an enjoyable read.