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Jocelyn's Reviews

Jocelyn began working at Bookshop Santa Cruz in 2010 after graduating from UCSC with degrees in Literature, History, and Theatre. She left in 2012 to attend graduate school in New York, but was happy to be able to return to work part-time during breaks. She has been working full time again at Bookshop after graduating with an MFA in 2015, and now wears multiple hats including IT, Magazines, Marketing, and more. You're most likely to find her reviews on nerd-things, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, as well as theatre, history, technology, and social justice.

Apollo’s Angels by Jennifer Homans

It’s been said that ballet is the art of making the most unnatural movements look not only natural but also beautiful. Apollo’s Angels, by dance critic and former ballerina Jennifer Homans, is a love letter to this enigmatic and ethereal form, from its seeds as court entertainment to the apotheosis of classical ballet in New York City with the incomparable Balanchine. A lovely history for the devoted fan, and a powerful persuasion for anyone to become one.

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ISBN: 9780812968743
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 29th, 2011

Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

You are “Blink”—runaway, scavenger, survivalist, whose precarious existence is overtaken and transformed by witnessing a (fake?) kidnapping of a high-profile CEO. You are not “Caution”—also a runaway, whose self-destructing life serves as a penance for the crimes of her past. While running from an abusive (ex)boyfriend, Caution’s path intersects with Blink’s mystery, from there entwining the two lives and stories into one incredible journey. Just try to catch your breath. Grades 9–12

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ISBN: 9780763639839
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Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2011

Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire tore down the structures of childhood mythologies with Wicked. Now Maguire concludes his epic with Out of Oz, where ancient injustices are addressed, mysteries unveiled, and we come to the end of a war that has lasted generations. You’ll be drawn to Maguire’s characters, witnessing their triumphs and failures as they face what it means to be human, no matter what world you live in. A triumphant and poignant final goodbye to Oz.

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Published: William Morrow - November 1st, 2011

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Brian L O'Malley

If you haven’t heard of Scott Pilgrim yet, hit yourself upside the head and pick this up. Scott is 23, with a high school girlfriend, an awful band, no job, and no motivation to take any responsibility for himself. Then comes Ramona Flowers. Interlaced with band battles, skateboard showdowns, and ninjas, are the real questions of who we are and how we get to be these people.  

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ISBN: 9781932664089
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Published: Oni Press - August 14th, 2004

Otherland: City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams

Written even before Facebook and Google took over so much of our lives, William’s Otherland looks forward to a time where life is lived in the virtual. This epic journey travels not just through the landscape of our future, but through all the worlds of humankinds’ imagination, as ordinary people start noticing the secrets of the virtual Net, and follow them to the darker truths of humanity. 

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ISBN: 9780886777630
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Published: DAW - January 1st, 1998

Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone

Separated by time and space, from middle America to the coasts, Becca and Buckley grow up in the 50’s through the 80’s, connected tenuously by the strikes of lightning that changed their lives. This is not a love story, but the search for identity and understanding amongst the strangers that surround us, and the chance events that shape our lives. 

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Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Even in a small provincial French town, nothing is quite as simple as it appears. Vianne arrives as a stranger, mysterious and exotic, with a touch of witchcraft. Her presence, her beliefs, and her chocolate threaten to forever change the status quo of this community, as she fights against prejudice and persecution, offering honesty and compassion.  

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ISBN: 9780140282030
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 2000

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn

In the great tradition of samurai revenge films, Across the Nightingale Floor follows the story of 16-year old Tomasu, known as Takeo, who in feudal Japan is drawn into the complex game of politics and war. Samurai codes, marriage politics, secret ninja heritages, teenage true love and, of course, the over-whelming drive for vengeance for those dead. 

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ISBN: 9781573223324
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2003

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