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A review of Archetype by M. D. Waters

Archetype is a great debut that read like a cross between Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson and Hilary Jordan's When She Woke. In Watson's book the female protagonist wakes with no memories and must learn who she can trust. A similar journey awaits the heroine in Archetype. But for Emma, her ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
January 2, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Volcano Rising by Elizabeth Rusch

Behold the awesome power of the volcano! Leveling cities, creating mountains, capturing a child’s rapt attention. If you know a child who appreciates the more explosive aspects of Mother Nature, you’ll want to check out this title by Elizabeth Rusch. Describing the different types of volcanoes and the way they destroy and create, Rusch pulls off an impressive feat of writing. The text is simple enough for younger kids to understand, yet provides enough detail to keep older readers engaged. ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
December 27, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Sins of a Wicked Princess by Anna Randol

Looking for a historical romance filled with spying, betrayal, sacrifice, temptation, intrigue, passion? Then check out the finale in Anna Randol's Sinner's Trio. Sins of a Wicked Princess finishes a set of novels about former spies and the people who love them. The Trio is a group of retired British spies who were given the choice to either hang or become spies when they were younger. Sins of a ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 26, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan and Sophie Blackall

The postman Lalouche loves his job. Although slight, years of delivering mail along the streets of early twentieth century Paris have made him fast, nimble and deceptively strong. But when the post office buys a fleet of electric autocars, Lalouche finds himself and his beloved finch Genevieve in danger of losing their home. Sacre bleu! But Lalouche decides to become a boxer, even if the manager and the other fighters scoff at his diminutive size. One by one, Lalouche takes on the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 20, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Keeping the Castle by Patricia Kindl

Seventeen-year-old Althea Crawley needs to marry well. And by well, I mean rich. Her family home, Crawley Castle is falling apart and her family's only hope is that Althea's good looks will nab her a wealthy husband. The problem is that the men of Lesser Hoo (in Yorkshire) are not living up to their end of the bargain. And her sometimes outspoken behaivor doesn't help. After accidentally revealing her true feelings to her latest beau, that she loves him because he's rich, Althea laments "There ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 19, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Morels by Christopher Hacker

It is not an unfamiliar sight in literary fiction for an author to have the same name as its narrator. Christopher Hacker's The Morels fictionalizes this phenomenon--his central character, Arthur Morel, writes a fictional book (also called The Morels), featuring characters with his name and the names of his family members. Arthur believes he has written a masterwork of literary fiction. However, his book has a shocking ending: an explicit scene featuring Arthur, the ...read more

Reviewed by Laura S on
December 17, 2013 | 0 comments
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A review of Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang

The companion graphic novels Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang are making many of the "best of" lists for 2013 and just topped the ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 16, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Mrs Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater

If you stand on the dresser in Maxine’s new high-rise bedroom and look out of the very corner of the window, you might see a tiny little cottage, tucked in behind all the skyscrapers in the neighborhood. That is the home of Mrs. Noodlekugel and her talking, baking cat, Mr. Fuzzface. Nick and Maxine aren’t sure how to get to the backyard of the skyscraper to meet Mrs. Noodlekugel, but with the help of the Mike the janitor (who likes to eat stewed tomatoes out of the can), they find their way to ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
December 13, 2013 | 0 comments
Top Religion Books It's that time of year for top 10 lists and best of lists. Booklist puts out a number of top 10 lists. If religion and spirituality are your areas of interest, then check out the Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books of 2013 list. And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 12, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

The title of this review might be overstating the power of Amanda Ripley’s The World’s Smartest Kids… but not by much. The question of how to raise educational standards is likely on the minds of every parent, but it has only been since the inception of the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) in 2000 has international comparison been truly possible. Ripley’s study of the results of this test in three high performing nations and ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 11, 2013 | 0 comments
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