A review of Red Glass by Laura Resau

From Caitlin, a Teen's Choice Book Reviewer: I really liked Red Glass, and I recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting and funny story. This book has good, believable dialogue and many commonly stereotyped characters that defy stereotypes, such as Sophie's great aunt Dika and Angel. I also liked how the book was about more than illegal immigration from Mexico and really was about family, love, dealing with loss and death, and forgiveness. It was easy to read, funny (it made me more

Reviewed by Krissy on
December 23, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

This first novel by Seattle-ite Sarah Jio has one of the most appealing book covers I've seen in a long time.  I haven't heard anything about the author, haven't read any reviews, but I like the way the book looks and sometimes that's enough for me to get started. The main character, Emily, is a bestselling author with writer's block. She's going through a divorce and her agent encourages her to get away for a bit, convinced that she'll find inspiration if she gives herself some fresh more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 20, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of To Pleasure a Duke by Sara Bennett

Be careful who you say that you want to marry. It might come true. In the lastest book in Sara Bennett's Husband Hunters' Club series, To Pleasure a Duke, Miss Eugenie Belmont is in a pickle. Her friends at school are playing a marriage game. Although she has no eligible husband prospects, she could not let her classmates know that. So in her panic she gets carried away and names the more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 19, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Time to Eat by Steve Jenkins

The dynamic duo is back at it again! Join Steve Jenkins and Robin Page for a munching, chewing and gulping good time! In Time to Eat, Jenkins and Page explore the fascinating world of animal eating behavior. For example . . . did you know that an anaconda swallows its prey whole and only needs to eat four or five times a year? And . . . did you know that a baby blue whale drinks the equivalent of 800 glasses of milk each day? This fascinating book will give young animal enthusiasts the more

Reviewed by Tracy on
December 16, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Freezing by Clea Koff

While I was reading Koff's debut mystery I watched a crime show on television. The difference between this well-researched forensic mystery and the shoddy science on the show was monumental. So much so that I ranted about it elsewhere. But I digress. Freezing is a great start to what I hope will be a long-running forensic series. Jayne Hall and Steelie Lander run the 32/1 agency, a nonprofit organization that does forensic profiles of missing persons and tries to connect them with the more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 15, 2011 | 3 comments
A review of Young Men and Fire: A True Story of the Mann Gulch Fire by Norman Maclean

When author and scholar Norman Maclean died in 1990, he left behind a small oeuvre of works, mostly short stories and essays. Included among his papers was an almost complete manuscript of the project that had consumed much of Maclean’s final decades: an account of the Mann Gulch fire of 1949 that claimed the lives of twelve young Forest Service Smokejumpers. The fire in the rugged Montana countryside is largely forgotten today outside of firefighting circles. But for more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 15, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

Since a young age Amelia Gray has been able to see ghosts. She has always followed the rules laid out by her father in regards to this ability: Never acknowledge the dead Never stray far from hallowed ground Never associate with those who are haunted Never, ever tempt fate  Up until now these strictures have worked for Amelia, even as she pursues a job as a cemetery restorer. Up until now. Things are changing for Amelia. She's working in more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 13, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

I seriously doubt that I will be chosen as the next face of Cover Girl if I start doing yoga every day, but it happened to Ellen DeGeneres when she turned 50, so exciting things do happen. Ellen practices yoga every day and she looks fantastic. So there you have it. The secret to happiness and beauty is once more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 12, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Etre the Cow by Sean Kenniff

““Moo, Cow!” they shout, and I try not to turn. But I do, and as always, I am humiliated.” Thus begins Sean Kenniff’s poignant novel about a cow named Être. This bull is like no other cow in the pasture. He thinks and feels, tries to express himself, and knows there must be more to life than munching grass. When Être is confronted by the reality of a cow’s existence and the fact that there may be no escaping his life on the farm, he unexpectedly acts out in a violent way, like any other bull. more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
December 9, 2011 | 0 comments
Best Lists Readers are big on lists and at this time of year, they're big on "bests". They can range from cookbooks to the Most Criminally Overlooked and cover books for kids and adults. Regardless of topic or type I look at them all. Even in the ones that seem farthest from more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 8, 2011 | 0 comments
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