There’s much here to tease readers to expect a bigger payoff that never materializes. For those who recall the powerful moments from Stone’s magisterial early novels, “Death of the Black-Haired Girl” is a shadow of those thrilling books.
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.
Whatever else Ravitch may be, she is a supreme researcher, and Reign of Error supports that. She leaves nothing out in her microscopic examination of the American education dilemma.
It's a testament to Foer's writing that his dazzling way with words never trumps the emotions he serves
The book’s folksy narrative adds brightness and humor to the story as Appelt explores the swamp’s rich history, varied denizens...while there’s little doubt who will emerge victorious, finding out how events unfurl is well worth the read.
While the vignettes drawn from her two years in a posh psychiatric hospital are witty and often powerful, their concern with surface detail conveys little sense of Kaysen as the suicidal 18-year-old who was admitted.
The rising tension, skillfully executed scenarios, and rich characterizations all contribute to an exciting story bound to capture readers’ imaginations.
I read And the Mountains Echoed in a single sitting – it is an absorbing read from a master story teller. But I wonder how long it will stay with me.
I'd recommend this book to young readers because of the simplicity and exciting storyline, but based on my personal tastes, I wouldn't give this book the highest rating.
The 5th Wave is creepy good, steeped with a smidgen of classic sci-fi storytelling at its best and infused with fresh perspectives about what it really means to be human.
...his shrewd twists and turns are addictive from the get-go, and he stuns with his signature series sign-off, a cliffhanger leaving readers longing for its resolution.
Witty banter, sarcasm, love triangles and flying ponies (compliments of Eleanor) will be found in this story. The writing style may not be out of this world but it's a brilliant holiday read.
Some parts made me laugh, others shocked me and few brought me close to tears. An intricately detailed romantic fantasy carved in an unconventional, original world with description, flawless humour and a faultless build-up of suspense, Siege and Storm is truly a story that leaves you breathless and wanting to read more.
Six Years, is a compulsively readable thriller. It’s also a love story.
Parents and (more likely) grandparents who want to introduce children to their favorite band would do better to play a song or two on whatever device is handy...
In Shannon’s case, then, attainment of self knowledge is redemption, and more or less constitutes a happy ending for the novel. It doesn’t come easy but fortunately author Marjorie Celona is a good storyteller...
Facts, figures and fun achievements throughout the 2013 edition are impressive and well worth the buy
The Third Wheel is a very entertaining book, it has a cleverly comic plot.
"Reached" practically groans with its wide-ranging ambition . . . readers will mourn what's lost.
No one said growing up was easy. In Kinney's hands, it's not only difficult but laugh-out-loud hysterical.