The Chemist, meanwhile, is a lengthy wander well out of that comfort zone, and it’s hard to knock a good college try. Though there’s no doubt Meyer has earned her place in popular fiction, the cloak and dagger just don’t fit.
The premise of the pre-9/11 plot is both compelling and disconcerting, and Child applies his trademark eye for detail to make the whole endeavor surprisingly and thrillingly credible.
Weeks deftly moves the pieces around his chessboard, snapping them with assured feeling onto their new squares in preparation for a climactic confrontation. Readers will need to pay careful attention to catch all the political and social machinations.
Some characters are frustrating with their inability to see the big picture, but in the end, this is significant to real-life growth and change.
The balance between romance and action misses the mark slightly, but ultimately, readers will be glad they strapped on their boots and went along for the ride.
her readers knowing they’ll finish one of her books only to have another published a few months down the road. The queen of the romance novel is on top of her game, and she won’t let you down.
Knowledge of previous Old Kingdom stories isn’t a prerequisite, but readers who take the time to go back to them will not regret it. Brown-skinned Ferin brings cultural diversity to Nix’s largely white England-analogue world. A masterfully spun tale well worth the yearslong wait.
There's so much in this book. I could talk for ages about how mesmerized I was by the depiction of research and development in wartime; how happy to see same-sex desire represented with loving complexity; how riveted by plot-twists that further complicate the world Liu is building.
What Gidwitz, the author of the Grimm trilogy, accomplishes here is staggering. “The Inquisitor’s Tale” is equal parts swashbuckling epic, medieval morality play, religious polemic and bawdy burlesque, propelling us toward a white-knuckle climax...
...a few of the secondary characters that I love get a lot of screen time, including Roman, Teddy Jo, and Christopher. Yeah, no spoilers, but Christopher is something special this time. And so is the scene with the tutu. Enjoy!
In a text overflowing with letters and emails, Bolton leaves little room for any real suspense or richly developed characters.
Henrietta is pragmatic and bitingly funny, and she more than holds her own in a man’s world. Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy.
Shatner is a fine actor with some terrific book credits but his latest effort is somewhat disappointing.
Readers will be thrilled to discover that “Pirate” delivers the action and thrills expected when Cussler’s name is on the cover. The main characters have never been so engaging and fun. It’s clear that having Burcell join Cussler as a co-author has rejuvenated this series.
This is a book that is bravely aware of the limitations of its subject matter’s appeal, which is one of the reasons why it is so appealing.
Given the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe and immigration debates in the U.S. and abroad, Sanna’s story is well poised to spark necessary conversations about the costs of war.
Chee’s debut is an intricate, multilayered reading experience...An exploration of self-determination and the magic of the written word, Sefia’s story is an absorbing introduction to the Sea of Ink and Gold series.
Orphaned at birth and raised by a foster family he describes as jerks, Jack has always longed for a family of his own. Now that he has one, the only thing scarier than the monsters is the thought of losing them. An apocalyptic adventure with a whole lot of heart.
Feverish police work manages to identify the killers—a mentor and his trainee—and the race is on to stop them. Robb is in peak form as she blends intense action and clever twists with a stellar cast headed by the indomitable Lt. Eve Dallas.
The art serves an intriguing function: It keeps the story grounded in its genre, making it feel like a real superhero tale. In fact, Angel Catbird is more dreamlike than action-packed.