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Fiction reviews

Inside Out, Maria V. Snyder

Having read and loved Poison Study, I was glad to try Maria Snyder’s new book, Inside Out, a YA novel.  The protagonist is Trella, a teenaged girl who toils as a “scrub”, a person designated as a cleaner of Inside, … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Rainwater by Sandra Brown

Rainwater (2009) by Sandra Brown is a historical fiction novel, set in a tiny town in Texas during the Depression. I realize what today is but this book will have to suffice. It’s the only book I’ve managed to finish … Continue reading

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REVIEW: 'The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns' by Elizabeth Leiknes

THE SINFUL LIFE OF LUCY BURNS by Elizabeth Leiknes is a morality tale mixed with social satire that speaks of the power of words, thoughts and deeds. The heroine, Lucy Burns, narrates the story and she doesn’t waste time catching … Continue reading

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REVIEW: 'How Perfect Is That' by Sarah Bird

How Perfect Is That by Sarah Bird (June 2008), published by Knopf, is a morality tale about an ex-Austin society wife trying to hang on desperately to the life she once had of money, power, influence and pampering, plenty of … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl (2003) by Philippa Gregory tells the tale of two sisters and their rivalry for the love of the King. One sister uses beauty to land into the king’s bed while the other sister uses her ambition … Continue reading

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REVIEW: 'Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade' by Diana Gabaldon

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon finds British solider, Lord John Grey trying to restore honor to his family’s good name that stems from a seventeen year old scandal. When a page from his father’s missing journal turns up, it manages … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Flirting in Cars by Alisa Kwitney

Flirting in Cars by Alisa Kwitney is a smartly written contemporary romance novel. Read excerpt here. Here is the plot description: An accomplished journalist, Zoë Goren can’t drive and she doesn’t cook. But that’s never been a problem in Manhattan, … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (2003) is the first book in the Odd Series.  Koontz is a writer whose work is often hard to classify sometimes. Some of the work he writes are straight up horror stories and some are not.  Odd Thomas is a story … Continue reading

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Love and Basketball: One on One by Tabitha King

From my keeper shelf we have One on One by Tabitha King, copyright 1993. It’s a teenage romance with plenty of basketball. The story is set in a fictional town in Maine called Nodd’s Ridge.  The two protagonists are Sam Styles … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

Such a Pretty Girl deals with an unpleasant subject matter: rape. Let me explain something or give you a little history about me. I’m a fan of crime shows like Cold Case Files ,The First 48 Hours and American Justice … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Complaint of the Dove by Hannah March

Are you in the mood for a good Georgian mystery? I plucked this title off the shelf with no prior knowledge of this author’s work. This purchase was strictly for the cover.  Besides, it looked like a good read, too and … Continue reading

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