Review: The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston Source:  ARC received from the publisher Rating:  4/5 Revealed at last in this new vampire saga for the ages: the true, untold story of the “Virgin Queen” and her secret war against the Vampire King of England. . . . On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth Tudor is summoned to the tomb of her mother, Anne Boleyn, to learn the truth about her bloodline …

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Book Review: Mothers & Other Liars

Mothers & Other Liars by Amy Bourret Source: ARC received from the publisher Rating: 4/5 How far will a mother go to save her child? Ten years ago, Ruby Leander was a drifting nineteen-year-old who made a split-second decision at an Oklahoma rest stop. Fast forward nine years: Ruby and her daughter Lark live in New Mexico. Lark is a precocious, animal loving imp, and Ruby has built a family for them with a wonderful …

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Book Review: Bound by Antonya Nelson

Bound by Antonya Nelson Source:  ARC provided by publisher at BEA Rating:  3/5 Antonya Nelson is known for her razor-sharp depictions of contemporary family life in all of its sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious complexity. Her latest novel has roots in her own youth in Wichita, in the neighborhood stalked by the serial killer known as BTK (Bind, Torture, and Kill). A story of wayward love and lost memory, of public and private lives twisting out …

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Review: Getting There by Gerry Boylan

Getting There by Gerry Boylan Source:  ARC provided by Phenix & Phenix Litarary Publicists Rating:  3/5 In 1973, after a shocking event turned his life upside down, Luke spent his youth hitchhiking along I-75 between Florida and Michigan, meeting an extraordinary cast of characters, surviving the dangers and tragedies of the road, and falling in love. Fast-forward thirty years: Luke now struggles to reconcile the boy he was with the middle-aged father he’s become. And …

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Review: Gerry Tales by Gerry Boylan

Gerry Tales by Gerry Boylan Source: ARC provided by Phenix & Phenix Litarary Publicists Rating: 4/5 In this collection of personal essays, Gerry Boylan recounts a lifetime of adventures and misadventures. His stories are sweet, loopy, and hilarious, ranging from hitchhiking experiences gone awry to the birth of his first child (sans painkillers or doctors, but with pinochle-playing buddies and malted milkshakes). Whether he’s fleeing in terror from a marauding bat or causing a thousand-bicycle …

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Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff  Source: ARC provided by the publisher, via Shelf Awareness    Rating: 5/5  On Sale Date:  9/21/2010 Synopsis:Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little town of Gentry, but he is living with a fatal secret – he is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now the creatures under the hill want him back, and Mackie must decide where he really belongs and …

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Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore Rating: 5/5 Reading level: Young AdultHardcover: 448 pages Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (August 3, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0061969559 Book Blurb:Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. …

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Review: Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel Source:  ARC provided by the publisher, via Shelf Awareness Rating:  4/5 Reading level: Young AdultPaperback: 336 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (August 3, 2010) Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering …

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Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa Source: eARC received from publisher, via NetGalley Rating:  4/5 Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no …

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Review: So Cold the River by Michael Koryta

So Cold The River by Michael KorytaSource:  ARC received from the publisher for review purposesRating:  4/5 It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford’s past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he’s kept his entire life.In Bradford’s hometown, Eric …

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Review: Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay

A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife, Jan, and their four-year-old son. But what begins as a pleasant family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A frantic search only leads to an even more shocking and harrowing turn of events. Until this terrifying moment, David Harwood is just a small-town reporter in need of a break. His paper, the …

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Book Review: Wild Hunt by Margaret Ronald

Genevieve Scelan thought she was done with magic.She was wrong.Sure, six weeks earlier Evie – bike messenger, supernatural tracker, and avid Red Sox fan – had been instrumental in bringing down the Fiana, the organization of magicians that had ruled Boston’s undercurrent for hundreds of years. But now they were gone, Boston could breathe easy again, the Sox had a chance at the pennant, and Evie was ready to relax.Except it turns out that when …

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