Book Review: One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Voice; 1 edition (February 2, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1401340997 ISBN-13: 978-1401340995 Rating:  4/5Source:  ARC reviewed via Shelf Awareness Book Blurb:Late afternoon sun sneaks through the windows of a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city. Most customers, and even most office workers have come and gone, but nine people remain. A punky teenager with an unexpected gift. An upper-class Caucasian couple whose relationship is disintegrating. A young Muslim-American …

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Book Review: Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart

Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: GuidepostsBooks; Original edition (February 1, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0824947932 ISBN-13: 978-0824947934 Rating:  4/5Source:  Review copy provided by Phenix & Phenix Publicists Book Blurb:Claire Prescott is a sensible woman who believes in facts and figures, not fairy tales. But when she agrees to present a paper to a summer symposium at Oxford on her ailing sister’s behalf, Claire finds herself thrown into an adventure with a gaggle of Jane Austen-loving women …

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Book Review: Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

Mass Market Paperback: 305 pagesPublisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks; Original edition (February 2, 2010)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0312946139ISBN-13: 978-0312946135 Rating: 4/5Source: Barnes & Noble Sneak Peek Program Book Blurb:Lucy Valentine is as smart as can be, as single as you can get, and so not qualified to run a matchmaking service. But when her parents temporarily step down from the family business, Valentine, Inc., it’s Lucy’s turn to step up and help out—in the name of love. Plus, …

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Book Review: Spellbinder by Helen Stringer

Reading level: Ages 9-12Hardcover: 384 pagesPublisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 29, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0312387636ISBN-13: 978-0312387631 Rating: 4/5Source: Ksenia at Feiwel and Friends via Shelf Awareness Book Blurb:Belladonna Johnson can see ghosts. It’s a trait she’s inherited from her mother’s side of the family, like blue eyes or straight hair…It is convenient, though, after Belladonna’s parents are killed in a car accident. They can live with her the same as always, watching the same old TV …

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Book Review: Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell

Hardcover: 352 pagesPublisher: Harper (September 8, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0061774022ISBN-13: 978-0061774027 Rating: 4/5Source: BN.com First Look Book Club Publishers WeeklyAn immigrant Ukrainian family suffers unrelenting hardship on the tundra of late 1930s western Canada in this grim frontier tale. Thrown in prison for two years for helping himself to some of his own grain after defaulting on a homesteading contract, Ukrainian immigrant Theo Mykolayenko must deal with his nearly destitute wife and children. His oldest son …

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Book Review: Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

Hardcover: 400 pagesPublisher: Eos (July 21, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0061714305ISBN-13: 978-0061714306 Rating 4/5Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers Book Blurb:Supernatural fantasy has a new antihero Life sucks, and then you die. Or, if you’re James Stark, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles. Now Stark’s back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But when his first stop saddles …

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Book Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Paperback: 384 pagesReading level: Young AdultPublisher: Harlequin (August 1, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0373210035ISBN-13: 978-0373210039Rating 4/5Source: contest win Book Blurb:She doesn’t see dead people, but… She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally. Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash …

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Book Review: Chemo KateLynn by Andrea Lynn Katz

Paperback: 102 pagesPublisher: Bascom Hill BooksLanguage: EnglishISBN-10: 1935456024ISBN-13: 978-1935456025 Book Blurb: Andrea Lynn Katz is a graduate of the “C” School (as in cancer) with a C.C.S. degree (as in Certified Cancer Survivor). Chemo KateLynn: Humorous Perspectives on Life Before Cancer and After Diagnosis is a witty and cleverly illustrated testament to her conviction that laughter is the best medicine and, with cancer as part of her everyday live, she proves there is still plenty …

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Book Review: Shadow of Betrayal by Brett Battles

Book Info:• Hardcover: 400 pages• Reading level: Adult• Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 7, 2009)• Language: English• ISBN-10: 038534158X• ISBN-13: 978-0385341585 Book Blurb: The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland just after dark. For Jonathan Quinn–a freelance operative and professional “cleaner”–the job was only to observe. If his cleanup skills were needed, it would mean things had gone horribly wrong. But an assassin hidden in a tree assured just that. And …

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In My Mailbox

This weekly meme is hosted by The Story Siren. The Magicians by Lev Grossman:(Won this ARC in a Twitter contest from Penguin Books) Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in …

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Book Review: Die For You by Lisa Unger

A bestselling writer and her software designer husband are living the ultimate urban dream. With a beautiful home in Manhattan, skyrocketing careers, and an extravagant lifestyle, they seemed to want for little. Except that when it came to Isabel Connelly and the man everyone knew as Marcus Raine, nothing was as it seemed. Isabel and Marcus seem to have the perfect life until one day Marcus goes off to work, but doesn’t come home. This …

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