Monthly Archives: March 2012

Poison Most Vial – Benedict Carey

This murder mystery stars two students, Ruby and Rex, who are determined to clear Ruby’s father of murder charges.  The famous head of the university forensics lab was poisoned and all evidence points to Ruby’s father who works in the … Continue reading

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Grimalkin The Witch Assassin – The Last Apprentice (bk 9) – Joseph Delaney

The storyline in the highly addictive The Last Apprentice series continues with the focus on Grimalkin, the witch assassin.  The books must be read in order.  Tom is the apprentice to the Spook whose mission is to hunt down and … Continue reading

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Peaceweaver – Rebecca Barnhouse

The historical fantasy setting is 6th century Scandinavia and the scene of constant fighting between the clans.  Hilf is the niece to the Scylfing (Swedes) king and is prone to spells of hyper-adrenaline when she skillfully uses her sword to kill … Continue reading

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A Million Suns – Beth Revis

I reviewed the first book in the planned trilogy, Across the Universe, in October 2011.  A Million Suns continues the story with new and somewhat reluctant leader, Elder, facing a mutinous crew now that they are off the pacifying drugs.  … Continue reading

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The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure – Martin W. Sandler

I cannot begin to improve upon the summary provided by the publisher, so I will not try.  The synopsis from the publisher: In 1897, whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative. And … Continue reading

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The Obsidian Blade – Pete Hautman

Tucker lives a rather boring existence with his preacher father and devout mother.  Tucker notices odd shimmerings in the sky, like little holes or disks in the fabric of the sky.  One day, dad disappears off the roof near where … Continue reading

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The List – Siobhan Vivian

A degrading tradition has taken root at a high school.  Every fall, a list is distributed of the ugliest and prettiest girl in each grade.  The humiliation for the girls named as ugliest can well be imagined and it can … Continue reading

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The Technologists – Matthew Pearl

The inaugural class at the new Massachusetts Institute of Technology is just a few months away from graduation.  The handful of seniors is working hard to finish their coursework and is engaging in a bit of rivalry with nearby Harvard.  … Continue reading

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Starters – Lissa Price

We’ve got another bleak future in store.  This time, civilization has been ravaged by germ warfare.  Only the youth and the elderly are vaccinated and survive.  The elderly have been surviving quite nicely, living well into their 100s.  But there … Continue reading

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Happy Families – Tanita S. Davis

This captivating book was read in one night.  It is one of those stories that grabs hold and is difficult to put down until I knew everything would work out with the characters.  It is a story of self-discovery and … Continue reading

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Above World – Jenn Reese

While most post-apocalyptic tales have humanity living somewhere in space or on the barren lands of Earth, Above World poses a unique alternative.  Most of the inhabitants of this world are modified by technology, or tech, in some way.  This enables them … Continue reading

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