Book Review: The Secret Place by Tana French

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Writing:**** (4 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Tana French said in an interview: “You can be a perfectly healthy person without having kids or having a romantic relationship – you can live a full, happy, healthy life. I’m not sure you can do that withoutContinue reading “Book Review: The Secret Place by Tana French”

Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 15 and up (contains torture and language) I’m still recovering from the madness of the holidays; selling books at Christmastime doesn’t leave much brain- or will-power left at theContinue reading “Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch”

Book Review: You Can’t Win by Jack Black

Star Ratings for Nonfiction Writing: *****  (5 stars) Narrative: **** (4 stars) Interesting Subject: ***** (5 stars) Objectivity and research: **** (4 stars. This is a memoir.) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 14 and up. The gents at my favorite coffee shop are on a roll with the book recommendations, lately.  You Can’tContinue reading “Book Review: You Can’t Win by Jack Black”

Book Review: What Is Left The Daughter by Howard Norman

Another realistic, grown-up book set on the Atlantic coast? I guess it was that kind of week.  What Is Left The Daughter is the final book I read while on vacation.  It was a lovely, bittersweet conclusion to several days of reading and writing by the crashing waves. Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (4 stars) Character Development:Continue reading “Book Review: What Is Left The Daughter by Howard Norman”

Book Review: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

A great ensemble cast and a middle-school heist. I really wish Varian Johnson had written The Great Greene Heist while I was in middle-school, because it turns that joyless institution into the setting for some thrilling escapades. Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4Continue reading “Book Review: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson”

High School Books Part III: The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler

Star Ratings Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age recommendation: 16+ The Basic Eight was definitely my favorite of the three high school books I read last week.  In fact, I think it might be my favorite novel set in a highContinue reading “High School Books Part III: The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler”