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 Sleeper And The Spindle

Writing: ***** (5 stars) Illustration: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 10 and up (So long as readers are familiar with the likes of Grimm’s fairy tales and know that things can get ugly.  Previous knowledge of the original Sleeping Beauty/Snow White stories will help.) The Sleeper and The Spindle, writtenContinue reading “Book Review: The Sleeper And The Spindle”

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: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (5 stars) Character Development: ****** (6 stars. Deal with it.) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 14 and up. Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle will always be the Big Fat Exception to the I-rarely-read-sequels rule.  The third installment of this four book seriesContinue reading “Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater”

Book Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 13 and up “It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”  That sentence appears twice in Maggie Stiefvater’s breathtaking novel The Scorpion Races.  TheContinue reading “Book Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater”

Book Review: The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner

Star Ratings: Characters: *****  (5 stars) Character Development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 16+ (language, violence including sexual violence) I’m mostly on vacation right now, but I couldn’t wait to review this book. (I say “mostly” because I drove back from AcadiaContinue reading “Book Review: The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner”

Book Review: The Mark Of The Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (Coming out in March, 2014)

Star Ratings: Characters: *****(4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing: *** **(5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) (It is hereby stated that I read the advanced reader’s copy of The Mark of The Dragonfly and a few details might change before publication.) How pleased am I to be giving thisContinue reading “Book Review: The Mark Of The Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (Coming out in March, 2014)”