An electrifying and immeasurably satisfying final installment of a fantasy saga.

VENUS SHINING

From the Trinity Forest series , Vol. 3

In this conclusion to a YA trilogy, a teenager may be the only one who can stop a powerful woman and her apocalyptic plan.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Trouvé has managed to escape the evil Xintra. The latter is a dangerous woman capable of controlling individuals, called “rebirthers,” whom she imprisons in the time-warping Trinity Forest in Colorado. Sending rebirthers outside the forest, Xintra implements an end-of-the-world scheme that involves a lethal global virus and cataclysmic storms. Initially, Ember just wants to help her boyfriend, Tre, “wake up” from his rebirth, which she herself has already done. But she quickly recognizes the full extent of Xintra’s planned genocide and sets out to thwart the fiendish objective. Fortunately, she has assistance from her best friend, Maddie, and brother, Jared, as well as the journal of her dead mother, Dezi, who had known Xintra. But Ember’s stories of a “haunted forest” and possible witchcraft could earn her an extended stay at a psychiatric unit while “the Dark Day” slowly approaches as the storms close in. At the same time, other rebirthers around the world are waking up, providing Ember with potential allies against a relentless woman hell-bent on global domination. Picking up right where the preceding novel left off, Alsever’s (Oshun Rising, 2017, etc.) third fantasy series entry runs at full-tilt. From the start, Ember is determined to save Tre and get details about her mom from Dezi’s pal Lodima. Before long, Ember is dodging assassination attempts, likely courtesy of Xintra’s rebirthers. Even flashbacks to the 1980s with Dezi don’t decelerate the pace, presenting a curious origin story (of sorts) for Xintra, a formidable but undeniably alluring antagonist. The author’s crisp prose, as in previous books, aids in developing sharp characters and diverse narrative perspectives. With Ember’s and others’ clearly defined goal of stopping Xintra, the tale builds to a climax that doesn’t disappoint, both in terms of exhilaration and resolution.

An electrifying and immeasurably satisfying final installment of a fantasy saga.

Pub Date: Dec. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-973472-86-5

Page Count: 374

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: Sept. 10, 2019

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH

While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously. There has been considerable advance attention on what appears to be as much of a publishing cause celebre here as the original appearance of the book in Russia. Without entering into the scrimmage, or dismissing it as a plague on both your houses, we will limit ourselves to a few facts. Royalties from the "unauthorized" edition will go to the International Rescue Committee; Dutton with their contracted edition is adhering to copyright conventions. The Praeger edition has two translators and one of them is the translator of Doctor Zhivago Dutton's translator, Ralph Parker, has been stigmatized by Praeger as "an apologist for the Soviet regime". To the untutored eye, the Dutton translation seems a little more literary, the Praeger perhaps closer to the rather primitive style of the original. The book itself is an account of one day in the three thousand six hundred and fifty three days of the sentence to be served by a carpenter, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. (Solzhenitsyn was a political prisoner.) From the unrelenting cold without, to the conditions within, from the bathhouse to the latrine to the cells where survival for more than two weeks is impossible, this records the hopeless facts of existence as faced by thousands who went on "living like this, with your eyes on the ground". The Dutton edition has an excellent introduction providing an orientation on the political background to its appearance in Russia by Marvin Kalb. All involved in its publication (translators, introducers, etc.) claim for it great "artistic" values which we cannot share, although there is no question of its importance as a political and human document and as significant and tangible evidence of the de-Stalinization program.

Pub Date: June 15, 1963

ISBN: 0451228146

Page Count: 181

Publisher: Praeger

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1963

Did you like this book?

The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel.

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

  • Kirkus Reviews'
    Best Books Of 2015

  • Kirkus Prize
  • Kirkus Prize
    winner

  • National Book Award Finalist

A LITTLE LIFE

Four men who meet as college roommates move to New York and spend the next three decades gaining renown in their professions—as an architect, painter, actor and lawyer—and struggling with demons in their intertwined personal lives.

Yanagihara (The People in the Trees, 2013) takes the still-bold leap of writing about characters who don’t share her background; in addition to being male, JB is African-American, Malcolm has a black father and white mother, Willem is white, and “Jude’s race was undetermined”—deserted at birth, he was raised in a monastery and had an unspeakably traumatic childhood that’s revealed slowly over the course of the book. Two of them are gay, one straight and one bisexual. There isn’t a single significant female character, and for a long novel, there isn’t much plot. There aren’t even many markers of what’s happening in the outside world; Jude moves to a loft in SoHo as a young man, but we don’t see the neighborhood change from gritty artists’ enclave to glitzy tourist destination. What we get instead is an intensely interior look at the friends’ psyches and relationships, and it’s utterly enthralling. The four men think about work and creativity and success and failure; they cook for each other, compete with each other and jostle for each other’s affection. JB bases his entire artistic career on painting portraits of his friends, while Malcolm takes care of them by designing their apartments and houses. When Jude, as an adult, is adopted by his favorite Harvard law professor, his friends join him for Thanksgiving in Cambridge every year. And when Willem becomes a movie star, they all bask in his glow. Eventually, the tone darkens and the story narrows to focus on Jude as the pain of his past cuts deep into his carefully constructed life.  

The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel.

Pub Date: March 10, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-385-53925-8

Page Count: 720

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet
more