Search Results: "Alison Croggon"


BOOK REVIEW

BLACK SPRING by Alison Croggon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"For those who take their romance tumultuous and doomed. (Gothic horror/fantasy. 14 & up)"
Cleaving to the sensibility of the original, this love letter to Wuthering Heights is for fans of genuine Victorian Gothic. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2005

"Maerad's path to her destiny will be awaited eagerly. (pronunciation key, map, appendices, poems) (Fantasy. 12+)"
A lush, vivid epic fantasy about a slave who becomes pivotal to a vast land's survival. Read full book review >

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THE BONE QUEEN by Alison Croggon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"Magnificent yet intimate, dark yet tender. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Croggon takes readers back 50 years before the four original books in her Pellinor series for this prequel about a malevolent spirit breaking into the World. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"This serious penultimate epic, filled with Tolkien-like images, is emotionally astute and brimming with vivid detail. (map, pronunciation key, appendices) (Fantasy. YA)"
Croggon backtracks along her time line to chronicle Hem's grueling and poignant struggles during The Riddle (2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Start with the First Book (The Naming, 2002). (map, appendices) (Fantasy. YA)"
Sonorous motifs and resonant archetypes form the backbone of this series conclusion, which shows Maerad and Hem traveling long distances on foot as they toil toward their cryptic task. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Supremely satisfying. (pronunciation key, rune key, maps, appendices) (Fantasy. YA)"
Maerad's tale continues, luminous, desperate and bold. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALISON, WHO WENT AWAY by Vivian Vande Velde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The denouement, which comes in a seriocomic run to a funeral parlor the night of the eighth-grade dance, feels a little forced, but the unfolding of Susan's family's anguish is done at just the right pace, with each shard of emotion placed precisely. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Susan—who now wants people to call her Sibyl—is 14 and fiercely angry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALISON RULES by Catherine Clark
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Several cuts above the standard teen-weepie. (Fiction. YA)"
The Alison Rules are never specifically codified as such, but they are all based on one organizing premise: to keep Alison from moving beyond her mother's death from cancer the previous summer. Read full book review >

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THE DROWNING OF ALISON ALYWARD by Genevieve Lyons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Veteran Lyons (Green Years, 1989, etc.) turns in a performance as low-key, neatly written, and steadily entertaining as ever."
Mark Dangerfield, antique-book dealer and sometime detective in Maggie Thatcher's London, is asked by socialite Wendy Cadbury, a friend of his mother's, to investigate the drowning death of her young friend Alison Alyward, officially a suicide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALISON DARE: THE HEART OF THE MAIDEN by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

"An ambitious concept in need of some polish. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
An extremely promising premise disappoints with its flat, awkward construction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAIRY FELICITY'S MOONLIGHT ADVENTURE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sparkly mollusk fluid aside, expect a book that hits its own sweet spot fairy-ly well. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Surprise birthday party? Check. Fairies? Check. Inoffensive follow-the-line conceit? Check and check! Read full book review >