Search Results: "Anthea Bell"


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THE FLORAL COMPANION by Anthea  Bell
Released: Feb. 22, 1989

An occasionally slow-going but nonetheless engaging second novel from Bell (A London Season, 1983), this one set in post-Regency England—circa 1830—and starring spunky heroine Mrs. Caroline ("Carey") Read full book review >

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THE LUDWIG CONSPIRACY by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Fans of bookish European fiction will enjoy this, the too abundant Dan Brown-ian motions notwithstanding."
Who was that Cowled Man? Austrian novelist Pötzsch serves up an ambitious though familiar tale of Mad King Ludwig. Read full book review >

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TIGER MOON by Antonia Michaelis
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A superior fairy tale, indeed—down to the bittersweet but ultimately satisfying conclusion. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Safia, sold by her poor, high-caste father to be a Rajah's eighth wife, knows that she faces death when her brutal husband discovers she is not a virgin. Read full book review >

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DEVIL’S TANGO by Herve Jubert
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Marred only by the pretension of four identical footnotes urging you to read Book 1, this is a metaphysically creative and fantastical tale for fans of the offbeat. (Fantasy. YA)"
As fanciful as its predecessor but blessedly more cohesive, this quirky fantasy is a lovely ride. Read full book review >

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THE BOYS FROM ST. PETRI by Bjarne Reuter
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"An excellent complement to Carol Matas's Lisa's War (1989) and its sequel. (Fiction. 12+)"
A sense of pressure permeates this tightly focused novel about young Danish resistance fighters in 1942. Read full book review >

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MY WISH LIST by Grégoire Delacourt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A best-seller in its original language, this dastardly little novel focuses on love, desire and what we stand to lose when we win."
Money can't buy happiness for an introspective housewife who wins the lottery. Read full book review >

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ARCADIA FALLS by Kai Meyer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Snappy dialogue and well-paced excitement bring this adventure to its ambiguous but nevertheless satisfying conclusion. (Paranormal romance. 15 & up)"
The Arcadia trilogy concludes with magic, shootouts, family betrayals and a cruise ship full of monsters: everything that's necessary for a romance about Cosa Nostra shape shifters. Read full book review >

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ARCADIA BURNS by Kai Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Mafiosa Rosa is rarely likable, but this tough survivor takes control of her own life, determined not to be controlled, assaulted, lied to or—quite literally—devoured. (Paranormal romance. 14-16)"
A shape-shifting Mafia capo insists on romance amid dark family mysteries. Read full book review >

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SAPPHIRE BLUE by Kerstin Gier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Hopefully, all will be revealed in the Emerald Green finale.(Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In this second volume of the Ruby Red Trilogy, 16-year-old Gwen continues her time-traveling adventures as the newest member of the Circle of Twelve. Read full book review >

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THE BLINDNESS OF THE HEART by Julia Franck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Franck's impressionistic style and empathy encourage fresh responses to familiar subject matter—fine, disturbing, memorable work."
Darkness engulfs a family and a nation, in a psychologically acute addition to the literature of Germany's downfall; the book was an international bestseller and won the German Book Prize. Read full book review >

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THE DARK SIDE OF LOVE by Rafik Schami
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2009

"A rewarding and beautifully written, if blood-soaked, tale."
Romeo and Juliet meets Arturo Pérez-Reverte and John le Carré in the dusty streets of Damascus in this novel from Syrian-born Schami, a bestselling author in his adopted homeland of Germany. Read full book review >

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IDIOTS by Jakob Arjouni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Are you wishing for a wry, sly book about the human comedy? Wish granted."
Outsized egos take a shellacking in nine crafty, contemporary tales about vanity and the titular "idiots" who succumb to it. Read full book review >