Search Results: "Bethany Griffin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FALL by Bethany Griffin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A standout take on the classic haunted-house tale replete with surprises around every shadowy corner. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
A girl struggles to fight the haunted family house that binds her to it in this reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2012

"Formulaic but fantastic, from the eye-catching cover to the growth of a heroine who might save the world. Tailor-made for popular consumption. (Dystopic steampunk. 14 & up)"
Griffin (Handcuffs, 2008) forsakes realism for sultry dystopia. Read full book review >

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HANDCUFFS by Bethany Griffin
FICTION
Released: Dec. 9, 2008

"Overwritten and under-plotted. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After 16-year-old Parker Prescott is caught by her parents in a pair of handcuffs with the hottest boy at school, she is grounded indefinitely. Read full book review >

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I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both arachnophobes and arachnophiles will find useful debate fodder squashed within these pages. (Picture book. 3-12)"
What if "trying" not to hate spiders doesn't quite cut it? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CURED by Bethany Wiggins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 4, 2014

"Despair and destruction are sweetened by hope and love. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Jack Bloom leaves behind a sheltered, if slightly warped, suburban life to seek missing brother Dean and Mrs. Tarsis, the woman Dean tried to lead to safety, in this simmering sequel to Stung (2013). Read full book review >

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BULLETPROOF MASCARA by Bethany Maines
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 2010

"Aiming to be a humorous romance-thriller, Maines' over-the-top debut sinks under an absurdly convoluted plot and a plethora of gizmos that would overwhelm 007."
Mary Kay-like company recruits hapless linguist to become a guerrilla for women's rights. Read full book review >

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JUBILEE MANOR by Bethany Hagen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Even the requisite romance is drowned in florid prose and uneven characterization. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
Madeline Landry, the daughter of one of the richest and most powerful noble houses of a nuclear future, hopes to empower society's weakest without endangering her own wealth and comfort. Read full book review >

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LANDRY PARK by Bethany Hagen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Regency romances can combine well with science fiction (Lois McMaster Bujold's accessible adult novel A Civil Campaign (1999) does so brilliantly), but this awkward merger of the two will convince few. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
Regency romance sits uneasily in a dystopian throwback future. Read full book review >

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DARK STAR by Bethany Frenette
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Decidedly more urban fantasy than comic book, Frenette's debut features a variety of characters and should please readers looking for paranormal without so much romance. (Urban fantasy. 12-16)"
A superhero's daughter learns the truth about an ancient evil. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVALENE'S NUMBER by Bethany  Atazadeh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 3, 2017

"A rigorous apocalyptic backdrop and versatile characters supply seemingly endless avenues for further volumes to explore."
In this YA sci-fi debut and the start of a series, a teen receives an unexpected ranking in a distant future, leading her to question the system's fairness. Read full book review >

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THIS MONSTER CANNOT WAIT! by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"For youngsters working on self-control (a school-readiness skill), Stewart does…eventually…learn that good things come to those who wait. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Stewart, from This Monster Needs a Haircut (2012), is going camping for the first time, and he (literally) cannot wait. Read full book review >

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THIS MONSTER NEEDS A HAIRCUT by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2012

"Neither terrible nor terribly interesting; Elivia Savadier's No Haircut Today! (2005) is a more distilled treatment of the same subject. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Visually energetic but unsophisticated, with pedestrian text, this may be selected more by parents hoping the humor will coax their kids into a haircut than by the kids themselves. Read full book review >