Search Results: "Bethany Maines"


BOOK REVIEW

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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COMPACT WITH THE DEVIL by Bethany Maines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2011

"What's missing in this Saturday morning cartoon of a book is a story that makes sense and a big, funny dog named Scooby to give the readers some reason to care if the good guys win."
Maines (Bulletproof Mascara, 2010) strikes a familiar chord in this flimsy tale about an undercover cosmetic-company spy and the rock star she's trying to protect. Read full book review >

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SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers who want 'moments' should spend time with the campers in Harriet McBryde Johnson's Accidents of Nature (2006), who are already human beings. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Constance "Cricket" Montgomery is horrified when, as a semipunishment, her wealthy father nixes her vacation to Maui and sends her to work at Camp I Can "with a bunch of retards" and a strict counselor who knows Cricket mysteriously well. Read full book review >

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STUNG by Bethany Wiggins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"Readers will gladly be bitten by this bug. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Fiona Tarsis wakes up to a world of nightmares in this fast-paced, fever-bright post-apocalyptic adventure. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1980

"But the book—in an oblong, picture-book format—is packed with family photos and examples of Tudor's handiwork; and children may well take it—not too seriously—as itself a kind of historic restoration."
Tasha Tudor, we learn with some wonder, has managed to live the rustic, old-fashioned life depicted in her books; and the nice thing about daughter Bethany's admiring portrayal of that life is its suggestibility—the satisfactions of molding butter or weaving baskets; the procession of holidays imaginatively observed (with candlelit birthday cakes actuary floating down the river—as in Becky's Birthday—and miniature valentines for the costume dolls); the sense of the least repast as an Occasion. 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 >

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MY LAST KISS by Bethany Neal
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 10, 2014

"Less of a whodunit and more of a who cares. (Paranormal mystery. 13-17)"
Seventeen-year-old Cassidy Haines is on a quest to unravel the mystery of her own death, about which she can remember nothing except for the fact that it might have involved kissing someone other than her boyfriend. Read full book review >

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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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SHIFTING by Bethany Wiggins
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Shift this to the bottom of the supernatural stack. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
A slow and derivative plot mars this already lackluster debut. Read full book review >

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE SOLOMONS by Bethany Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Humor can't quite save this appealing novel that ends before it's fully begun."
An ambitious literary debut about an Israeli family and its oddball members. Read full book review >