Search Results: "C.C. Humphreys"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FRENCH EXECUTIONER by C.C. Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A gory but fascinating, albeit overly long, look at the world in the early 16th century."
This unusual tale conjures visions of an Errol Flynn-type Hollywood swashbuckler. Read full book review >

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JACK ABSOLUTE by C.C. Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2006

"Much derring-do, told with panache."
British actor Humphreys imagines further adventures of the character he once played in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals. Read full book review >

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VLAD by C.C. Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"While we learn much about falconry and medieval warfare, we learn rather too much about inflicting pain."
A novel that sets out to humanize and demythologize Vlad the Impaler...though he's still very naughty. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF ANNE BOLEYN by C.C. Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Overly long, too convoluted, and populated by fight scenes that prove tiresomely detailed, this novel progresses in a zigzag pattern that readers will find confusing."
In this sequel to The French Executioner (2014), Humphreys mixes old world with new as the saga of Anne Boleyn's severed hand—and the power that's attributed to it—inspires court intrigue, star-crossed love, and witchcraft.Read full book review >

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THE HUNT OF THE UNICORN by C.C. Humphreys
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 8, 2011

"Don't bother. (author's note) (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Unicorns and adolescent girls, generally considered a perfect pairing, are here filtered through what seems to be an adolescent male concept of what teen girls might like (unicorns, handsome boys, plus some gory bits). Read full book review >

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THE BLOODING OF JACK ABSOLUTE by C.C. Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Welcome and well-done back story for Humphreys' likably roguish character."
Forced to flee England after a duel, young scamp Jack Absolute becomes a soldier as he fights with the British army during the French and Indian War, in this prequel to Humphreys' Jack Absolute series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: July 11, 2006

"Despite pacing, a compelling adventure that asks hard questions of its characters. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A boy is drawn into the violent past of his grandfather and Viking ancestors. Read full book review >

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LEAVING EARTH by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Everything about the airplane—with its 40-gallon gas tank and top speed of 80 mph—is marvelously done, as are the locales of long-ago Toronto, but the tales and characters that keep the rest going just don—t hold their altitude, declining toward the tones of a YA."
Canadian Humphreys debuts with the story of two women pilots who try, in August 1933, to break a record by staying aloft for 25 days—in a novel with plenty of period interest but less depth—or height—of psychology and character than could be wished. Read full book review >

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THE LOST GARDEN by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Images here—the girls' chalk drawings on blackout curtains, the flowers in the secret garden—can be breathtaking, but such abundant literary artifice keeps the reader at bay."
A slight, chiseled story about a lonely horticulturalist who plants a garden for the Women's Land Army during WWII. Read full book review >

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AWAKE AT DAWN by C.C. Hunter
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Overly chatty and overlong. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up) "
The continuing adventures of somehow-supernatural Kylie focus on her identity crisis: What kind of supernatural is she? Read full book review >

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REBORN by C.C. Hunter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 20, 2014

"This is great for readers wanting to return to Shadow Falls, but it won't attract new audience members. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Hunter (Chosen at Nightfall, 2013, etc.) returns to the supernatural school/camp Shadow Falls, switching protagonist from Kylie to Della—there's a love triangle, naturally. Read full book review >