Search Results: "Cassandra Diaz"


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PANDEMONIUM by Chris Wooding
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"An action-packed, tongue-in-cheek romp fitted out with snarky dialogue, heroic fantasy tropes aplenty and a notably resilient protagonist. (Graphic novel. 11-13)"
A supposed village lad kidnapped to stand in for the vanished prince he resembles rises to the challenge. More or less. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 17, 2014

"An accessible animal story that helps kids understand their difficult feelings."
In this illustrated kids' book, a dark storm disrupts the garden animals' idyllic lives, leaving an injured butterfly wondering how to go on. Read full book review >

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WHEN SHADOWS COME HOME by O.G. Diaz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"Debates about empires and lavish depictions of culture bring moments of relief in a haunting drama that reflects a Federico García Lorca-esque focus on life's inevitable tragedies."
A historical novel continues the story of Col. Alejandro Luis De La Voca Rivera, a swashbuckling military hero stationed in colonial New Spain. Read full book review >

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THE RED VELVET TURNSHOE by Cassandra Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"The hunt for Constantine's cross is ludicrously cartoonish; the search for the clerk's killer and Pierrekyn's subsequent trial are complex and satisfying. Hildegard is at her best at home in Yorkshire, but the rest of the story is worth reading for the view inside her vivid, earthy world."
Her second adventure (Hangman Blind, 2009) sends Sister Hildegard on a pilgrimage stalked by death. Read full book review >

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THE SUNDAY WIFE by Cassandra King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2002

"Carefully crafted but predictable. No surprises here."
An earnest debut about an unhappy preacher's wife. Read full book review >

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HANGMAN BLIND by Cassandra Clark
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"Deeply embedded in the historical events of the period, this is a rich tapestry; even the small figures are finely detailed and carefully situated in a dazzling array of events. An intriguing and evocative debut."
A medieval nun seeks justice for the poor and noble alike. Read full book review >

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VILLAGE AFFAIRS by Cassandra Chan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 8, 2006

"Gibbons and Bethancourt's second adventure is another enjoyably lighthearted look at murder among the upper classes."
Depressed ever since Annette Berowne dumped him (The Young Widow, 2005), Detective Sergeant Jack Gibbons relies on a juicy murder case to cheer himself up. Read full book review >

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TRUE HEROES by Jonathan Diaz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Broad streaks of sentimentality, particularly in the pictures, but the worthy purpose shines through. (Short stories. 8-12)"
In this unusual pro bono gathering, 21 children struck by cancer are worked into elaborately staged photographs and then into matching stories created by as many Utah authors. Read full book review >

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CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 2014

"Bloated. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The myriad magical, societal and romantic story threads of two series and nine books conclude without living up to the series' purple promise. Read full book review >

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SHADOWHUNTERS AND DOWNWORLDERS by Cassandra Clare
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Self-serving, but enjoyable for committed fans. (Nonfiction 15-18)"
A selection of essays about the Mortal Instruments series edited by the series' author offers a couple of gems and a lot that's not. Read full book review >

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CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A purple page turner. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
This sequel to Clockwork Angel (2010) pits gorgeous, attractively broken teens against a menacing evil. Read full book review >

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CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 24, 2009

"Derivative though it may be, melodramatic emotional wallowing has never been so much fun. (Fantasy. YA)"
How could things possibly work out for Shadowhunter Clary in this trilogy conclusion? Read full book review >