Search Results: "Chris Humphreys"


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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VENDETTA by Chris Humphreys
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Sky could benefit from a few more weaknesses (his tendency to be the smartest magic user in three countries becomes tiresome), but this trilogy is heating up. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
When Sky studied his maternal grandfather, he was drawn into a dangerous world of Viking shapeshifters, and his cousin Kristin was possessed by the old man's spirit. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"Nonetheless, the historical sequences add excellent flavor to this mythic adventure, with the Battle of Hastings seeming more real than modern Britain. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
This conclusion to the Runestone Saga forces Sky to choose between seductive power and saving the world. 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 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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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 FIREMAN'S FAIR by Josephine Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"An appealing romance that's something of a parable for the end of the 80's—when the hurricane hits, false love and yuppie pretensions are swept away, really gone with the wind."
Far richer in love than Rich in Love (1987), this third novel from Humphreys (her first was Dreams of Sleep, 1984) fully evokes a jittery, post-hurricane Charleston where people are figuring out that they need to rebuild their lives as well as their rooftops. Read full book review >

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NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH by Josephine Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2000

"A remarkable achievement from a writer who just keeps getting better."
Another character-rich, atmospheric, thematically complex tale from Humphreys (The Fireman's Fair, 1991, etc.), set in a "piney lower corner of North Carolina" during the Civil War era. Read full book review >

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A Hero to Hold by Sheri Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2016

"An enthralling, nontraditional romance accented with a little mystery."
The establishment of a Crimean War charity unites a gentlewoman and a dashing veteran in Humphreys' debut Victorian romance novel. 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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UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER by Emyr Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 1996

"A superb work of fiction from a writer virtually unknown over here."
A poignant, moving portrayal of life in a small Welsh village in the immediate aftermath of WW II, by a prizewinning poet, short- story writer, and novelist (A Toy Epic, Outside the House of Baal, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >