Search Results: "Colleen Ruttan"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 24, 2012

"A riveting, vividly described adventure story with a familiar yet satisfying trope."
A courageous young girl embarks upon a perilous journey to save herself and her kingdom. Read full book review >

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! by Colleen Madden
Released: May 1, 2017

"A suitably festive deployment of the familiar song, now safely in the public domain. (Picture book. 3-adult)"
A gift book featuring an expanded version of the "Happy Birthday" song with new verses, accompanying illustrations, and even a button to push that plays a recording of the familiar song. Read full book review >

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250 HOURS by Colleen Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A potentially intriguing tale hampered by a romance that never really lights a spark. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Manitoba teens Jess and Sara Jean both know the terrible feelings of loss and doubt a child faces from having a parent abandon them. Read full book review >

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STARS by Colleen Oakes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Dark, even horrific in its graphic bloodshed and psychological menace; but the nuanced portrayals—of a hero frequently excused by his whimsical glamour and a heroine too often dismissed as girlishly insipid—are riveting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The fashion for grimdark retellings of childhood classics tackles Peter Pan in the first of a trilogy.Read full book review >

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CAESAR by Colleen McCullough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 1997

"Maps, glossary, and photos of sculptured portraits of the time. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
The story of Caesar's Gallic Wars (roughly 5851 b.c.) and return to Rome warfare, followed fictively and, in the main, meticulously, from Caesar's Commentaries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2002

"A rousing and richly satisfying take on some of history's real beings."
Sixth and last in McCullough's series detailing the death throes of the Roman Republic (Caesar, 1997, etc.): an intelligent page-turning epic that seamlessly mixes love, gore, and ambition. Read full book review >

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QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"The story of Dinah's transition from girl to woman continues and reveals new, remarkable aspects of her character."
In the second installment of Oakes' (Elly in Love, 2014, etc.) Queen of Hearts series, Dinah unravels more secrets of her past. Read full book review >

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CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH by Colleen Oakley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A romantic, sweet story about taking chances and living life fully."
A woman with a rare allergy—to other people—is forced to step outside her house and open herself up to the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIGER'S VOYAGE by Colleen Houck
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Hankies, cold showers and possibly a neck brace for all the emotional whiplash are recommended. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Hunky Indian were-tiger-sibling rivals continue to claw at the heart of their American lady love in this quest quartet's penultimate doorstopper. Read full book review >

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TIGER'S DESTINY by Colleen Houck
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"The end is a long time coming, but readers sufficiently hardened by the preceding adventures' florid prose to survive lines like 'After a few seconds of delicious fantasy, I mentally rebuffed myself,' and '[t]ingling bubbles of power coursed lazily between us,' are sure to be left throbbing and misty-eyed. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Ablaze with fiery passions—and sheets of actual fire, too—this conclusion to the Tiger's Curse quartet brings Oregon teenager Kelsey and the two Indian were-tiger princes who have divided her heart through a climactic battle to a final, bittersweet mate selection. Read full book review >