Search Results: "Cyn Balog"


BOOK REVIEW

STARSTRUCK by Cyn Balog
FANTASY
Released: July 12, 2011

"Skip this one, and try Charles Butler's The Fetch of Mardy Watt (2004) instead, a far superior fantasy about a self-loathing fat heroine and her male best friend. Readers who are looking for high-school pettiness should go for Nico Medina's Fat Hoochie Prom Queen (2008). (Paranormal romance. 12-16)"
It takes dark magic to make attractive people love fat girls. Read full book review >

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FAIRY TALE by Cyn Balog
FANTASY
Released: June 23, 2009

"The fairy world has got to be better than being in Morgan's orbit. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
In most high schools, the psychic girl would be the weird supernatural student, but Morgan's precognitive powers just aren't the strangest thing around. Read full book review >

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DEAD RIVER by Cyn Balog
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 9, 2013

"Not the refreshing plunge it would like to be. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)"
While most people who visit the Dead River hear the white noise of rushing water, 17-year-old Kiandra Levesque hears the voices of people the river has claimed. Read full book review >

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TOUCHED by Cyn Balog
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"In the end, it is a frustratingly ho-hum read that could have been much, much more. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Every thought, every action has a consequence, and one unscripted moment can change everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALONE by Cyn Balog
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A bloody, wonderfully creepy scare ride. (Horror. 12-adult)"
A thriller in a decrepit, isolated mansion—and in the double-occupancy mind of a teen girl. Read full book review >

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UNNATURAL DEEDS by Cyn Balog
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A page-turner that will keep readers riveted, this is a treat for mystery fans and will keep readers guessing right up until the end. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Like a PG-13 version of Gone Girl (2012), Balog's (Dead River, 2013, etc.) latest tells the tense and tragic story of three teens mixed up in a world of murder, obsession, and mental illness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLEEPLESS by Cyn Balog
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: July 13, 2010

In this sweet supernatural romance, Balog resurrects a childhood fantasy: the sandman, who puts us to sleep at night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ORIGINAL CYN by Sue Margolis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2005

"Tepid sitcom from the prolific Margolis (Apocalipstick, 2003, etc). Not one of her best."
Low-wattage Bridget Jones knock-off about a young Irishwoman who finds love and professional advancement once she breaks a few rules. Read full book review >

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JAMES BALOG'S ANIMALS A TO Z by James Balog
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Though a few of the critters look cut-and-pasted, this board-book bestiary is fairly breathtaking. (Picture book. 1-4)"
James Balog's Animals A To Z ($7.95; June 1996; 26 pp.; 0-8118- 1339-8): In the striking, tack-sharp photographs of this animal ABC, creatures look out from the pages as if wishing to commune with readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVIL LIBRARIAN by Michelle Knudsen
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Forget paranormal romance; this horror-humor-romance pastiche is where those in search of hot nonhumans should set their sights. (Humorous horror. 13 & up)"
The spirit of Buffy is alive and kicking in this bloody debut for teens from an author better known for her children's books (The Princess of Trelian, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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LOVE HER MADLY by M. Elizabeth Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A novel that could have worked if the psychology (and personalities) had more depth."
In Lee's debut thriller, three self-centered college students become tangled in a love triangle that ends in tragedy. Seven years later, the survivors realize that the past rarely stays in the past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CINDERELLA LOPEZ by Berta Platas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Berta's (Friday Night Chicas, not reviewed) Latin-flavored chick-lit leaves no cliché unused."
A Latina's hope for love and success is hampered by an obligation to look after her party-girl stepsisters. Read full book review >