Search Results: "F.E. Higgins"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLACK BOOK OF SECRETS by F.E. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The parts don't hang together at all, but readers may enjoy many of them individually. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Higgins's Dickensian debut features an opening scene that is both literally and figuratively gripping, plus an intriguing premise—but only about a short story's worth of plot, and that's riddled with gaps of logic. Read full book review >

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THE BONE MAGICIAN by F.E. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Further episodes may bring some plot resolution—but don't bet on it. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Loosely linked by references and cameos to The Black Book of Secrets (2007), this "paraquel" spins its wheels through the muck-encrusted streets of Urbs Umida, dropping both corpses and more Dickensian-style characters into the mix. Read full book review >

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THE LUNATIC'S CURSE by F.E. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Readers with strong stomachs and a taste for melodramatic narratives bedizened with words like 'tenebrous' and 'mephitic' will devour this yarn with relish. So to speak. (Gothic fantasy. 11-13)"
More luridly gothic deeds and schemes, set near the locales of the author's Eyeball Collector (2009), Bone Magician (2008) and Black Book of Secrets (2007). Read full book review >

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THE EYEBALL COLLECTOR by F.E. Higgins
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

In what the author dubs a "polyquel" that partially bridges her Black Book of Secrets (2007) and its prequel Bone Magician (2008), Higgins sends a suddenly penniless young orphan from the filthy streets of Urbs Umida's South Side to an extravagantly rococo estate house in search of vengeance for his family's ruin. Read full book review >

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OFFSIDE by M.G. Higgins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2013

"Higgins' briskly paced tale, skillfully alternating the drama with the sports, will capture readers' attention. (Fiction. 12-18)"
As a soccer player, student and frequent baby sitter, Faith feels beset with responsibilities. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR THE QUEEN by Joanna Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Based on actual events and richly immersive in the feel of the period, this effort rises above sometimes-awkward exposition to create a well-rounded, satisfying historical tale. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Everyone in New France, a village in Pennsylvania, awaits Queen Marie Antoinette's arrival—as soon as she escapes the French Revolution. Read full book review >

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BI-NORMAL by M.G. Higgins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2013

"A welcome addition to the still-small field of teen books about bisexual characters. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In a short but nonetheless expressive coming-out story, a teen football player with a girlfriend discovers he has feelings for another boy. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT HUNT by Wendy Higgins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 8, 2016

"An enjoyable-enough fantasy with a healthy sprinkling of romance. (Fantasy. 13-17)"
When a vicious beast threatens the land, the royal family must make sacrifices to defeat the menace and save the people. Read full book review >

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RAIN ON THE DEAD by Jack Higgins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"A good read for those who want bullets without the complexity or distraction of a tight narrative."
An elite British paramilitary unit squares off with a mysterious new al-Qaida master. Read full book review >

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THUNDER POINT by Jack Higgins
Released: June 23, 1993

"Manly action with cliffhangers galore that's too derivative and contrived to be Higgins's best—but that's close enough to hit the charts with a wallop."
After 20 years of writing both WW II and contemporary thrillers, Higgins combines the two in a breakneck yarn about the wreck of a Nazi submarine—and its bombshell secret. Read full book review >