Search Results: "Gary R.J. Hopkins"


BOOK REVIEW

Charlie and the Ice Dragon by Gary R.J. Hopkins
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 22, 2013

"A short but sweet magical adventure that will please young readers."
A fantasy novel about a dreamy young boy whose visions of himself as chivalrous hero become real when he's summoned to a mystic realm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE'RE ALL WONDERS by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"A feel-good volume lacking the wonder of Wonder. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Auggie, from the bestselling novel Wonder (2012), returns as a picture-book protagonist. Read full book review >

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ULTRAVIOLET by R.J. Anderson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In bracing contrast to her passive, vampire-fodder counterparts, Alison steers her own course throughout her multi-layered journey—a thoroughly enjoyable ride. (author's note) (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Once upon a time "science fiction" was not invariably preceded by "dystopian," nor was it just a handy synonym for "paranormal." This breath of fresh air reintroduces readers to traditional science fiction, with the bonus of a strong heroine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BODY by R.J. Martin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This morass of subplots and clichés can easily be ignored. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Is there anything but the priesthood in Jonah's future? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXPOSURE by R.J. Pineiro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A fast-paced thriller that cuts to the chase often and effectively enough to hustle most readers past the less plausible features of its road-race plot."
The inexplicable meltdown of a nuclear power plant in Arizona, which kills 15,000 and exposes 400,000 more to potentially lethal doses of radiation, gets this taut damsel-in-distress entertainment from Pineiro (Retribution, 1995) off to a bang-up start. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD SIGNS by R.J. Ellory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"The story has enough depth to work on a few levels: as an existential look at the nature of fate or as a gripping story in its own right. And it wouldn't be a stretch to see the caring Clay and the violent Digger as symbols of America's divided psyche at this point in its history."
Is it truly possible to be born under a bad sign? The half brothers in Ellory's (Ghostheart, 2015, etc.) latest novel think so, and their attempts to shake their destiny are the subject of a haunting thriller set in the early 1960s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A QUIET VENDETTA by R.J. Ellory
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"It even approaches happy, if you don't mind your happiness—and a lesson in family values—soaked in blood and brains. A satisfying effort in a franchise devoted to double-digit mayhem."
The hits keep coming in multiple-murder-master Ellory's (The Anniversary Man, 2010, etc.) latest—literally. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A POCKET FULL OF MURDER by R.J.  Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Thoroughly entertaining. (Fantasy.10-14)"
Their mother's death and their father's struggle to find work have taken a toll on the four Breck sisters: Annagail, the eldest, has left school for a factory job; young Lilet and Mimmi endure day care; and would-be writer Isaveth, following a recipe in the Book of Common Magic, has begun baking spell-tablets to sell on the street. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAERY REBELS by R.J.  Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Not much girl power here. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Bryony might be a sweetly pretty faery living in an oak tree, but this fierce pixie certainly doesn't live a sweetly pretty life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINTS OF NEW YORK by R.J. Ellory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2014

"Ellory (City of Lies, 2013, etc.) tells a compelling story with a well-drawn hero who's admirable if not always likable—even if the ending wraps all the loose ends a little too tidily."
A tense psychological thriller about an emotionally damaged New York City homicide cop. Read full book review >