Search Results: "Jana Oliver"


BOOK REVIEW

JANA by David Veronese
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Still, it may provide a few bittersweet hours for nostalgia junkies."
A close-to-the-wind American expatriate gets involved with some drug smugglers even more dubious than he is: an artsy homage to the pulp fiction and films noirs of the Forties. ``I remember nothing,'' the femme fatale tells small-time thief Eddie Verlaine on their first meeting in an Amsterdam bar. ``Nothing. Read full book review >

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OLIVER by Birgitta Sif
Kirkus Star
by Birgitta Sif, illustrated by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A lovely gift—aglow with warmth and welcome—for those who feel, or have ever felt, different. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful tale about a boy who is different and his discovery of a kindred spirit, gracefully written to celebrate dreamers and readers—and those who need not change to find friends. Read full book review >

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OLIVER by Christopher Franceschelli
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"The back of the book proclaims that what happens in this story is '[b]ecause miracles happen.' Children may not be so sure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Picture-book minimalism is taken to an almost unnatural extreme with this avant-garde presentation of a very familiar concept. Read full book review >

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THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER by Jana Oliver
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"More developed and less torrid than standard teen paranormal fare, which is a nice change. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
It's 2018, and 17-year-old Riley Blackthorne just wants to fight demons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORETOLD by Jana Oliver
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"This tale of Hell, hotties and high school should please already-confirmed fans. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Teenage demon trapper Riley Blackthorne just wants to capture demons, regain her soul and go to her high school prom in this overfilled finale. Read full book review >

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SOUL THIEF by Jana Oliver
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A fallen-angel story that never truly takes off. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Destruction and demons follow 17-year-old Riley Blackthorne as she trudges across Atlanta seeking her father's recently re-animated corpse and the Geo-Fiend who killed him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLIVER by Judith Rossell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Next time your child asks to shove a banana down the drain, go for it. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young Oliver goes down the drain, literally… maybe. Read full book review >

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EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 23, 2015

"As a portrait of the emerging adolescent, it engages, even if it gives the effects of the kidnapping on its victim short shrift. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl loses her best friend when he's kidnapped by his father at 7 and must cope when he returns 10 years later. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APRIL & OLIVER by Tess Callahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2009

"A portentous surfeit of sensitivity and smoldering overwhelms Callahan's genuine gifts of language and storytelling."
In a first novel suffused with grief and longing, childhood soul mates reconnect in the aftermath of a death. Read full book review >

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JANA BIBI'S EXCELLENT FORTUNES by Betsy Woodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2012

"Good-humored, soft-centered, nostalgic armchair tourism."
Memories of the Raj are never far away in an affectionately old-fashioned tale of community life set in the fictional Indian hill town of Hamara Nagar in 1960. Read full book review >

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ALICE & OLIVER by Charles Bock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"A stunning book about Alice and Oliver, yes, but also about the way illness shatters us all."
A literary novel about cancer and the way a husband and wife try to survive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNRAVELING OLIVER by Liz Nugent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"The book works as a page-turner, but it's surprising that a screenwriter couldn't populate her book with a few more vivid characters."
This psychological thriller—a debut novel by an Irish TV and radio writer—is not a whodunit but a why'd-he-do-it. Read full book review >