Search Results: "Joelle Charbonneau"


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INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Though this novel feels at times a bit too much like an extended setup for the final installment, shocking last-minute revelations about a potential rebellion against the government will leave many readers eagerly anticipating the series conclusion. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)"
Having survived the gladiatorial university entrance exam in The Testing (2013), Cia and her childhood friends begin studying to become leading rebuilders of their post-apocalyptic society. Read full book review >

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DIVIDING EDEN by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Predictable and offering too little adventure, save for the twist that will propel the sequel. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
After assassins kill the king and his heir, the remaining royal twins compete to earn the throne. Read full book review >

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NEED by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A frothy mystery that trips over its desire for social relevance. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A mysterious social network sows discontent. Read full book review >

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GRADUATION DAY by Joelle Charbonneau
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 3, 2014

"Conspiracies, counterconspiracies, lies and double crosses: It's quite a ride. (Dystopian thriller. 12 & up)"
After discovering in Independent Study (2014) that the rebellion is secretly controlled by the administration it purports to act against, Cia must choose whom to trust. Read full book review >

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THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 4, 2013

"Though genre elements are in place, this page-turner earns an A for freshness. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)"
There are no grades in this dystopian future—only survival. Read full book review >

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SKATING ON THE EDGE by Joelle Charbonneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Rebecca's amusing third continues to flesh out its continuing characters while providing an eccentric bunch of murder suspects."
A skating rink owner is involved in yet another murder. Read full book review >

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SKATING UNDER THE WIRE by Joelle Charbonneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"The fourth entry in Charbonneau's amusing series is her best, combining the usual quirky characters with more romance and a surprising denouement."
Who would kill a sweet, elderly nursing home resident? Read full book review >

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SKATING OVER THE LINE by Joelle Charbonneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Rebecca's second (Skating Around the Law, 2010) features the Midwest's laid-back answer to Stephanie Plum in another funny, spunky romp."
A small-town girl who yearns to go back to Chicago is saddled with a reputation as a crime fighter. Read full book review >

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SKATING AROUND THE LAW by Joelle Charbonneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Funny and sexy, with a teasing mystery. Janet Evanovich fans will find Charbonneau's debut a good fix while they're waiting for Stephanie Plum's latest."
A country-born urbanite's return to the big city is delayed by murder. Read full book review >

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WHITE HARVEST by Louis Charbonneau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 27, 1994

"A thoughtless retelling of stale material."
Charbonneau (Stalk, 1992) shows little imagination in this by- the-numbers thriller. Read full book review >

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WALTZING IN RAGTIME by Eileen Charbonneau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Still, Charbonneau has the strength of sentimental involvement and worthy concerns, reminding one repeatedly of the tireless romantic homilies of Howard Fast."
Successful YA author Charbonneau's first adult novel, set in San Francisco and environs in the first years of the 20th century, is a tumble of old timey romance (po' man, both uneducated and noble, and proud rich man's daughter); murders and assaults; adventures in bed; triumphs in healing; and scenes of crime and uplift in the city. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL'S MENAGERIE by Louis Charbonneau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 1996

"Mediocre thriller work—and, at times, flat-out awful."
A weary retread of Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me, by the author of, most recently, The Magnificent Siberian (1995). Read full book review >