Search Results: "Kristin Cashore"


BOOK REVIEW

JANE, UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Not for everyone, but adventurous readers will find it charming, thought-provoking, and utterly sui generis. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
A seemingly innocuous choice leads to wildly divergent potential futures in a genre-busting departure for a lauded fantasy author (Bitterblue, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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FIRE by Kristin Cashore
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Fresh, hopeful, tragic and glorious. (Fantasy. YA)"
A jewel-toned companion to Graceling (2008) inverts the trope of the exotic, gifted, irresistible fantasy heroine. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2012

"Devastating and heartbreaking, this will be a disappointment for readers looking for a conventional happy ending. But those willing to take the risk will—like Bitterblue—achieve something even more precious: a hopeful beginning. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Building on the plots and themes of the award-winning Graceling (2008) and its companion Fire (2009), this rich and poignant fantasy grapples with the messy aftermath of destroying an evil overlord. Read full book review >

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GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Grace-full, in every sense. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
An assured fantasy debut grapples with questions of identity, authenticity and autonomy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL BEAUTY by Kristin Roskifte
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"It rarely comes amiss to give superficiality a poke in the eye, but this is an awfully sharp stick. (Picture book. 5-9) "
Denizens of the zoo become slaves to fashion, with predictably unfortunate results. Read full book review >

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SHADOW OF THE WAR MACHINE by Kristin Bailey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Clever machines, well-drawn relationships of varying constellations, literal death traps and world-threatening intrigue, headlined by an aspirational heroine, make this a winner. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
The high-stakes conclusion of Meg's quest to become an Amusementist and find her missing grandfather. Read full book review >

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ABC.DC by Kristin Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Though some of it may sail over the audience's heads, this shot at early art appreciation is certainly worth the chance. (iPad alphabet app. 4-8)"
Choice reproductions of artwork from the National Gallery of Art are matched with letters and words for some amusing, very simple interplay with readers. Read full book review >

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NOBODY BUT US by Kristin Halbrook
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Random violence and mistaken passion find a bleak end. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Desperate to escape her violent father, 15-year-old Zoe agrees to run away with her 18-year-old boyfriend, Will. Read full book review >

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WHEN YOU WISH by Kristin Harmel
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Better written than the usual fluff of this type, and fun for girls who wish they were stars. (Fiction. YA)"
Star Beck, a 17-year-old pop sensation à la Britney Spears, can't stand her insane, publicity-driven life or her stage-mother from Hell. Read full book review >

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THE BEST BAD LUCK I EVER HAD by Kristin Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Dit and Emma are likable protagonists, and the growth of their friendship, along with Dit's emerging moral conscience, make this a fine debut novel by an author to watch. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Emma Walker comes to Moundville, Ala., with her father, the new postmaster, Harry "Dit" Sims feels it's "the worst piece of bad luck" he's ever had. Read full book review >

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CHEAT by Kristin Butcher
CLASSICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A speedy read, though light in construction. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
Laurel is a fledgling reporter who has inadvertently hit front-page gold with a hot scoop. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF STORY BEGINNINGS by Kristin Kladstrup
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"The resolution spans the storied world and Lucy's own; committed fantasy fans might enjoy the metaphysical journey. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Magic connects three generations of the Iowan Martin family in this densely plotted fantasy. Read full book review >