Search Results: "Matthew Swanson"


BOOK REVIEW

BABIES RUIN EVERYTHING by Matthew Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2016

"Such a familiar theme needs something to distinguish the book that revisits it, and that something is missing here. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A long-winded, first-person treatise on a well-worn theme is delivered by a new big sister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REAL MCCOYS by Matthew Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fourth-grader Moxie McCoy must solve the crime of the century when the school mascot goes missing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERYWHERE, WONDER by Matthew Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Whether this has children writing their own stories or not, its expansive exhortation should definitely get them noticing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture-book call to dream and to create. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GLASS FOREST by Cynthia Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"More soapy than suspenseful."
A young mother navigates the secrets her handsome husband seems to be hiding after his brother commits suicide in Swanson's (The Bookseller, 2015) second novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS by Doug Swanson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Even though it's more straightforward that most of Jack's Hiaasenesque carnivals of crime, this one shows once more the folly of stocking your barrel with ordinary fish when you could fill it with fish who swim in circles, kill each other, and stick out their tongues."
When the two-bit police force of Luster, Texas, picks up Wesley Joy for speeding, pulls him in for the smidgen of heroin they find, and learns that the car he's driving was spotted leaving a drug-killing scene, Wesley, "lawyer to the stars of scum," is in a pickle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MESMER'S DISCIPLE by Edward Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"History, action, the supernatural and intelligent discourse; this novel holds something for everyone."
Set in 1840s St. Louis and New York, this historical supernatural thriller pits Alvord Rawn, a vigilante-style New York cop with anger management issues, against Count Abendroth, a demonic mesmerist who has painter Charles Deas in his thrall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Madoc's Legacy by Edward Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2014

"A rollicking, rip-roaring novel, big and wild as the American frontier."
Brawls and battles ensue when a trapping party encounters a weird tribe deep in the wilds of 19th-century Upper Michigan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LIFE WORTHWHILE by K.C. Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Awkward prose undermines this story of troubled siblings, despite its strong sense of place."
Brothers cope with difficult circumstances in this debut novel set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Siren Spell by Cidney  Swanson
Released: Nov. 14, 2015

"A delightful drama with well-done supernatural elements that heighten the themes of anger and forgiveness."
In this YA novel from Swanson (Perilous: A Ripple Novel, 2015, etc), a ballet-obsessed teenager in Oregon confronts dangerous sirens, her family's mysterious history, and, most frightening of all, the need to forgive her mom. Read full book review >

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OH MY GODDESS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Freya by Matthew Laurence

Cover Story: Photo Op
BFF Charm: Natalie Imbruglia
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Modern Theology
Bonus Factor: Gods and Goddesses (+ Diversity)
Factor: Open-Ended
Relationship Status: Agnostic

Cover Story: Photo Op

Although the wings on this cover are more colorful than the DeLand Wings, everything about the image reminds me of the photos I’ve ...


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