Search Results: "Melina Bourne"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WINTER OF THE SEA DRAGON by Mary Davies
Released: Jan. 13, 2012

"A pleasing alchemy of wonderstruck magic and dark revenge."
In Davies' debut fantasy novel, the last of the sea dragons is about to end human life on Earth—but not if an orphan, her chums and a smattering of mythological creatures can help it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE BOURNE BETRAYAL by Eric Van Lustbader
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2007

"The book's implausibilities will probably not deter fans, but some may think twice about continuing with the series."
Jason Bourne takes on nuclear-armed Muslim fundamentalists in this over-the-top adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 5, 2012

"A carousel of stereotypes, devoid of suspense."
Jason Bourne is alive and well, but this, the 10th installment of the franchise, is tired. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI by Melina Marchetta
Released: April 1, 1999

"Some of the Australian expressions may be unfamiliar to US readers, but the emotions translate perfectly. (Fiction. 13-15)"
In this Australian import, Marchetta gets the voice of teenage angst just right in a hormone saturated coming-of-age story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUINTANA OF CHARYN by Melina Marchetta
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 23, 2013

"Readers will have a hard time forgetting the complex, deeply human characters that populate this multifaceted narrative. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Fans of Finnikin of the Rock (2010) and Froi of the Exiles (2012) will find deep satisfaction in this finale to the Lumatere Chronicles. This trilogy, taken as a whole, is stronger than each of its distinct parts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 13, 2012

"This epic has everything readers can ask for: great characters and a truly spectacular plot filled with romance, suspense, friendship and betrayal. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
With this, the second of the Lumatere Chronicles, fans will be delighted to learn more about this fantasy world and their favorite characters from Finnikin of the Rock (2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Buy it for lovers of Marchetta's school stories, but its true audience is readers of fantasies like Kristin Cashore's Graceling (2008) and Christopher Paolini's Inheritance series. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Cursed by a dying wise woman, the land of Lumatere waits for its lost heir to open the walled gates and free the population from a depraved and predatory usurper who killed their royal family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Though sometimes obscured by war whoops and thick flights of arrows, a fascinating examination of what happens to religions when worlds collide. (maps, 8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A former editor of American Heritage argues that the religions and religious leaders of indigenous Americans affected in profound ways the Europeans—Protestant and Catholic—who sought in our early centuries to convert and/or massacre American Indians. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 8, 1992

"Solid scholarship, leavened with wit and charm: a delightful excursion into the American past. (Fifty b&w photographs.)"
Charles Dickens, during his American lecture tour, compared traveling by canal to ``a whirlwind''; but actress Fanny Kemble found the whole experience to be ``a humiliation.'' So reports Bourne (The Red King's Rebellion, 1990), who, in this history of the Erie Canal and its rival waterways, paints a panoramic picture of 19th-century America that's as perceptive as it is entertaining. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOMORROW WAR by J.L. Bourne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A dark but captivating look at life inside a failed American society."
After the economy crashes, a covert-operations veteran faces the cruel realities of life off the grid and outside the law. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL by Melina Marchetta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Convoluted and unsubtle."
A disgraced London police investigator chases a bombing case across parts of Western Europe in teen author Marchetta's adult fiction debut. Read full book review >