Search Results: "Olivia Samms"


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SKETCHY by Olivia Samms
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 30, 2013

"Urgently paced, this teen murder mystery weaves in elements of the supernatural to draw a vivid tale of suspense. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
Bea's artistic talents take on a psychic dimension when a classmate is raped and left for dead. Read full book review >

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THE CIRCUS by Olivia Levez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 13, 2017

"A beautiful and unforgettable story about a girl who learns she must lose who she thought she was before she can become who she's meant to be. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Part-Romanian, "dark as a gypsy" Willow Stephens has been raised by nannies and posh boarding schools. Read full book review >

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NEVER MIND MISS FOX by Olivia Glazebrook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Although the hidden incident at the core is predictable and banal, Glazebrook creates an air of faintly comic menace that grows more intense as the novel proceeds."
A seemingly stable marriage is threatened when a woman from the couple's past reappears in Londoner Glazebrook's second novel (The Trouble With Alice, 2013). Read full book review >

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IN THE MOMENT by Olivia Jake
ROMANCE

"An appealing, effortless erotic tale geared toward contemporary women."
Samantha Davis, an alpha female who runs her own advertising firm, meets her match in her latest client, a domineering Frenchman who seduces her into submission in Jake's debut erotic romance. Read full book review >

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SWITCHEROO by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Contrived, yes, but hysterically funny—and after reflecting on the invisibility of women, the reader may find it no more contrived than, say, a Shakespearean comedy. (Film rights to New Line Cinema; $200,000 ad/promo; author tour; TV satellite tour)"
More monumental high-concept from Goldsmith (Marrying Mom, 1996, etc.), this time in a wonderfully funny fable about a wife and mistress who reverse roles—and a husband who apparently can't tell the difference. Read full book review >

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NOTES ON A NEAR-LIFE EXPERIENCE by Olivia Birdsall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"As in life, there is no happily ever after here, just poignant realization that life's circumstances must be worked through and accepted with a great deal of contemplation, understanding and counseling. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Mia's vision of her perfect upper-middle-class family lifestyle abruptly changes with very little warning or explanation when her father moves out. Read full book review >

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THE ISLAND by Olivia Levez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Not all readers will embrace this novel's haunting, open-ended conclusion, but those who do will find much to appreciate and discuss. (Adventure. 13-16)"
A teen struggles against both nature and her own past experiences in a reflective survival tale. Read full book review >

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DUMPING BILLY by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2004

"Pleasant enough, but strictly for fans."
The late Goldsmith (The First Wives Club, 1992, etc.) sticks to the bestselling formula of women looking for love in her final book: sadly, a predictable, clichéd, and caricature-ridden portrait of a Manhattan career woman entangled by the outer-borough roots she tries desperately to leave behind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 1994

"Despite sometimes simplistic or redundant prose and occasional lapses in clarity and consistency (new money types not covered in the original quiz keep cropping up), this should be a useful aid for both individuals and couples to resolve their money conflicts."
A thoughtful, thorough workbook designed by a psychotherapist who has been leading seminars on the subject since 1982. Read full book review >

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SYMPATHY by Olivia  Sudjic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"An intriguing premise delivered in turgid prose."
A first-time novelist considers identity and obsession in the digital age. Read full book review >