Search Results: "R.J. Anderson"


BOOK REVIEW

A POCKET FULL OF MURDER by R.J.  Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Thoroughly entertaining. (Fantasy.10-14)"
Their mother's death and their father's struggle to find work have taken a toll on the four Breck sisters: Annagail, the eldest, has left school for a factory job; young Lilet and Mimmi endure day care; and would-be writer Isaveth, following a recipe in the Book of Common Magic, has begun baking spell-tablets to sell on the street. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUICKSILVER by R.J. Anderson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2013

"Luckily, Anderson's strong characters and rare knack for weaving contemporary realism and emotional authenticity into hard science fiction should keep even readers in the know engaged. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Alison's nemesis from Ultraviolet (2011) narrates the overlapping events in this mostly successful sequel-cum-companion piece. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ULTRAVIOLET by R.J. Anderson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In bracing contrast to her passive, vampire-fodder counterparts, Alison steers her own course throughout her multi-layered journey—a thoroughly enjoyable ride. (author's note) (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Once upon a time "science fiction" was not invariably preceded by "dystopian," nor was it just a handy synonym for "paranormal." This breath of fresh air reintroduces readers to traditional science fiction, with the bonus of a strong heroine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAERY REBELS by R.J.  Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Not much girl power here. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Bryony might be a sweetly pretty faery living in an oak tree, but this fierce pixie certainly doesn't live a sweetly pretty life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LITTLE TASTE OF POISON by R.J.  Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"With its ornate, Regency-esque setting and intricate plot packed with mysterious twists and turns (plus a few serious themes), this sequel is part melodrama, part comedy, and all-around good fun. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to A Pocket Full of Murder (2015), Isaveth's magical invention having proved vastly profitable for Glow-Mor, the company president rewards her with a scholarship to exclusive Tarreton College, where she excels at Sagery but is snubbed by its aristocratic students. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE'RE ALL WONDERS by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"A feel-good volume lacking the wonder of Wonder. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Auggie, from the bestselling novel Wonder (2012), returns as a picture-book protagonist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANNIVERSARY MAN by R.J. Ellory
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2010

"Ellory's prose is rather colorless, the plot lacks pace and momentum and Irving, at the center of it, is lackluster."
Uneven thriller about a New York City police detective who tracks a copycat serial killer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINTS OF NEW YORK by R.J. Ellory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2014

"Ellory (City of Lies, 2013, etc.) tells a compelling story with a well-drawn hero who's admirable if not always likable—even if the ending wraps all the loose ends a little too tidily."
A tense psychological thriller about an emotionally damaged New York City homicide cop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BREAKTHROUGH by R.J. Pineiro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A rough-and-tumble entertainment with violent action and plot twists aplenty."
The development of a revolutionary new computer chip by a Silicon Valley scientist puts him and his colleagues in mortal peril from the US and German governments—in a suspenseful, transnational thriller from Pineiro (Exposure, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALICE AND THE ASSASSIN by R.J. Koreto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"The first daughter's lively personality, her chemistry with her Secret Service agent, and Koreto's (Death Among Rubies, 2016, etc.) detailed knowledge of turn-of-the century New York City make for an entertaining series debut."
Determined young Alice Roosevelt investigates the killing of her father Theodore's predecessor, William McKinley. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BODY by R.J. Martin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This morass of subplots and clichés can easily be ignored. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Is there anything but the priesthood in Jonah's future? Read full book review >