Search Results: "Sarah Prineas"


BOOK REVIEW

WINTERLING by Sarah Prineas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"There's no flashy pyrotechnic wizardry to dazzle here, but the right readers will find refreshment in a tale as muted and miraculous as the return of spring. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An atmospheric middle-grade fantasy ties the coming of age to the turning of the year. Read full book review >

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SARAH by Marek Halter
Released: May 4, 2004

"Halter fleshes out the scriptural account with rich and credible portraits of contemporary life and history, even if his narration ('There was a quivering in her belly that had nothing to do with fear or anger') occasionally descends to the level of the bodice-buster."
The prizewinning French author re-creates the story of Abraham and Sarah and the unlikely steps that led to their giving birth to both Judaism and the Jewish people. Read full book review >

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SARAH by J.T. LeRoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Not exactly a laugh riot, but not as unrelievedly sordid as a plot synopsis might suggest."
Scary, sad, and way, way out there, Leroy's picaresque debut novel follows a young boy through southern truckstops, where "lot lizards" turn tricks for drivers whose tastes run from women to transvestites to boys in jeans. Read full book review >

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SUMMERKIN by Sarah Prineas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"A disappointment; but the beauty of the Summerlands and the graceful prose that captures it still bring hope for further books in the series. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A middle-grade fantasy sequel strives for lyricism but has to settle for earnestness. Read full book review >

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ROSE & THORN by Sarah Prineas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Pleasant but slight and, unfortunately, less than it might have been. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
Prineas is back with another high-concept fairy-tale retelling, this time tackling "Sleeping Beauty." Read full book review >

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ASH & BRAMBLE by Sarah Prineas
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Torn between fairy tale, romance, and almost dystopic rebellion tale, this doesn't entirely cohere despite the fantastic imagination fueling it; still, flaws notwithstanding, this retelling is not without charm. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A girl, a shoe, a clock, a prince: familiar elements are here remixed into a very different "Cinderella." Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC THIEF: FOUND by Sarah Prineas
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"The author brings the story to a strong close, too—but, good news, she has admitted in an interview to considering further sequels. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The wild magical menace barely fended off in Magic Thief: Lost (2009) is headed for the town of Wellmet, and only the guttersnipe-turned-wizard's apprentice Connwaer and his gruff master, Nevery Flinglas, realize the danger. Read full book review >

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HOME by Sarah Prineas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Contrivances, filler and laboriously manufactured suspense stall a formerly nimble fantasy series. (map, cast list, menu) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Gutterboy-turned-wizard Conn once again saves his beloved city from magical and other disasters while irritating friends and enemies alike. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC THIEF by Sarah Prineas
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"All in all a sturdy start, illustrated with Caparo's realistic portraits at the chapter heads and reminiscent of Angie Sage's Septimus Heap tales (Queste, 2008, etc.) in style and setting. (map; glossary, runes and biscuit recipe not seen) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
An uncommonly engaging young narrator kicks this debut fantasy ahead of the general run. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC THIEF by Sarah Prineas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

Apprentice magician Conn battles a new magical threat while continuing to drive friend and foe alike mad with irritation in this headlong sequel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHUNNING SARAH by Julie Kramer
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Riley's obtuseness makes her a uniquely incompetent detective, an investigative reporter constantly surprised by developments less likely to ambush seasoned genre fans."
Another hot tip from her best informant, her mother, leads TV reporter Riley Spartz (Killing Kate, 2011, etc.) far from the Twin Cities to a murder among the Amish community in misnamed Harmony, Minn. Read full book review >

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SARAH CONLEY by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Gilchrist keeps you in the palm of her hand when she tells a story, even if it's one that won't be remembered half an hour after it's over."
The 13th work of fiction from Gilchrist (The Courts of Love, 1996, etc.), who here tries to give the standard midlife crisis story some fresh vigor by dropping a suddenly eligible old flame into the cast of characters. Read full book review >