Search Results: "Stacey Ballis"


BOOK REVIEW

OUT TO LUNCH by Stacey Ballis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A cozy meal, with dessert."
Ballis (Off the Menu, 2012, etc.) delves again into foodie women's lit with flavorful results. Read full book review >

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IF SNOWFLAKES TASTED LIKE FRUITCAKE by Stacey Previn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Like the fruitcake-flavored flakes, pass on this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An imaginative look at snowflakes and what we might do with them if they tasted of anything but winter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIND SPOT! by Stacey Previn
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2014

"The concepts have gone slightly askew, but the book can spark discussion, which just might be the only educational bent needed. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a style reminiscent of Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Previn uses die cuts and simple phrasing to explore many different kinds of spots. Read full book review >

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THE HUNT by Stacey Kade
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 22, 2014

"Overcoming a melodramatic start, this page-turner accelerates to a taut climax with full marks for the cliffhanger ending. (Science fiction/romance. 12-18)"
Desperate and on the run from GTX, Ariane needs the secret, emergency cache that Mark, her stepfather, hid for her, but relief at finding it is short-lived when she discovers the letter he left with it. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS OF THORNS by Stacey Jay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Those able to overlook the incomplete worldbuilding will find the compelling, fully fleshed romance and gems of truth scattered throughout the story satisfying and worth the effort. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Exiled warrior-princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty's daughter, attempts to save her brother and reclaim her throne. Read full book review >

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YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME by Stacey Jay
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Further, the unabashed borrowing from other works—when in danger, the hero experiences a Harry Potter-esque burning sensation in her scar—force comparisons that this uninspired horror-comedy would do better to avoid. (Horror. 13 & up)"
Zombie horror meets high-school drama in this derivative comedy about a girl who yearns for a normal life even as she struggles to master her role as a Settler of the undead. Read full book review >

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FOR THIS LIFE ONLY by Stacey Kade
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Poignant and powerful. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Jacob's near-death experience fails to live up to his Christian beliefs, he is desperate to find out the truth. The person he turns to in his fear and doubt shocks even him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 1994

"In all, provocative and accomplished."
Stacey, a magazine journalist, contends that Americans have become paranoid about food, especially about fat, and that our fears have taken the pleasure out of eating. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2002

"Roots of neurosis dug from a darkened, long-ago room."
Prolific magazine writer Stacey, whose praiseworthy debut (Consumed, 1997) examined America's obsession with food, resurrects from Victorian medical annals the clamor and intrigue once surrounding a celebrated case. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY by Susannah Stacey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 25, 1991

"Overall, then, a lesser, most eccentric effort."
The warmly appealing Superintendent Bone (Body of Opinion, etc.) takes a back seat here as the focus is on the bizarre and loathsome Clare family, dying off in bizarre and loathsome fashion: Finicky-clean Lionel Clare emerges from the carwash with his throat slit, while the mother he was estranged from, the morosely mad Miranda, and her twin brother Kay are left hand in hand in a gross parody of tenderness in their manor's oddly furnished (life-size mannequins abound) bedroom. Read full book review >

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A SEAHORSE YEAR by Stacey D’Erasmo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2004

"Iris Murdoch-lite but without Murdoch's light touch."
A typically atypical San Francisco family (two gay mothers and a gay father) restructure their lives after their son is diagnosed with schizophrenia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUTSIDE CHANCE by Lyndon Stacey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Just a few critical degrees hotter than tepid, and the sex is offstage. Safe thrills for the easily shocked."
A horse is hijacked and held for ransom and a reporter is hired to get to the bottom of things, as the race to supplant Dick Francis continues. Read full book review >