Search Results: "Talia Vance"


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SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 11, 2013

"Fun and tightly plotted, if a bit formulaic. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
A young woman who assists with her dad's private-investigation business is drawn to a stormy newcomer in this mystery that features glimmers of Austen's revered tale. Read full book review >

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GOLD  by Talia Vance
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2013

"Light on worldbuilding but full of steamy romance. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
After the climactic battles that ended Silver (2012), teen bandia Brianna Paxton heads to rural Ireland but finds she can escape neither her destiny nor her many pursuers. Read full book review >

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SILVER by Talia Vance
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"A quick read with some interesting fantasy elements, but the passive heroine and sometimes-confusing worldbuilding disappoint. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
Brianna Paxton has always suspected she is invisible to boys. Read full book review >

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JERUSALEM MAIDEN by Talia Carner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2011

"A welcome glimpse into a little-understood world."
A young woman struggles against strict Orthodox traditions to realize her inner artist. Read full book review >

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HOTEL MOSCOW by Talia Carner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Still, the novel sheds much-needed light on this turbulent period in Russian history."
An American investment adviser, on a mission to counsel businesswomen in post-glasnost Russia, encounters corruption, organized crime, and extreme sexism. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE CANVAS by Alexander Vance
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Plenty of vivid, painterly action scenes carry the day. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Claudia Miravista, a lonely sixth-grader who loves creating and viewing artwork, becomes involved in an unusual task: rescuing a boy named Pim from a mysterious land behind the world's art canvases. Read full book review >

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NIGHT LAMP by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Storyteller Vance is in top form here: the result is uneven in places, perhaps, but always astonishing and enthralling."
Another adventure/drama set in Vance's inimitable far-future Gaean Reach (Throy, 1993, etc.), encompassing thousands of inhabited planets. Read full book review >

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IDENTITY by Steve Vance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

The serial killings perpetrated by sociopath Calvin Bryant ranked high on the FBI's Most Grisly list until Special Agent Russell Montgomery put an end to them. Read full book review >

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LURULU by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Languorous, occasionally repetitive—but this is quintessential Vance: rich, eccentric, nourished from roots deep in the human psyche."
Belated sequel or, better, the missing last section of Ports of Call (1998), a picaresque travel-adventure from the master storyteller and stylist. Read full book review >

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THE FIVE GOLD BANDS by Jack Vance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1993

"Entertaining but by no means essential."
The first hardback edition of Vance's 1950 short novel—a space opera wherein picaresque adventurer Paddy Blackthorne and his Earth cop-sidekick Fay Bursill team up to search for an important secret (how to manufacture a space drive) that, for safekeeping, has been divided into five parts and concealed at different locations. Read full book review >

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OMG... I DID IT AGAIN?! by Talia Aikens-Nuñez
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"A sweet romp for young readers who like humor and magic. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Now that she has become a witch, April encounters an unexpected challenge: without ever meaning to do it, she conjures up elephants in her dreams. Read full book review >

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SIGHTS by Susanna Vance
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Although based on a worthwhile premise, Sights misses its mark. (Fiction. 9-14)"
An odd, awkward first novel that tries so hard that it loses its way. Read full book review >