Search Results: "Yelena Black"


BOOK REVIEW

DANCE OF SHADOWS by Yelena Black
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 24, 2012

"Care and attention to details of the ballet cannot compensate for slipshod plotting; both balletomanes and urban-fantasy fans should look elsewhere. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)"
An overheated debut mixes high-stakes ballet education with the occult. Read full book review >

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Released: April 3, 2012

"If you haven't discovered this series yet, get going; if you're already a fan, why are you even reading this review? (Urban fantasy/thriller. 14 & up)"
The conclusion to Black's brilliant and unusual Curse Workers trilogy lives up to its predecessors. Read full book review >

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Black by Joan Vassar
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A daring romance full of adventure and striking period detail."
Antebellum romance between a heroic liberator and the enslaved woman he loves. Read full book review >

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BLACK by Christopher Whitcomb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2004

"A thriller debut that's driven by veracity—too much of it at times: Savile Row! Ferragamo! Hugo Boss!—tethered to a fraught reality that may well be happening right now."
A neatly constructed debut, with all the black op trimmings—and a neurotic amount of brand-naming—by Whitcomb (Cold Zero, 2001), who's been in the belly of this beast as a member of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE by Benjamin Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"The portrait of 1950s LA is less precise than Chandler's, but the aging, reflective Marlowe is appropriately sententious. A treat for fans, even if they end up throwing it across the room."
Man Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville, already disguised as mystery writer Black (Holy Orders, 2013, etc.), goes under even deeper cover to imitate Raymond Chandler in this flavorsome pastiche. Read full book review >

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FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"To be continued. (Fiction. YA)"
Laugh-out-loud funny, this engaging, high-concept novel about a 17-year-old boy's world, both real and imaginary, is a story that teases, building up reader suspense and expectation then refusing to deliver. Read full book review >

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BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Bloated and banal. (Paranormal romance. 14-16)"
Eyes will roll. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE PERFECT PRINCESS PARTY by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A chuckle-inducing, entirely worthy stand-alone follow-up to the terrific The Princess in Black (2014). (Fantasy. 5-7)"
Princess Magnolia's perfect birthday party's threatened by constant monster alarms, summoning her secret identity again and again. Read full book review >

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BLACK CROW, BLACK CROW by Ginger Foglesong Guy
ANIMALS
Released: April 26, 1991

"A happy fusion of unusual idea, melodious words, and charmingly lucid art. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A repetitive, lyrical text (``Black crow, black crow, what do you caw about?/What do you jaw about high in your tree?/I wake up my children, my small sleeping children...'')with just a few words changed in each versetakes a crow and her young through a day, from ``high in the sky'' to ``home in your nest.'' Parker pictures the young crows, who wear simple clothes and have toys, engaged in activities (eating, playing) paralleled by the child who asks the questions. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK STALLION AND THE LOST CITY by Steven Farley
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 2011

"Readers are better off sticking to the originals. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The Black Stallion battles flesh-eating mares in this strange, off-putting addition to the late Walter Farley's series, written by his son. Read full book review >

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PANIC IN A SUITCASE by Yelena Akhtiorskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2014

"Akhtiorskaya's sideways humor allows rays of genuine emotion to filter through the social and domestic satire."
Given current events, Akhtiorskaya's debut—concerning an immigrant family's ambivalent ties to America and those who choose to stay behind in Ukraine—could not be more timely. Read full book review >