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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THERE'S A MONSTER IN OUR WOOD
by Sarah Pitre

BOOK REPORT for The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Cover Story: Not Too Shrubbery Shabby

BFF Charm: Yay!

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Twist of Fae

Bonus Factors: Fairies, Joan of Arc, LGBTQ

Relationship Status: Enchanted


Cover Story: Not Too Shrubbery Shabby

As a person who still couldn't quite believe that she ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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THE PERFECT FRIEND by Yelena Romanova
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2005

"The charm is in the child-like behavior of dog Archie; adults will grin at the wry twist on 'dog is man's best friend,' and kids will love Archie in his flower-print shorts and expressive, big floppy ears. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Archie the dog longs for a friend to play with, a real friend who would play ball, not like the goldfish, turtle or rabbit his parents got him. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH AND ZENOBIA by Jessica  Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Eerie and dazzling—a perfect book for a dark and stormy afternoon or a favorite graveyard reading spot. (Horror. 9-13)"
Debut novelist Miller concocts a blend of Gothic horror and spine-tingling mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"Insightful, poignant, and rife with honest revelations. (Photographs—32 pp.—not seen.)"
The story of a black Russian's life in pre-glasnost Russia, and of her quest to discover and connect with her American and African roots. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 2007

"Bedside reading for Karl Rove wannabes preparing for 2008."
Why have recent US national elections been so close? It's the regions, stupid. Read full book review >

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VALIANT by Holly Black
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"Val's story, while not the best of the genre, makes for a compelling, edgy read complete with faerie murders and shaven-headed heroines. (Fantasy. YA)"
Murdered mermaids, runaways addicted to magical drugs and trolls inhabit a New York City that draws heavily on the conventions of urban fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE POISON EATERS AND OTHER STORIES by Holly Black
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Sly humor, vivid characters, each word perfectly chosen: These stories deserve reading again and again. (Short stories/fantasy. 13 & up)"
Black's first story collection assures her place as a modern fantasy master. Read full book review >