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The Flame Alphabet

Whatever else it may be, Ben Marcus's new novel is certainly one of the more determined attempts at coupling high and low literary ambition I've seen lately.


You Against Me

In a way it is a modern take on Romeo and Juliet, though the consequences are less severe and I found it much more entertaining.


Hush

This is the first time I’ve ever read a romance novel with a human GPS, but hopefully not the last. I give Hush a B+ for being funny and sexy.


The Chaperone

It is clear why Ms. Moriarty has received glowing praise for “The Chaperone.” It is exquisite, and a delightful time capsule that I will be recommending to everyone. I suspect that readers who don’t normally read chick lit will also be enthralled with this wonderful novel.


Revived

As a book about showing grief and death, I think Revived does a fairly decent job. If I hadn’t read Fracture earlier this year, I might have been more impressed with it. But there’s too much left unexplained and vague that I can’t endorse it wholeheartedly to readers looking for more YA SF. C+


True Shot

True Shot is a fun thriller with some good snarky humor and a great male lead. The plot moves quickly, the speed of the romance (three days) is both lampshaded and well justified, and the main couple has good chemistry together.


Chaos Burning

I found Chaos Burning to be a compulsively readable paranormal romance, one that I recommend for interesting world building, page turning action, and a truly satisfying romance. I give Chaos Burning a B+.


The Hypnotist's Love Story: A Novel

"The Hypnotist's Love Story" was another delightful treat full of surprises, even when there were some darker moments. I can't wait to see what Ms. Moriarty comes up with next, as it's sure to be just as creative!


Summer at Seaside Cove

When I re-read Summer at Seaside Cove , the plot came back to me quickly. Even on the second read, it was enjoyable (and I will definitely read any sequels to it). I liked this book.


Mortal
Kirkus Reviews : Mortal (May 20, 2012)

A book that can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel by those who haven't read Book One.


Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov

A welcome new biography of the ruthless Red Army general who defeated the Nazis and then spent decades alternately disgraced and rehabilitated in Soviet Russia.


All Men Are Liars

A beguiling exercise in metafiction, one that tells an engrossing story from various perspectives while undermining the possibility of truth in storytelling.


An Unmarked Grave

How many wartime casualties and heroics from Bess does it take to exhaust a reader? Unfortunately, exactly this many, despite the author’s fierce antiwar sentiments. Readers weary of Bess can take refuge in Todd's Ian Rutledge series (The Confession, 2012, etc.).


Hell in the Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Journey From Guadalcanal to Peleliu

A thoroughly satisfying account of war in the South Pacific packed with fireworks, tragedy and horseplay.


Amped
Kirkus Reviews : Amped (May 16, 2012)

Provocative, with strong action sequences, but weak in character development and plotting.


Kingdom of Strangers: A Novel

Accomplished prose, an intricate mystery and insider Saudi scoop make for an unusual and winning combination.


Sea Change

Although the narrative can be painfully slow, White skillfully juggles the deceptions that nurture the novel's enigmas, until the surprising truth emerges.


The Craving

Starr doesn’t let plot development or characterization impede the flow of violence or improbable twists and turns in this tale about a guy who parents by allowing his 3-year-old to hang out with people-eating werewolves.


Blue Remembered Earth

Readers hoping for adventures in the mind-boggling fashion of Revelation Space may emerge dissatisfied but certainly not deterred.