Reviews and Blog Posts: Islands

The war within

by Yolanda Wallace

Reviewer Rating:
3

A romance novel with 2 couples that are unlike those you typically find starring in love stories. Meredith and Natalie first met in 1967 while serving as nurses in Vietnam. They felt an instant connection, but Meredith chose the more socially acceptable path and married George. 47 years later, the...

The last kings of Sark : a novel

by Rosa Rankin-Gee

Reviewer Rating:
4

The nostalgia of an idyllic island summer is fully felt in this debut novel. Recent college graduate Jude (not the expected young man) has been hired to tutor 16-year-old Pip for the college exams he has no intention of passing. Along with the Pip's family's cook, Sofi, the young almost-adults...

We were liars

by E Lockhart

Reviewer Rating:
5

Cadence spends her summers on a remote island with her cousins and Gat, the boy she is growing to love. But she struggles to remember what happened during her 15th summer--a summer where she knows tragedy occurred.

This is an excellent and twisty read. I recommend it to teens and adults...

The scorpio races

by Maggie Stiefvater

Reviewer Rating:
5

This is the story of Sean, and Puck, and the capaill uisce (a breed of vicious water horses), and Dove (Puck's normal horse), and the island of Thisby. Thisby is a place seemingly out of time, an important character in this book, with its history, traditions, and characters who know...

The Scorpio Races

by Maggie Stiefvater

Reviewer Rating:
4

Every November on the isolated island of Thisby is the same: the carnivorous water horses, or capaill uisce, emerge from the wintry waters off the coast and are captured by locals hoping to win the annual Scorpio Races. Seventeen-year-old Sean Kendrick has won the last four races, and this year...

Cold skin

by Albert Sánchez

Reviewer Rating:
5

A morose WWI veteran travels thousands of miles by steamship to accept the position of Weather Official on an isolated, Antarctic island. The island's only other resident is a demented lighthouse keeper. Or so it seems. Within hours of assuming his post, our unnamed protagonist is beset by unimaginable horrors.

Pocketful of names

by Joe Coomer

Reviewer Rating:
5

There are "three things worth doing in life: making something new, caring for something old, and finding something lost." An artist living a contemplative existence on a tiny island off the coast of Maine encounters all three in a single year of change and discovery. Happily resigned to a solitary...

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