Reviews and Blog Posts: secrets

Memory of water

by Emmi Itäranta

Reviewer Rating:
4

A book for fans of dystopias that are thoughtful and measured vs. action packed. Climate change has changed the world, and the Scandinavian Union is experiencing a water shortage and great restrictions from the ruling government of New Qian. We don't learn much about what's happening in the world outside,...

Death sworn

by Leah Cypess

Reviewer Rating:
3

Ileni used to be the most powerful and promising sorceress of her people, but when her magic begins to fade, the Elders give her a task tantamount to a death sentence: enter the Assassins' Caves as the sect's new magic tutor and find out how the last two tutors were...

Bittersweet : a novel

by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Reviewer Rating:
4

Here is the problem I have with this novel: the ending is much too neat for all the suspense and horror the narrative creates. I wanted to start with this statement, because it is the only negative comment I have to say about it.

Bittersweet is the name of a cottage...

The snow queen

by Michael Cunningham

Reviewer Rating:
3

The Snow Queen is a story about two brothers, Barrett and Tyler Meeks and Tyler’s soon to be wife, Beth who is dying of cancer with a few friends thrown in for good measure. It is a character driven story that follows the protagonists over a span of years. They...

PostSecret : extraordinary confessions from ordinary lives

by Frank (Frank C.) Warren

Reviewer Rating:
4

Frank Warren invited people to send him secrets anonymously on postcards as part of a community art project.  Some are fantastically artistic.  Some are insightful.  Some are heartbreaking.  Some are deep.  Some are dark.  Some are very dark.  All are fascinating... 

The world we found

by Thrity N Umrigar

Reviewer Rating:
4

Friends during the 1970s in college in Bombay, the lives of Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta have gone in very different directions from their days as activist students, ready to change the world. Armaiti has left for America. Nishta, admired for choosing a life with the man she loved even...

The monster variations

by Daniel Kraus

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Monster Variations follows Willie, Reggie, and James during a summer that will change all of their lives forever. Someone in town is killing young boys by running them down with a menacing silver truck, and there is nothing to protect them except for a curfew and some not so...

Revived

by Cat Patrick

Reviewer Rating:
4
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Daisy has a huge secret that she cant share with anyone. Shes died. Five times. She is a test subject using the (cleverly named) drug Revive to bring her back. Now that shes finally making friends, how will she keep her secret? And why is she being followed? When she...

The girl in the park

by Mariah Fredericks

Reviewer Rating:
4

Rain has always struggled to speak, but she's going to have to find her voice now if she's going to help figure out who killed her former best friend, Wendy Geller, in Central Park. Yes, Wendy was a bit tipsy when Rain saw her at the party, but she doesn't...

The summer I learned to fly

by Dana Reinhardt

Reviewer Rating:
4

Drew doesnt have much hope for the summer before her 8th grade year being anything special. Shes working at her mom's cheese shop (for free), dreaming of her imaginary romance with her co-worker Nick, and hanging out with her pet rat and her dead father's Book of Lists. Drews small...

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