Reviewaka Archive


MARVELOUS DARETOPIAN NOVEL OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE


February 2017: The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle (JF) by Janet Fox, c2016

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

old castle-turned-school
their classmates are vanishing
ancient evil lives

ghostly, fast-paced adventure
jeweled with creepy nuance

                            MM

January 2017: Brightwood (JuvFic) by Tania Unsworth, c2016

Brightwood 

secluded mansion
she’s all alone to face a
sinister stranger

middle-grade read with intrigue
& a good dose of scary

                            MM

December 2016: The Last One by Alexandra Oliva, c2016

The Last One

television show
pushed to the limit, alone
a contest gone wrong

gripping survival story
in a blurred reality

                            MM

October/November 2016: Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica, c2016

Don’t You Cry

a missing best friend
linked by their digging for clues
obsessions collide

psychological thriller
keeps you guessing ’til the end

                            MM

September 2016: And the Trees Crept In (YA) by Dawn Kurtagich, c2016

And the Trees Crept In

cursed, decayed manor
hiding from the Creeper Man
spiral to madness

a modern gothic horror
terrifyingly eerie

                            MM

August 2016: The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone, c2016

The Hatching

modern day world-wide
plague of man-eating spiders
multiplied outlooks

fun scariness in need of
a sequel. Could not put down!

                            MM

July 2016: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, c2005

Poison Study

kingdom divided
choose: quick death or slow poison
Rebels, spies, intrique

richly detailed fantasy
of daring & dirty deeds

                            MM

June 2016: Abarat (YA) by Clive Barker, c2002

Abarat

epic adventures
archipelago of time
where dark forces stir

splendidly strange fantasy
an all-time marve favorite

                            MM

May 2016: Watchers by Dean Koontz, c1987

Watchers

genetic research
hybrid dog and vicious beasts
true, pure redemption

thrilling chase that does not stop
edge-of-your-seat powerful

                            MM

April 2016: Variant (YA) by Robison Wells, c2011

Variant

school with no adults
his future hopes turn into
a fight for his life

quickly paced sci-fi thriller
topped with a crazy-good twist

                            MM

March 2016: If I Run by Terri Blackstock, c2016

If I Run

bad cops & good cops
she must prove her innocence
against corruption

many mysteries in one
heart-racing, cliff-hanging end

                            MM

February 2016: The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon, c2014

The Word Exchange

when logophiles wane
gadget dependence ascends
unseaming language

brainy dystopia with
secret clubs & deadly tech

                            MM

January 2016: Vengeance Road (YA) by Erin Bowman, c2015

Vengeance Road

endless dust and heat
her father murdered for clues
in madness of gold

Spaghetti Western in print
captures the Wild West spirit

                            MM

December 2015: NEED (YA) by Joelle Charbonneau, c2015

NEED

one small town high school
social media gone bad
no one can stop it

young adult take on Stephen
King's Needful Things. Creepy good!

                            MM

November 2015: Nightfall (YA) by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski, c2015

Nightfall

distant day island
turns dark . . . three teens left behind
to escape the Night

eerie survival story
with terrifying creatures

                            MM

October 2015: The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe (YA) by Dan Poblocki, c2013

The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe

dark fantasy game
mutated humanoid beast
evil in the woods

horror story with a shock
set in creepy atmosphere

                            MM

September 2015: The Night Gardener (JF) by Jonathan Auxier, c2014

The Night Gardener

creepy manor house
two Irish orphans entrapped
evil enchantments

good old-fashioned spooky tale
best read under the covers!

                            MM

August 2015: The Martian by Andy Weir, c2014

The Martian

left behind on Mars
clever humor, brilliant mind
must fend for himself

expertly read audio-
book not to be missed.  Awesome!

                            MM

July 2015: Uglies (YA) by Scott Westerfeld, c2005

Uglies

extreme surgery:
to conform or to challenge
one's identity

perfect beauty, betrayal,
action, hoverboards, & more!

                            MM

June 2015: Fallout (YA) by Todd Strasser, c2013

Fallout

alternate 'sixties
too many people in one
crowded bomb shelter

realistic, disturbing
excellent use of flashbacks

                            MM

May 2015: Bird Box (YA) by Josh Malerman, c2014

Bird Box

eyes must be closed tight
seeing brings insanity
survival horror

brilliantly creepy, taut with
tension, expertly crafted

                            MM

April 2015: Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall, c2014

Goodhouse

startling, grim future
set of genetic markers
eugenic control

dystopia for adults
based partly on true events

                            MM

March 2015: The Testing (YA) by Joelle Charbonneau, c2013

The Testing

rising body count
teens pushed to the breaking point
trust no one to pass

harsh, intense exams become
gruesome as threats mount. Gripping.

                            MM

February 2015: The Paladin Prophecy (YA) by Mark Frost, c2012

The Paladin Prophecy

exclusive prep school
finds superhuman talents
an ancient struggle

fun, intense non-stop action
battling Never-Was monsters

                            MM

January 2015: This Dark Endeavor (YA) by Kenneth Oppel, c2011

This Dark Endeavor

gothic Swiss chateau
mad genius in the making
pushing boundaries

forbidden, dangerous quest
marvelously intense take

                            MM

December 2014: In the After (YA) by Demitria Lunetta, c2013

In the After

life destroyed by Them
the target on her back grows
dangerous creatures

fast-paced, thrilling whirlwind of
twists & turns to consume you

                            MM

November 2014: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, c2006

The Road

decimated land
nameless man & his young son
moving through ashes

frightening novel explores
the best & the worst in us

                            MM

October 2014: The Circle by Dave Eggers, c2013

The Circle

digital future
ubiquitous company
becoming public

satirical remonstrance
stealthy, sneaky scariness

                            MM

September 2014: Don't Turn Around (YA) by Michelle Gagnon, c2012

Don't Turn Around

runaways' rough world
woke up with chest cut open
running off the grid

hackers' dangerous mission
must be prepared to read more

                            MM

August 2014: Maggot Moon (YA) by Sally Gardner, c2012

Maggot Moon

everything's hopeless
people struggling to exist
ruthless regime's plot

told in brutal, brief chapters
dark, haunting, packs a wallop

                            MM

July 2014: A Matter of Days (YA) by Amber Kizer, c2013

A Matter of Days

Blustar pandemic
survivors or statistics?
trek across country

lawlessness and destruction
humanity on the line

                            MM

June 2014: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, c1949

Nineteen Eighty-Four

thought-controlled future
life in a glass paperweight
evil runs amok

pure creepiness since it is
already happening now

                            MM

May 2014: Outlaw (YA) by Stephen Davies, c2011

Outlaw

Saharan desert
kidnapped brother and sister
who is the bad guy?

fascinating survival
tricks and power plays abound

                            MM

April 2014: Legend (YA) by Marie Lu, c2011

Legend

vicious government
pitted against each other:
vengeance, survival

action gathers momentum
hard-hitting intensity

                            MM

March 2014: Cinder (YA) by Marissa Meyer, c2012

Cinder

plague-ridden future
Lunars & Earthlings collide
wickedness unmasked

the evilest evil queen
and a cyborg steal the show

                            MM

February 2014: Archetype by M.D. Waters, c2014

Archetype

where females are rare
her dream-like memories war
the master of souls

science fiction and romance
rolled into one great novel

                            MM

January 2014: The 5th Wave (YA) by Rick Yancey, c2013

The Fifth Wave

aliens invade
humanity ripped apart
to run or to face

hold-your-breath adventure with
tightly plotted twists and turns

                            MM

December 2013: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, c2006

The Book of Lost Things

where books whisper truths
grieving alone through the grim
his innocence ends

poetic story for all
dark and deep and powerful

                            MM

November 2013: The Great Wide Sea (YA) by M. H. Herlong, c2008

The Great Wide Sea

year on a sailboat
three young brothers lost at sea
stranded, abandoned

sailing survival story
destined to be a classic

                            MM

October 2013: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, c2012

The Dog Stars

wake of disaster
forced symbiosis post-flu
in search of a voice

emotional, sensitive
dystopian for adults

                            MM

September 2013: Insignia (YA) by S.J. Kincaid, c2012

Insignia

virtual war waged
teen combatants controlled by
neural transmitters

futuristic; funny too
Is this the path we're heading?

                            MM

August 2013: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, c2011

Ready Player One

virtual space hunt
following fiendish riddles
death, wealth, and power

wildly imaginative
adrenaline-charged . . . Game on!

                            MM

July 2013: Unwind (YA) by Neal Shusterman, c2007

Unwind

cross-country escape
three teen runaways to be
salvaged body parts

peel away layers to find
a queasy proposition

                            MM

June 2013: Glass House 51 by John Hampel, c2013

Glass House 51

digital bullies;
merely stored magnetic fields;
privacy extinct.

fascinating ideas;
social control reckoning

                            MM

May 2013: The Passage by Justin Cronin, c2010

The Passage

future ruled by fear
a one-hundred-year-old child
chilling mutations

well-written epic thriller;
readers will be riveted

                            MM

April 2013: Revolver (YA) by Marcus Sedgwick, c2009

Revolver

a lonely cabin
a terrifying stranger
an old loaded Colt

compelling, intense, and harsh
as the Alaskan frontier

                            MM

March 2013: Matched (YA) by Ally Condie, c2010

Matched

big-brother-scary
they dictate what all you do ...
planned love, planned death, Fear

the perfect society
now on its way to find you

                            MM

February 2013: If We Survive (YA) by Andrew Klavan, c2012

If We Survive

revolution swept
teens desperate to escape
mission trip of death

jungle terrors and rebels
swift, continuous action

                            MM

January 2013: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (YA) by Ransom Riggs, c2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

strange old orphanage
killer monsters, odd people
long-hidden secrets

creepy old photos enhance
this eccentric mystery

                            MM

December 2012: Enclave (YA) by Ann Aguirre, c2011

Enclave

deep beneath the streets
born in darkness, Huntress; Fade
deception abounds

Breeders, Builders, Hunters, Freaks
bloody, violent, quick-paced

                            MM

MARVELOUS NONFICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE


January 2017: Every Breath You Take by Rose Elliot, c2016

Every Breath You Take

simple happiness
sixteen ways to be mindful
great for beginners

based on Buddha’s instructions
step-by-step to feel the peace

                            MM

December 2016: What If? by Randall Munroe, c2014

What If?

witty ponderings
crazy hypotheticals
masterful answers

both serious & silly
funny & informative

                            MM

September - November 2016: The Zen Teacher by Dan Tricarico, c2015

The Zen Teacher

lowering your stress
transform yourself & your class
~ What really matters ~

insightful tips towards a
better quality of life

                            MM

Summer 2016: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, c1999

The Power of Now

embrace the present
accessing your deepest self
free of too much mind

key to freedom & true peace
deserves multiple readings

                            MM

May 2016: The Dog Who Could Fly by Damien Lewis, c2014

The Dog Who Could Fly

World War II missions
unshakable loyalty
unbreakable bonds

Czech airman & his brave dog's
extraordinary journey

                            MM

April 2016: Savor by Ilona Oppenheim, c2016

Savor

forest, field, and farm
natural ingredients
pure deliciousness

recipes & so much more . . .
gloriously beautiful

                            MM

February/March 2016: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans & Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown, c2013

The Boys in the Boat

Depression era
collection of underdogs
Determination

masterful nonfiction with
ageless appeal -- Inspiring!

                            MM

January 2016: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, c2006

The Secret

down through the ages
thoughts create reality
bringing joy to life

have, be, or do anything . . .
a must-read for everyone

                            MM

December 2015: How We Learn by Benedict Carey, c2014

How We Learn

sifting through research
explore many theories
to build brain power

perspective on distractions
challenges current notions

                            MM

November 2015: Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion by Jon Katz, c2014

Saving Simon

depths of bonds we form
formerly forlorn turns friend
power of healing

thoughtful, heartfelt, uplifting
resiliency of spirit

                            MM

October 2015: The Port Chicago 50 (YA) by Steve Sheinkin, c2014

The Port Chicago 50

massive explosion
segregated Navy base
mutiny trial

photos and facts bring to light
unknown Civil Rights heroes

                            MM

August/September 2015: Healing Spices by Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal, c2011

Healing Spices

easy to prepare
secrets to beating disease
for maximum health

outstanding overview to
apply in everyday life

                            MM

July 2015: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (c2011) translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano, c2014.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

a simple system
to put your home in order
ending in pure joy

powerful, awesome results
that inspire a better life

                            MM

June 2015: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett, c2009

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

allure of rare books
a bibliomaniac
passion to collect

true-crime story extending
one's literary insight

                            MM

May 2015: Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Manmade World by Mark Miodownik, c2014

Stuff Matters

everyday objects
of human needs & desires
seen in a new light

science for the common man
made highly entertaining

                            MM

April 2015: The Warrior's Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage (YA) by Eric Greitens, c2012

The Warrior's Heart

all around the globe
within the midst of hardship
living with purpose

inspiration for us all:
make a real difference

                            MM

March 2015: Nocturne: Creatures of the Night by Traer Scott, c2014

Nocturne: Creatures of the Night

from around the world
wild nighttime ambassadors
reveal their natures

brilliant, close-up photographs
fascinating facts for all

                            MM

February 2015: The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic & the Endangered by Michele Raffin, c2014

The Birds of Pandemonium

bird sanctuary
endangered, hurt, abandoned
caring for our world

completely remarkable
joyful, touching, inspiring

                            MM

January 2015: Marzi: A Memoir by Marzena Sowa with art by Sylvain Savoia (c2001) translated from the French by Angali Singh, c2009

Marzi

Communist Poland
small girl caught in iron fists
and coming-of-age

an honest first-hand account
told in graphic novel form

                            MM

December 2014: Popular: A Memoir - Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (YA) by Maya Van Wagenen, c2014

Popular

school's social ladder
shy girl & '50s teen guide
popularity

brave social experiment
eighth grader's memoir -- Timeless.

                            MM

November 2014: The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti, c2013

The Telling Room

picturesque village
larger-than-life characters
everlastingness

epiphany via cheese
with Spain's history mixed in

                            MM

October 2014: The Boy on the Wooden Box: A Memoir (YA) by Leon Leyson,c 2013

The Boy on the Wooden Box

concentration camps
youngest boy on Schindler's list
trapped in Nazis' hell

child's Holocaust perspective
told with dignity and grace

                            MM

September 2014: How I Discovered Poetry (YA) by Marilyn Nelson, c2014

How I Discovered Poetry

an Air Force childhood
searching for identity
1950s' life

told in fifty keen sonnets
to treasure, re-read, reflect

                            MM

August 2014: D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 (YA) by Rick Atkinson, c2014

D-Day

battle theatre
liberation arriving
by sky and by sea

ferocious bravery &
heartbreaking realities

                            MM

July 2014: Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff, c2013

Frozen in Time

perilous Greenland
flyers of the ice and snow
pure perseverance

remarkable bravery
Wow! What a great adventure!

                            MM

June 2014: Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm, c1993


Indian Creek Chronicles

winter wilderness
sharp observer of nature
becoming a man

experience solitude
adventure, wonder, and awe

                            MM

May 2014: Becoming Ben Franklin (YA) by Russell Freedman, c2013

Becoming Ben Franklin

dawn of a country
absolutely amazing
man of great wisdom

brief, enlightening timeline
a life to whom we owe much

                            MM

April 2014: Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas (YA) by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks, c2013

Primates

deep in the jungle
risking life for their research
collecting knowledge

clever compression of facts
inspired entertainment

                            MM

March 2014: Gun Control in the Third Reich by Stephen P. Halbrook, c2013

Gun Control in the Third Reich

hidden history
to be ignored at peril
pertinent today

thoroughly documented
scholarly, essential read

                            MM

February 2014: Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral by Sameer Hinduja & Justin W. Patchin, c2013

Words Wound

online harassment
protect yourself and others
clear actions to take

great questions to think about
tips useful and true to teens

                            MM

January 2014: Quiet: The Power of the Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, c2012

Quiet

the human psyche
quest to understand silence
how we think and work

balanced, intriguing insights
readable, empowering

                            MM

December 2013: Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice, c2010

Extraordinary, Ordinary People

roots deep in the south
rise above prejudices
her life growing up

autobiography paints
steadfast family portrait

                            MM

November 2013: Lincoln's Grave Robbers (Juv NF) by Steve Sheinkin, c2012

Lincoln's Grave Robbers

counterfeiting gangs
Coneys, Ropers, Shovers, Ghouls
ransom stolen corpse

wild true crime thriller tells of
Secret Service beginnings

                            MM

October 2013: Bomb: The Race To Build -- And Steal -- The World's Most Dangerous Weapon (YA) by Steve Sheinkin, c2012

Bomb

science amidst war
world dominance up for grabs
plotting, risks, deceit

complicated simply told
smooth as a suspense novel

                            MM

September 2013: Nothing Comes Easy: My Life in Football by Y.A. Tittle, with Kristine Setting Clark, c2009

Nothing Comes Easy

when football was tough
glorious, hard-hitting, true
a stellar career

catch a behind-the-scenes view
of NFL history

                            MM

August 2013: How They Croaked: The Awful Ends to the Awfully Famous (YA) by Georgia Bragg, c2011

How They Croaked

pre-medicine times
from young King Tut to Einstein
grim details defined

ugly messes, blood, and more . . .
you MUST have the guts for gore!

                            MM

July 2013: Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World (YA) by Sally M. Walker and Douglas W. Owsley, c2012

Their Skeletons Speak

North America
skeletons sparking debate
new revelations

fascinating science with
underlying mysteries

                            MM

June 2013: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley, c2013

Relish

cooking, eating, life
recipes and zesty fun
food celebration

marvelously delightful
memoir through and through. Scrumptious!

                            MM

May 2013: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, c2005

The Glass Castle

nomadic childhood
eccentric, funny, and sad
complete poverty

engrossing and triumphant
readers left in wonderment

                            MM

April 2013: The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity (YA) by Elizabeth Rusch, c2012

The Mighty Mars Rovers

with awe and wonder
witness triumphs and defeats
in the water quest

you will find yourself rooting
for this great, spunky duo

                            MM

March 2013: Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art & Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer, c2011


Moonwalking With Einstein

workings of the brain
quest for memory's nature
mental athletics

quirky and informative
remarkable beyond doubt

                            MM

February 2013: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder & the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale, c2008

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

an English manor
a secretive family
a true crime unsolved

catch detective fever and
witness the birth of sleuthing

                            MM

January 2013: Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz, c2002

Blue Latitudes

Cook's lands then and now
brought to life, a life explored
via grand ventures

a clever jaunt across time
be prepared to be enthralled

                            MM

December 2012: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield, c2010.

Just My Type

who knew? discover
fonts with personalities;
typography lore

you will never look at words
in print the same way again!

                            MM

November 2012: The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math From One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz, c2012

The Joy of X

an integer world
beautiful numbers amaze
mind stimulation

an awesome arithmetic
narrative -- no test -- just fun

                            MM

October 2012: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, c2010

The Big Short

black hole properties
unlikely heroes who see
the risks compounding

a business tale chronicled
clever and fascinating

                            MM

September 2012: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, 2011

In the Garden of Beasts

early years Third Reich
rogues, naifs, brutes, lovers, lies
Hitler's stealth unfolds

first-hand impressions frame this
chilling, necessary read

                            MM

August 2012: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean, c2010

The Disappearing Spoon

science fused with wit
intrigue, passion, obsession . . .
chemistry gossip

elemental enjoyment
full-blown fascinating fun.

                            MM

MARVELOUS NOVEL OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE


February 2017: Lily’s House by Cassandra Parkin, c2017

Lily’s House

finely layered depths
after her grandmother’s death
secrets still remain

gorgeously descriptive with
an edge that flirts with darkness

                            MM

January 2017: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, c2016

The Bear and the Nightingale

deepest old Russia
delightfully wild and strong
standing up to fears

transcending limits: lovely,
enchanting, mesmerizing

                            MM

December 2016: Fields Where They Lay by Timothy Hallinan, c2016

Fields Where They Lay

days before Christmas
dodging shopping and bullets
mobsters, murder, scams

hard-boiled crime novel with tons
of cynicism and quick wit

                            MM

October/November 2016: The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne, c2015

The Ice Twins

pure isolation
sees one child through the other
flawed, distorted views

slowly the truth emerges
in ghostly revelations

                            MM

September 2016: We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley, c2016

We Could Be Beautiful

among the richest
she’s blinded by privilege
feeling incomplete

strange, cruel twists punctuate
a wickedly smart debut

                            MM

August 2016: The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay, c2016

The Tumbling Turner Sisters

1919 set
a double bildungsroman
growing up in vaudeville

whimsical seriousness
with pure authentic feeling

                            MM

July 2016: Touch by Alexi Zentner, c2011

Touch

painful wonderment
waiting in the winter woods
with faith to reclaim

wonderful story whirled in
lovely prose of tender loss

                            MM

June 2016: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, c2016

Before the Fall

unchecked media
the rich and down-on-his-luck
plane crash aftermath

brilliant use of deep suspense
deftly unfolds their secrets

                            MM

May 2016: Child of My Heart by Alice McDermott, c2002

Child of My Heart

‘sixties’ East Hampton
precocious, complex, adored
one crucial summer

passage from girl to woman
poignantly told with sharp grace

                            MM

April 2016: The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood, c2016

The One-in-a-Million Boy

after young boy’s death
the restless and senescent
world records to set

spotlights the brilliance of life
like morning birdsong ~ Stirring.

                            MM

March 2016: The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack, c2015

The Memory Painter

enemy’s watching
recovering their past lives
sweeping across time

suspense & romance spanning
ten thousand years flawlessly

                            MM

February 2016: The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick, c2015

The Memory Weaver

hostage at age ten
determined young lady with
pioneer spirit

aftermath of Cayuse raid
transcends the well-researched facts

                            MM

January 2016: Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz, c2015

Ashley Bell

daring young woman
keeping secrets from herself
dimensions hidden

captivating storylines
help unfurl the repressed truth

                            MM

December 2015: The Visitant by Megan Chance, c2015

The Visitant

1884
aged, crumbling palazzo filled
with vengeful spirits

gothic Venice ghost story
brimmed with sensuality

                            MM

November 2015: The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova, c2010

The Swan Thieves

painter's universe
mind of a troubled genius
art & obsession

century-old mystery
masterfully brought to light

                            MM

October 2015: The Expats by Chris Pavone, c2012

The Expats

suspicions surmount
she is former CIA
to trust or deceive

twist after twist after twist
brilliant, complex spy novel

                            MM

September 2015: Among Others by Jo Walton, c2010

Among Others

fairies & magic
flees from her half-mad mother
to rebuild a life

subtle story of grief; a
love letter to sci-fi greats

                            MM

August 2015: The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler, c2015

The Book of Speculation

carnivals & sea
certain serendipity
leads to you & me

sneaky writing builds a strange
dark mood to unveil a curse

                            MM

July 2015: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, c2013

The Last Runaway

far from Quaker home
stitching her life together
in a new country

gorgeous in simplicity
immersed in vivid details

                            MM

June 2015: The Sound of Glass by Karen White, c2015

The Sound of Glass

South Carolina
she's unraveling their past
shattering secrets

multilayered mystery
enveloped in southern charm

                            MM

May 2015: The Color Master by Aimee Bender, c2013

The Color Master

our world & others
normal to strange to hidden
life transcending life

sublime, dreamy short stories
with fresh wisps of myth. Wondrous.

                            MM

April 2015: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, c2015

The Girl on the Train

a missing woman
wanting what someone else has
control & deceit

emotionally intense
modern-day Hitchcock thriller

                            MM

March 2015: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, c2014

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

island bookstore home
crotchety owner finds child
giving life meaning

sweet tale of transformations
with twists connecting through books

                            MM

February 2015: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, c2013

The Rosie Project

love via survey
smart yet socially challenged
human connections

sweet, quirky, funny romance
definitely fun to read

                            MM

January 2015: Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar, c2015

Vanessa and Her Sister
by Priya Parmar
c2015

Virginia Woolf's world:
arty thinkers drifting in
kinships & friendships

captivating, insightful --
Did not want story to end!

                            MM

December 2014: The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice, c2013

The Wolves of Midwinter

shimmering estate
werewolves entwined with yuletide
renewal of souls

uncommon Christmas story
venture into abundance

                            MM

November 2014: Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, c2014

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

city-to-rural
photographer once famous
new chapters in life

mature ladies' tender tale
feel-good ending ties things up

                            MM

October 2014: Someone by Alice McDermott, c2013

Someone

'forties and forward
ordinary life yet more
to be loved, treasured

masterful storytelling
poetically detailed

                            MM

September 2014: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi, c2014

Boy, Snow, Bird

'fifties and 'sixties
they're not what they seem to be
passing relations

totally unexpected
modern issues, Snow White twist

                            MM

August 2014: Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro, c2012

Dear Life

Landscape of longing
Inside all our beating hearts
Vestiges of change

Essential wistful timeless
Storytelling elegance

                            MM

July 2014: The City by Dean Koontz, c2014

The City

turbulent 'sixties
must see the world as it is
mayhem, trust, goodness

wonderful storytelling
music to make life sparkle

                            MM

June 2014: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, c2014

All the Light We Cannot See

Saint-Malo, French Coast
young lives caught up in a war
connected by sound

a stunning story told through
absolutely gorgeous prose

                            MM

May 2014: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, c2013

The Golem and the Jinni

1899
immigrants to a new world
unlikely friendships

study of human nature
through unique eyes. Spellbinding!

                            MM

April 2014: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson, c2011

Before I Go To Sleep

life unrecognized
each morning she's a stranger . . .
Who indeed is he?

a riveting mystery
with a chilling conclusion

                            MM

March 2014: The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel, c1980

The Clan of the Cave Bear

the dawn of mankind
remarkable survivor
beautiful, harsh life

get swept away in scenic
details . . . a stunning saga

                            MM

February 2014: The Cove by Ron Rash, c2012

The Cove

the back of beyond
waiting for life to begin
fate overshadows

haunting German novella
lyrical, dark, and tragic

                            MM

January 2014: City of Thieves by David Benioff, c2008

City of Thieves

a starving country
hunt for the impossible
boys becoming men

with a unique perspective
journey through enemy lines

                            MM

December 2013: The Painted Kiss by Elizabeth Hickey, c2005

The Painted Kiss

Vienna's lushness
beguiling and passionate
unbreakable bonds

two historical figures
brought to life beautifully

                            MM

November 2013: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, c1995

Practical Magic

town entwined with charms
leaving witchery whispers
tied to sisterhood

ups and downs of true love told
through clever imaginings

                            MM

October 2013: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, c2005

The Historian

time and borders crossed
on the true Dracula's trail
confronting evil

richly atmospheric and
steeped in history.  Haunting.

                            MM

September 2013: The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley, c2004

The Man in My Basement

race relationships
trapped in their own helplessness
seeking redemption

philosophy exploring
power and identity

                            MM

August 2013: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, c2012

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

all lonely yet loved
Antarctica catalyst
a mom disappears

cleverly told in snippets
fresh, funny, fantastic fun

                            MM

July 2013: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, c2012

The Secret Keeper

being someone else
seized by the past, chasing ghosts
untangling the web

perfectly smooth prose infused
with twist after pleasing twist

                            MM

June 2013: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, c2010

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

wistful family
taste of hidden emotions
unwanted insight

boldness of everyday life
utterly strange, bittersweet

                            MM

May 2013: The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson, c2011

The Lantern

Provence lavender
obsessed with finding answers
turn enchanted days

full of mystery and scents
lush and dark -- modern gothic

                            MM

April 2013: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, c2012

The Light Between Oceans

thrashing waves rising
consequences and choices
undefended hearts

tangled moral dilemmas
moving, heart-rending debut

                            MM

March 2013: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, c2013

Out of the Easy

'fifties' French Quarters
from nothing making something
life smarts like crazy

LOVE the characters in this
brothel-gangsters-murder-mix

                            MM

February 2013: An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer, c2012

An Uncommon Education

Wellesley College
her memory cannot fade
family, friends, heart

quietly insightful and
beautifully sad - we breathe

                            MM

January 2013: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, c2012

The Snow Child

Alaskan homestead
childless couple and their child
the wonder of life

moving and memorable
a crisp, sparkling favorite

                            MM

December 2012: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, c2008

The Sugar Queen

a snowy hometown
hidden sweets, secret passion
possibilities

charmingly magical tale
topped with warmth and surprises

                            MM

MARVELOUS TRANSLATION ARCHIVE

Sirius by Jonathan Crown (c2014) translated from the German by Jamie Searle Romanelli, c2015

Sirius

one smart little dog
from Berlin to Hollywood
transform to live on

whimsical writing explores
nature of identity

                            MM

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sánchez (C2013) translated from the Spanish by Lucy Greaves, c2015

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of
Atticus Craftsman

literary trip
five fierce Spanish girls and a
missing Englishman

madcap cultural caper
in breezy, light-hearted style

                            MM

What We Become by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (c2012) translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor & Lorenzo Garcia, c2015

What We Become

traveling the world
witnesses of each other
the haves, the have-not

high-stakes passion, betrayals,
chess, & a gentleman thief

                            MM

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (2014) translated from the the Swedish by Henning Koch, c2016

Britt-Marie Was Here

crumbling little town
warm heart, socially awkward
cleaning up one’s life

peculiar characters and
soccer encircle it all

                            MM

The Diving Pool: Three Novellas by Yoko Ogawa (1990, 1991) translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder, c2008

The Diving Pool

trio of females
with dark possibilities
extreme loneliness

slightly creepy, surreal
plotlines that will follow you

                            MM

The Blue Fox by Sjon (c2014) translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb, c2008

The Blue Fox

Icelandic Winter
nature & humans being
man's transformations

very brief tale with depth and
mysterious qualities

                            MM

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol (c2006) translated from the French by William Rodarmor & Helen Dickinson, c2013

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

family travails
mother of two left behind
wild scheme to publish

fun array of characters
warm tale with hints of laughter

                            MM

The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino (c2012) translated from the Japanese by Rebecca Copeland, c2012

The Goddess Chronicle

realms of light and dark
gods, oracles, & mortals
broken loyalties

tragic fable of revenge
powered by Japanese myth

                            MM

Isle of Passion by Laura Restrepo (c1989) translated from the Spanish by Dolores M. Koch, c2005

Isle of Passion

Mexican atoll
families turned castaways
based on Clipperton

dramatic survival tale
of collapsed society

                            MM

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind (c1985) translated from the German by John E. Woods, c1986

Perfume

eighteenth century
odorless with perfect scent
beyond obsession

sensual depravity
divinely bizarre esprit

                            MM



MARVELOUS UPCOMING NEW BOOK ARCHIVE


March 21, 2017: The Cutaway by Christina Kovac, c2017

The Cutaway

Washington, DC
young TV news producer
ruthless ambition

author’s insider knowledge
enriches the first-rate plot

                            MM

February 7, 2017: Always by Sarah Jio

Always

‘90s Seattle
a lucky unlucky girl
finding her true love

seamlessly woven timelines:
Which fiancé does she choose?

                            MM

November 1, 2016: Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Faithful

Awful Accident
trying to destroy herself
fateful night’s burden

she’s Guilt surrounded by Love
a lost soul’s coming-of-age

                            MM

June 28, 2016: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All The Missing Girls

a small, Southern town
destroying the living to
find the dead at last

cleverly told in reverse:
How far would you go for love

                            MM

May 16, 2016: The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

The After Party

Houston’s River Oaks
chasing grown woman’s secrets
devotion . . . or obsession

exquisitely formed tension
great 1950s details

                            MM

April 26, 2016: Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown

Tumbledown Manor

Aussie countryside
buying back her heritage
not over-the-hill

little bit of everything
somehow works — cute, fun beach read

                            MM

April 5, 2016: The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith

The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

threads intersecting
Dutch artist & her forger
centuries apart

showcasing art’s power in
brilliantly rendered layers

                            MM

March 1, 2016: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger

city-to-city
life on the run outrunning
her identity

dark thriller -- could not put down
knock-your-socks-off surprises

                            MM

February 2, 2016: Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart by James R. Doty, MD

Into the Magic Shop

memoir and science
energy of mind & heart
making dreams come true

bold, exceptional primer
to shape your life step-by-step

                            MM

October 20, 2015: The Lake House by Kate Morton

The Lake House

lovely Cornwall home
past & present intertwine
a baby missing

well-plotted mystery with
threads tied up amazingly

                            MM

September 8, 2015: Drowning Is Inevitable (YA) by Shalanda Stanley

Drowning Is Inevitable

bold bonds of friendship
lives spiral out of control
How far will they go?

emotionally wrenching
beautiful gem of a book

                            MM

June 30: Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec (c2015) translated from the German by Sorcha McDonagh, c2015

Death in Brittany

croissants & sea air
caught in a web of silence
curious murder

good old-fashioned mystery
dipped in the French countryside

                            MM

June 16, 2015: Every Last Word (YA) by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word

hidden room mismatched
teen swimming in OCD
listen, clap, and breathe

quirky cast discovering
friendship through shared poetry

                            MM

March 10, 2015: Nightbird (Juv Fic) by Alice Hoffman

Nightbird

two hundred year curse
a shadow being revealed
we are who we are

magical story of friends,
family, & hope . . . Charming!

                            MM

February 24, 2015: The Third Twin (YA) by CJ Omololu

The Third Twin

dates turning up dead
twin sisters blame it on her
twisted mystery

lots of red herrings pepper
this whodunit page-turner

                            MM

February 10, 2015: The Last Good Paradise by Tatjana Soli

The Last Good Paradise

island get-a-way
all pursuing happiness
caught up in dramas

serious absurdities
highlighting realities

                            MM

January 27, 2015: Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Unbecoming

web of deception
clever title tells all twice
cultivating lies

psychological twister
with velocity & verve

                            MM

November 11, 2014: Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory

Wakening the Crow

consuming coldness
with musty little secrets
tinged by a nightmare

gloriously different
pure Poe-inspired creepiness

                            MM

October 29, 2014: The Tone Poet by Mark Rickert

The Tone Poet

living symphony
music-based mysticism roots
all searching for Light

very creative piece where
Echoes of horror rise high

                            MM

September 16, 2014: Sway (YA) by Kat Spears

Sway

college town high school
the guy with what people want
dealing with his life

sharp humor and hard-core haps --
Hooked from the start.  Fantastic.

                            MM

May 6, 2014: The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert

The Memory Garden

lush scents & secrets
aged friends daring to look back
scattered forgiveness

sweet wisps of witchcraft bound with
botanical beginnings

                            MM

March 1, 2014: How Sweet the Sound by Amy K. Sorrells

How Sweet the Sound

Southern 'seventies
burdened by swirling sadness
searching for ladders

serious issues addressed
through gentle, lovely writing

                            MM

February 11, 2014: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter People

in the Devil's Hand
bringing the dead back to life
loose ends; however . . .

multiple timelines converge
pure creepiness through and through

                            MM

January 28, 2014: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (Juv Fic) by Karen Foxlee

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

vast, old museum
one brave enough to believe
good versus evil

modern Snow Queen, unique twist
suspense-filled, harrowing fun

                            MM

August 30, 2013: This Song Will Save Your Life (YA) by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

school hierarchies
disc jockey in the making
trying to fit in

realistic portrayals
teen problems matched to music

                            MM

August 6, 2013: Listening for Lucca (Juv Fic) by Suzanne LaFleur

Listening for Lucca

old beach house of dreams
sees through time, collects the lost
a presence whispers

softly paranormal tale
seizes your heart from the start

                              MM

July 2, 2013: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Whistling Past the Graveyard

'sixties' turbulence
spunky southern nine-year-old
trouble seeking home

look behind all that happens
to find the gifts tucked inside

   
                                MM

June 11, 2013: Far Far Away (YA) by Tom McNeal

Far Far Away

in darkest darkness
girl, boy, and Grimm ghost-buddy
evil is revealed

spunky, whimsical fun mixed
with some modern derangement

                            MM

June 4, 2013: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

Depression era
isolated; obsession
lay claim to your life

selfish main character but
the gentle prose is brilliant

                            MM

April 15, 2013: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

One Step Too Far

nightmare of a twin
running away to forget
trains of tragedies

journey through twist after twist
to unearth the catalyst

                            MM

April 9, 2013: The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnes

The Perfect Ghost

Cape Cod's infamous
biographer blending lies
broken beads of facts

a wicked weave of deceit
cloaked in smoky, slow suspense

                            MM

March 12, 2013: Poison (YA) by Bridget Zinn

Poison

Kingdom of Mohr
a teenage assassin with
passion for potions

fun romp peppered with witches,
fiends, and a really cute pig

                            MM

January 29, 2013: Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder

Revenge

cruel life shadows
interconnectedness spins
sad desires' dark knot

simple, effective writing
unusual and unique

                            MM

January 15, 2013: The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black

The Drowning House

Galveston Island
consequences sidestepping
clouded memories

impressive focus on rich
symbolic details. Bravo!

                            MM

January 1, 2013: The Dead and Buried (YA) by Kim Harrington

The Dead and Buried

a new home possessed
no one listens, a dead teen
haunted by their pasts

a could-not-put-down ghost tale
Spectacularly Spooky

                            MM

December 1, 2012: Chojun: A Novel by Goran Powell

Chojun

War, Okinawa
art, caught between two giants
true karate's way

history and fiction blend
skillfully transcending all

                            MM

November 13, 2012: Refuge (YA) by Carole Rummage

Refuge

red wolf safe haven
youths suffering immense loss
a strange malady

refreshing teen love story --
no over-the-top teen angst

                            MM

October 30, 2012: Babycakes: A Cupcake Club Romance by Donna Kauffman

Babycakes

island bakery
likable cast, turtles too
new relationships

sweet story and recipes
oh la la! . . . a bit naughty

                            MM

October 14, 2012: Ashen Winter (YA) by Mike Mullin

Ashen Winter

volcanic snowscape
teens brook both land and minds warped
rescue family

from cannibal gangs amok
a full-on blast of action

                            MM

October 2, 2012: A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins


A Working Theory of Love

San Francisco fog
son lost, dad computerized
all seeking true paths

relationships delved into
a timely and timeless gem

                            MM

September 25, 2012: The Assault (Recon Team Angel, book 1) (YA) by Brian Falkner

The Assault

earth now alien
teenage soldiers in disguise
to save humankind

abundant combat action
and one traitor in the mist . . .

                            MM

September 4, 2012: Blackwood (YA) by Gwenda Bond

Blackwood

hundreds missing, trapped
she is the freak, curse-bearer
the alchemist's void

authentic teen voices lead
swift action right from the start

                            MM

MARVELOUS YA NOVEL OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE


January 2017: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, c2016

Wink Poppy Midnight

hiding in the woods
with three separate voices
twisting & turning

blurred lines of their obsessions
immersed in beautiful dread

                            MM

December 2016: Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys, c2016

Dead Girls Society

deadly game of dares
someone knows their dark secrets
no choice but to play

psychological fiction
for fans of fast-paced action

                            MM

October/November 2016: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, c2015

Bone Gap

evil abducts her
bullied by unknown faces
beyond surfaces

a dreamlike reality
powerful & beautiful

                            MM

September 2016: Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung, c2016

Lucy and Linh

rich girls’ private school
keeping her true self apart
piecing together

deceiving appearances
needing to be acknowledged

                            MM

August 2016: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore, c2015

The Weight of Feathers

escalating feud
mermaid scales & black feathers
slow, forbidden love

magical bloodlines mixed in
poetic, lush imagery

                            MM

July 2016: Defender by Graham McNamee, c2016

Defender

body found in wall
her dad may be the killer
when truth brings danger

down-to-the-bones mystery
realistic and chilling

                            MM

June 2016: One by Sarah Crossan, c2015

One

dreams of being teens
conjoined sisters facing one
impossible choice

prepare yourself for the tears
a sensitive portrayal

                            MM

May 2016: The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee, c2013

The Midnight Dress

small Australian town
morose Rose, outgoing Pearl
frail threads of friendship

mystical, eerie, lyric
mystery of missing girl

                            MM

April 2016: Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, c2016

Girl in the Blue Coat

World War Amsterdam
girl looking for missing girl
web of Resistance

reluctant heroism
with realistic suspense

                            MM

March 2016: Swagger by Carl Deuker, c2013

Swagger

high school basketball
trapped between conscience, goals, &
a predator coach

Detailed play-by-play action
surrounds hard-hitting choices.

                            MM

February 2016: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, c2016

Salt to the Sea

haunted by their pasts
hurtling toward disaster
in hopes of escape

breath-taking, lyrical prose
of heart-wrenching tragedy

                            MM

January 2016: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, c2015

The Nest

wanting to help while
wicked, wicked wasps watch him
in worries' shadow

multi-layered tension builds
skin-crawling, sinister sting

                            MM

December 2015: Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly, c2015

Blackbird Fly

middle school meanness
misfit abandoned by friends
trying to fit in

learning to go your own way
remarkably authentic

                            MM

November 2013: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters, c2013

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

blue smoke & whispers
her first true love cannot rest
devil-designed year

ghosts amidst war, the flu, and
a spiritualism craze

                            MM

September/October 2015: Torn Away by Jennifer Brown, c2014

Torn Away

tornado-ripped town
redefining everything
rebuilding a life

love, loss, hope, & survival
deeply emotional, raw

                            MM

August 2015: Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey, c2014

Buzz Kill

small town USA
her dad's accused of murder
Can she solve the case?

fun, fun, fun mystery rolled
up in wit, sass, and spunk

                            MM

July 2015: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson, c2014

The Prince of Venice Beach

noir surf, sand, & sun
street-smart teen turns private eye
dangerous choices

great characterizations
and unexpected endings

                            MM

June 2015: Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu

Devoted

Quiverfull church; she's
courageously questioning
her one precious life

sympathetic characters;
honest, balanced, respectful

                            MM

May 2015: The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos, c2014

The Scar Boys

punk rock & guitars
burned, left feeling like a freak
self-confidence tour

a gritty coming-of-age
filled with music and teen angst

                            MM

April 2015: Coaltown Jesus by Ron Koertge, c2013

Coaltown Jesus

death in modern day
teen sees witty, wise Jesus
triumph of healing

sparse free verse novel with depth
fresh meditations on life

                            MM

March 2015: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt, c2013

Going Vintage

cyber-cheating ex
she swears off technology
to make life simpler

a cute, sassy heroine
learning to stand on her own

                            MM

February 2015: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, c2013

The Beginning of Everything

high school seniors mix
playing the expected part
remaking one's self

Great Gatsby implications
bookended by tragedies

                            MM

January 2015: Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy by Jacqueline Woodson, c2012

Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy

post-Katrina life
she slipped away so quickly
snagged in addiction

beautifully sorrowful
stunningly realistic

                            MM

December 2014: The Language Inside by Holly Thompson, c2013

The Language Inside

far from her known home
stressed, desperately homesick
challenging choices

wonderful mesh of cultures
told in perfect, precise verse

                            MM

November 2014: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, c2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars

our past world shattered
misunderstanding secrets
Austen's Persuasion

in dystopian future
with a whisper of romance

                            MM

October 2014: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick, c2013

She Is Not Invisible

fears for dad obsessed
blind teen searches foreign streets
making connections

coincidence history
bound in thrilling mystery

                            MM

September 2014: Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale, c2006

Dark Water Rising

Galveston, Texas
deadly 1900 storm
teen must face his dad

great historical details
based on survivors' journal

                            MM

August 2014: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, c2011

Between Shades of Gray

Lithuania
ripped from home without warning
veiled hope in her art

fluid, gentle prose tells of
Stalin's inhumanity

                            MM

July 2014: Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt, c2011

Okay For Now

late 1960s
faces many challenges
struggling to be more

tears and laugh-out-loud moments
you will cheer for this young man

                            MM

June 2014: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, c2014

We Were Liars

a summer idyll
slowly gives herself away
desperate measures

writing worthy of prizes
Splendid. Powerful. Tragic.

                            MM

May 2014: Orchards by Holly Thompson, c2011

Orchards

bullies' aftermath
depression and suicide
blame, grief, regret, hope

repercussions resonate
Japanese culture entwined

                            MM

April 2014: The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson, c2014

The Tyrant's Daughter

suspicion and fear
a girl half Here & half There
pits of betrayal

all too real, too close to home
a spot-on story.  Awesome.

                            MM

March 2014: The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, c2012

The Weight of Water

-- a foreign country
-- a Polish teen immigrant
-- tough bullies to face

powerful story told with
sparse, precise verse. Poetic.

                            MM

February 2014: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, c2013

Counting By 7s

unbearable loss
cast of lovable oddballs
life's connectedness

heartbreaking & heartwarming
a story to rejoice in

                            MM

January 2014: The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable, c2013

The Wolf Princess

far Russian corner
dreams of cold mint diamond snow
discovering home

mysteries and adventures
modern, nostalgic, and wise

                            MM

December 2013: Bluefish by Pat Schmatz, c2011

Bluefish

real-life teen troubles
finding ways to be themselves
connecting secrets

tall, quiet, new-kid Travis
and sassy Velveeta star

                            MM

November 2013: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, c2012

Seraphina

an uneasy truce
humans, dragons, a half-breed
peace destroyer lurks

rich language weaves a perfect
Renaissance fantasy world

                            MM

October 2013: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, c2013

Midwinterblood

future, past, return
say his name, his horns appear
from bloody to blessed

gothic vignettes of orchids,
sacrifice, eternal love

                            MM

September 2013: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, c2011

The Name of the Star

London boarding school
Louisiana teen sees
secret ghost police

romantic and sinister
Ripper mania thriller

                            MM

August 2013: Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull, c2012

Summer and Bird

Up world and Down world
two sisters of the swan each
finding their own way

heart strings manipulated
through a wondrous fantasy

                            MM

July 2013: Incantation by Alice Hoffman, c2006

Incantation

Spain, Fifteen-Hundred
cocooned in secrets, betrayed
a million sorrows

breathtakingly beautiful,
painful, and dappled with hope

                            MM

June 2013: Bunheads by Sophie Flack, c2011

Bunheads

behind the glamour
intensely competitive
Passion or Romance?

insider details cast light
upon elite ballet world

                            MM

May 2013: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, c2012

Code Name Verity

Gestapo and spies
bravery torture truth ties
switch of perspective

amazing intensity
expertly crafted fiction

                            MM

April 2013: Bruiser by Neal Shusterman, c2010

Bruiser

words bruises and cuts
he's not what he seems to be
secret's costly price

hard-to-describe uniqueness;
a story that stays with you

                            MM

March 2013: The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan, c2012

The Brides of Rollrock Island

seal-shaped land oft feared
misery and desire fetched
sea-hearts to ensnare

seductively strange folktale
of an awful loveliness

                            MM

February 2013: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, c2012

Shadow and Bone

the Fold, an unsea
unfolds her dormant powers
deception abounds

mesmerizing fantasy
where the Darkling's elite lead

                            MM

January 2013: Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer, c2011

Through Her Eyes

caught between two worlds
a ghostly nightingale's lure
blending, belonging

slip into another realm
eerily realistic

                            MM

December 2012: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron, c2012

The Dark Unwinding

old estate, remote
her sanity unravels
strange family ties

mise en scène unique filled with
mysteries, dangers, and thrills

                            MM

November 2012: Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee, c2010

Somebody Everybody Listens To

country music dreams
determined talented teen
following her heart

soulful story complete with
homegrown values.  Inspiring.

                            MM

October 2012: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, c2011

The Scorpio Races

carnage from the sea
as flesh-eating horses race
towards fulfillment

a lyrical love story
embedded within the myth

                            MM


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