This updated edition to the John Powers series is nothing less than an edgy read. Replete with unexpected twists and turns and a hint of romance, The Dead Have Secrets provides audiences with a top-notch political thriller—one that has definite Silver Screen potential.
Fans of Monty Python-esque humor will enjoy the off-kilter characters, ever-stranger “Maggy Specials,” and hidden threads that tie Baldwin’s second story with his previous in the planned trilogy, “Let’s All Laugh at Death.” Although Stanley McCloud Must Die lacks some of the deeper character development and the strong emotional wringer of Barnacle Brat, the humor isn’t quite as bleak and so will appeal to a wider audience.
Bloq is an accomplished crime thriller, which pits an unlikely pair of heroes against a particularly vile enemy. Bill Ingram, devoted father and grieving widower, is excited that his only daughter Carol is on her way home to Glasgow for Christmas. He arrives at the station to meet her, but she never turns up. With the police uninterested, Bill is forced to turn detective and drive down to London to try to piece together Carols’ last movements. He soon discovers a link between his daughter and Aleksander, the owner of Bloq, an up and coming London nightclub. What lengths will an ordinary father go to in order to rescue his daughter?
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In this Lovecraftian love letter, fractured tales of impossible beasts, alien landscapes and dark madness collide in an overarching story that transcends time and space. Horrors both ethereal and visceral creep through every page, and deep mysteries abound. In short, lovers of good fantastical horror have plenty to fall in love with.
For those of you looking for a YA novel that is a breath of fresh air and does not focus on the romance part, Hidden Dawn is a perfect choice.
Katie Rose Guest Pryal
If you can read any high fantasy novel and enjoy it, give THE EMPRESS OF VENTRA a try. Otherwise, you might be disappointed.
The Year of Uh tells the story of sisters Nur and Diedre and their year spent learning English in Boston. Coming from Seychelles in East Africa, they are staying with relatives while attending English classes. The story primarily focuses on nineteen-year-old Nur, who falls for a South Korean boy in her beginners’ English course. Hyan-Woo is sweet and charming and the two try to get to know each other despite their language barrier. Meanwhile, Nur’s relationship with fifteen-year-old Diedre is fraught with tension and misunderstanding. Over the course of her time in America, Nur’s attempts to establish a romance with Hyan-Woo and rebuild the bond with her younger sister lead her to both adventures and trouble.
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A vivid, sexy, page-turner about an aspiring writer and book nerd meets billionaire mogul. A good book always adds it’s touch from the first chapter, and a mention of a Story Brothel got me hooked.
1,803 Things presents itself as a collection of thoughts meant to expand your thinking. An introduction at the beginning of the book explains that as people get older, their thoughts become more repetitive and narrowed. 1,803 Things is meant to broaden the reader’s thinking through humor, shock, and discomfort. The things themselves are not organized in any particular order, nor is the book divided into chapters or sections. Instead, it provides a stream of consciousness experience for the reader as they weave their way through the inner workings of a set of unique and curious minds. The collection of thoughts is at times both hilarious and poignant, staying with the reader long after they have finished reading.
A very amusing and nostalgic memoir style story, which will transport the reader right back to the 1970’s. Gabbie Spenneman thought she had left her nightmarish high school days behind her, but then she receives an invitation to the dreaded high school reunion. This forces her to recount her awkward teenage years, inviting the reader into a hilarious, cringe-inducing and poignant trip down memory lane.