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    Let's Hear it for The Ladies (in comics)

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Reviews

  • Black Chalk by Yates, Christopher J.
    ★☆☆☆☆

    Insufferable.  I made it through about 75 pages before I gave up.  Switching between the present and the past, Black Chalk tells the story of "One Game, Six Students, Five Survivors."  This premise sounds intriguing, but the characters are thoroughly unlikable.  Jolyon, who begins the novel comes off as a whiner and his musings are torturous.  The flashbacks are slightly more engaging, but switching back and forth between the two advances the story extremely slowly.  I just couldn't stomach it for long.  I really didn't care which student didn't live nor did I care to find out more about what happened fourteen years ago when they were all playing "the game."  Sorry, NPR, you let this one slip through.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Dec 4, 2016

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  • Kings Rising by Pacat, C. S.
    ★★★★★

    Kings Rising is an absolutely fantastic ending to the Captive Prince Trilogy!  It is full of intrigue and honor and kept me guessing until the final pages.  Adventure abounds and just when the reader thinks all hope is lost a clever solution comes along.  Everything is believable, however.  I was reminded again and again of the adventures of Alec and Seregil in Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series, another series I thoroughly enjoyed.  And, just as I longed for more stories of Alec and Seregil, I now long to read more about Laurent and Damen. I was so sad to turn the last page in this trilogy.   

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Dec 4, 2016

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  • Crosstalk by Willis, Connie
    ★★★☆☆

    If I could rate this book by half I would give the first 300 pages two stars and the last 298 pages four stars.  I had to average it out at three.  The premise is interesting--a future time when couples can have brain emplants so that they can communicate all feelings instantly and honestly.  But when Briddey and her social climbing boyfriend, Trent, decide to have it done, there are "unintended consequences."  The first part of the book is about two hundred pages too long--all the set up and description of Briddey and her wacky Irish-American family and their intrusion into her life goes on for far too long.  I grew weary of the stereotypical Irish-ness which was, I suppose, intended to be humorous.  If this had been just about any other author I would have given up long before reaching the half-way point.  That would have been a mistake since the second half of the book was everything the first half wasn't--gripping and compulsively readable.  After the midway point I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was happy I'd persevered (slogged) through.  

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Nov 22, 2016

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  • Prince's Gambit by Pacat, C. S.
    ★★★★★

    Damen and Laurent set out for the border between Vere and Akielos on what seems a fool's errand.  Laurent must use all his resources to outsmart his uncle, the Regent even is one of those resources is his slave, Damen. It soon becomes apparent that Damen is no ordinary slave.  He has significant military knowledge and Laurent grows to trust him.  As the two grow closer Damen is haunted by the knowledge that revealing his true identity would forever break the bonds between the two men.  

    Where Captive Prince was centered around the palace culture of Vere, this book leaves that behind.  It is full of honor and tragedy.  I found this book to be totally captivating (ha! ha!) and one that I won't soon forget.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Nov 22, 2016

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  • The sleeping beauty killer by Clark, Mary Higgins,
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    Casey Carter has paid her dues for killing Hunter Raleigh III even though she maintained her plea of innocence.  Later the story fascinates a journalist who vows to help Casey clear her repetition.  It’s a vow that places both Laurie Moran and Casey’s lives in danger.

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Nov 3, 2016

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  • The award : a novel by Steel, Danielle,
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    Sixteen year old Gaëlle de Barbet sees her best friend and her friends family marched off to an unknown fate by French soldiers. Later, German soldiers kill her father and brother while commandeering her family estate. Suddenly, long- time friends and supports become the new enemy and her mother descends into madness.  Taking her fate into her two hands, Gaëlle joins a resistance cell dedicated to delivering Jewish children to safety.

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Nov 3, 2016

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