Children’s Book Week Middle School Mania Multi-Book Giveaway

The Loch Ness Punster

For our Week #3 Pop-Up Book Giveaway, and in honor of Childrens Book Week, we’re giving away a great selection of middle school books, thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing’s generosity. These are not YA novels but instead are intended for readers from grades three through eight who are ready to read a novel format […]

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Whispering Shadows by Jan-Phillipp Sendker: A Cross-Cultural Thriller

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Whispering Shadows

When we reviewed the international bestseller, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jan-Phillipp Sendker three years ago, I wrote that rarely had a novel touched me the way that one did and that’s still true. What’s also true is that now, having read Jan-Phillipp’s new novel, Whispering Shadows, I can say with no hesitation that […]

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The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu: Can Our Bumbling Hero Save Earth?

The Rebirths of Tao

It’s rare to find a sci-fi series that’s funny while still being a nail-biting fast-action thriller. Somehow award-winning author Wesley Chu has beautifully achieved that delicate balancing act with his Tao trilogy. We reviewed Books #1 and #2, The Lives of Tao and The Deaths of Tao, when they were published. I loved the first […]

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The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry: Conspiracy Thriller Review-Giveaway

Cross Cultural
The Patriot Threat

Steve Berry, an attorney turned international bestselling author, loves history and finding little nuggets from history that people don’t know a lot about – nuggets that could impact the present. He likes to say that his novels are 90% fact and 10% speculation. He has written a number of novels that can probably best be […]

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The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose: A Possessed Gothic Thriller

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The Witch of Painted Sorrows

I’ve loved bestselling author M.J. Rose’s historical series as well as her stand-alone novels, so it’s no surprise that I jumped on The Witch of Painted Sorrows when I learned it was being published. This is a stand-alone novel with only a brief reference to the Paris L’Etoile family of perfumers who feature in her […]

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Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon: Cold War East Berlin Spy Thriller

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Leaving Berlin

When I saw the publisher’s description for international bestselling author Joseph Kanon’s newest novel, Leaving Berlin, I realized I hadn’t read a sneaky spy thriller in a long time and that I had only rarely read anything about the Berlin split after World War II. I was intrigued by the concept of this novel, which […]

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