Menlo Park Library Summer Reading 2014
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Reviews
Title
The Woman Who Wouldn't Die (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #9)
Author
Colin Cotterill
Genre
Mystery
Rating
5
Title
Charlie Bone: Children of the Red King Series
Author
Jenny Nimmo
Genre
Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Review
This is a fun series. It is for young readers, so the plot sometimes seems obvious to older readers. The books do a great job of having a suspenseful atmosphere. Often, through out the series, the books feel dark and foreboding. The good turns that happen sometimes feel too sudden and too lucky. That said, the series does a good job of portraying a group of children who have special powers (called endowed in the series). It wouldn't be easy and there would be extra responsibilities in having those powers. The characters are real. You'll keep reading just to see what happens to them.
Rating
4
Title
In Sunlight and In Shadow
Author
Mark Helprin
Genre
Historic Fiction
Review
Love story between a WWII veteran and an heiress in 1946 New York. Beautiful language but characters too good to be true, so you know some darkness will fall on them. One of my favorite writes, though this is not his best (That would be Winter's Tale).
Rating
4