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Girls are Players
by Ingrid Seymour
G.A.P. Series, Book Two
About the Author
by Sandra Neil Wallace
Red O’Sullivan’s world is crumbling around him: the mine that employs most of town is on the brink of closing, threatening to shutter the entire town. Red will be part of the final graduating class of Hatley High School, but he’s got his own burdens to bear: his older brother, Bobby, died in the war, and he’s been struggling to follow in his footsteps ever since. That means assuming Bobby’s old position as quarterback, and leading the last-ever Muckers team to the championship. Maybe then his angry, broken-hearted father will acknowledge him, and they’ll be able to put Bobby’s death behind them.
While the Muckers are racially-united, their town is divided. Anglos live near the top of the mountain and Mexican Americans down below—where Red’s best friend Cruz lives, and Angie, who Red longs to be with. When the Communist scare threatens to tear the team apart, Red and the hardscrabble Muckers must find a way to go undefeated and win the state title.
I went into this book thinking it was going to be mostly about football, but in reality the football is only a vehicle for the other stories the author wants to tell.
The main character of this story is Red O’Sullivan, who is having a hard time in life. Between a father who barely cares if he’s there or not, a mother who’s gone crazy, and trying to live up to the reputation of his dead older brother, it’s a wonder Red is keeping himself together at all. But with the support of his best friend, Cruz, Red proves himself on the football field, and brings the mining town together in a tumultuous time.
The author has a knack for making you feel the desperation in the characters, and in the town itself. For generations, the mine has been Hatley’s main source of income. But over time, the mountain has pretty much given all it’s got to give. Jobs are getting scarce, and the town, which was already on a fine line, is getting ready to collapse. Races are sharply divided, but the one thing everyone can agree on is cheering for the high school football team, aptly and sadly named the Muckers. Their practice field is full of rocks, and they have to practice tackles with a school bus. No one expects Red to do much, but to everyone’s surprise, and his own, he does.
I did enjoy the book, but there were so many parts of it I thought were very slow and found myself skimming. For the first few games, the football was hardly described at all. But I did feel for Red and everyone else in the town, who had all suffered in some way or another.
While the story touches the reader’s heart, it’s even more emotional when you think that this book was actually based on a true story. I am very glad I’m living in the generation I am a part of now.
If you like your sports stories with plenty of background and heart, give Muckers a read.
About the Author
For fifteen years, Sandra Neil Wallace was a news anchor and ESPN sportscaster before writing novels. After the publication of her first book Little Joe, she was named an outstanding newcomer to the children’s literature scene by the Horn Book. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, author Rich Wallace. Visit Sandra at www.sandraneilwallace.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
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by Laury Falter
The Apocalypse Chronicles, Book One
On an ordinary day in early September, Kennedy Shaw leaves for school unaware that within a few minutes the world she knows will be gone – succumbed to an outbreak of epidemic proportions. After finding a safe haven inside the security of her enclosed high school, she learns that four others have survived, one being a bold, mysterious transfer student from Texas whose unruffled demeanor harbors more than a cool interest in her. As they struggle to survive the dead fighting their way inside, will Kennedy discover there is more to life than survival? And will she and the others find a way to live in this terrifying new world?
MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
I have to say, I’ve never read a book with a heroine like Kennedy before–and that is an awesome thing! A teenage girl, given elite military training by her Navy SEAL father, Kennedy uses throwing stars and can handle an assault rifle like a pro. Unfortunately, since the death of her father just a year ago, these characteristics haven’t helped her stay the the top of the popular list at school. Good thing she’s a senior and about to get out of there…that is until the world ends one morning, and her schoolmates and teachers turn into flesh eating monsters.
Only 5 people survive and find themselves barricaded inside the school together. Luckily for Kennedy, one of her fellow survivors is the guy she’s been crushing on from afar for over a year, Harrison. She will soon learn that he has his secrets, just like she does. And his may put them all in danger, or be their salvation.
The idea of apocalypse survivors being locked in one place together is not new, but the author made this story her own. Each of the high schoolers is unique and come to find their place in the aftermath of the zombie attacks. Kennedy becomes sort of their leader, which is fine with her because the only person she really trusts is herself.
You could almost say the book is kind of broken into two parts. The beginning of the apocalypse and its’ immediate effects take up the first part, and then several weeks pass before any action happens again. It’s not really implied what happens between the characters themselves in the time that passes, just that everyone becomes used to the new, strange routine of living in a school. I would have liked to see what passes between Kennedy and Harrison in this interim, because without knowing this, it seemed to me like their romance moved very quickly.
The relationship between Kennedy and Harrison was interesting, but it had touches of things I’ve seen before in other stories. He gives her the whole spiel of “I like you but stay away from me for your own good” and of course she does not listen to him. In the second part of the book, it felt like their romance went from 0-60 in no time at all. Maybe this can be attributed to the stressful and unique situation they are in together, I don’t know. I just didn’t feel like there was enough development in my opinion.
I liked the end of the story and how the book actually explained where the zombie virus came from–a lot of books and movies don’t bother to do that. This is the first book in a series and definitely leaves the reader with a cliffhanger. I’ll be more than ready to read the next one in the series!
About the Author
Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.
Today I’m spotlighting the adventure/fantasy series by Amy Lignor, Tallent & Lowery! Let me tell you about each of the books.
In 1902, in a dark room on the fifth floor of Carnegie Hall, thirteen people came together to continue a tradition that had been set in stone thousands of years before.
In 2012, Leah Tallent is Head of Research at the New York Public Library. Stoic and stable, brilliant and cynical, she has forever enjoyed her existence among the book stacks. But even with her unparalleled intellect, there was no way to know that on the historic steps between America’s famous lions, she would become involved with a crazy man on a fanatical quest.
Gareth Lowery has spent his life searching for the ultimate artifact that he is certain exists. His life’s pursuit has been to retrieve twelve keys hidden by men whose job it was to protect the single biggest secret ever kept. To find the keys he must enlist the help of an unwilling guide who, unfortunately, knows much more than he bargained for.
From the first page to the last word, this fantastic duo become immersed in a whirlwind treasure hunt with historical and passionate repercussions. From the strange and eerie Winchester House to the blustery darkness of Loch Ness, Gareth and Leah will quickly learn that the theory of duality is correct: For every bad there is a good and, for Heaven, there most assuredly exists…Hell.
The Sapphire Storm–Book Two
After going up against a man who believed he was the Devil, himself, the beloved characters from 13 – Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery – are beyond exhausted. Now they are about to embark on the most terrifying journey imaginable…a trip to meet Leah’s parents.
When Leah arrives where the ‘home fires burn,’ her sarcasm burns even brighter, while Gareth Lowery – the handsome adventurer – uses his charm to sway the ‘odd’ Tallent clan. But when a frightening call from Gareth’s sister arrives telling him that her love has disappeared, the daring duo is soon running away from one horrific situation directly into another. A new puzzle from the past has come to life. Following clues left behind, the courageous couple becomes embedded in a world filled with liars, killers and greed.
And when the riddle of a famous ‘Bard’ is solved, a strange woman appears who has far more in common with Leah than she can possibly imagine! The heart-stopping suspense of this new quest takes them from Coptic Cairo to the magical world of Petra, in search of a cave deep underground that once housed a true ‘Illuminator.’
Yet again, they must find the answers and stay one step ahead of true villains who are determined to make sure that – this time – Tallent & Lowery do not survive.
The Hero’s Companion–Book Three
With their second battle behind them, Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery find themselves still knee-deep in hell. What should’ve ended with a celebration of passion wrapped in each other’s arms becomes a nightmare once more, as a mysterious man demands Leah to return home, or else her beloved father will be found at the bottom of the sea.
Scrambling to figure out what’s happened Tallent & Lowery walk in on a family that has literally gone insane: A mother filled with accusations, three sisters who wish them nothing but certain death, and a frightening story of a blood-red eye that leads to a puzzle with immense repercussions. The woman named Anippe who readers questioned in The Sapphire Storm is back, with an item in her possession that will have Tallent & Lowery heading out on an adventure based on pure emotion and ultimate fear – where victory may just depend on their willingness to sacrifice each other.
The time has come for Tallent & Lowery to go head-to-head with the mysterious voice from 13, as a villain is unveiled…and a war begins!
Creating a Famous Duo in Fiction
by Amy Lignor
Personally, my own favorite duo out there in America is the same duo that brought about ‘Tallent & Lowery’ in the first place. Patience and Fortitude, the majestic lions that sit in front of the NYPL, not only greet millions everyday, but they also protect the home, so to speak, of Leah Tallent.
Sherlock and Watson are probably the most famous detective pair out there in the literary world; when it comes to other media venues, you have everything from Crockett and Tubbs to Scooby-Doo and Shaggy to Batman and Robin. Various daring duo’s have always graced the screens – big and small – and have always served up the perfect banter and wit in books we’ve come to love.
With Leah Tallent & Gareth Lowery, I wanted to draw on all of these pairs in very subtle ways. With Leah’s happy (sometimes not) sarcasm and dryness, mixed with Gareth’s easy-going manner and love for her – their combined passion for solving these puzzles have drawn readers to their sides. To me, no matter what unique web they find themselves trying to unravel, it’s their strength as a duo that makes the book a success.
When the partners happen to be male and female (Nick and Nora Charles, for example), they can also bring a true bond into the book, which adds to the power of the story. Leah Tallent has certainly gotten into some dire situations in books; 13, The Sapphire Storm and now, The Hero’s Companion. Yet, it’s not her intelligence or her way of reasoning things out that saves her – it is her partner, Gareth Lowery, who makes sure that Leah always has something worth fighting for.
Gareth, of course, is the one who basically ruined Leah’s quiet librarian life in the first place when, in 13, he appeared inside the basement of the NYPL to retrieve a frightening book that’d been buried in the cornerstone of the building. He expected to discover the next steps he had to take in order to complete a lifelong mission of his. What he never expected was to discover the hard-headed, smart-mouthed, warm-hearted librarian who would literally be the brain and soul he needed for the rest of this life.
Being able to take the detective aspects and combine them with the romantic aspects of literary partners (insert pretty much all of Jane Austen partners here), has allowed ‘Tallent & Lowery’ to become far more than just banter and wit. And…with the next four novels to come, readers will be more than surprised when they find out that this pair may just have to live with the fact that their adventures and puzzle-solving could lead to a break-up that neither saw coming.
When it comes down to duo’s, the literary world has offered more than its fair share. ‘Tallent & Lowery’, hopefully, will become one of those teams that will never be forgotten.
Until Next Time, Everybody,
About the Author
Being the daughter of a Research Librarian, books and information were always a ‘gift,’ and there is nothing I like more. In fact, if the NYPL would let me live in their basement, that’s where I would be. I am very proud of my books – especially the ‘Tallent & Lowery’ series – which has been so well-received that I am beyond humbled. Being able to ‘link’ historical locations together and create puzzles that bestselling authors have called, “The Da Vinci Code With Heart”; “Action/Adventure Gold”; and “The Best of the 21st Century” has been beyond my wildest expectations. I am the Owner/Operator of The Write Companion; and I recently was beyond honored to be asked to take on the role of Editor-in-Chief of Hallowed Ink Press – an amazing traditional publisher that will break new ground in the industry. Life is busy…but it’s good. And I have a wealth of friends, family and fans to thank for allowing that to happen! My favorite advice? “While I live, let me LIVE!”
Seeing as I live in a small town, my organic product options are rather limited. So I was very excited to review snack products for Newman’s Own Organics!
Let me introduce you to the company. Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001. The sale of Newman’s Own Organics products generates money for the Newman’s Own Foundation to give away. Since 1982 Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million dollars to educational and charitable organizations worldwide.
Every product in the line has been certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Ingredients have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more. The farms and processors have been certified by an independent third party.
I got a lot of stuff to try, but today I’m going to tell you about my favorites–and how YOU can win them!
Family Recipe Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: Yeah, these were definitely the first things to be wiped out by me! After I tasted one cookie, I hid the rest so my husband couldn’t find them! These cookies are crunchy and the perfect size for nibbling. They have an awesome buttery taste that makes it hard for you to stop after eating just a few.
Chocolate Cups: These are a great snack for after dinner. I was partial to the Peanut Butter Cups, but my husband prefers dark chocolate and he liked the cups with Raspberry Centers. The flavored centers of the cups are more flowy than those would would find in “big brands”, and that’s quite alright with me.
Sour Licorice Twists and Mints: My 5 year old goes crazy for anything sour, so his eyes lit up when I showed him these fruity twists. Mommy liked that they didn’t have a ton of sugar, and of course organic is something I consider a big plus to give to my child.
My husband snatched up the mints when he saw them, and brought them to work. All the guys in the office immediately wanted to know where they could get their own! My husband even gave an empty tin to one of his coworkers, who wanted it for his daughter to use to store her Nintendo DS games; cool idea!
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**DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post in the form of free products. Nevertheless, my thoughts and opinions are my own and I would not endorse a product I wouldn’t use myself.
Love and Relativity
by Rachael Wade
New Adult Contemporary
Love, life, and happily ever after? It’s all relative.
Marine biology student Emma Pierce lives in paradise—geographically speaking, anyway. Stranded on Sanibel Island, Florida, she works at a nursing home by day and spends her nights dodging the island’s infamous bad boy, Jackson Taylor, at her favorite karaoke bar. Trying to heal from the loss of her sister and a failed relationship she rerouted her life for, she’s ready to graduate and finally leave Florida behind.
When a run-in with Jackson and his rowdy crew goes sour at the bar one night, sparks fly and irreversible damage is done. It’s no secret that Jackson loves to get underneath her skin, but this time he’s gone too far. Now all he wants is to earn her forgiveness before she’s gone for good, but their ideas of closure—and the future—are enough to keep them worlds apart.
This is a stand-alone title but coordinates with The Preservation Series.
About the Author
Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment.
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by Emma Right
Dead Dreams Series, Book One
Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams–of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.
On Being a Mom and a Writer
by Emma Right
“How do you find time to write with such a busy schedule and homeschooling?” or “How do you find time to write?” These are the two most common questions people have asked me time and again. And I always say, “you want the short answer, the true answer, or the practical one?”
So here goes:
Any which way i can make the time is the short, simple answer.
The more truthful answer would probably be: I pray for strength and motivation everyday, many times during the day, sometimes it feels every second of the day! Often I’ve thought if I were God (and I’m glad I’m not!) I’d say, “Not her again!”
For the in depth and more practical answer I’d say this:
As a busy mom I feel it’s important to carve out a small piece in my life for personal growth. To me being organized is the key. When life is a chaos it’s hard to be organized, but it is possible and in fact needful to arrange our lives, as busy moms, into manageable sizes to stay sane–at least for me it has been that way. I’m not saying it’s easy–my husband travels about 60% of the time, and it can be emotionally draining dealing with whiny kids–but if we can lay railroad tracks for our daily lives it’d be easier to function.
On a week to week basis I have my tracks laid down-I know which kid is doing what, when and what meals to be served throughout the entire week–this would cut down on unnecessary time making extra trips to the grocery store. I do most of my shopping on the internet–like books, supplies, clothes, and make-up, to save on time–and it’s less expensive too, with free shipping.
Also, on my site, I have some blogs on using free things to give the kids a great education (and I hope to input more of such things) but still give us, moms, some time to gather ourselves before we fall apart at the seams. One example is using Netflix movies to help in the homeschooling–make movie nights a meaningful and educational experience. And a mom can take a break as the kids watch something that would benefit them.
I’d advice young moms to audit their time–find out when or which time block they spend their time on doing meaningless tasks–it’s like budgeting with time as your currency.
Another advice I have, and this may seem unrelated, is to stay away from negative people as much as possible. There is something draining about being around negativity and this mental torture will translate to stress, illnesses (which will make us even busier and serves no purpose) and there is something about negative words that even suck out whatever little time and energy we have.
But having said that, about the homeschooling, it’s good to have a schedule but if things fall apart and some kid really didn’t finish up whatever task was given, I’d learned through almost 17 years of homeschooling that the best thing is to just move on and not fret. There will always be another day, and in every stormy cloud there truly is a silver lining.
About the Author
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Very Superstitious: Myths, Legends, and Tales of Superstition
by Various Authors
Horror Short Story Anthology
The stories are based on urban legends, myths, tribal tales and superstitions from around the world. A charity anthology to benefit SPCA International with stories by Shannon Delany, Jackie Morse Kessler, Stephanie Kuehnert, Jennifer Knight, Marianne Mancusi, Michelle E. Reed, Dianne Salerni and Pab Sungenis.
MY THOUGHTS: 3.5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Very Superstitious: Myths, Legends and Tales of Superstition by Georgia McBride
This is a collection of short stories that some well known indie authors got together and published fr charity (the SPCA). Authors include Mari Mancusi, Jackie Morse Kessler, and Shannon Delany, among others.
There are eight stories included: “The Rescue”, “Thirst”, “Chupacabra”, “The Road Home”, “Gift of the Were-Magi”, “Midhalla”, “Bloody Mary”, and “The Silverfoot Heretic.” The stories widely varied in main theme, but all had a supernatural element.
My favorite tale of the collection is “Bloody Mary” by Dianne K. Salemi. I am assumin it takes place is the late 19th century, but no date was explicitly given. In this story, a girl named Mary Louise entertains her 2 friends and her cousin newly arrived from Jamaica, by playing a game of Bloody Mary. Mary Louise’s cousin sees something most unexpected in the mirror, and the consequences will be dire and lead to a curse for one of the girls. This story stayed with me even after I read it.
I also enjoyed “Chupacabra” by Jennifer Knight. It is a supernatural story told from two points of view–the creature, who uncontrollably murders people, and the girl who’s hunting him. This does turn into a bit of a romance, but it wasn’t cliched. I wondered what’s going to happen to the couple next, as the ending was kind of a cliffhanger.
There are other stories her, about wandering ghosts, vengeful gods, and more. But these are the two that caught my attention most. I thought this was a great anthology to get me into the Halloween mood, and I love that it’s for charity!
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Play with Me
by Piper Shelly
Grover Beach Team, Book One
A short, sweet novella.
Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there.
Liza Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten from soccer camp. But when Tony finally shows up, his mind is more focused on another girl. And worse, she’s a soccer player. Fighting for the attention Liza craves, she’s just a hairbreadth away from making a very stupid decision. But when extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, she’s prepared to play ball to get her man.
The tryouts are hell, the first match ends bloody, and the morning after the selection party she wakes up in the worst place possible—in the arms of the captain of the soccer team. The hottest guy in school. Ryan Hunter.
Hey everyone! Thanks for the invitation to this little chat. It’s a pleasure to be here today.
1. What made you want to become a writer?
My passion for writing and story-telling. There are so many characters in my mind, waiting to come alive in new books, that I can hardly type fast enough to bring them all down onto the page. And what’s the point in writing stories, if you have no one to read and get lost in them? That was my drive for becoming a writer.
2. Who or what gives you inspiration?
Most of all, music. I can listen to the same songs for days and just start dreaming. Each of my books has its own playlist, and when I later listen to those songs again, I’m immediately back in the story.
But also a good film or book can inspire me to write a new story. And of course, many little things from my everyday life.
3. What do you need around you to write (special drink, lucky items, etc)?
I need silence and warm feet. That’s all, thank you.
4. What are some of your favorite books?
Well, there’s the entire Love At Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks, Twilight, Harry Potter, Hush Hush, and also Absolute Surrender by Georgia Lyn Hunter. I recently read Fifty Shades of Grey and totally fell for the Christian.
5. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
Well, some of them are, but not all of them. Mostly, the heroines have a lot of myself in them, especially Jona and Liza. Ryan Hunter was actually based on my husband when I got to know him (he was 19 then), and Julian from LOVING YOUR LIES is just how I imagine my guardian angel.
6. Why do you love writing?
Because it gives me a way to escape this boring world. If you turn on the TV or switch on the radio, all you hear and see is destruction, war, death, people stealing, people suffering, people starving, people hurting other people. I just can’t take any more of that crap.
I need more in my life. More in my world. I need witches, angels, romance, guys who’d do everything for their girls, butterflies in my stomach, a pounding heart because of a simple smile… And since it’s damn hard to find all that in the real world, I decided to just turn it off and create my own.
That’s why I write books. To give myself a way to escape and also my readers, who need a door to disappear through for a little while sometimes.
About the Author
PIPER SHELLY prefers blue to green, spring to winter, and writing to talking. But then she prefers writing to almost everything else. It helps her to escape from a boring world to something with actual adventure and romance in it, she says. Even when she’s not crafting a new story, you’ll see her lounging with a book in some quiet spot. She was 17 when she left Vienna to live in the tranquil countryside of Austria, and from there she loves to plan trips to anywhere in the world. Two of her favorite places? Disneyland and the deep dungeons of her creative mind.
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by Jennifer DuBois
When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn’t come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans.
Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who’s asking. As the case takes shape—revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA—Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: the media, her family, the man who loves her and the man who seeks her conviction. With mordant wit and keen emotional insight, Cartwheel offers a prismatic investigation of the ways we decide what to see—and to believe—in one another and ourselves.
MY THOUGHTS: 3.5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Although this is being billed as definitely NOT a story about or based on the Amanda Knox murder case, one can’t help but notice the parallels…and I am not even that big a follower of the news.
Lily Hayes is a college student that has been charged with the murder of her roommate while studying in Argentina. Her family immediately comes from America to be with her, and as her case is being investigated, we go back and forth between several different characters’ accounts of what happened leading up to the murder.
There are so many characters to consider in Cartwheel, but I’d have to say the one I liked most was Sebastien, Lily’s lover/would-be boyfriend. He is a next door neighbor to Lily’s host family, which means he gets to spend a lot of time with her. In spite of this, they don’t know much about each other. Neither one is particularly open to sharing much of their feelings, and Sebastien is constantly talking in double-speak. Yes, he’s clever, but you can see it is a defense mechanism.
I couldn’t really associate with Lily, but it turned my stomach to see how during the investigation, every tiny thing that was found was being used to portray her in a very negative light. Of course, this is a simple truth of how the worldwide media works today, isn’t it? We are so quick to condemn a person when everything we have seen about them on the news is basically already painting them as guilty of some crime.
Definitely, to me, the best part of the book was the dialogue. The author tended to have a lot of rambling, descriptive paragraphs that I skimmed over without missing anything important to the story. Also, there were a few storylines that just seemed to go nowhere. Why didn’t we find out why the Carrizos were being sued? I guess we didn’t need to, because the fact was just used as a plot device to let the reader know that Beatriz Carrizo was not exactly trustworthy. The scenes of Eduardo with Maria served the same purpose.
The book was split into two parts, for a reason I couldn’t really say. It just seemed unnecessary. While I was happy with the ending, I thought it was way, way too fast. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime novels with that “ripped from the headlines” feel.
About the Author
Jennifer duBois’s A Partial History of Lost Causes was one of the most acclaimed debuts of recent years. It was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and the Northern California Book Award for Fiction, and O: The Oprah Magazine chose it as one of the ten best books of the year. DuBois was also named one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 authors. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, duBois recently completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Texas.
For more information on Jennifer and her work, visit her website, jenniferdubois.com.
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Tell me which case you’ve found most interesting to follow in the media.