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Clementine Bojangles’s CBR-III Review #86: Girl, Stolen by April Henry

A review of April Henry’s Girl, Stolen can be found at my blog here.

Do you like kidnapping stories?  Do you like stories about blind girls named Cheyenne?  If so, this might be the story for you!  Unfortunately, Henry’s story suffers from poor plotting, poor character development, and weird pacing.  It’s a disappointment all around.

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xoxoxoe, #38, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, by Stephen King, #CBR3

Here is an excerpt from my review of my #38 book, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, by Stephen King, about a little girl who gets lost in the woods, on my blog, xoxoxo e:

Trisha is as resourceful as she is foolish, and has to deal with injuries and her ever-dwindling food supply. She also seems to be stalked by something from the shadows, which may or may not be of this world. The further into the woods Trisha goes, the further she gets from the day-to-day life, the world the rest of us live in. The only thing that keeps her connected to her old and familiar world is tuning into Red Sox games on her Walkman, which feature her beloved relief pitcher Tom Gordon. When the Walkman’s batteries start to fail, Gordon still shows up to help guide and advise her. Trisha also has to contend with an annoying, but she suspects, correct voice in her head:

Besides, you may never get to be Pete’s age, that disquieting inner voice said. How could anyone have such a cold and scary voice inside them? Such a traitor to the cause? You may never get out of these woods.

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Clementine Bojangles’s CBR-III Review #77: Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy

A review of Kristen Tracy’s latest YA offering, Sharks & Boys, can be found at my blog here.

It’s a pretty well-paced tale of a group of teens stranded on a raft in shark-infested waters, but an insufferable protagonist and uneven writing mar what could be a great story.

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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 55-68: Too many to actually name here

So because it’s summer, I’ve been reading a whole lot. My last update here on the group blog was in early July. I’m Norwegian. I live in Oslo. Most of you know what happened here on the 22nd of July. Because of the news reports, varying from truly unbelievable and horrifying in the beginning, to just plain depressing now, in addition to reports on the English riots (my husband’s from Newcastle), I’ve not been in the mood for a lot of heavy reading over the last month or so. So there is a lot of romance here. Books that guarantee a happy ending. No unhappy rioting youth or crazy right-wing mass murderers.

55. After 11 long years, I finally know what happens to Jon Snow, Tyrion and Danaerys: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/55-dance-with-dragons-by-george-r-r.html

56. Book the fourth in Gail Carriger’s entertaining Victorian Steampunk adventure/romance series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/56-heartless-by-gail-carriger.html

57. Victorian mystery with romantic undertones: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/57-dark-enquiry-by-deanna-raybourn.html

58. Contemporary romance with a fairly ridiculous premise. Fun, though: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/58-yours-to-keep-by-shannon-stacey.html

59. Contemporary and historical fiction, both in the same book!: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/59-winter-sea-by-susanna-kearsley.html

60-62: Trilogy about the three sons of a notorious widowed Duchess. They’re all very good in bed: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/60-62-londons-greatest-lovers-trilogy.html

63. Twelfth and rumoured to be penultimate book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/63-spell-bound-by-kelley-armstrong.html

64. Second book in Rick Riordan’s entertaining young adult series. Even more Egyptian gods!: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/64-kane-chronicles-throne-of-fire-by.html

65. A teenage girl gets abducted and taken to the Australian Outback. A strange relationship with her abductor develops. Budding romance or Stockholm Syndrome?: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/65-stolen-letter-to-my-captor-by-lucy.html

66. Book 1 of Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/66-perils-of-pleasure-by-julie-anne.html

67. Book 2 of the Pennyroyal Green series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/67-like-no-other-lover-by-julie-anne.html

68. Book 3 of the Pennyroyal Green series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/68-since-surrender-by-julie-anne-long.html

I think I may have reached my saturation point for historical romance for a while, and will probably read something completely different next. We shall see. I will endeavour to update on the group blog a bit more often, so my link and tag lists don’t become quite so long.

 

 

 

 

 

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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 47-50: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb, Graveminder by Melissa Marr and Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison

Finally up to date with my blogging. That means you get another link-dump here at the Cannonball blog:

47. Excellent debut, completely stand-alone fantasy novel by the guy who’s now finishing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (although he deserves to be read for his own work, which is all good): http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/06/47-elantris-by-brandon-sanderson.html

48. More futuristic, romantic mystery by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb. Love me some Eve and Roarke: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/06/48-imitation-in-death-by-jd-robb.html

49. Excellent paranormal fantasy suspense, with a romantic subplot. Possibly the start of a new series, but ends satisfyingly, so no worries about cliffhangers and having to wait ages for the next in the series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/06/49-graveminder-by-melissa-marr.html

50. Book 3 in Kim Harrison’s young adult series about Madison Avery, light and disposable: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/06/50-something-deadly-this-way-comes-by.html

 

 

 

 

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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 30-33: Seduction in Death, Reunion in Death, Purity in Death and Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb

Four J.D Robb books, as I periodically get the urge to read a whole bunch at a time:

30: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/04/30-seduction-in-death-by-jd-robb.html

31: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/04/31-reunion-in-death-by-jd-robb.html

32: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/04/32-purity-in-death-by-jd-robb.html

33: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/05/33-portrait-in-death-by-jd-robb.html

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