Wednesday, September 28, 2011

quick and dirty - but at least they are done

In the interest of getting caught up, I've decided to post a series of mini-reviews.  These are all books I have read over the past couple of months but just haven't had the chance to write a proper review. 

Love times three: our true story of a polygamous marriage by Joe, Alina, Vicki and Valerie Darger with Brooke Adams. – Adult non-fiction. In some ways fascinating, though I wasn’t overly impressed by the actual writing. The title pretty much tells you what the book is about.

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab – debut book. Set during an unspecified time period (the far past?) in an unspecified English speaking place (the main character mentions that she speaks English). When a stranger comes to Near, young children turn up missing.  Could the two be related or is it the work of the fabled Near Witch? Realistic supernatural fiction. An intriguing read.

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay– debut book. Two half- siblings. One lives in London with their mother and her father, waiting for the day when her older brother can be with them. The other lives in the Philippines with their aunt and her family, growing taller and taller as he waits for the approval to immigrate to the UK. When he finally arrives, nothing is as expected. Told in alternating voices, this is a wonderful debut. I’m just not 100% sure who its audience is, feeling that it is more of a tween book than anything else.

Madapple by Christina Meldrum– debut book. Previous Morris finalist. Charged with the murder of her aunt and her cousin, Aslaug is on trial. What unfolds is an often confusing story of true reality versus perceived reality, interspersed with religion and science. While a solid novel, it reads more like a book written for adults than a teen novel.

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