Category Archives: Viking

Review: First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett

Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Viking Adult; 1ST edition (October 16, 2014) ISBN: 9780525427247 Source: Publisher Sophie Collingwood inherits a London home after her Uncle Bertram passes away. Both were avid book lovers, Sophie recalls time spent in his library discussing their love of books. Unfortunately, her uncle’s library is sold off to recover debt and Sophie finds […]

Review: The Secret Place by Tana French

Series: Dublin Murder Squad Hardcover: 464 pages Publisher: Viking Adult (September 2, 2014) ISBN: 9780670026326 Source: Publisher One year ago, a boy was found murdered on the grounds of St. Kilda’s School, a girl’s boarding school outside of Dublin. Until now, little to no evidence existed regarding the killer. The Secret Place is a bulletin […]

Review: Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Viking Adult (July 31, 2014) ISBN: 9780670016389 Source: Publisher Ten years ago, Janie Jenkins was convicted for the death of her murder. Now, released on a technicality, Janie alters her appearance and goes on a rouge mission to discover the identity of her mother’s killer. The challenge: Janie isn’t exactly sure […]

Review: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness

Series: All Souls Trilogy (Book 3) Hardcover: 576 pages Publisher: Viking Adult (July 15, 2014) ISBN: 9780670025596 Source: Publisher It started with The Discovery of Witches and traveled through time in Shadow of Night. Now, in The Book of Life, witch Diana Bishop and her husband, Matthew Clairmont, a vampire, return to the present to continue […]

Review: Broken Harbor by Tana French

Hardcover: 464 pages Publisher: Viking Adult (July 24, 2012) ISBN-10: 0670023655 Source: Publisher (via Netgalley) In a half-developed neighborhood of McMansions, the bodies of Patrick Spain, his wife Jenny, and their two children are found. Patrick and the children are beyond resuscitation, but Jenny barely clings to life. Veteran Detective Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, are […]

Review: The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman

Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Viking Adult (June 19, 2012) ISBN-10: 0670023647 Source: Publisher It’s the seventeenth century in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam (present day Manhattan).  Orphans are disappearing, only to be found later severely mutilated. The colonists, a melting pot of cultures, blame the witika, a legendary creature that roams the forest, eating […]

Review: Mice by Gordon Reece

Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Viking Adult (August 18, 2011) ISBN-10: 0670022845 Source: Publisher Shelley has been forced to deal with more than the average teen should: her parents’ humiliating divorce and a near-deadly bullying attack. Shelley and her mother now seek reprieve in the remote Honeysuckle Cottage in the country. Shelley’s mother refers to herself and Shelley as mice, […]

Review: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Hardcover:416 pages Publisher:Viking Adult (August 9, 2011) ISBN-10: 0670022314 Source: Publisher  Immediately following the series of events that takes place in The Magicians, Quentin, Eliot, Janet, and Julia are now the High Kings and Queens of Fillory.  Quentin isn’t impressed with the amount of work he has to do as king, so he decides to […]

Review: War and Watermelon by Rich Wallace

Reading level: Ages 9-12 (Jenn’s opinion: 12 & up) Hardcover: 184 pages Publisher: Viking Juvenile; 1 edition (June 9, 2011) Source: Publisher It’s the summer of 1969 (yes, Bryan Adam’s song definitely comes to mind). Twelve year old Brody is spending the summer before starting junior high as most kids did at that age: swimming […]