Category Archives: Books Read in 2014

Book Review – The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen

The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt

Title: The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults Author: Frances E. Jensen with Amy Ellis Nutt ISBN: 9780062067845 No. of Pages: 384 Genre: Nonfiction Origins: Harper Books Release Date: 6 January 2015 Bottom Line: Educational and useful – I’ll definitely be using some of this information when dealing with…

Book Review – Descent by Tim Johnston

Descent by Tim Johnston

Title: Descent Author: Tim Johnston ISBN: 9781616203047 No. of Pages: 384 Genre: Thriller Origins: Algonquin Books Release Date: 6 January 2015 Bottom Line: Absolutely outstanding novel; a must-read Synopsis: “The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, a young family from the plains taking a last summer vacation before their daughter begins college….

Book Review – Ostland by David Thomas

Ostland by David Thomas

Title: Ostland Author: David Thomas ISBN: 9781623658496 No. of Pages: 400 Genre: Historical Fiction Origins: Quercus Books Release Date: 6 January 2015 Bottom Line: Intense and sickening and thought-provoking Synopsis: “Based on a horrifying true story of one of the Holocaust’s worst Nazi war criminals comes a crime thriller that combines a police procedural, courtroom…

Book Review – Perdita by Hilary Scharper

Perdita by Hilary Scharper

Title: Perdita Author: Hilary Scharper ISBN: 9781492602446 No. of Pages: 448 Genre: Fiction Origins: Sourcebooks Landmark Release Date: 20 January 2015 Bottom Line: Absolutely gorgeous detail cannot save the foray into fantasy Synopsis: “Marged Brice is 134 years old. She’d be ready to go, if it wasn’t for Perdita . . . The Georgian Bay…

Book Review – Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

Title: Things Half in Shadow Author: Alan Finn ISBN: 9781476761725 No. of Pages: 448 Genre: Historical Fiction; Suspense Origins: Gallery Books Release Date: 30 December 2014 Bottom Line: Skip it Synopsis: “Postbellum America makes for a haunting backdrop in this historical and supernatural tale of moonlit cemeteries, masked balls, cunning mediums, and terrifying secrets waiting…

Book Review – Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Title: Suspicion Author: Alexandra Monir ISBN: 978-0-385-74389-1 No. of Pages: 304 Genre: Young Adult; Suspense Origins: Random House Children’s Release Date: 9 December 2014 Bottom Line: Older readers should stick with Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca Synopsis: “Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that…

Audiobook Review – All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Title:All Quiet on the Western Front Author: Erich Maria Remarque Narrator: Frank Muller ISBN: 9781464047435 Audiobook Length: 6 hours, 55 minutes Genre: Historical Fiction Origins: Mine. All mine. Release Date: 29 January 1929 Bottom Line: Tragic, fascinating, and an absolute must-read Synopsis: “Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War…

Audiobook Review – Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming

Title: Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir Author: Alan Cumming Narrator: Alan Cumming ISBN: 9780062350770 Audiobook Length: 6 hours, 28 minutes Genre: Nonfiction Origins: Mine. All mine. Release Date: 7 October 2014 Bottom Line: Poignant, heartfelt, and thoroughly engaging Synopsis: “Dark, painful memories can be like a cage. Or, in the case of Alan Cumming,…

Book Review – The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Title: The Boston Girl Author: Anita Diamant ISBN: 9781439199350 No. of Pages: 336 Genre: Historical Fiction Origins: Scribner Publishing Release Date: 9 December 2014 Bottom Line: Enjoyable but forgettable Synopsis: “Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their…

Book Review – Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano

Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano

Title: Genocide of One Author: Kazuaki Takano ISBN: 9780316226226 No. of Pages: 512 Genre: Thriller Origins: Mulholland Books Release Date: 2 December 2014 Bottom Line: Great premise but too technical and frankly too explicitly violent to be remotely enjoyable Synopsis: “During a briefing in Washington D.C., the President is informed of a threat to national…