LitStack Review: ‘The Echo’ by James Smythe

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The Echo James Smythe Harper Voyager Publication Date:  January 28, 2014 ISBN 978-0-06-228728-1 Outer space – real space, not the space of zooming starships and photon torpedoes and intergalactic confederacies – is silent.  It is vast, empty.  It is dark.  It is full of the unknown. James Smythe’s novel The Echo captures this expanse of [….]

LitStack Review: Hero by Alethea Kontis

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Hero (The Woodcutter Sisters) Alethea Kontis Harcourt Children’s Books Release Date:  October 1, 2013 ISBN 0-5440-5677-9 Finally!  A book with a girl – well, young woman, she’s at least 16 –  who is the hero, who isn’t confused about the fact that she’s the hero.  Who doesn’t normally wear skirts and doesn’t particularly like dresses [….]

LitStack Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

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The Storyteller Jodi Picoult Emily Bestler Books First Edition: February 26, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4391-0276-3 What is the point of trying to put down on paper emotions that are too complex, too huge, too overwhelming to be confined by an alphabet? Love isn’t the only word that fails. Hate does, too. Love.  Hate.  Life.  Death.  Survival.  [….]