LitStack Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng The Penguin Press Release Date:  June 26, 2014 ISBN 978-1-59420-571-2 It absolutely slays me when debut novels are this good. Everything I Never Told You is the story of a family dealing with a tragic loss.  It’s 1977 in Middlewood, Ohio, and Lydia Lee – the bright, outwardly [….]

LitStack Review: ‘Safe from the Sea’ by Peter Geye

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Safe from the Sea Peter Geye Unbridled Books First Edition:May 21, 2009 ISBN 978-1-60953-008-2 Duluth, Minnesota, located on Lake Superior’s North Shore, is the nation’s final inland harbor even though it is staunchly situated in the upper Midwest, accessible to ocean-going vessels via the Great Lakes Waterway and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.  To stand by [….]

LitStack Review: Alliance – The Paladin Prophecy Book 2 by Mark Frost

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Alliance: The Paladin Prophecy Book 2 Mark Frost Random House Release Date:  January 7, 2014 ISBN 978-0-375-87046-7 Adventure/fantasy lit for young readers is really hot right now.  Really hot.  I’m not talking the young adult supernatural vampires and werewolves or zombies material – I mean stories where kids, sometimes barely into their teens, are thrust [….]

LitStack Review: Vacationland by Sarah Stonich

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Vacationland Sarah Stonich University of Minnesota Press Release Date:  March 25, 2013 ISBN 978-0-8166-8766-4 Vacationland is a book that grabs you, not because of some harrowing drama or gripping plot twist, not due to a flamboyant cast of characters or unexpected turn of events or even because ordinary people have been thrust into extraordinary circumstances.  [….]

LitStack Review: Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

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Some Kind of Fairy Tale Graham Joyce Doubleday/Anchor Publication Date:  July 2, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-385-53578-6 Yet another World Fantasy Awards – Best Novel nominee, and yet another wonderful story. Many, many folk tales, fireside stories, elder manuscripts and vestiges of ancient lore tell of the abduction of (usually) fair young maidens by the fey, by [….]

LitStack Review: Butter by Anne Panning

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Butter Anne Panning Switchgrass Books First Edition:  October 15, 2012 ISBN 978-0-87580-681-5 We usually think of nostalgia as a sentimental warm fuzzy feeling, a wistful desire to return back to what was, when – true or not – things seemed to have been simpler, and “better.”  What is so marvelous with Anne Panning’s novel, Butter, [….]