Leaving time : a novel

From Margaret Mezzacapo

Author:  Jodi Picoult

Title:  Leaving time : a novel  

Once again, Jodi Picoult presents us with a well-written, engrossing tale. Jenna Metcalf is a teen whose mother disappeared when she was a baby. She becomes obsessed with finding her mother – or discovering what became of her, or why she abandoned Jenna. Both of her parents were scientists, studying elephants, and these large, gentle and frequently misunderstood and mistreated animals figure largely (pardon the pun) in the story.  This is another fine work from Picoult.

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

From Margo Blatt
Title:  The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Author:  Jan-Philipp Sendker
Sad story.  Find out about your partner’s past before you marry.  Very interesting story and I really enjoyed getting to know some of the characters.  You felt for the people in this book.  You realize how lucky you are.  And how an affliction can change your life but it doesn’t have to end it.

Six Years

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Harlan  Coben
Six Years
A broken hearted college professor, Jake Fisher, watches is ex-lover, Natalie, marry another man, Todd. He tells her that he loves her and she makes him promise that he will never contact her again. He keeps that promise for six years until a momentous event occurs, he sees Todd’s obituary online. Jake attends the funeral but another woman is the grieving widow. Where is Natalie? His search for her unearths lies, secrets, conspiracies and violence. His world and reality is destroyed but he knows that he must discover the truth about the woman that he loves.

The narrator of this suspense, Scott Brick, is a master storyteller who navigates the listener through these plot twists and draws you into the story. His intense delivery captures you from the very beginning and he gives each character their own distinct voice by just using a subtle change in tone, pitch or dialect. His narration is very natural, never over the top, but you really get to know the characters by their (his) voice. I loved the characters with attitude like our hero.

Man overboard : inside the honeymoon cruise murder

From Jackie Cantwell
Author:  Joan Lownds
Man overboard : inside the honeymoon cruise murder 
This is based on the 2005 still-unsolved murder of George Smith IV during his Mediterranean honeymoon cruise with his wife Jennifer Hagel  Smith. They were a Connecticut couple who had it all: good looks, money, lots of friends, and a seemingly good relationship.  After a night of heavy drinking and gambling in the casino of the Brilliance of the Seas ship, Jennifer ended up passed out on one end of the ship, while George was in his stateroom with 3 or 4 male acquaintances.  Reports differ as to what may have occurred in the room, but we do know a loud thud was heard by “ear-witnesses” and then George went missing, and was presumed overboard. The next morning, passengers saw a bloodied awning below the Smith cabin.  There was a cursory investigation conducted by the Turkish authorities. George’s parents and sister feel that Royal Caribbean was negligent in their investigation and that the evidence was compromised. The book follows the actions and lawsuits that the Smith family pursued to find out the truth about what happened to their son, and to find the perpetrators.  There are also summaries of other cases where passengers were killed, raped or went missing. The book serves as an indictment of not only the Royal Caribbean cruise line, but the entire cruising industry. Overall, I felt the author overly relied on secondary sources, such as transcripts from TV programs and quotes from websites and newspapers. To my knowledge, she did not interview anyone close to the case. The author does not give her opinion as to who she thinks may have murdered George Smith. This is a cautionary tale for would-be cruisers.

September Sisters

From Alex, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Cantor, Jillian
September Sisters
For the Teen Review Blog, I read the book September Sisters written by Jillian Cantor. In this wonderful book, Abigail and her younger sister Becky are always fighting and bickering. Their mother always pretends they’re friends but they aren’t. Then one day Becky disappears at  night. Abigail and her family are upset and are calling everyone including police. Abigail feels it’s all her fault but it really isn’t.
I would recommend this book to all girls because its about a girl going through life feeling lost because her sister isn’t there. I doubt boys would  want to read this book but you never know. September Sisters is an amazing book. The details are vivid and very descriptive. You can really use  your imagination in this book. I could barely put it down, that’s how good it was for me. September Sisters is a very enjoyable book and I hope  you all enjoy it too.

Max Cassidy Escape From Shadow Island

From Joe, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Adam, Paul
Max Cassidy Escape From Shadow Island
Max Cassidy is a fourteen year old escape artist whose dad was murdered and his mom was charged with his murder. Although he knows that his mom is innocent, there is nothing that he can do because the murder took place in Santo Domingo and he lives in England. All of a sudden a mysterious visitor comes and tells Max that his father is alive and his mother is innocent. He was murdered before he could tell Max everything he knew. As Max heads out to Santo Domingo to find out what happened two years ago at Playa d’Oro he embarks on an adventure that is so beautifully written out by Paul Adam in his fictional novel Max Cassidy – Escape from Shadow Island. This book is fast paced and can be hard to understand, but if you like action, then this is the book for you.