I've secondary school for 10 years and spent time taling with hundreds of adolescents. The author really captures the voice of real teenagers, never as simple as adults think. The protaganists are complex, authentic, and well-written. The intro to the two young people really grabbed me. The narrative was very compelling.
Sarah Vowels amusing history of the Puritans and the Native Americans around them, is engaging, scholarly, and, yes.... funny. It takes a good writer to subtly highlight the ironies of 17th Century New England. She liberally cites primary documents from the time period. Her greatest triumph is her ability to make the period come alive and relate it to today's America. The Author does a lovely job reading. Don't forget that she is a voice actress too. (The Incredibles)
Engaging prose makes the language enjoyable. For me, the story wasn't credible or even pleasurable
I've read all of the Agatha series, so that I feel that I've grown into middle age with her. But this mystery introduces many new interesting characters and provides a real reason for Agatha always bumping into dead bodies. Flawless narration. I have to say that the last line of the book had me saying aloud "What?!?" And then after a moment of shock, "When can I read the next book?"
During the longs years of Harry Potter drought, it is nice to come across a series that invokes some of the same magic. Not at all like Harry Potter in plot, it engages from the first few minutes. I admit that I had to relisten to some sections due to the complicated plot, but it was original and unpredictable. It is filled with nuanced characters. The voice performance was transparent, as it should be.
In the midwestern tradition Lynn Rossetto Casper, discusses food and cooking with love. I like the road food section as well as the experts she invites. I especially like her sweet attitude.
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