“Betrayed” is a rollicking suspense thriller and murder mystery, but Scottoline isn’t done yet. … Scottoline is sometimes criticized for her soap-operatic plots. And while it’s true that her story lines often have the whiff of melodrama, Scottoline knows her audience. After all, we wouldn’t tune in to “The Good Wife” if Alicia’s life was mundane and predictable.
“Gripping . . . Both author and lead character have cranked up the emotional stakes. . . . With Golden Son, [Pierce] Brown avoids the sophomore slump, charging the novel with the kind of dystopia-toppling action you’d expect in a trilogy ender, not a middle volume. On virtually every level, this is a sequel that hates sequels—a perfect fit for a hero who already defies the tropes. [Grade:] A”
“Simsion's attention to detail brings to life Don's wonderful, weird world. Instead of using Don's Asperger's syndrome as a fault, or a lead into a tragic turn of events, Simsion creates a heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world, and to love. As Don would say, this book is ‘great fun.’”
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder; Edited by Pamela Smith Hill
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography presents “a crucial addition to the world of Wilder lore and scholarship . . . meticulous notes, which account for about half of Pioneer Girl, provide rich historical context for every setting, incident and character, even minor ones. . . research, involving census data, letters, archives and land records, is nothing short of astounding. Photographs, illustrations, charts and maps add to the museum-like experience. . . It is a long-awaited treasure that provides invaluable, contextualized access to the origins of an American classic.”