Nina O'Daniels

nodaniels@fz.k12.mo.us

Shannon Grieshaber

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Created in 2017

January 9, 2018

Being a Batman fan is not a prerequisite to enjoy this story, in fact, very few bats are mentioned at all. Lu does a good job of weaving in the basics of Bruce’s story, making him a sympathetic and likable billionaire. Those details are the same - his guardian is the ever faithful Alfred, his parents died during a robbery when he was young, and Wayne Industries is on the cutting edge of technological inventions. From there, she takes Bruce on a ride he soon won’t forget. 


The Nightwalker gang is stalking wealthy philanthropists in Gotham City and using advanced technology, taking their money r...

January 9, 2018

What do you do when your parents are brutally murder right in front of you? Go live with the guy who did it, obviously. Jude, her twin sister Taryn, and older sister Vivienne do just that, but they don’t have much choice. Madoc, the man who murdered Jude’s parents, happens to be Vivienne’s real father, and Vivi’s pointed ears she's had her whole life are starting to make a lot more sense. He came to reclaim his daughter and wife, but ended up with two human children instead and vows to raise them on his own. And, he’s a man of his word. A high -ranking warrior fae, who feels more comfortable w...

January 5, 2018

Agatha Christie is a no-nonsense type of writer- she's sparse, void of flowery language and overly descriptive sentences; she just tells it like it is. Like Hercules Poirot, her Belgian detective, she just sticks to the facts. Murder on the Orient Express elicits the exact sort of scene I think of during that period. Sophisticated, worldly travelers spending time together in a somewhat opulent train car, the women sipping on tea and the men bourbon all while lush landscape passes by in a blur. The conversation would be civilized, lest anyone is offended, and intelligent. As it happens, some of...

October 10, 2017

Flynn’s life is about to change and not necessarily in a good way. He’s had a bit of a week, realizing that he probably is gay and therefore, not attracted to his girlfriend, January. Not that it matters since she broke up with him a few weeks ago and he hasn’t heard from her since then. The last time Flynn saw her was at the barn on her new stepfather's estate.  Now, coming home for the night, he is greeted by the police asking if he knows where January is. She didn’t come home the night before and might be missing. Knowing January has a flair for the dramatic, Flynn thinks maybe she just ran...

September 27, 2017

Set in the summer of 1992, just a few short months before the Rodney King verdict and LA Riots, in the seedy underbelly of LA’s streets, City of Angels paints a not so pretty picture of the town where dreams are made. Nikki, a runaway from Chicago at age seventeen, is quickly learning that picking up a guy at the bus station probably wasn’t the best idea she’s had. But, she followed Chad to LA and finds herself in the middle of some serious trouble. The kind that can get you killed- or worse. She’s in the home of a big shot Hollywood director who wants her to be the star in a film. Against her...

September 11, 2017

Look!  There’s an arch on the cover!  It’s not very often that our own STL gets to be the setting of a YA novel so it was a no brainer for me to choose this book to read.  Although the title seems a bit bland and nondescript (so many YA books sport one-word titles), it’s actually perfect.  In this near future world, the tech exists for someone to be able to put on VR type goggles and live vicariously (get it?  vicariously? Vicarious?) through someone else’s actual life experience.  Would you love to skydive but you’re too chicken?  You can pay some big bucks for a ViSE (Visual Sensory Experien...

September 7, 2017

The title of this book instantly appealed to me as it is obviously reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s classic, And Then There Were None.  As this book is popular year after year in the library (a classic will do that), I’m always looking for books with similar themes and situations.  I was hoping this would be one.  It is somewhat similar in that characters are killed off one by one.  The twist is that the victims aren’t who you expect to be killed.

And Then There Were Four is a wild ride and the action begins immediately.  Five students are summoned to the old (like, really old) c...

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