Nina O'Daniels

nodaniels@fz.k12.mo.us

Shannon Grieshaber

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Created in 2017

April 22, 2019

Although Kat fought off her would-be rapist with her champion Brazilian jiujitsu skills, she is not left undamaged.  She is suffering from PTSD and anger that her accusations left her attacker unpunished. In an effort to help her daughter, Kat’s mom sends her away from California to Boston to live with a an elderly (but awesome) family friend.  Grandma Vee is loving and wonderful and so, so wise. She insists Kat attend a youth group meeting in order to get to know people Kat’s own age. In all her wisdom, Grandma Vee knew Kat would form a connection with Robin, a member of the youth group.  Rob...

March 20, 2018

Ellie Frias haunts this story as she is forced to watch the unthinkable happen over and over again. She knows exactly how these girls feel; the emotions that swell on their tear-stained faces, the embarrassment, the fear, the regret and finally, the shame. And she can’t do anything but watch. Her helplessness isn’t her fault, seeing as how she’s dead. 

Ellie didn’t plan for this to happen to her. Her existence wasn’t remarkable when she was alive, despite her trying to change that. It wasn’t that she wanted to be at the top of the food chain, merely make it so people noticed she was even ON t...

January 26, 2018

Daaaaaang.  In The Hollow Girl, Bethan executes the most brutal rape revenge I’ve seen since Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Bethan lives with her Gran in their vardo within a traveling community of other Romani (Gypsies).  

Gran is the much-respected drabarni (wisewoman, witch) in the community.  Bethan is her apprentice.  One of Bethan’s jobs is to sell their herbs and medicinal remedies in the market.  While working at the market, Bethan meets Martyn, a yellow-haired diddicoy (non-Romani) who sells produce from his family’s farm at the spot right next to hers....

September 13, 2017


I am a Mindy McGinnis fan. I’ve read two of her five books, A Madness So Discreet (a current Gateway nominee) and Female of the Species (in my top ten reads of 2016), and both are absolutely fantastic and are both so different from each other. When I saw she was writing a fantasy series, I was immediately intrigued. Another book very different in style from her previous releases. I’ve read a lot of fantasy books but this one is unique. Actually, it reads more like a dark fairy tale than straight fantasy. As much as I liked this book, the reviews on Goodreads are mostly bad and the ratings low...

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