Nina O'Daniels

Shannon Grieshaber

Created in 2017

March 27, 2018

This book is just FUN (as long as your idea of fun is a super-dark, sometimes shockingly violent, psychological thriller).  Told in a backwards format (it begins with Chapter 18 and ends with Chapter 1) Genuine Fraud is definitely a read-in-one-sitting kind of book and one that will have you on the edge of your seat.

As the story opens, Jule seems to be enjoying a fabulous solo vacay at a luxurious resort in Cabo.  But things quickly don’t add up. She introduces herself to someone as Imogen and not long after, she’s on the run - paying the bartender to whisk her away from the resort and then di...

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

*Release date is January 9th! 

Mrs. Grieshaber and I were fortunate enough to attend the ALAN Workshop held in STL this year, in November, wherein we received over 60 books from publishers! Yes, I said 60. Within our huge pile of books were a handful of ARCs. These precious beauties are unpublished books, a few months away from being released. When I found Thunderhead in my pile, I knew I wouldn't be waiting too long to read it. If you haven't already read one of the most interesting, different, thought-provoking novels of last year, stop reading this and read the first book, Scythe. Seriously,...

November 13, 2017

I love saying to students, “You’ll love this book! It’s about this girl who gets kidnapped.” And, then we both look at each other, feeling awkward about getting book nerd excited about someone who was kidnapped. But they truly make for some tension-filled and compelling stories that they love. Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee gives you that plus some added creepy factor. 

The story begins with Amy showing up at her childhood home after being kidnapped six years ago. She’s not sure this is the right thing to do, but she doesn’t have a choice. Her reunion with her mom, her home, and her old bedroom are t...

October 4, 2017

“Super hero icons meet megastar authors” is the tagline from the publishers of a new set of YA novels and Leigh Bardugo, of Six of Crows and Grisha fame, has the honor of being the first one published. Any self-respecting underoos wearing adult, as a child, of course, has fallen under the spell of the blockbuster movie of the same title, Wonder Woman. Bardugo allays any fear of needing to see the movie before reading her book, but I was glad I did just the same. Any background information I can get before diving into a new world can never hurt. 

Diana is just like any other normal t...

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