Sunday, March 15, 2009

TSS: 13th Book Review Blog Carnival

Welcome to the 13th Book Review Blog Carnival! I've been collecting submissions for the past two weeks and thanks to many wonderful bloggers have amassed quite a variety of book reviews for your enjoyment. There's definitely something for everyone here -- fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, young adult and children's books. I hope you'll discover lots of great new reading material. For more information about the carnival, be sure to visit the official Book Review Blog Carnival site. Happy Reading!

Caite reviews the intriguing Irreplaceable by Stephen Lovely. The book's plot centers around a heart transplant. Caite tells us, "In Irreplaceable, we are presented with a view into both sides of the experience, those who have lost someone they loved, and those who were saved from losing the one they love, someone on the verge of death. Actually, we get a glimpse of a third part of the equation as well, the man who caused the death and set it all in motion."

Clare Swindlehurst of Blue Archipelago presents Silver by Edward Chupack. Clare writes, "Silver by Edward Chupack tells the tale of Long John Silver with a goodly amount of murder."

Florinda reviews the new release Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult at The 3 R's: Reading, 'Riting, and Randomness. Florinda writes, "I think this novel will stick with me for awhile - for my money, it ranks among Picoult's best."

Heather J. presents Homefront by Kristen J. Tsetsi at Age 30+ ... A Lifetime of Books. This timely book examines what happens to those left behind when a loved one goes off to war.

Jen at Devourer of Books gives us a review of the audiobook version of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Jen tells us, "This is a book after a book-lover’s heart."

Jen also features a review of America America by Ethan Canin in audiobook format. Jen writes, "Although I finished it on March 1st, it is already a strong contender for my best book of the month." Read her entire review at Devourer of Books.

Keira gives us a review of The Kingmaking by Hellen Hollick at Love Romance Passion. She says, "In one sentence this book is about Arthur growing from boyhood to manhood, from untried to experienced, from soldier to king."

Nicole presents American Rust: A Novel by Philipp Meyer at Linus's Blanket. Nicole writes, "This novel is not to be missed."

Ali of Worducopia also gives us a review of American Rust, but with a twist: Her review is presented as an imagined interview with the book's protagonist.

Carrie Kitzmiller of Books and Movies shares Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. Carrie notes, "I enjoyed the descriptions of Austen’s time period, especially the things I’ve never thought about when reading Austen’s novels - things like personal hygiene, the smells, the way food would be served well past its prime."

Storybeader brings us a review of The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich posted at Stroll Through Storyland. Storybeader writes that the book is "filled with a plethora of complicated characters."

Children's Books
Dolfin showcases two Irish-themed books perfect for St. Patrick's Day reading, Tales from Old Ireland and Tales from Celtic Lands at Lionden Landing.

DNLee of Urban Science Adventures! © shares reviews of two ocean-related titles, Face to Face with Whales and WOW! World's of Ocean Life to compliment the recent National Geographic Kingdom of the Blue Whale television special.

Melissa reviews the classic children's tale Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie at Melissa's Bookshelf.

Shelly Burns presents a review of A Carousel Tale at Write for a Reader. Shelly writes, "This could well become a read-aloud favorite at bedtime." Be sure to check out Shelly's great interview with Elisa Kleven, the author of A Carousel Tale.

Christian Fiction
Rani reviews The Hidden Message by Lois Walfrid Johnson at Christ's Bridge. The Hidden Message is a Christian fiction children's mystery.

WordLily reviews Snitch by Rene Gutteridge at WordLily. She writes, "This is a fun, funny read. Pretty much the whole time I was reading this book, I was grinning."

Mysteries & Thrillers
Heather J. reviews one of my favorite books, A Monstrous Regiment of Women, the second installment of the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. Be sure to check out her review of the first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice and her interview with Laurie R. King.

Kerrie shares Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen at MYSTERIES in PARADISE. Her Royal Spyness is the first in a light cozy crime fiction series set in London in the 1930s.

Kerrie offers A Royal Pain, also by Rhys Bowen, as "Something for those who like a lighter style of crime fiction. Rhys Bowen is an award winning writer."

Kerrie also reviews Perfectly Pure and Good by Frances Fyfield, noting that "This isn't simple crime fiction. Frances Fyfield brings to her story telling an embellished literary style that demands that the reader see the world through the eyes of the main characters."

Melissa reviews Vince Flynn's political thriller Term Limits at Melissa's Bookshelf. Melissa tells us, "Flynn's writing is fast-paced and more than once I found my heart pounding as certain key events took place."

Melissa also shares Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer. Heyer is better known for her Regency romances, but also wrote several mysteries. Melissa writes, "For me, as a mystery lover, I enjoyed seeing Georgette Heyer use her talents in this genre and look forward to reading more of her mysteries."

Melissa's review of The Maidenstone Lighthouse by Sally Smith O'Rourke had me hurrying over to Amazon to add the book to my wish list.

Barry Wright III gives us an interesting two-part review of Fashion Foundations, a collection of essays edited by Kim Johnson, Susan Torntore, and Joanne Eicher; posted at 3stylelife. Be sure to read both parts.

Book Calendar shares There's No Elevator to the Top by Umesh Ramakrishnan, a look at what makes a successful CEO in today's ever-changing business world.

Clark Bjorke presents The War Within posted at I'll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book!. Clark writes, "Bob Woodward's fourth book on the Bush administration and the war in Iraq gives Woodward's final verdict on the Bush Presidency."

Christina M. Rau reflects on How to Be Alone by Joseph Franzen at Livin' The Dream (One Loser At A Time). She writes, "The essence of the essays are timeless. From learning about how the brain functions because of his father's lost battle with Alzheimers to writing about writing, the themes are close to a writer's heart."

Flash Gordon presents Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of Canada by Andrew Nikiforuk posted at Great New Books that Are a Must Read. To quote the review, "A cautionary note to government and industry: If Andrew Nikiforuk disappears in the middle of the night it will only prove his point."

Flash Gordon also presents Ghost Dance and Identity: Prophetic Religion and American Indian Ethnogenesis in the Nineteenth Century posted at Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources.

At The Forgetful Librarian Recommends, we're treated to a wonderful review of Dewey by Vicki Myron. As FL writes, "Intertwined with tales of Dewey, Myron reveals many of her own personal struggles and triumphs making this a truly inspirational read."

GrrlScientist presents The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks by Susan Clark at Living the Scientific Life. She writes, "This book is the personal chronicle of the author's determination to learn about Great White Sharks -- however, the author's selfishness and immaturity ultimately destroyed two scientific careers and valuable research."

Holly at Woman Tribune reviews Getting Naked Again by Judith Sills, PhD. Holly writes, "This book reads more like a group of close girlfriends with the famous, no holds barred dialogue between good friends that every woman experiences at some point in her life, or if she’s lucky, throughout her life."

Jim presents a review of How to be the Family CFO by Kim Snider posted at Bargaineering.

Jim also features a review of The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes by Kay Bell at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Kakie brings us an interview with Mark Hyman, author of Until It Hurts, America’s Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids at Bur Bur & Friends: Community Park. Kakie writes, "In this book he examines the power of youth sports in our culture today and how it has reached a problematic state. We discuss his inspiration for the book and some important things he has learned along the way."

More than Just a Mother writes one of the more entertaining negative reviews I've read in awhile. Check out her review of My Bump & Me by Myleene Klass.

Nicole features A Child's Journey Out Of Autism by Leeann Whiffen at Linus's Blanket. Nicole writes, "As much as Leeann was committed to helping her son get the best possible treatment for his condition, she now also seems to be committed to sharing her experience so that no other family in this position has to think that they are without hope, or that they are alone."

S. Krishna brings us a review of The Pluto Files by Neil deGrasse Tyson at S. Krishna's Books. She writes, "Neil obviously has a great sense of humor and he never takes himself too seriously throughout the course of the book. He reproduces angry letters from seven-year-olds that he received during the Pluto debates and comments on the fierce affection people felt for our strange and awkward cousin of a 9th planet."

S. Krishna also reviews First Darling of the Morning, a coming-of-age memoir by Thrity Umrigar. S. Krishna writes, "I can’t recommend it highly enough; I only wish there was more to read."

Tracey reviews On Becoming Babywise at GIRLS TO GROW. Tracey writes, "This was the book I turned to over and over again for practical advice on helping my infant sleep, eat and play well."

Jeanne presents What Might Have Been at her blog, Necromancy Never Pays. Jeanne asks us, "Is it only tragedies that make us long for what might have been? Have you ever turned a story over and over in your mind searching for a way out?" in her review of the poem "Casablanca" by George Bilgere.

Tasha B. presents Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James at Heidenkind's Hideaway. Tasha writes, "I honestly did not expect that much from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised--mainly because it's the most imaginative recreation of Pride & Prejudice I've ever read."

Tasha B. also reviews The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason. Tasha concludes her review with, "If you like books about vampires, and especially if you like vampire romances, you really need to read this book. I loved it!"

Science Fiction
Tru of True Science Fiction offers a review of Dr. Bloodmoney by Phillip K. Dick. Tru notes, "Dick explores how people react to losing everything, how they rebuild, and what they hold on to."

Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction
Anastasia starts her review of Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones with "I absolutely love this book." Find out why at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.

Ali presents American-born Chinese, a young adult graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang posted at Worducopia.

Anastasia of Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog reviews Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams. Anastasia's enthusiastic review and the Sherlock Holmes connection earned this book a spot on my wish list.

Bart of Bart's Bookshelf shares a review of Circle of Flight by John Marsden, the conclusion of a very popular Australian YA series.

Beth F reviews the young adult graphic novel Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith, at Beth Fish Reads.

Beth F also reviews the third and final book of the Inkheart trilogy, Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke.

Clare Swindlehurst presents Willow by Julia Hoban posted at Blue Archipelago. Clare writes, "Willow by Julia Hoban is the story of Willow; a sixteen year old girl who tries to cope with the tragedy of a terrible accident which took the lives of her parents by secretly cutting herself."

Gabriel Gadfly reviews Ptolemy’s Gate, the third book in Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy at Gabriel calls the book, "A great end to a great trilogy."

Natasha of Maw Books Blog shares three Laurie Halse Anderson reviews in honor of the author's upcoming reading and signing in Salt Lake City. Don't miss Natasha's excellent reviews of Chains, Speak, and Laurie Halse Anderson's newest book, Wintergirls. (And check back at Maw Books Blog later this week for Natasha's post about the book signing!)

Tasha B. reviews Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles at Heidenkind's Hideaway. Authors, ever wonder if your book trailers sell books? Tasha says she bought Perfect Chemistry because she thought the book trailer was cute.

NathanKP spotlights six books by children's author Andrew Clements at Inkweaver Review. Nathan tells us, "Andrew Clements is one of the best writers for school age children. This is a collection of some of his best works."

Ruthie of Books Books and more Books! reviews Pride by Rachel Vincent, the third in the paranormal Werecats series.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed reviews. If you missed submitting a review for this carnival, don't despair! Submissions are being accepted for the next carnival, which will be hosted at Book: Thirty on March 29, 2009. Click here to submit a review for the next carnival.


  1. What a wonderful collection of reviews, Ruth! I'm bookmarking this link so that I can come back and read them. I completely missed the carnival. I have a few I would have submitted myself. You snooze, you lose.

    I wholeheartedly agree with Jen's write up about The Thirteenth Tale and I'm also glad about what she has to say about America, America. I received that as a Christmas gift. I must read it!

  2. Thanks for sharing my reviews, Ruth!! If you do get around to reading The Maidenstone Lighthouse, I hope you enjoy it!

    Looks like I'll be spending a lot of time looking through everyone else's reviews, now too--this carnival is a great idea!! Thanks again!

  3. Ruth, Thanks for all of your hard work hosting this Blog Carnival. I am new to blogging and services like this are helping me learn a lot! I also have enjoyed reading your reviews.

    Thanks again,
    Forgetful Librarian

  4. Very nice, Ruth! And a lot of work. Thanks for putting it together. I'm going to be checking a number of the sites.


  5. Thanks, Ruth, this is such a wide collection of reviews and you've got it organized really well, so easy to navigate through. I can't wait to get started reading them!

  6. Well done, Ruth. I'm just starting to click through to read the reviews.

    A reminder to reviewers: submissions are now being accepted for the next carnival on this site. Everybody is welcome, encouraged, to participate.

    The next carnival will appear on Sunday March 29th at book:thirty

  7. Wow..that is a grand selection of reviews! Something for everyone, and too many I will have to check
    Thanks for all your work bring this together!

  8. Great job hosting and I'm sorry for submitting two articles!

  9. Thank you everyone! It was a pleasure to put this together.

    Clark, I've added the information about the next carnival to the end of this post in case folks don't catch your links in the comments.

    Jim, please don't apologize! I was more than happy to post more than one submission per blogger. It added a lot of variety to the reviews.

  10. I can't wait to finally submit a review for the next Carnival. I've been away too long. This list is incredible.

  11. What an incredible collection of reviews - thanks for organizing this, Ruth! I'm going to go down to our bookstore to see if I can snag one of the children's St. Pat's books tomorrow.

  12. Wow - what a feat of spectacular proportions!

  13. Great write-up! I'm going to bookmark this and come back and visit these links!

  14. So many great book reviews to check out! I'll have to save this post and take a look when I have a little more time to explore. Thanks for doing this, Ruth.

  15. Super write up and terrific group of reviews.I'll be reading these all week.

  16. That is quite a wonderful amount of reviews to read through. Can't wait - there are many books there which I haven't read myself and many I am eager to hear other reader's opinion about. Thanks for compiling this, what a great work!

  17. Thanks for putting it all together Ruth. I find the Carnival a great way of spreading the word about my reviews to a wider audience.

  18. Oh, I see someone linked to their review of Willow. Amazing book.

    I have a huge giveaway going on with other bloggers. If you get the book before April 30 and show proof, you get entered to win BIGG.

    All details on my blog. Left hande sidebar at the the link.

    I want everyone to know b/c it IS a great book, and maybe this will give people motivation to support Julia and buy the book NOW! :)


  19. Thanks for including my review and for hosting this carnival! Very neat to be able to get so much information in one place!

  20. Excellent collection of reviews. Thanks so much for including my post!

  21. Thanks for hosting the carnival. I linked back to it on Inkweaver Review.


  22. Thank you for hosting and including me.