Latest novels by Iris Johansen in 2014July 17, 2015 – 01:35 pm

Latest novels by Iris Johansen in 2014

Iris Johansen, Author In bestseller Johansen’s suspenseful fourth Catherine Ling novel (after 2014’s Live to See Tomorrow ), the CIA operative is pleased to be reunited with her 11-year-old son, Luke, after his rescue from a Russian criminal who kidnapped him when the boy was two. Meanwhile, Catherine determines that the man responsible for the brutal murders of three people close to her is Tomas Santos, a drug dealer who was recently released from…

Top novels About End of the WorldAugust 25, 2015 – 09:23 am

Top novels About End of the World

This week marks the release of, the debut novel by adventure writer Peter Heller, a stunning, hope-riddled end-of-the-world story about a man and his dog nine years after almost everyone else on earth has been eradicated. We think this novel is bound to become a classic, and it got us thinking about a few of the greatest apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels of all time. Click through to check out the books that — to our minds — make up the best…

YA novels onlineNovember 22, 2014 – 12:10 pm

YA novels online

Introduction by Jeanne Henry, Hofstra University & Gina Sipley, Nassau Community College & Hofstra University The best YA authors have a nose for what’s next, and so it was no surprise to me in 2005 when I came across Lauren Myracle’s TTYL— a book told entirely in the teen discourse of the day—AIM (AOL Instant Messenger). In the decade since TTYL made its appearance, other YA authors have begun to depict the lives of teens who move…

Best novels for kidsJanuary 9, 2015 – 09:32 am

Best novels for kids

As a convener of the Graphic Novels Member Interest Group, I got to be involved in much of the graphic novel programming at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco (of which there was a lot). The session that is quickly becoming my favorite is our Best/Worst panel, now in its second year. Last year our theme was Best and Worst Manga, which included titles for children, teens, and adults. This year we went with Best and…

YA novels About footballNovember 22, 2014 – 12:45 pm

YA novels About football

Now that school’s back in session and the fall will roll in soon, let’s talk about football in YA fiction. There are tons and tons of books that could be pulled into a list for YA readers, that tackle the sport and its influence on high school life and culture. The best, though, are the ones that don’t just offer up great sports writing — which is not easy to do — but that delve deep into the characters who play the sport, rendering them not as stereotypical…

Visual novels ReviewsMarch 25, 2015 – 03:39 pm

Visual novels Reviews

Why don t you come to the Planetarium? The beautiful twinkling of eternity that will never fade, no matter when. All the stars in the sky are waiting for you. even as you watch through this review. Welcome to Rockmandash Reviews, and today I m reviewing one of the most charming stories I ve ever had the chance to experience, Planetarian ~The Reverie of a Little Planet~. Planetarian is a story so charming, and so amazing that I can t help but be impressed…

YA novels into movies 2014 - 2015February 17, 2015 – 01:35 pm

YA novels into movies 2014 - 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,starring Jennifer Lawrence, won t come out until next year, but fans can find out what happens if they read the book. Reuters You’ve heard it from every “Game of Thrones, ” “Harry Potter” and Nicholas Sparks fan: “The book was better.” Screen adaptations are awesome, but reading the book first puts you a step ahead. Not only do you know what will happen, you ll also see what the screenwriters cut from the original…