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Abandon - Teen Book Review

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Through every city he shall hunt her down,
until he shall have driven her back to hell.
There from whence envy first did set her loose.

Greek Mythology is never anyone's favorite thing to listen to but Meg Cabot weaves a dark romance story from the Classic tale of the godesss Persephone who was kidnapped by the God of the Underworld Hades.

17 year old Pierce knows exactly what it's like to die after she has a Near Death Experience in her family's backyard pool and drowns trying to rescue an injured bird. More than an hour passes before she's finally revived by the paramedics. Even after 2 years Pierce is haunted by her memories of the underworld but more haunted by the mysterious death diety who tried to keep her there.

Summer Escapes: Historical Fiction Reads for Women

For many men, the fantasy of escaping the drudgery of their daily lives includes strapping on a sabre, affecting an accent, a-swashin’ and a-bucklin’ through the rigging, clutching a buxom wench, a pint o’ ale and a parrot spewing colorful invective.

Papa Knows Best: 4 Novels Co-Starring Ernest Hemingway

It wasn’t enough for Ernest Hemingway to be one of the largest literary lions of the 20th century. His written works brought him celebrity and his many marriages, dalliances, and adventures were fodder for tabloids.

Classic Review: The Wedding by Dorothy West

Dorothy West

What is more appropriate for June than a wedding, or The Wedding by Dorothy West?  Published in 1995, it, together with the story collection, The Richer the Poorer, constitutes the final output from the Harlem Renaissance generation of writers.

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht reads like a piece of allegorical art. It is a literary creation to be savored, debated, enjoyed, and interpreted differently by each person who experiences its mysterious creativity.