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Beren has commented on (3) products.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Along for the Ride

Beren, June 30, 2009

This is one of Dessen's best--the characters are deep, the problems complex, and the message that people are not what they seem on the outside and can change is a positive one. My only complaint is the romance between the main character, Auden, and Eli, an insomniac bike rider who teaches Auden about fun. There is no spark between the characters so that we, the readers, really want to root for them. Sarah Dessen typically paints interesting portraits of teenage boys, I wish Eli was more charismatic, so I could say he was as good as the rest of the book.
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Blinded by the Light (A Tess Camillo Mystery) by Morgan Hunt
Blinded by the Light (A Tess Camillo Mystery)

Beren, January 28, 2009

Best Tess Yet

Ashland, Oregon, writer Morgan Hunt loves words the way I love words, but she has a better vocabulary. In each of her books there has been one word that stumped me; in Blinded By the Light, her third Tess Camillo mystery, that word is "osculation." Never fear, I will look it up.

I read her first two mysteries, Sticky Fingers and Fool on the Hill, with readerly abandon, enjoying their brain candy entertainment value and intelligent, wisecracking dialogue. So my expectations were high for Blinded By the Light, and I was blown away by the rich layers of tasty humor, snarky social commentary, classic who-dunnit and a B-plot romance that held water--I believed in the unlikely alliance of worldly, Jersey-shore raised Tess and world-stage rabbi, Naomi.

As in her first two novels, Morgan Hunt makes her murder scene unique; in Blinded By the Light, the victim is literally fried on a lightning field (the first two books had a snake venom death and a crucifixion to spice up the crime), with her good friend Beth on the scene and taking the fall, computer-geek Tess is yet again diving into a crime, with her happy audience along for the ride.

More Tess, more Tess!
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Fool on the Hill (A Tess Camillo Mystery) by Morgan Hunt
Fool on the Hill (A Tess Camillo Mystery)

Beren, April 23, 2008

Morgan Hunt’s follow up to Sticky Fingers was everything I hoped it would be: the lyric-related title, the unusual method of murder, the mystifying word I needed to look up in my trusty desktop dictionary, and the complex capers of Tess Camillo, San Diego lesbian computer-jockey/math lover/cancer survivor/lusty lady on the verge of menopause looking for love, justice and Italian food with her roommate Lana and a cast of secondary characters that weave a world I want to visit again and again.
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