Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Review of Waiting to Score

Waiting to Score

by J.E. MacLeod
Young Adult Fiction

This book is intense. It's about Zachary Chase, a fifteen-year-old hockey player who moves back to his hometown for his junior year of high school. Mac, the hockey captain and all-around king of the school, is threatened by Zack's talent on the ice and they form an instant rivalry. This is complicated by the fact that Zack catches Mac harassing goth-girl Jane, whom Zack has a crush on. J.E. MacLeod has painted a vivid portrait of small-town Montana and the lives of the high schoolers there. Zack is faced with the age-old task of dethroning the popular kid while maintaining his own purity. Watch for this book in February.

Also, a note: Blindspot, by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore, is now in stores! I reviewed it a while ago, but here's a refresher:

By either: Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore, or A Gentleman in Exile and A Lady in Disguise

Adult Historical Fiction

This book, which is simultaneously political, humorous, historical, romantic, and mysterious, is a masterpiece of teamwork. Kamensky and Lepore, both history professors, have brought alive pre-Revolutionary Boston in the most charming way imaginable. It is the tale of Stewart Jameson, exiled Scottish portraitist, and Fannie Easton, fallen-socialite-turned-apprentice. As Fannie Easton—or, as she comes to be known, Francis Weston—struggles to make sense of her new situation, Jameson finds himself caught up in the politics of colonial Boston. What begins as a comedy of errors, with Jameson experiencing torment over his feelings for the young male apprentice and Fannie confiding similar feelings to her only remaining friend, becomes something darker when a murder is committed in the very house where they are painting a portrait. Not quite a mystery, not quite a comedy, and not quite a romance, Blindspot will keep you guessing (and laughing) from beginning to end. Kamensky and Lepore have “pinned” the vernacular of the time, providing of wealth of wit and dirty jokes. Their research is unrivaled, and it is the small details that make the setting come alive. This is the most entertaining historical novel I’ve ever read.

Note: Dr. Kamensky's name is spelled properly in the original review. If this review was quoted elsewhere, I am not responsible for spelling mistakes! *cough cough indie NEXT list cough*


Barry said...


I'm a newly published author. Please take a look at my book. I'm including a press release for you.






Irreverent Investigator Tracks Disappearing Dolphins in Laugh and Suspense-Packed Contemporary Mystery

In Million Dollar Dolphins, Agent Jake Rayland has to navigate difficult waters both personally and professionally to solve a tricky case.

When dolphins begin to go missing from several Florida marine aquariums, Jake, a former CIA agent and current U.S. Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement Special Agent, must solve the mystery.

Dodging bullets and nothing less than a rocket, Jake also has to deal with the absurdities of his life: a by-the-book boss; the board full of oddball and prejudiced nonagenarians who control his trailer park; a daughter in college; an ex-wife and her bottom-feeding lawyer; drug dealers; former colleagues; and a bevy of off-the-wall friends.

Jake’s logical nature and keen sense of humor keep him grounded as he maneuvers through the quagmire of his life. But will it be enough as he attempts to save and protect an innocent family caught in the middle of the dolphin disappearances?

Publisher’s website: www.eloquentbooks.com/MillionDollarDolphins.html

About the Author: Mr. Higgins was born in Maine and attended schools there and in New York. He attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and the University of Maine. Most of his adult life has been spent in sales and marketing. A voracious reader, he has been seriously writing for the last four years. He lives in Florida.

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A Million Words said...

Send me a galley and I'll read it. The address is at the top of the main page. Thanks! -jake the girl

J.E. MacLeod said...

Hey, Jake the Girl :)

Thanks for reviewing Waiting To Score!!!

A Million Words said...

Thank YOU for sending it to me!