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Suddenly Sexy (Sexy Trilogy)  by Linda Francis Lee -  2.99

When a legendary bad boy returns to town, Kate must summon her inner temptress.

Kate Bloom’s ordered world is turned upside down when notorious bad boy and superstar athlete Jesse Chapman comes home. Seeing him again reminds Kate of all the reasons she harbored a Texas-sized crush on him back when they were kids. But she isn’t a little girl anymore . . . and she’s ready to show this hell-raising playboy just how sexy she can be.

After a reporter starts digging into his past, Jesse Chapman returns home looking for space. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but that’s just what he gets when he sees his little Katie. Suddenly the girl next door is hot and sexy–and more than even this legendary ladies’ man can handle.



Sinfully Sexy (Sexy Trilogy) by Linda Francis Lee – .2.99

In this enchanting contemporary romance, sure to delight readers of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a close encounter of the sexy kind leads a plain Jane to discover her wild side.

Chloe Sinclair has never been bad . . . until she stumbles—literally—into the arms of a gorgeous stranger. To make matters worse, the morning after, her world is rocked completely off its axis when the sensual dreamboat turns out to be the man brought in to save the TV station where she works.

Sterling Prescott is hard-driven, gorgeous as hell, and determined to turn the struggling KTEX into a success. But all bets are off when the shameless wildcat that disappeared on him last night walks back into his life—acting like a squeaky-clean librarian. Life gets truly complicated, however, when Sterling decides to win more than the station—and to show Chloe that being sexy isn’t a sin.

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Simply Sexy (Sexy Trilogy) by Linda Francis Lee – 2.99

In this charming contemporary romance, sure to delight readers of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a bad girl gone good meets her match when an old flame comes to town.

When life goes awry for wild and sexy Julia Boudreaux, she packs up her stiletto heels and swears off guys who spell nothing but trouble. And to keep her job in television, she decides to create a TV hit—a makeover show. She’s going to turn rugged West Texas men into sensitive guys. Easier pitched than done.

Undercover cop Ben Prescott is so sexy it hurts. Back in Julia’s orbit after a brush with a bullet, Ben steers clear of the woman who used to set his blood afire. She’s changed from Mae West to Mother Teresa, and she’s trying to put him in touch with his emotions. But when life heats up, will this rugged hunk risk everything for a woman who’s about to lose it all?

Review: The Dead by Charlie Higson



Title: The Dead

Author: Charlie Higson

Series: The Enemy #2

The Dead (Enemy) Digital

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

The disease only affects people sixteen or older. It starts with the symptoms of a cold. Then the skin begins to itch, and spots appear–spots that soon turn into pus-filled boils. But the worst part is the headache, the inner voices that tell you that you need to eat them . . . the young ones.

When the Disaster strikes, the world turns upside down for Ed, Jack, Bam and the other students at Rowhurst School. The parents and older siblings they left back at home are dead–or worse. Once the teachers go on the attack, the kids know it’s time to escape and make their way to the city.  It’s got to be better in London . . .
or will it be worse?

Higson’s terrifying, utterly compelling prequel to The Enemy introduces an all-new cast of characters and sets the stage for a dramatic third book in the series.


I have had The Dead on my TBR for over a year.  I actually started it, found it a bit too intense at the time, and set it aside for another day.  October always puts me in the mood for scary stuff, so I pulled the book out again and wondered why I ever put it down in the first place.  This is a fast-paced, harrowing vision of the future, with likeable kids left to fend off the crazed adults who are trying to eat them.  Yeah, that’s pretty scary and nightmarish, but Charlie Higson’s The Enemy series is so compelling that you want to see what happens next.  The only thing I am still iffy on is how the “sickos” got sick in the first place, but that is often a complaint with post-apocalyptic stories; there usually isn’t a concrete reason for why  things are now the way they are, and I need all of those background details to be fully invested in a story.  We get some background that was lacking from the first book, The Enemy, but there is still so much to know about what exactly went wrong.

Like The Enemy, The Dead follows a small group of kids as they struggle to survive in the terrible new world they wake up to.  All adults have contracted some weird disease that makes them flesh eating, pus-filled monsters.  They crave the tender flesh of kids, which makes it even more frightening.  These awful, nightmarish creatures are consumed with the need to eat kids.  Yuck!  They are weakened by sunlight, but if a group of yummy kids wanders by, the zombies will venture out into the sunlight for a tasty snack.  This book proves that it’s not easy being a kid!  At any moment, some gross, oozy adult may swoop around a corner and eat you!

I liked the protagonists, which made it hard when several of them met with an early demise.  I will give Higson credit for shocking me several times with the unexpected death of one of my favorite characters.  Talk about heart-breaking!  I have walked through the monster infested streets of London, gotten to know and like most of the cast, and then had my heart ripped out every time someone succumbed to death, either from sickness, grievous wounds, or becoming dinner for the zombies.  Sob!  This made reading a very tense experience, because I was so afraid that another favorite would meet his maker.  At point one, after Ed crawls into a house in a desperate bid for safety, only to find it filled with zombies, I screamed and had to set the book aside for an hour or so.  Gah! I felt as though I was working through an intense cardio workout as the end of the book approached.  I couldn’t breathe!  I felt all trembly!  I wondered how the younger kids hadn’t all keeled over in fear!  Even the teens were at a distinct disadvantage.  The adults were bigger, stronger, and they only had one thought in their rotting brains – EAT THE KIDS!!  GAHHH!!!

Some of the action and descriptions were a bit over the top, and only added to the gore-factor, without progressing the plot much.  While traumatic and action-packed, Jack’s journey back home didn’t serve much purpose other than to gross the reader out.  An arena filled with bloated, rotting corpses?  Check.  Three brave boys with a bit too much curiosity? Check.  A gooey, ooey race through mountains of stinky, maggot infested bodies to escape a zombie horde?  Yup, check, you got that, too.  I felt that much of this particular adventure dragged at the pacing, and it didn’t keep me engaged in this story thread.  I kept longing to get back to the other kids, get back to the day to day survival, and leave Jack’s selfish side adventure in the past.

The story roared back to life for me shortly after that,  and I stayed engaged until the end.  I don’t think that it’s necessary to read The Enemy before diving into The Dead, as the events take place prior to the first book.  I’ve got The Fear, the third book in the series, on my wish list, and I am curious to see where the story goes next.  Originally a planned trilogy, the series will now be seven volumes, according to a quote from the author.  I wonder how long he can carry the momentum, and keep the plot fresh and exciting.  I’m eager to find out!

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Cassandra Rose Clarke, Author of The Assassin’s Curse

Cassandra Rose Clarke is the author of the fantastic Strange Chemistry release The Assassin’s Curse.  I loved this book, so I am super geeked to have her in the virtual offices today!  Please give her a warm welcome.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] A writer, reader, movie watcher, dinner cooker, and amateur artist.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Assassin’s Curse?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] The Assassin’s Curse is a YA adventure novel about a lady pirate and an assassin who are thrown together when the pirate accidentally activates a curse that had been placed on the assassin before they met. The story has tons of magic, swashbuckling, and adventurous peril — and a teeny hint of romance.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] I wanted to write a high fantasy story because I’d never written one before. Originally, The Assassin’s Curse was going to be a short story, and the character of Ananna was going to be a witch, someone more like Leila. However, as I was working on her character, I thought it would be interesting to make her a pirate — I’ve always liked pirates, and you really don’t see that many stories about them. Naji was always going to be an assassin, though, because assassins are just cool.  Really, the novel grew out of an amalgamation of character types and tropes that I find interesting, or that I wanted to play with or subvert.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Naji?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] Mysterious, intelligent, moody

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Ananna had a theme song, what would it be?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] Probably “Warrior,” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  Ananna feels like a Yeah Yeah Yeahs kind of girl in general, but I think “Warrior” really captures her personality — as well as her adventures in the book!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Naji’s biggest regret?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] Probably casting the spell that gave him his facial scar — Naji always struck me as the sort of person who would put a lot of stock in being conventionally attractive, and when that was taken away from him, he had some trouble adjusting. That being said, his biggest regret is liable to change over the course of the book and/or the sequel 😉

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Ananna’s pockets?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] This is a hard question! I mean, there are the obvious answers, like a cell phone, a ballpoint pen, or a flash drive. Those things don’t currently exist in her world and won’t ever exist in her lifetime. But if we’re pulling from items that do currently exist in her world? It’s hard to say there’s anything that would never show up in Ananna’s pockets. She’s resourceful. She could find usefulness in pretty much anything.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] I pull a lot of influence from popular culture, and I love playing around with tropes. It’s so awesome how you can take these patterns that show up over and over again in books, movies, TV shows, video games, and whatever else, and when you put them together it creates something totally new. It’s a bit like piecing together a scrap quilt.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] Quiet: I can’t write with music playing in the background at all. My computer: I’ve never been fond of writing by hand — whenever I try it I wind up throwing out everything I came up with. Daylight: I hate writing at night — or doing any kind of work at night, really. Fortunately my day job gives me a fairly flexible schedule so this isn’t an issue.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] Probably Among Others, by Jo Walton. I devoured it in about two days and then couldn’t get it out of my head for a week or so after. What I loved most about it was the narrator’s voice — it just carried you along with the story. I’d care one or the other about the old school science fiction references, but I loved the 1970s boarding school setting bunches.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] I can’t honestly remember I time when I didn’t enjoy reading.  The first book I remember being OMG obsessed with was Mary Downing Hahn’s Wait Till Helen Comes.  I’d read plenty of books before it, of course, but that book was the one that made me realize just how powerful stories can be. Everything about it captured my attention: the isolated, rural setting, the fact that the family has moved into an old church, the strained relationship between the narrator and her sister, and of course Helen, who remains the creepiest ghost I’ve ever encountered. I reread the book a few years ago when I was home sick, and it still creeped me out!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] I love watching TV and going to the movies, and I love talking about TV and movies even more, so I’m often doing one or the other. I also love to cook, draw, and paint, and I do Zumba classes a couple of days a week, because Zumba is awesome.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Cassandra Rose Clarke] There are loads of ways to get in touch with me! My Twitter handle is @mitochondrial. You can also leave a comment on my blog (at or email me at I always try to reply when people contact me!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase The Assassin’s Curse from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below.  Digital edition is only $4.84!


About the book:

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.

And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.

Waiting on Wednesday-Witch Fire by Laura Powell

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I enjoyed Burn Mark by Laura Powell quite a bit.  I liked both the world building and the young protagonists.  I wonder what dangers they will face in Witch Fire?

In stores June 2013


Lucas and Glory are hard at work in WICA (Witchkind Intelligence and Covert Affairs). As part of their training, they learn more about the witch-terrorist organization Endor. It is believed that Endor has infiltrated a boarding school for young witches in Switzerland, so WICA sends their two youngest agents–Lucas and Glory–to the school undercover. There, they learn more about an experimental brain implant that blocks the power of the fae. It’s a dangerous procedure…more so than they could ever have imagined.

What are you waiting on?

This Week’s New and Notable YA Releases

Lots of great releases this week! I am looking forward to Hollow Earth, Midnight City, and Touching the Surface? How about you?

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Chasers (Alone #1) by James Phelan (Oct 30, 2012)

Dead Girl Moon by Charlie Price (Oct 30, 2012)

Death of a Kleptomaniac by Kristen Tracy (Oct 30, 2012)


Hollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman (Oct 30, 2012)

Midnight City: A Conquered Earth Novel by J. Barton Mitchell (Oct 30, 2012)

Quantum Coin by E.C. Myers (Oct 30, 2012)


Rebel Heart (Dust lands) by Moira Young (Oct 30, 2012)

Deviants (The Dust Chronicles) [Hardcover] Maureen McGowan (Author)

Ruins (Pathfinder Series) by Orson Scott Card (Oct 30, 2012)


The Secret Prophecy by Herbie Brennan (Oct 30, 2012)

Time to Shine (Fab Life) by Nikki Carter (Oct 30, 2012)

Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini (Oct 30, 2012)


Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose) by Fiona Paul (Oct 30, 2012)

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines (Oct 30, 2012)

Witch & Wizard: The Fire by James Patterson and Jill Dembowski (Oct 30, 2012)

Interview with Ophelia London, Author of Playing at Love


Ophelia London is visiting the virtual offices today to celebrate the release of her first book, Playing at Love.  Please give her a warm welcome!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Ophelia London] Chick book writer, lover of cupcakes, Jennifer Aniston wannabe, lazy runner, not-so-secret car karaoke singer. I can out-nap the best of em.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Playing at Love?

[Ophelia London] It’s a story about a high school choir teacher and the new football coach. A sudden budget cut sets them against each other, but they can’t help falling in love.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Ophelia London] I wanted to write about a teacher and a coach and pit them against each other. I used to be in the choir, and football coaches are the ultimate sexy alpha, of course. Once I figured that out, it was an easy place to start.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Tess?

[Ophelia London] Devoted, driven, cautiously-optimistic.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Jack had a theme song, what would it be?

[Ophelia London] I’d like to think that in the movie version, he’ll make his big, slow motion entrance to Maroon 5’s “Harder to Breathe.” He’s just sexy that way.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Tess won’t leave the house without.

[Ophelia London] Pepper spray! For those of you who have read the book, you know why…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jack’s bedroom?

1) Pajamas (I offer that with no comment)

2) a TV (He prefers to make his own entertainment in the bedroom)

3) an iPod (He would always want to be listening if his daughter needs him in the middle of the night)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Ophelia London] I pull inspiration from my real life. Everything from past relationships (never current ones—that gets me in trouble!) to things that happen to me on a daily basis. I also love hearing about my friends’ experiences. If they let me, I steal from them, too! 🙂

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Ophelia London] I’ve tried to write long-hand, just for a break, but I’m way too slow or my brain goes way too fast. So, my laptop is essential. Diet Cokes, unfortunately, are a must. And I like my email inbox to be clean. I can concentrate better that way.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Ophelia London] Oh, my. I’ve read some really great books lately. In romance, Diana Albert’s “Try Me” was a sexy little read that I absolutely devoured. I love YA, too. Stephanie Perkins “Anna and the French Kiss” and its spin-offs are divine. I wish she would write ten more exactly like them. And I just started the “Myron Bolitar” series by Harlan Coben. I’m on book four and loving it. They’re detective mysteries—which isn’t really my thing—but the writing is so fabulous that I never want to stop!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Ophelia London] “Pride and Prejudice,” when I was 19. I’ve been a goner ever since.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Ophelia London] I’ve been trying to cook more lately. I suck at it, but I’m learning. My girlfriends and I like to play cards at Starbucks, and I’m always up for going to one of our art house movie theaters to see whatever is playing. We also have an Irish pub that has sing-alongs every couple of weeks. Those are so much fun.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Ophelia London]  I’m all over the internet, and I love hearing from readers!

Twitter: @ophelia_london





[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can order Playing at Love from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below.

More about the book:

Show choir teacher Tess Johansson loves three things: music, her job, and sharing that passion with her students. But when a school budget crisis forces funding to be pulled from either the sports or music programs, she finds herself going head to head with Jack, the gorgeous new football coach who broke her heart fifteen years ago.

Jack Marshall wants two things: to be closer to his young daughter and to make his mark as a football coach. Taking the new job, with the promise that he’d have time to build a solid team, gave him both. But now he must win the season with a group of boys who aren’t anywhere near ready or he’ll lose everything he’s worked so hard for. Being pitted against Tess, the summer love he never forgot, is like being fourth and long with only seconds on the clock.

On opposing sides of a fierce battle and with everything at stake, Tess and Jack find themselves torn between doing what it takes to win and doing what it takes to be together.

This Week’s New and Notable Releases–October 28th Part Two

Here are this week’s new and notable releases, Part Two.  Check out Part One here.  So many great titles!  So little time to savor them all!  I am looking forward to Seduced by a Pirate, Lord Gray’s List , and Wicked Nights With a Proper Lady most.  What’s on your wish list?

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Barefoot in the Rain (Barefoot Bay) by Roxanne St. Claire (Oct 30, 2012)

Burning Up (Smoke Jumpers) by Anne Marsh (Oct 30, 2012)

A Cowboy for Christmas: A Jubilee, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde (Oct 30, 2012)

Damek’s Redemption by N.J. Walters (Oct 30, 2012)

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson) by Darynda Jones (Oct 30, 2012)

An Heiress at Heart (Love’s Grace) by Jennifer Delamere (Oct 30, 2012)

Lord Gray’s List by Maggie Robinson (Oct 30, 2012)

A Notorious Countess Confesses: Pennyroyal Green Series by Julie Anne Long (Oct 30, 2012)

Princess in Love by Julianne MacLean (Oct 30, 2012)

The Recruit: A Highland Guard Novel by Monica Mccarty (Oct 30, 2012)

Scorched by Laura Griffin (Oct 30, 2012)

The Scottish Witch: The Chattan Curse by Cathy Maxwell (Oct 30, 2012)

Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James (Oct 30, 2012) – Novella

Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale (Oct 30, 2012)

Sin With a Scoundrel: The Husband Hunters Club by Sara Bennett (Oct 30, 2012)

Sinners & Saints by Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Oct 30, 2012)

Stolen: A Novel of Romantic Suspense by Shiloh Walker (Oct 30, 2012)

To Hell and Back: A League of Guardians Novella by Juliana Stone (Oct 30, 2012) Novella

The Warrior (Return of the Highlanders) by Margaret Mallory (Oct 30, 2012)

Warrior Reborn by Melissa Mayhue (Oct 30, 2012)

Wed to a Highland Warrior (Warrior King) by Donna Fletcher (Oct 30, 2012)

Wicked Nights With a Proper Lady (Dangerous Rogues) by Tiffany Clare (Oct 30, 2012)

Review: ZOM-B by Darren Shan


Title: ZOM-B

Author: Darren Shan

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s racist father thinks it’s a joke– but even if it isn’t, he figures, it’s ok to lose a few Irish.

B doesn’t fully buy into Dad’s racism, but figures it’s easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. And when dodging his fists doesn’t work, B doesn’t hesitate to take the piss out of kids at school with a few slaps or cruel remarks.

That is, until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers.


Spoiler free!

This is the first Darren Shan novel that I have read (I have read some graphic novel adaptations previously), and despite some reservations, I enjoyed it very much.  ZOM-B kept me happily entertained on a flight to OKC; it’s a fast read, with blistering action and compulsively readable prose.  I gobbled this up in just a few hours, and was disappointed when I reached the last page, because this one comes to a painful, screeching halt.  It has no ending, just one of those annoying To Be Continued on the last page.  While I now feel invested in the series and will be on board for the next volume, I worry that the next book won’t work for me as well.  This one hit at the right time; with Halloween looming, I was in the mood for something scary, and being trapped on a plane for was few hours, I needed something to occupy my time and keep me from wallowing in boredom.  ZOM-B did that; in spades.  I don’t know if I will feel the same way, or have the right circumstances, when ZOM-B Underground hits stores February of next year.

B is a high school student, and after hearing reports of a zombie invasion in an Irish town, B’s father laughs the news off as a hoax.  When B’s mother voices her concern, her husband reacts violently, silencing her fears.  B isn’t sure what’s going on, but if the videos and the pictures of rotting dead people viciously attacking and eating helpless people is true, B doesn’t know what to do.  When the zombies show up at school, chaos erupts.  Only those brave enough, and willing to do anything to survive, will live through the massacre.  Will B make it out of school alive?

B is a hard character to like.  After years of trying to fend off his father’s abusive attacks, both on B and on B’s mother, B is exhausted.  Playing along with his father’s racially biased views in order to avoid beatings, B comes across as just as bigoted and narrow-minded as his dad.  While he tries to deny his prejudice, because, hey, he has a black friend, it’s hard to ignore the things B says and does.  The intolerance towards other cultures is a strong theme in the book, but it is so heavy-handed that at times it didn’t work for me.  It grated on my nerves.  Yes, B’s dad is a bully and a jerk, but I didn’t need to be reminded of that every other page. 

B has a lot to deal with at home as his father’s temper often flares out of control.  When news of a zombie plague hits the news, everyone laughs it off as an elaborate joke.  When B’s worst nightmare comes true and the zombies overrun  school, it seems as though the world is ending.  Only quick thinking and brutal reactions keep B and a small handful of students alive.  The zombies are relentless, and B’s little group is shrinking fast.  One after another is picked off and eaten by the ravenous zombies.  Soon, it’s everyone for themselves.  While the small group is forced to work together, it is painfully obvious that the peace will only hold as long as it is mutually beneficial.  If tossing a student or two to the zombie mob will buy the more ruthless survivors a reprieve from a painful death, so be it.  The group dynamics  were always shifting, which made the read even more suspenseful, because you never knew when someone would be sacrificed or eaten by the zombies. 

This is a fun, fast, gory read, right up until that dreaded, hated, To Be Continued.  I like a little more closure to my books, but as this is the first in a projected 12 book series, I guess I need to get used to running into a lot of brick walls.

Grade:  B/B-

Review copy provided by publisher