Books by Mari Mancusi

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Gamer Girl

Gamer Girl is sort of your typical not-too-messed-up teenage girl from a newly broken family story with a hook – this girl goes online to get away from her life instead of doing drugs, drinking, cutting, or having sex. Maddy's mom and dad have recently and rather abruptly split in the middl ...

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News Blues

One of the most painful things for me as a reader is when an author just fails to make a plot work. In News Blues, Marianne Mancusi went with a somewhat unconventional hero, but failed to make him likable. Maddy Madison is a young producer for a San Diego TV station. She wants ...

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Girls that Growl

You thought being a teenager was difficult? Try living Rayne McDonald's life. As Girls that Growl opens, her life as a vampire slayer for Slayer, Inc. has become ever more precarious because she's been turned into a vampire herself. And if that weren't enough, a virus in her bloodstream renders h ...

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Moongazer

First person point of view can be difficult to read sometimes, and when the person telling the story is unlikable, it becomes excruciating. Just finishing Moongazer took extreme effort, and if I never read another heroine like Skye Brown, that’s fine with me. This is the second in the Shomi impr ...

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A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest

What to do with a book that makes you laugh at the top of the page and want to hurl it into the nearest wall at the bottom? Such is A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest. Chrissie, said Hoboken Hipster, finds herself a photographic assignment in a Medieval re-enactment faire. Somewhere ...

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What, No Roses?

I am always eager to get my hands on a good time travel book. Some of my all- time faves feature time travel. I will generally give anything in this genre a shot. Not being a big fan of the Roaring Twenties, I’m glad I pick this one despite the time period. Dora Duncan is a TV report ...

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A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court

Although A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court is labeled as a Time Travel Romance, it obviously has Chick Lit elements. While debut author Marianne Mancusi's writing is quite readable and smooth, the first half of the book is ordinary and lacked the elements of surprise I expect from T ...