DNF: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

*DNF at 40% RoseBlood by A.G. Howard (Amulet Books, 2017) is a YA urban fantasy novel inspired by Gaston Lereux's classic novel and the opera of the same name, The Phantom of the Opera. I enjoyed the author's debut, the Alice in Wonderland retelling entitled Splintered, even though at times the second through third acts became overwritten. … Continue reading DNF: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Book Review: So Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley

From Chapter 1, I couldn't put down this Christian fiction novel, So Shines the Night (March 2013) by Tracy L. Higley. Daria is a young, beautiful scholar in first century Greece. She's also a widow, harboring secrets about her late husband. Lucas is a charming merchant with a gregarious personality, who convinces Daria to flee to his home in … Continue reading Book Review: So Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley

Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

I was not expecting to enjoy the original Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker. I don't like vampire books, after all. The beginning was difficult to get through, at first. But once the story started coming together, the accounts of different characters each blending together and making for a fascinating story told in fictional journal entries and … Continue reading Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I read Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte when I was in tenth grade. I’d grown up watching the various film renditions, so was already fond of the story. As such, I loved the experience of reading the novel. The title character is a physically plain but intelligent young woman who sets out to become … Continue reading Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte