Book Review: The Twin by Natasha Preston

*This review contains some mild, non-specific spoilers. The Twin by Natasha Preston is a dark teen novel published in March 2020. My local Barnes & Noble in Shelby Twp, Michigan had signed copies sitting out on a table in the YA section, and the opening pages intrigued me, so I purchased it. With the creepy-twin … Continue reading Book Review: The Twin by Natasha Preston

Book Review: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

As a lifelong lover of "Clue" (both the movie and the board game) and, more recently, a big fan of Knives Out, I was surprised I'd never heard of a little 1978 Newbery Medal winner called The Westing Game. I downloaded it on my Kindle and couldn't stop reading until the end. The Westing Game … Continue reading Book Review: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Book Review: What I Saw and How I Lied (*National Book Award Winner) by Judy Blundell

Title: What I Saw and How I LiedAuthor: Judy BlundellGenre: YA FictionPage Count: 300 pagesPublisher: ScholasticRelease Date: February 1, 2010 Publisher’s Summary: National Book Award Winner | When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than … Continue reading Book Review: What I Saw and How I Lied (*National Book Award Winner) by Judy Blundell

Book Review: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

Title: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and ValorAuthor: Ally CarterGenre: MG MysteryPage Count: 336 pagesPublisher: HMH Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: March 3, 2020 Publisher’s Summary: April didn't mean to start the fire. She wasn’t the one who broke the vase. April didn’t ask to go live in a big, creepy mansion with a bunch of … Continue reading Book Review: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

Book Review: The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes #2) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

After having very much enjoyed listening to A Study in Scarlet on audio last year, I was looking forward to continuing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes adventures. I was a bit taken aback when the book opens with a rather alarming scene of Holmes shooting up cocaine. Watson protests the practice, but it's odd … Continue reading Book Review: The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes #2) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Editor’s Review: Foretold (Book 3 of the Near Deaths Series) by Holly M. Campbell

*Full disclosure: I was the editor of this novel for 48fourteen Publishing. Foretold (48fourteen, 2018) by Holly M. Campbell is the third - and final? - book in the Near Deaths Series. As a mega-fan of Mrs. Campbell's previous works, including Foreshadowed (Book 1), Forewarned (Book 2), and Without Curtains, I was beyond honored to … Continue reading Editor’s Review: Foretold (Book 3 of the Near Deaths Series) by Holly M. Campbell

Book Review: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

I'm so glad I came upon the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. Annihilation (FSG, 2014) is exactly the book I needed on this lazy, cold spring weekend. I read the whole thing in a day, and immediately purchased book #2 on my Kindle the instant I was finished. I plan to devour this series. … Continue reading Book Review: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

Editor’s Review: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia

*I was the editor of this novel for The Parliament House Press. Nocturnal Meetings of the Mispalced (The Parliament House Press, 2018) by R.J. Garcia is my favorite book I've edited to date - and one of my all-time favorite novels ever. This unputdownable debut blends my favorite elements of YA, horror/mystery, small towns, a … Continue reading Editor’s Review: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia

Book Review: Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

Origin (Penguin Random House, October 2017) is the latest installment of the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, following bestsellers Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. However, the books can more or less be read out of order, as each adventure is separate and none really build upon the others … Continue reading Book Review: Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

Netflix Review: Stranger Things Seasons 1 & 2

This is my first TV series review on this book blog. I read far more than I watch TV, this is true. In fact, I don't watch television at all, unless it's late night political satire (think Colbert, Bill Maher, John Oliver), and I watch those via YouTube, so my TV is mainly for films. … Continue reading Netflix Review: Stranger Things Seasons 1 & 2

Book Review: Grave Little Secrets by Stacy R. Collins

*Full disclosure: I voluntarily received an ARC of this novel from the publisher and provided my honest review. Grave Little Secrets (48fourteen, 2017) is the first novel of YA author, Stacy R. Collins. We meet Alex Spurlock early one summer morning, and immediately learn three things about her: she has a twin sister, their family has recently moved … Continue reading Book Review: Grave Little Secrets by Stacy R. Collins

Book Review: Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels (Disney-Hyperion, 2013) is the third and final full-length book in the spectacular Heist Society trilogy by Ally Carter. This time, it's personal. There's a con at play, but Kat Bishop and her gang aren't the ones running it. Instead, the mark is one of their own: Kat's boyfriend, Hale. When Hale's grandmother dies and leaves her billion … Continue reading Book Review: Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter

Book Review: A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I had attempted to read the Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as a younger person, but usually the old-fashioned prose threw me off, and I had difficulty following it. Recently, I had the pleasure of coming across a free LibriVox recording of the audiobook (the version I listened to is here: https://librivox.org/a-study-in-scarlet-version-6-by-sir-arthur-conan-doyle/), which … Continue reading Book Review: A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Review: Without Curtains by Holly M. Campbell

Without Curtains (2015) is the second book by Holly M. Campbell I've had the pleasure of reading. After thoroughly enjoying her debut, Foreshadowed, I was more than eager to get my hands on her newest release... and it did not disappoint! I inhaled this novel in a single day, because I was simply unable to … Continue reading Book Review: Without Curtains by Holly M. Campbell

Book Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Moonglass (2011) is a beautiful coming-of-age novel for teens by Jessi Kirby. Sixteen-year-old Anna Ryan leaves behind the beach where she grew up... where her mother deliberately drowned herself... to a new California beach, full of old family history. Now living in her mother's childhood vacation spot, on the very shore where her parents had … Continue reading Book Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Book Review: Foreshadowed (Book 1 of the Near Deaths Series) by Holly M. Campbell

Foreshadowed is the latest 48fourteen novel by new author Holly M. Campbell, and is the best teen paranormal thriller I've read in a long time. It's well-written, equally dark as it is funny, with a truly brilliant premise and a unique and interesting narrator. The story centers around Hope, a high school junior who can read … Continue reading Book Review: Foreshadowed (Book 1 of the Near Deaths Series) by Holly M. Campbell

Book Review: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

After experiencing a deep personal sorrow, Salamanca’s Native American mother, Chanhassen, leaves her husband and daughter, for a time, to find herself. She takes a bus tour westward from their Kentucky home out to Idaho. When Chanhassen does not return, Sal and her grandparents decide to retrace Chanhassen’s steps by car on a road trip … Continue reading Book Review: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Book Review: The Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown

The Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown consist of four (to date) fast-paced thriller/suspense novels, featuring fictitious genius Harvard symbology and iconology professor, Robert Langdon. I have read the first three: Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code, and The Lost Symbol. Each book takes place in a famous city, involves a secret society of a religious … Continue reading Book Review: The Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown

Book Review: Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

In this thrilling and elegantly-written mystery, Carlos Ruiz Zafron vividly transports his readers to the streets of 1940s Barcelona. The Shadow of the Wind chronicles the story of Daniel, the Spanish son of an antique bookseller, whose fascination with a rare antique book unravels deep and troubling mysteries about its enigmatic author, Julián Carax. When … Continue reading Book Review: Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

Book Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

I picked up Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close after being fairly entertained by author Jonathan Safran Foer’s preceding novel, Everything Is Illuminated. This story is about Oskar Schell, an unusual young boy whose narration is eccentric and quite Holden Caulfield-like. Oskar is shockingly inventive, intelligent, and mature beyond his years. But in other ways, he's socially … Continue reading Book Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Book Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

In the 1970s, Susie Salmon is a young teen who falls victim to her neighbor, a psychotic child predator. Brutally, the man assaults and murders her in the opening of this book. Thus, Susie narrates The Lovely Bones from beyond the grave, telling the story of her beloved family after she “goes missing,” as she waits … Continue reading Book Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale is a gripping mystery written by Diane Setterfield. Captivating, suspenseful, and extremely well-written, it is one of my favorite novels. Our narrator, Margaret, works in her father’s out-of-print and rare bookshop in present day England. Margaret is contacted by famous and prolific author, Vida Winter. The mysterious Vida has written twelve “autobiographies,” … Continue reading Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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

Book Review: Dear America: I Walk in Dread, The Diary of Deliverance Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials (Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691) by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

One of my favorites in the DA series, "I Walk In Dread" is more than just a diary, but an incredible story about the Salem Witch Trials, told from a very unique perspective that cannot, in my knowledge, be found among any other Salem Witch literature. There is nothing supernatural in this book, first of … Continue reading Book Review: Dear America: I Walk in Dread, The Diary of Deliverance Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials (Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691) by Lisa Rowe Fraustino