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

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: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Not If I Save You First (2018) is a standalone teen thriller/romance by popular NYT bestselling YA author, Ally Carter. As a colossal fan of her Heist Society and Embassy Row series, I was excited about her latest release in the same vein as her previous works, involving U.S. Secret Service agents, the President's son, … Continue reading Book Review: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

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

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

Book Review: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Kat and the team are back in Uncommon Criminals (Disney-Hyperion 2011), the second installment of Ally Carter's Heist Society series. Now that Kat has established her line of thievery as a noble "Robin Hood" sort, she can't resist when a kind, elderly lady approaches her, begging Kat to right a decades-old wrong. Constance Miller beseeches Kat to … Continue reading Book Review: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Book Review: Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row #3) by Ally Carter

"I don’t want to be a princess. I don’t want the spotlight and the chaos and the duty. But more than that, I want the people I love to be safe, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen." - 52% Take the Key and Lock Her Up (2016) is the third installment in … Continue reading Book Review: Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row #3) by Ally Carter

Book Review: See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

"I am the villain of my own story." - p. 120 See How They Run (Scholastic 2015) is the second book in Ally Carter's Embassy Row series. I very much enjoyed the first novel, All Fall Down, and was eager to continue the series. The sequel did not disappoint. We begin with our anti-heroine, Grace, who … Continue reading Book Review: See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

Book Review: All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

"I am the Girl Who Cried Wolf. And now I am the only one who can save the lambs." - p. 291 All Fall Down (Scholastic, 2015) by Ally Carter is a YA political thriller and the first book in the Embassy Row series. From the first page, I was intrigued by the character of Grace … Continue reading Book Review: All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

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: 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: Deception Point by Dan Brown

Deception Point is a political and scientific action-thriller, written by Dan Brown in 2001. When NASA discovers that a meteor in the Arctic Circle contains fossils of life in space, the information is about to change the world. But as the evidence unravels, it becomes questionable whether the meteor is a massive sham. If so, … Continue reading Book Review: Deception Point by Dan Brown

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: 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