Book Review: I’m The Girl by Courtney Summers

Confession: I’ve never read a Courtney Summers book that I didn’t fan girl over. When I caught my first glance of I’m The Girl, I knew I had to have her…I mean it. After reading it, I have to say that my record with Courtney Summers remains unchallenged. Aspera! It’s a lure, a promise, a curse. Aspera […]

Book Review: Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, and Evelyn Skye

Not only is it Halloween, but also the 400thanniversary of the founding of Moon Ridge. There is a legend that every century The Lady of Moon Ridge comes from the stars and walks through the town leaving love in her wake. The Coven—the name of high school friends Onny, True, and Ash—are hoping the legend […]

Book Review: The Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker

Wow, I really didn’t know what I was getting into when I requested The Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker and what a wonderful experience this turned out to be.  Sylvia Wren is a notoriously reclusive artist who lives a quiet life in New Mexico. One day a letter comes in the mail from a journalist […]

Book Review: How to Date a Superhero (and Not Die Trying) by Cristina Fernandez

Astrid is in college and, along with a very detailed life plan (she wants to become a doctor), she also meticulously plans each and every busy minute in each and every day. Advanced science labs, Organic Chemistry, volunteer hours, the opportunity to work in a research lab, study time; each has been carefully fit into […]

Book Review: Shadow Kissed (Marked by Blood #1) by Rebecca L. Garcia

Nineteen-year-old Olivia is an empath and sorceress. She’s the daughter of a prominent sorceress who is a member of the Guild—a group dedicated to protecting mortals from the threat of vampires. But, when one of their own betrays the Guild, Olivia is lucky to survive the attack. Pulled from certain death by Sebastian—a fairly bad-tempered […]

Book Review: This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg

Poppy doesn’t know why her family has spent her entire life on the run—or even where they’re from. She can recognize the subtle clues that her family is ready to flee to another location, another life, and another identity. Now, Poppy, her mom, dad, and younger sister are on their way to a new location, […]

Book Review: Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

Violet Made of Thorns is an exciting fairy-tale type YA fantasy with a morally ambiguous lead character and a very hot enemies-to-lovers subplot.  And it all works so well! Violet was a homeless girl who inadvertently saved the life of a young prince who the Fates had intended to die. What dos a grateful king […]

Genre loyalist or polygenre?

I admire people who can easily and quickly answer the question: What kind of books do you like to read? I’m always impressed when someone offers a decisive “Romance” or “I only read non-fiction” answer.For me the answer is more convoluted: “Well, I really like thrillers, and I’m a huge historical fiction fan, but sometimes I […]

Book Review: The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

The premise of The Christie Affair is loosely tied to the very sensational events of 1926 when mystery author Agatha Christie disappeared for eleven day after finding out that her husband was having an affair. The burb reads: Nina de Gramont’s The Christie Affair is a beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder—and a brilliant re-imagination of one […]

Book Review: The Tsarina’s Daughter by Ellen Alpsten

I thoroughly enjoyed Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten, so when I saw The Tsarina’s Daughter was available I jumped at the chance to read it. In this novel we are once again transported to the volatile inner workings of the Russian royal court—this time following the story of Elizabeth (daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine I). The young Tsarevna […]