June 30, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses, the new series from best-selling author, Sarah J. Maas, takes the familiar tale of Beauty and the Beast to a scarier, sexier, all-stakes-raised level. I have been a fan of Sarah’s writing, world-building, and character development since her debut Throne of Glass series, and while there was one issue in particular that I had with A Court of Thorns and Roses, overall, this new series promises to be just as popular as her first. 

Feyre (Fay-ruh) is an admirable heroine....

February 26, 2016

I must first acknowledge that, yes, it’s 2016, and yes, I’m only just now reading the first book in the Harry Potter series – largely thanks to my super sweet #otspsecretsister, who sent me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling via the Pottermore store. I don’t know why I avoided this series for so long. In fact, I wasn’t so much as avoiding it as more inclined to read other things. Now, having read and finished book one, I wish I had been part of the Harry Potter Mania, when hor...

January 28, 2016

“The most destructive or constructive actions begin with a single thought. And, ultimately, a single action can decide the direction our lives take. And our deaths.”

 

Firstlife by Gena Showalter is not what I expected it to be – in a good way. Admittedly, I was drawn in by the cover. It’s eye-catching! I knew the overall story arc dealt with the battle between good and evil, but with Gena Showalter being the author of steamy romances, I was caught off guard by the parallels the story drew to Bibl...

January 15, 2016

Twilight, the first book in the famous Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, was published in 2005. It swept the bookish world by storm, as I remember, and even ladies in their late 20s were swooning over Bella, Edward, and Jacob. As I usually do with hyped books, I avoided Twilight like the plague, gently scoffing at those who were so obsessed with the series. Though I was around  nineteen and twenty years old at the time, I had long been out of the habit of reading books for young readers. "Real...

December 11, 2015

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler promises dark family secrets, magic, and a mysterious book. Also, the main character is a librarian! For most any book lover, this book seems destined to be as captivating as the back cover touts.  

 

The Book of Speculation has two narrative viewpoints, based in two different time periods.  

 

Simon is a young librarian who lost his mother as a young child to drowning, his father to death from grief, and his little sister, though still liv...

May 5, 2015

 

Left for dead during a deadly takeover by an evil jinni caste and then sold as a slave to a human through the dark caravan, Nalia is not your typical jinni. She is the last living jinni of her kind, which makes her, by default, the new Empress of Arjinna. Things are a bit more complicated than that, though. She is bound on Earth to her sadistic, ever-young master, Malek, who makes her grant the wishes of his sleazy clients, and who confuses her with his mood swings, which swing from violent to...

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