Posts By: Stephanie

Aug 10
Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

One of the things that caught my eye in the synopsis for “Tangled Webs” is the description of the protagonist as “the most notorious blackmailer” in eighteenth-century London.  But after reading “Tangled Webs,” I have to say, “er, not so much.”  Arista is a sympathetic and fairly complex character, but a notorious blackmailer?  I think it would be more honest to call her a glamorous messenger. It’s impossible not to feel compassion for Arista who, along with other children, is… Read more »


Aug 05
Review: The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Review: The Cage by Megan Shepherd

After finishing “The Cage“, I’m questioning whether this story is actually “otherwordly,” as described in the synopsis, because I unfortunately never really had the sense that we were dealing with aliens on some distant planet.  No, it wasn’t because the aliens intentionally created Earth-like environments in order to put their human captives at ease, as was explained numerous times in the story.  (Yeah, good luck with that.)  There was just no sense of “otherness”; it felt like this book could… Read more »


Jul 30
Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

This poor book.  It’s a mess.  The first 20% of the book could have been an article in a women’s magazine titled, “My Rare and Potentially Fatal Illness,” by Penelope Landlow.  I learned more than I cared to know about Penny’s illness which results in her bleeding internally at the slightest bump and requires regular monitoring and treatment.  It goes on and on: Don’t touch Penny!  Don’t let Penny go outside!  Keep treating Penny like a helpless infant!  When it… Read more »


Jul 25
Stacking the Shelves: July 26, 2015

Stacking the Shelves: July 26, 2015

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Visit Tynga’s Reviews to learn more about this weekly meme.   I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 months since I last did an STS post.  I haven’t included all of the books… Read more »


Jul 21
Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

I don’t usually pay much attention to titles, but “Delicate Monsters” intrigued me.  What exactly is a “delicate monster?”  After reading Stephanie Kuehn’s latest novel, I did some Googling and expected to find that the phrase is from a song or a poem or another book, and I wanted to see how it was originally used to get some additional insight into Kuehn’s ideas about her story.  But it looks like it’s an original phrase that she created, so I will… Read more »


Jul 14
The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given, and this week’s topic is: The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession 1) The Last Town by Blake Crouch: This book is the last in the trilogy which is the basis for the new Fox show, Wayward Pines.  Anyone else watching the show?  After the first couple of episodes aired, I got the first book, Wayward, from my library, and… Read more »


Jul 12
Review: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Review: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Here’s what I knew about the Lusitania prior to reading Dead Wake: Germany torpedoed and sunk a passenger ship in the Atlantic during WWI.  Here’s what I know now: a whole lot more, thanks to Erik Larson’s meticulously researched and sourced book.  It’s been a long time since my high school history classes, but I know that not a lot of attention was paid to WWI, and if the Lusitania was mentioned at all, it probably got a sentence in… Read more »


Jul 01
Review: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Review: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Before reading The Devil You Know, I read a few reviews that stated that the plot of this book was a lot like Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, a book that received a rare one star rating from me.  This was a big red flag, because Black Ice was ridiculous and nonsensical and just plain awful. But this is Trish Doller!  The woman who wrote the wonderful Where the Stars Still Shine.  Surely this book had to be better than Black Ice,… Read more »