Posts Categorized: 4 – 4.5 Stars

Jul 15
Review: Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

Review: Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

The story of Insomnia is one of the more unique I’ve come across.  Parker is haunted by other people’s nightmares.  Each night, he enters into the dream (or nightmare) of the last person he saw that day.  He fears being viewed as crazy, so Parker keeps his ability hidden, even as his physical and mental well-beings deteriorate. Everything changes the day he meets Mia.  That night, for the first time in four years, Parker is able to fully sleep.  Parker… Read more »


Jul 08
Review and Giveaway: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

Review and Giveaway: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

Jeremy Glass has a lot on his plate.  His mother committed suicide when he was young.  He’s been in love with Susannah since they were children, but when they became teenagers, his best friend, Ryan, got the girl.  Jeremy attempts to numb himself with alcohol, and one night, he makes an ill-fated decision to drive drunk, leading to an accident that causes him to lose his leg.  That same night, Ryan and Susannah fight, and Susannah disappears.  Whew! As Jeremy… Read more »


Jun 20
Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta

In the After doesn’t waste any time showing the evil nature of the little green men who unfortunately chose our planet to visit.  They use us for a tasty dinner, and soon, there are few survivors.  Amy is one, but her parents were not so lucky.  Amy survives on her own, studying the aliens from the safety of her electrically fenced-in home.  She learns their weaknesses, and she’s able to scavenge for food while evading capture.  She finds and rescues… Read more »


Jun 13
Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

I knew I wanted to read Another Little Piece as soon as I saw this blood-spattered cover.  The story certainly lived up to the cover, as it has gore and violence that surpasses what one may expect to see in YA.  Interestingly, Another Little Piece contains a plot line similar to two other books I’ve read this year – that of a girl who vanishes and returns home with a mysterious long-term memory loss.  (If you’re interested, those books are… Read more »


Jun 09
Review: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Look at this cover.  I didn’t think much about it while reading Charm & Strange, but when I finished, I  looked at it and wanted to cry. Win is surly, sullen, and bristling with violence.  He attempts to protect others from himself by hiding behind an impenetrable wall.  I wasn’t sure if I liked him initially, but chapters that alternate between Win’s present day life and his life as a young boy, when he was known as Drew, gradually give… Read more »


Jun 03
Review : Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Review : Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

I picked up “Tiny Beautiful Things” after having recently read Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Even though I’ve read advice columns throughout my life, beginning with Ann Landers and Dear Abby as a kid, I was not sure how a book of collected advice queries and replies could be very interesting or compelling, but I loved Strayed’s writing in Wild, so I gave this a shot. She writes to a woman who… Read more »


May 16
Review: The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales

Review: The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales

This story fascinated me when it was all over the news several years ago.  I read all the gossip sites.  I even watched The Lifetime movie.  The upcoming film from Sofia Coppola has been on my radar for a while, in no small part because I want to see how Emma Watson pulls of a California girl accent.  I’ve read articles by Nancy Jo Sales in Vanity Fair magazines, and I’ve always enjoyed her writing.  So, even though I knew… Read more »


May 13
Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller

Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller

The first thing that I’m going to praise in Parallel is the character of Caitlin, Abby’s best friend.  How often do we have the best friend character who is there to deliver a bit of snark and not much else?  In Parallel, Miller gives Caitlin both the physical, mental, and emotional characteristics more typically seen in the main character.  I’ve wondered if there is some writers’ guideline that dictates “the best friend” must always stay in the background.  If so,… Read more »