Posts Categorized: Reviews

Jun 23
Review – Fellside by M.R. Carey

Review – Fellside by M.R. Carey

I read a comment elsewhere that described Fellside as “Orange is the New Black with ghosts.” I’ve never seen OITNB, but I’ve assumed there are comedic elements. There is no comedy in the Fellside prison, but there is a ghost. Instead, life in Fellside is dark, dark, dark, as are the female inmates themselves. There are murders, beatings, corruption, and a dangerous drug smuggling ring. In other words – probably an accurate depiction of life in just about every prison…. Read more »


Sep 17
Review: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

Review: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

Even if you’re not a fan of short stories, you need to give this anthology a shot.  It’s a collection of horror stories by some very well-known YA authors, and the result is solid and diverse, with one common them running through all of the stories.  They don’t feature the type of bimbo-ish, murder-bait girls typically found in horror movies. These girls take charge and get revenge on the men who have wronged them. With only two exceptions, these 14… Read more »


Sep 01
Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

I have to start this review by talking about the world-building in Court of Fives.  It was perfection.  I totally bought into this world, and I felt fully immersed in it.  There were no “Huh?  What?  Why?  That makes no sense” moments.  The basis for and the rules of society were established early on, and it was accomplished without an info dump.  This is a rigid, two class, patriarchal society – the Patrons and the Commoners.  Jes comes from a… Read more »


Aug 19
Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

This is my Twitter profile: “Anxiously awaiting an alien invasion. Or a zombie apocalypse. Either will do.”  This is on page 4 of Armada: “I had spent hundreds of hours…silently yearning for the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse.”  Zack, the MC, also expresses the desire for humanity to make contact with intelligent alien life sometime during his lifetime, which is a also a desire that I have often expressed.  So I was certain from the beginning that I would feel a… Read more »


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 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 »