Posts Categorized: Reviews

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 »


Jun 22
Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Royal We might not be the Prince William/Kate Middleton fan fiction we wanted, but it’s the Prince William/Kate Middleton fan fiction we got.  Let’s be honest.  William and Kate aren’t the most exciting couple in the world.  They’re very attractive, they’re very well-mannered and composed, they’re probably wonderful parents, and while that’s great for real life, it doesn’t make for a juicy novel.  This lack of juiciness is especially surprising since this book was written by the bloggers from Go… Read more »


May 14
Review: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Review: Unleashed by Sophie Jordan

Shortly before I started reading Unleashed, the second book in Sophie Jordan’s duology, I read a review on Goodreads in which the reviewer wrote that while she enjoyed this book, she missed the absence of the romance from the first book. Well, that sounded great to me, because I thought the romance between Davy and Sean was the weakest part of the story.  In my review of Uninvited, I wrote this about the romance: “The worst part of this was… Read more »


Apr 01
Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Confess!  For those of you who have read this book, did you skip ahead to learn the identity of Blue?  I was SO tempted to do this, but I refrained, and I’m glad.  If you have not yet read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, (Come on!  Read it!), Blue is the pseudonym of the mystery boy our MC, Simon, has been emailing.  All Simon knows is that Blue is his high school classmate, and he has good grammar.  (As… Read more »


Mar 25
Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

I was tempted to DNF The Conspiracy of Us several times in the first 100 or so pages, but I’m glad I stuck with it.  The plot was silly, Avery, the MC, was too Bella Swan-ish , and the two guys (of course it’s two) attracting her attention were not at all appealing.  As I continued reading, some strange things happened.  The plot, which grew increasingly ludicrous, was actually pretty fun, as long as you don’t spend too much time thinking… Read more »


Mar 12
Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I purchased The Name of the Star two years ago at a book event with Maureen Johnson and Stephanie Perkins.  This was very shortly after I started blogging and joined Twitter, and at the time of the event, all I knew about Johnson was that she was hilarious on Twitter.  She was even funnier in person, and I thought, “I cannot wait to read this woman’s books.”  And then this book, along with the sequel, which I also purchased at… Read more »


Jan 21
Review: Here by Richard McGuire

Review: Here by Richard McGuire

This is not so much a review as me frantically urging you, “Please go check out this book!”  I read a review of the graphic novel, Here, shortly before it was published in December.  It sounded so interesting – a novel that depicts images showing how a living room of a single house and its various inhabitants change over many decades.  The author also depicts that same little slice of our planet in the earliest days of Earth, as well as imagining what… Read more »