Posts Categorized: Reviews

Jan 14
Review: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Review: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

It is my dream that within my lifetime, we will make contact with intelligent alien life.  (Or more likely, they will make contact with us.)  Sure, I’d like for them to treat us nicely and go easy on the anal probes, but all things considered, death by alien invasion wouldn’t be a bad way to go.  I’m happy to read any author’s take on what human interaction with aliens might look like, and Michel Faber presents a story that is incredibly… Read more »


Jan 07
Review: When by Victoria Laurie

Review: When by Victoria Laurie

Imagine if, in real life, someone had the ability to look at any person (or even a photograph of that person) and instantly know the precise date when that person will die.  If that person’s amazing ability was made public, I imagine she would be snatched up by the CIA or NSA and forced to assist in all sorts of covert missions.  Now, THAT is a story I’d want to read.  Sadly, When was not that story.  It was actually… Read more »


Aug 10
Review: The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Review: The Merciless by Danielle Vega

What a weird little book.  The Merciless is a mash-up of the films, The Craft and Heathers, but with a main character who is all sorts of jaw-droppingly stupid.  Sofia is the new girl in school, and on her first day, she already has two factions fighting for her attention.  One is the bad-ass chick, Brooklyn, and the other is a group of popular girls, led by Riley and her sidekicks, Alexis and Grace.  Both Brooklyn and Riley are eager… Read more »


Aug 06
Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Before I even start to discuss the plot of The Good Girl, I have to mention the formatting of the e-ARC I read, which is the worst I’ve ever seen.  (That is, I hope it’s ONLY the formatting of the e-ARC.  If the finished copy – or even the physical ARC – is formatted like this, it’s inexplicable.)  There are three POV’s in The Good Girl – all first person (the kidnapper, the mother of the kidnap victim, and the detective), and… Read more »


Jul 30
Review: The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

Review: The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

It’s impossible to read The Last Policeman and not think about what you would do in the event of an impending, doomsday-level asteroid strike on earth.  I have to admit that I find the idea exciting, in the same way that I find the ideas of a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion exciting.  (Yeah, I’m weird like that.)  While I’ve read and watched my share of post-apocalyptic books and films, pre-apocalyptic stories seem to be a bit harder to… Read more »


Jul 17
Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

I have to start off this review by discussing the main character of Open Road Summer, Reagan O’Neill.  This is what my grandmother would have to say about her: “She’s a pill.”  And I would reply, “Grandma, you’re being way too nice.”  I think Reagan was supposed to be written as the bad girl with a heart of gold; the tough chick who just needed a guy to crack her shell.  Instead, what I saw a girl who despised and… Read more »


Jul 08
Review: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Review: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

After finishing Bittersweet, I’m wondering if I was supposed to love the MC, Mabel, or to hate her.  I suspect we’re supposed to regard her as plucky and resourceful, but she’s really quite awful.  When we meet her, she’s in the midst of what looks like a Single White Female type of obsession with (or possibly a crush on) her beautiful roommate, Ev Winslow.  I thought that this had the potential to be fun, but that angle is quickly discarded for a ho-hum… Read more »


Jul 06
Review: Adam by Ariel Schrag

Review: Adam by Ariel Schrag

Reviewing Adam is quite the conundrum for me.  After I finished this book, and while I was in the process of writing this review, I read some reviews on Goodreads.  I don’t typically do that, but there were some themes in this book that were highly…questionable.  (I’ll get into them below.)  Despite that, I liked Adam very much – the book, and not so much the character.  I know very, very little about the transgender community, and I do not… Read more »