Publisher: Disney Hyperion


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 »


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 »


Mar 05
Review and Giveaway: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Review and Giveaway: Alienated by Melissa Landers

I labeled Alienated as a science fiction novel, but that is really stretching the meaning of the genre.  Yes, there are aliens in this book, but the science is very shallow.  What is the point of featuring aliens in a story when they look, talk, and act just like humans?  I have always had an intense interest in books and films featuring aliens, so this was a big disappointment. In Alienated, Cara’s family signs up to be part of the… Read more »


Dec 15
Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars is one of those books that seemingly every blogger I know has read and loved.  This kind of praise sometimes makes me approach a book more critically.  The story didn’t bring out a major flood of emotions in me as it seemed to do with a lot of other readers, but I still found it greatly enjoyable. Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux are an unlikely pair to be stranded together on an uninhabited planet after their spacecraft… Read more »


Sep 13
Review and Giveaway: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Review and Giveaway: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

I haven’t yet read Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein’s companion novel to Rose Under Fire, but now I absolutely must.  If you haven’t read CNV, then I’m sure you’ve at least heard the raves, and based on Wein’s writing in Rose Under Fire, the raves are warranted. I feel like I have a decent knowledge of WWII, but I wasn’t aware that American women piloted planes for the Allies during the war.  Rose Justice, the fictional narrator of the story,… Read more »


Aug 18
Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays is a wonderfully intelligent time-travel story.  The time travel concepts are complex, but manage to not be (too) confusing.  When All Our Yesterdays begins, Em and Finn are locked up in adjacent cells for reasons unknown.  Both are subjected to torture and beatings, and it is clear that this isn’t a run-of-the-mill prison.  Two men, referred to by Em as “the doctor” and “the director” are in charge, and both are vicious.  Em and Finn, with the… Read more »


May 06
Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

How come Rachel Hawkins has slid under my radar until now?  I’ve heard of her, of course, but somehow I’ve managed to not read any of her books until School Spirits.  That will change, because I’m happy to tell you that School Spirits was wonderful. Izzy Brannick comes from a long line of ass-kicking monster slayers.  But with the mysterious disappearance of Izzy’s sister, Finn, it’s up to Izzy and her mother to hop from town to town, dispatching evil… Read more »


Apr 16
Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade

Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade

The Rules has pretty much everything this sci-fi fan could want.  A human/extra-terrestrial hybrid?  Check.  The hybrid, named Ariane, was locked in a top-secret government laboratory and subjected to inhumane experiments?  Check.  Ariane breaks out and now must attempt to blend into society to avoid detection and capture?  Check. Ariane’s attempt at a normal life begins at home with the laboratory’s security guard who helped her escape.  He poses as her father (his own daughter died of an illness, a… Read more »