Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux


Mar 30
Review: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

Review: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

One of my favorite things about the post-apocalyptic genre is learning about the events that caused the apocalypse.  That never happens in The Rule of Three.  Of course, there are valid reasons why we may never receive that information. (Call me a greedy reader for wanting it anyway.)  In The Rule of Three, some unknown catastrophe causes all computers and electronic equipment to shut down.  This affects expected devices like cell phones and water pumps, but also modern cars that… Read more »


Feb 06
The Silver Linings Playbook: Read It or Watch It?

The Silver Linings Playbook: Read It or Watch It?

If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this post, it’s that you MUST watch the film version of The Silver Linings Playbook, staring Bradley Copper and Jennifer Lawrence.  I saw it in the theater, even though I was skeptical about how much I would enjoy a film focused on mental illness.  But it was fantastic, and it was funnier than I could have expected.  Lawrence and Cooper were both nominated for Oscars (Lawrence won), and they… Read more »


Aug 15
Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Elise was an uncool outcast in her school by the fourth grade.  And she knew it.  As time went by, she feels more and more isolated.  After her freshman year, she decides to make a change.  She wasn’t going to strive to be the most popular girl in school, but she “just needed to not be me anymore.”  How was she going to accomplish this?  By spending the summer studying pop culture and buying clothes deemed fashionable.  Yeah, probably not… Read more »


Jul 25
Review: The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

Review: The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

At nearly 700 pages, The Fury is a monster of a book – nearly as monstrous as the image on the cover.  Unfortunately, before I was even halfway through, I was close to tearing my hair out.  Just end already!!!  I think this book may turn off readers who are drawn in by the cover and the synopsis.   You may think you’re getting a zombie story, but partway through this massive tome, the story suddenly turns supernatural, and I… Read more »


Apr 01
Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

I loved the concept of this book.  In an online chat with Jessica Brody, she said that she got the idea from an actual plane crash that left only one survivor.  This seems like fertile ground for an author, with some exciting options to explain how it could happen.  There could be a sole survivor crash, similar to Unremembered, except there is no doubt that the person was a passenger.  (I believe this was a Dean Koontz book from a… Read more »