Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin


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 »


Jun 24
Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Complicit is Stephanie Kuehn’s excellent follow-up to her excellent debut, Charm & Strange.  Both novels feature some similar characteristics: a male POV exhibiting some psychological issues, past physical and/or emotional trauma, a big twist, a gut-punch of an ending, and Kuehn’s beautiful writing style.  This time, though, I was not surprised by the twist.  I thought it was telegraphed quite clearly at several points, and because I’d read Charm & Strange, I was already on the lookout.  But figuring out… Read more »


May 18
Review: A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

Review: A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

A Girl Called Fearless is one of the more disturbing dystopian novels that I’ve read.  As with any dystopia, while reading it, I ask myself, “Could this actually happen?”  I had a hard time accepting the reality of the society in this story, and while it disturbed me, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I might have otherwise. Ten years ago, a synthetic hormone in the U.S. food supply wiped out the vast majority of women of child-bearing age…. Read more »


Mar 11
Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

Prep School Confidential, the first book in this series and the first book by Kara Taylor, was such a fun and dark surprise.  Fun because of Anne, the unforgettable narrator, and dark because the cute cover gave no hints of the evil that awaited Anne at her new boarding school.  When her roommate, Isabella, was murdered, Anne made it her mission to unmask the murderer and those responsible for the resulting cover-up.  When Prep School Confidential ended, Anne had discovered… Read more »


Sep 28
Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

When we are introduced to Anne Dowling in Prep School Confidential, she kind-of, sort-of accidentally sets her Manhattan school on fire.  He parents decide to ship her off to a boarding school outside Boston, and Anne immediately decides she wants nothing to do with these “Mass-holes.”  But even as she rebuffs her classmates, she is quickly absorbed into the cool clique. Anne’s roommate, Isabella, is definitely not one of the cool kids.  Isabella brings out Anne’s protective side, and the… Read more »


Jun 09
Review: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Look at this cover.  I didn’t think much about it while reading Charm & Strange, but when I finished, I  looked at it and wanted to cry. Win is surly, sullen, and bristling with violence.  He attempts to protect others from himself by hiding behind an impenetrable wall.  I wasn’t sure if I liked him initially, but chapters that alternate between Win’s present day life and his life as a young boy, when he was known as Drew, gradually give… Read more »


May 02
Review: Truth or Dare by Ella Monroe

Review: Truth or Dare by Ella Monroe

One of the things I (and most people) love about books is the ability to escape into a world one would never experience otherwise.  In the case of Truth or Dare, that world is the upper echelon of the DC political elite.  What I expected was high-stakes political bargaining, conspiracies, and power plays.  What I got was not much different than the afternoon soap opera.  There were lots of Big Issues: date rape, drugs, eating disorders, classism, infidelity, stalking, and… Read more »


Mar 29
Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Don’t you love it when a book lives up to all of its pre-publication hype?  I was near the top of the library reserve queue for If You Find Me, and I was content with that.  Then I started to read some fantastic reviews and moving interviews with Murdoch, and I HAD TO HAVE this book; library reserve cancelled and replaced with an Amazon pre-order.  It was everything I hoped and more. Characters don’t get much better than Carey.  So… Read more »