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Apr 20
Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

If you’ve been craving a novel that depicts Adolf Hitler in all of his teenager-creeping glory, Prisoner of Night and Fog might be for you.  I can usually count on having good luck with historical fiction, particularly novels set during WWI or WWII.  (This story takes place in the period between the two wars.)  But unfortunately, this book was mostly a miss for me, primarily due to problems with the protagonist. Gretchen is a teenager in Munich, fiercely loyal to… Read more »


Apr 13
Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

The last time I had a flu shot, back in 2009, something went wrong, and I had a good deal of pain in my arm for about six months, and I was unable to lift it more than 90 degrees.  (This also explains why I have not had a flu shot in nearly five years.)  The characters in Don’t Even Think About It have a much odder reaction to their flu shots.  Approximately twenty students in one high school class… Read more »


Apr 09
Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Let’s start off by talking about the ending of The Forever Song, the last book in the Blood of Eden trilogy.  It ended perfectly, without an ounce of surprise, with every character’s fate wrapped up exactly as you’d expect.  That’s not a complaint, because it was all immensely satisfying.  Less satisfying, however, was the middle section of this book, which felt bloated and repetitive. OK, now let’s back up to the beginning.  Allie is in just as much shock as… Read more »


Apr 01
Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter People asks readers to imagine how they’d far go to try to connect to a loved one who has died.  If you think you might do anything to make that happen, The Winter People might make you reconsider.  This is a good old-fashioned ghost story that is alternately spooky and scary and eerie and heartbreaking. The story is told from different view points and in different eras, beginning with the diary of Sara Harrison Shea, written in 1908…. Read more »


Mar 27
Review: Grim by Christine Johnson

Review: Grim by Christine Johnson

Fairy tale retellings probably work best when you have a familiarity with the source material.  Unfortunately, I’ve only read a few of Brothers Grimm’s original fairy tales on which the short stories in this anthology are based, so I missed out on the experience of making the connections between the stories while I read.  Still, several of these were quite enjoyable. The Key by Rachel Hawkins: ★★★★ Lana’s mother is a psychic (an ACTUAL psychic) who does readings out of their… Read more »


Mar 23
Review and Giveaway: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Review and Giveaway: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

There were several times during Cruel Beauty when I felt hopelessly confused.  I know very little about the tale of Beauty and the Beast, and also woven into this fairy-tale retelling was a good deal of Greek mythology and the supernatural.  But even when I was left scratching my head and trying to figure out what I’d missed, I was captivated by this story.  Hodge tried to cover a great deal of territory in Cruel Beauty, and she did it… Read more »


Mar 20
Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

I have no doubt that genetic testing will play a much bigger role in our future, and in Uninvited, Sophie Jordan examines the implications of the testing when it’s used to weed out “bad” individuals from society.  Uninvited is set in the near future when there is a major uptick in homicide.  Scientists discover a gene called HTS that makes carriers prone to violence, and these carriers are responsible for the majority of murders.  The solution seems obvious – separate… Read more »


Mar 19
Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

I didn’t need to read more than a couple of lines of the synopsis of The Martian before I knew I had to read this book.  I love stories set in space, and in this one, the main character is stranded alone on Mars after his NASA crewmates leave him behind, thinking he’d died in an accident.  He has no way to get off the planet and no way to communicate with NASA.  His only hope is to find a… Read more »