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Jan 19
Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

When you’re a teenager, and your best (and only) friend is brutally murdered, it’s likely you might become a but unhinged.  For Kippy, still grieving the loss of her mother, Ruth’s death hits her extra hard.  Kippy’s father, Dom, a high school guidance counselor, was already overprotective, but now he worries about Kippy even more.  No One Else Can Have You begins to show its flashes of black humor when Kippy is asked to give a eulogy at Ruth’s funeral…. Read more »


Jan 16
Review: Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

Review: Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

The hot pink cover of Palace of Spies doesn’t really scream “18th century,” but underneath all that fuchsia is a fun tale of historical fiction.  Peggy Fitzroy is an orphan in England, living under the guardianship of her wealthy uncle.  While she has all the necessities provided for her, along with a close relationship with her cousin, Olivia, Peggy’s uncle makes it very clear that his support is solely  a result of his sense of familial duty.  To get Peggy… Read more »


Jan 12
Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

The Troop is not for the squeamish.  In fact, much of it is downright disgusting.  If you decide to read this book, prepare yourself for graphic, merciless descriptions of oozing sores, bloody wounds, and worms squirming into (and out of) a variety of orifices.  In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m recommending this book.  I do have to mention upfront several instances of animal torture.  It starts off somewhat mildly with the burning of ants, but it gets much, much worse… Read more »


Jan 05
Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

I wouldn’t normally read the sequel to a book I disliked, as was the case with The Testing.  But I was excited to read that book, and some weird fluke made both The Testing and Independent Study available at BEA last May, so I eagerly snapped up both ARCs.  The Testing was a big disappointment, but since I already had the sequel in my hands, I decided to give it a read.  Some of the problems with the first book… Read more »


Jan 02
Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Reading the reviews of Red Rising on Goodreads saddens me.  They are glowing.  Rapturous.  Of course, I don’t always agree with the consensus, but I usually have some inkling as to why my experience with a book was different from the majority of readers.  For example, I don’t like stalkers.  But in the case of Red Rising, I’m bewildered.  What did all these reviewers see and feel that I didn’t? On its surface, this should have been a 4 or… Read more »


Dec 04
Review: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

Review: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

I have not yet read For Darkness Shows the Stars, the first book in this series, but since Across a Star-Swept Sea was described as a companion novel rather than a sequel, I decided to dive in.  Perhaps this resulted in some details that I didn’t fully appreciate, but I never felt lost.  A big factor in this was that there was a great deal of repetition, particularly around the genetic engineering elements of the plot.  Although I didn’t love this… Read more »


Dec 01
Review: No Angel by Helen Keeble

Review: No Angel by Helen Keeble

No Angel does not take itself very seriously, and as a result, neither did I.  But that does not mean that I didn’t enjoy it, and I found myself succumbing to the silly humor, even as the non-stop twists continued to pile up.  Rafael Angelos is a simple guy in a unique position – he’s the only male student in a boarding school for girls.  As soon as he sets foot on campus, the girls are pounding down his door… Read more »


Nov 17
Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Even though my rating for Crash Into You isn’t great, and even though it’s my least favorite of the Pushing the Limits series, I would still recommend it to fans of NA-ish contemporary romance.  I, however, have grown tired of the glut of controlling and sometimes violent behavior exhibited by the male characters in this genre.  To be clear, Crash Into You doesn’t come close to glorifying this behavior as books like Hopeless and Ten Tiny Breaths do.  But still,… Read more »