Format: Digital Audiobook

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

I almost skipped this on my TBR, because I just read a Jim Butcher book, and I felt pretty meh about it. That would have been a mistake. I was immediately drawn in by Furies of Calderon.  The world is really interesting, and I liked the furies in the magical system.  The stories started off with a lot of promise, and I had high hopes once I started to get into the book. Unfortunately, once the warm fuzzy feeling wore off, things went downhill. Even though the worldbuilding on this one shows what Jim Butcher is capable of, the characters don’t hold […]

Posted August 16, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Dark Tower by Stephen King

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

I reviewed this book in depth last March, so I am going to keep this brief and to-the-point. 🙂 The Dark Tower is one of my least favorite books of the series, mostly because of the events that unroll within it.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely well-written, and the last 45 minutes of the audiobook are my favorite in the series.  It’s just that I’ve spent a lot of time invested in these books, and I don’t like seeing the characters I fell in love with, die. I mean, fundamentally, that stinks in any book, but after about the 50% […]

Posted August 13, 2018 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s Green Town series feels like a poetic response to L. M. Mongomery’s Anne of Green Gables.  They’re both beautiful, lyrical works of art, and they both wrap you up in stories of growing up and growing older. Both follow children through mundane, magical adventures.  Both wrap you up inside them until you are hopelessly lost and enchanted. Dandelion Wine has been on my TBR for years because of how iconic the sequel is – a few of you may be familiar with Something Wicked This Way Comes?  I wasn’t sure what to expect – Something Wicked is introspective and spooky – […]

Posted August 10, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Small Steps by Louis Sachar

In 2017, we all went head-over-heels for the Black Lives Matter rep in the (truly phenomenal) The Hate U Give… but did anyone know that this rep has been out there before?  And, of all books, in the sequel to the iconic Holes? I had no idea what to expect from Small Steps, knowing only that it was a sequel to one of the beloved books I read as a child, and that it would be following Armpit instead of Stanley Yelnats and Zero.  I honestly barely read the summary – I was all in by the legacy.  I love Holes and I think it’s […]

Posted August 3, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Heyyy, d’y’all remember The Dresden Files? It was this short running series on Syfy back in 2007.  Basically, you’ve got your Gandalf-style old-school wizard in the modern era, only his name is Harry Dresden and he doesn’t have the big beard.  He does have a staff.  In the case of the TV show, it was a hockey stick. You know, The Dresden Files.  Like Legend of the Seeker and other “look, we’ll try to give you some fantasy, but honestly, it isn’t selling right now” TV shows of 10 years ago that you may have seen while flipping through the channels.  Maybe you […]

Posted July 29, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film is like the marriage between an Alfred Hitchcock film and the perfect film noir.  It’s difficult to read the story and not imagine Humphrey Bogart acting as the determined Scott McGrath.  It’s good, it’s really good.  It’s also very slow paced, a bit boring at times, and the minor characters easily outshine the protagonist. But the villain?  The villain is sheer brilliance. This was a book I wanted to devour.  The twisted, dark journeys Marisha Pessl takes the reader on as you trail Scott in his investigation have the annoying feeling of only scratching the surface of an even darker, […]

Posted July 26, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //