Genre: Fiction

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 //
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

With the exception of a few passages about the Native Americans (typical era stuff – raids and scalping) this book is utterly fantastic.  I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into with The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  Was it a witch hunt book?  The girl on the cover looked like a colonist, so that seemed to align with what I thought I was getting.  I suppose it is a witch hunt book, but in the most minor way.  In its greater parts, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a fantastic story to teach children about the dangers of fear and prejudice. Katherine […]

Posted July 25, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Everything that happened to TifAni is terrible.  Really horrifyingly terrible.  There are all sorts of trigger warnings for this book – rape, youth violence, eating disorders, homophobia, severe bullying at the least.  The background story is disgusting and heartbreaking. But – and this is going to sound terrible – it’s really difficult to feel the full effect of the story when the main character is so unlikable.  Her personality doesn’t make any of the things that happened to TifAni any less horrible, but in choosing to make this character so shallow and judgmental and unrelatable, it deadens the blow. The first […]

Posted July 18, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Magyk by Angie Sage

Magyk by Angie Sage

This is a fantastic book. I don’t mean to belittle middle grade books, but they are notoriously uncomplicated.  There are a few fantasy series that are the exception – Harry Potter is technically a children’s book, after all.  But most of them are dialogue heavy contemporaries with little to no world building.  Magyk is nothing like that. First of all, the audiobook is fantastic.  The narrator is great, telling the story with a light lilt.  Listening to the audiobook also meant that I never once had to read the magic spells or the word “Magyk” creatively spelled and capitalized.  I think […]

Posted July 4, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Song of Susannah by Stephen King

Song of Susannah by Stephen King

Where Wolves of the Calla felt incredibly slow-paced, Song of Susannah rushes past.  In my previous reads, I haven’t really thought about it too much (since the Dark Tower has been a series I’ve read straight through, rather than sneaking other book in between) but nothing really gets accomplished in this one.  King moves the story along, but unlike the satisfaction you get at the end of Wolves of the Calla when the minor boss has been defeated, we are left in Song of Susannah without resolution. I suppose the bright side that is knowing you have to get some sort of resolution in The […]

Posted June 28, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi

Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi

Covers like Olympian Challenger draw me in.  It’s a guilty pleasure – I see a brunette on a cover in a pretty dress and magical lightning and think to myself – yes, I would like to be her.  And I request a galley.  Sometimes it works out, usually is doesn’t  Olympian Challenger is somewhere in the middle. It’s the story of a girl with a mother who is suffering what appears to be early onset dementia.  Her mother has good days sometimes, but the bad days are quickly beginning to outweigh them.  Then, a strange phenomenon occurs:  every teen in NYC gets […]

Posted June 27, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //