Genre: Mystery

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. To start off this review, I actually want to pause and shout out to the main narrator, Graham Halstead.  I rarely talk about the narrators in my reviews even though most of my reading is audiobooks.  That said, when one is either very good or very bad, I like to highlight it.  Graham Halstead is fantastic.  Aside from having just the right cadence and buttery tone to embody James Watson, I’ve never noticed a narrator pay attention to the detail in book about the voice.  At one point, Watson mentions when he’s angry, his accent […]

Posted May 26, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

At the very beginning, Magic for Liars intrigued me.  The prologue starts in a magical school – half high school, half Hogwarts – then in chapter one we’re transported to a delightfully film noir atmosphere as we’re introduced to Ivy Gamble.  From page one, the atmosphere in this book was spot on, and it’s the type of book that immediately draws you in. Throughout, the atmosphere, setting, and magic remains intriguing.  Explanations of the magical system are simple to understand, but complex enough to be impressive.  There’s a good balance of magic and reality to make the whole novel feel balanced […]

Posted May 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Glass Town by Steven Savile

Glass Town by Steven Savile

Josh Raines inherits a mystery from his grandfather – a mystery about a young woman beloved by his great-grandfather and his great-great-uncle.  Eleanor Raines disappeared off the set of Hitchcock’s unfinished Number 13 and was never seen again.  So what happened to Eleanor?  Something is rotten in the Rothery, and Joshua can’t help but to be swept up in it all. Glass Town had its up and downs.  There were parts of it that absolutely drew me in.  Some of the fantastical elements reminded me of something out of that SyFy show from a while back, Warehouse 13, while other parts reminded […]

Posted February 20, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

This book was a lot of fun. I don’t think that The Rook ever pretends to be a serious work of fantasy fiction.  Myfanwy Thomas has had her memory erased.  She’s doing her absolute best to pretend that HASN’T happened so nobody will noticed.  All she knows for sure is that something fishy is going on in the Checquy, and it’s why she’s in this position.  Plus that person is probably still trying to kill her, so Myfanwy 2.0 needs to figure out what’s going on, quick. The Rook has a lot of fundamental flaws.  First of all, it is LONG.  […]

Posted February 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

I couldn’t not pick this one up.  How many YA thrillers are there?  With Stephanie Perkins success with Anna and the French Kiss, I was curious to see what she had to offer in different genres.  I think that overall, There’s Someone Inside Your House is just okay, but it’s appropriate for its intended audience. Mikani Young has a past, one that has been expunged from her record and she doesn’t want her new friends in Nebraska learning about.  She’s startling to settle in here – she has two friends, a routine, and that fling she had over the summer that may turn into something.  But no […]

Posted February 9, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Thrillers are hit-or-miss with me.  Either I’m obsessed with them, or they fall flat.  Fierce Kingdom fell flat for me, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the fault of the book?  I think I wasn’t quite the right audience for this thriller. Firstly, a lot of the actual suspense would have hit home better with a mother.  The first half of the book is all about Joan’s fear about Lincoln, and something happening to her son.  There’s a lot of flashbacks about her son, and I do feel like all this would have been more relatable to a parent.  I don’t […]

Posted February 4, 2019 in Reviews // 1 Comment //