Genre: Mystery

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 //
Paperquake by Kathryn Reiss

Paperquake by Kathryn Reiss

I loved this book when I was a kid.  Like all books I purchased from the Scholastic Book Fair, it holds nostalgia to a time when days were easier and all I really had to worry about was what country I wanted to write an essay about (Honduras) or how to say french fries in Spanish (papas fritas). Being a kid was fantastic, right? So a little bit of my review here is biased, simply because I remember reading this book when I was in elementary school and thinking it was SO COOL.  As an adult, it holds some problems.  […]

Posted January 9, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

You’d think that, reading the title, I’d have figured out going in that this was going to be a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Which, by the way, I did not enjoy.  In fact, I can rarely remember myself being so bored by so short a books, except maybe The Chimes.  So you’d think that, based on my deep disinterest of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this one would have missed my TBR. I am so, so glad it made it on the list. Has anyone ever seen The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?  It […]

Posted December 29, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //