Genre: Mystery

Pistols & Petticoats by Erika Janik

Pistols & Petticoats by Erika Janik

Erika Janik seems to me like the type of person who learns a fact, then gets really excited about it and learns everything possible about the subject.  She is clearly enthusiastic and while I found Pistols and Petticoats interesting, it was a little too ambitious and scattered for my tastes. Delivery There are several ways to format any non-fiction work.  My experience in historical works is that they are approached from a chronological point-of-view.  Janik, instead, chooses to take the route of division of subject matter.  There are chapters about the first women in real life and fiction, there are chapters about uniforms and […]

Posted July 17, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

  Oh Theo. I wanted to love you.  You have such a fun cover.  And Egyptian magic! Yes please!  Why must you be such an insufferable brat? To be fair to R.L LaFevers, this book is intended for grades 2-5… and I am about 17 years above the targeted audience.  The things that bother me in this book are likely to delight someone the age of my best friend’s daughter.  Alright.  Fair. But, but! I believe a well-written children’s book should be accessible (if a bit juvenile) to any age.  I still adore Harry Potter.  Lemony Snicket still makes me chuckle.  I […]

Posted January 24, 2017 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Usually I am a “books before movies” kinda gal, but I watched the first three seasons of True Blood plus some before picking up the first Sookie Stackhouse book.  Fortunately, the long haul with the Harry Potter series has taught me to view books and films as separate entities, so I appreciate the television show while still loving the book.  This is not to say that there weren’t difference (boy were there differences) but I have learned not to get enraged about them. Sometimes, reading the book after seeing the films/show allows for an added appreciation, and this was the […]

Posted August 3, 2012 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Love, love, love! I have been intending to pick this book up for, I kid you not, seven years. It was well worth the wait. I remember the girl sitting next to me in tenth grade English reading it, and I asked her what it was about (we were reading Jane Eyre in class, which I thought was ghastly by-the-by, but that’s one person’s opinion). I’ve always had so many books to read I just never got around to it, but wow. I’m glad I did. Such originality and creativity. As I mentioned, I am not, in any way, shape, […]

Posted July 13, 2012 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

I’m still wrapping my head around this book. It’s very detailed, incredibly well-researched. I’m impressed. It’s not the type of book where you feel good walking away from. The ending didn’t feel like an ending, more like an ending interrupted, but I think that is exactly what the writer (Marisha Pessl) intended. In that way, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the ending. The reader is left thinking and wondering. We can fill in the blanks for ourselves. In some ways, it was difficult to read this book just because it was set up like an incredibly long MLA essay. […]

Posted February 28, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //