Molly's partner since high school, Cassie, died in a plane crash over 4 years ago. She still can't quite picture her life moving forward without Cassie. Jordan, Cassie's younger sister, took Cassie's death hard, too. They were best friends, and Cassie was Jordan's only ally against her parents'...
Book Genre: Fiction
The story centers on, Camille Preaker, a reporter who is sent back to her hometown on assignment after a young girl goes missing and another turns up dead. Returning to her hometown is less that pleasant for Camille who must face her mother and half sister. Her relationship with her family...
The book flashes between present day London and German occupied France during the First World War. The portion of the book during WWI tells the story of Sophia, a young woman struggling to help her family survive in a small French town occupied by German soldiers. The other portion of the book...
This book is a tearjerker! Two teens battling cancer fall in love in a support group.
Hazel Lancaster, three-year stage IV–cancer survivor is sent to a cancer support group by her doctor, it is there where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor. Though they both understand...
I have hinted at this in other reviews, but I will say it now directly: horror and I do not get along. When I was a kid, if I saw a horror movie by accident, I wouldn't sleep for weeks. Thankfully, as an adult,...
I have long been a fan of Carol Goodman's books for adults, so I was excited to see that she has branched into Young Adult fiction. I had high hopes for Blythewood, and I was not disappointed. Though the book navigates familiar teen book territory (magical boarding school, orphaned...
A Conspiracy of Alchemists, the debut novel for author Liesel Schwarz, won the British Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Best debut novel for 2013. Set in the Belle Époque, the novel is a genre defying blend of steampunk, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy.
The first in what has become series; I can see why readers like her books. The story is about Jo Marie Rose, a widow whose husband has been killed in Afghanistan. As part of the moving forward process, she buys a B&B on Puget Sound. This story tells about her first customers and of her...
This is the much-hyped sequel to King's classic The Shining, and I think even those who haven't read that story set in a haunted Colorado hotel during Danny Torrence's long, scary winter there would enjoy Doctor Sleep (honestly, I read The Shining so many years ago that I don't remember much...
It's a Western! An epic multi-generational Texas saga. And I loved it!
This is a strange little book! It seems a bit vague and unfinished. Max is 12, and his parents have mysteriously disappeared. Max has his Grandma, a librarian, living close by, so he is not totally alone. However, he and Grandma both worry about the missing parents as well as financial matters....
I love this book. It's full of great vocabulary, fun things to look for in all of the pictures, funny scenes and use of language ("I beg your pardon, your Highness of Great Heft") and all showing the power of little things. A child could write or simply tell her own story based on this one, but...
Great fantasy story about moving cities of the future, revenge, love and friendship, and moral decisions.
Cindi Madsen is the author of YA novels All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, and Demons of the Sun and adult contemporary romances Falling for her Fiancé and Act Like You Love Me. Cinderella Screwed Me Over, a women’s fiction novel, is the...
This steampunk style paranormal romance graphic novel based on the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger is a fun, sexy little story about a feisty female in Victorian England who is unhappy with the restrictions placed on her gender. Bursting with curiosity and especially...
For an adventure series, these books by John Flanagan are highly recommended. The characters and settings mimic a kind of Robin Hood medieval time and land, although everything here is in an imaginary land. However, the adventures are not supposed to be magical or fantastical but really possible...
This last installment of the Divergent series was unrelenting. Roth paints a beautiful and visceral world with only her words, and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. Roth has done an incredible job of creating characters with whom we can relate and fall in love--and...
Ripley Under Ground is the second book in a five part series written by Patricia Highsmith. That being said, it is not a requirement to have read the first one as the author quickly recaps the important events. The main character, Thomas Ripley, is a dark, maniacal man who gets...
I liked the world building for this book. The magic was a little different for a fantasy novel which was good. The characters are interesting and seem fleshed out, and fit well within the world. The story itself starts off dark which might be a little difficult to get past, but then it gets...
Winner of the Newbery medal (for distinguished contribution to American literature for children) this book started off slowly but once it got rolling it was impossible to put down. The events in this book are told from the perspective of Ivan, a gorilla whose domain (cage) is...
Full Dark, No Stars is collection of four novellas: "1922," "Big Driver," "Fair Extension," and "A Good Marriage." The afterward begins, “The stories in this book are harsh. You may have found them hard to read in places.” Yup.
"1922" is a story about a man who kills his wife in...
Don't mistake this short book for a quick read--the language is spare and poetic, meant to be savored. Yohan was a POW during the Korean war, and has moved to Brazil to be a Japanese tailor's apprentice rather than returning to his home town. Here, he learns to mend clothes, but he also slowly...
Not classified as a horror book, but this totally unnerved me. It's an intelligent, freaky, modern story.
Identical was about a set of identical twins (Kaeleigh and Raeanne) and their deep dark secrets. Each sister had "issues" of their own but their "secrets" are not meant to be kept-from each other or anyone else.. This book deals with drug usage, alcohol usage, cutting, molestation from a...
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