Category: Reviews

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of … Read More The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central … Read More Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed … Read More The Bear and the Nightingale

The Girl With Ghost Eyes

The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Borosan It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of … Read More The Girl With Ghost Eyes

Kingdom of Ash

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her … Read More Kingdom of Ash

2019 in Review

This year I read a grand total of fourteen books. Fourteen! So while I am sticking with the same year-end format I’ve used every year since I started this blog way back in 2011(!), for some categories I chose not to give an answer because I had so few options I felt like my answers would become default answers. I had a tough year … Read More 2019 in Review

Walk on Earth a Stranger

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more. She also has a secret. Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught … Read More Walk on Earth a Stranger

Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel … Read More Rules of Civility

Kado: Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho

Kado: Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho by E. Russell Braziel Eighteen-year-old Tom Murrell could never understand his father’s dreams of carving a new life out of the wilderness. He wanted to do something else with his life besides spend it behind a plow, but with the family moving to the Red River in Arkansaw Territory, he was stuck. Everything changes for Tom when he … Read More Kado: Lost Treasure of the Kadohadacho

How to Host a Successful Book Club: Lessons Learned From Five Years in the Trenches

Anyone can start a book club. The challenge lies in keeping it going. This month, the book club my friend Kariana Reyes started turned five years old. I’m OG member and I think I’ve been at every meeting and finished every book except for a handful! I’ve made new friendships through the book club and read books I never in a million years would … Read More How to Host a Successful Book Club: Lessons Learned From Five Years in the Trenches

Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of … Read More Stalking Jack the Ripper

9 Books to Get You in the Mood for Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to round up some of the spooky (and not-so-spooky) books I’ve read and reviewed. Books are ranked from least to most creepy! Bonus: many of these books and series have become films and tv shows since they were published! The Gates by John Connolly Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying … Read More 9 Books to Get You in the Mood for Halloween