After reading Shady Lady, I was eager to move on to
the other Ann Aguirre novel I had, ENCLAVE, a YA story.
ENCLAVE is promoted as similar to The Hunger Games,
which I've never read. This story was a smidgen slow, but
once it gets Read more...
I love all Ms. Austen's....movies. Ok, so embarrassing,
I've never actually read any Jane Austen, but I LOVE all
the Austen-based movies, so I was psyched to see WICKHAM'S
DIARY by Amanda Grange on our list. His less-then polished
background is hinted at (at Read more...
I had never read a Corine Solomon book before, but
SHADY LADY sounded good and I have a passing acquaintance
with the author, so I thought I'd read it.
I was not disappointed.
Corine's story gets started immediately, with an
introduction of her character in her pawn shop Read more...
As I writer, I was psyched to read THE BREAKOUT NOVELIST
by the great Donald Maass who is a giant in the publishing
industry. This book has so much information in it, you may
want to just nibble your way through, as there is too much
information to consume large Read more...
The main character in this book is Carmen Zappacosta...or is
it MERCY? She's not sure at first, as she only has
remnants of her memory. The only things Mercy knows for
sure are that this is NOT her body and it's not the first
time she's Read more...
Jamie Carpenter thought he had a normal life, until the
guys in black showed up one night and shot his father to
death. After that, he and his mother moved. A lot. It was
hard for Marie Carpenter to maintain a job; harder still
for Jamie to behave at school Read more...
THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA gives us a glimpse of what
it's like to be a woman in Afghanistan at a time when we,
as Americans, assume we know that they are oppressed. In
reality, the capital city of Khair Khana was a liberated
city where women worked, were Read more...
Heidi and her son, Abbott, are barely keeping their heads
above water two full years after the death of her husband,
Henry. Henry was the love of Heidi's life and although she
knows she needs to move on for her own sake as well as that
of young Abbott Read more...
This is a super-intelligent sci-fi about the consequences
of finding a SPHERE inside a space-age ship under the
ocean. Michael Crichton covered a myriad of consequences
to finding a spaceship under the ocean and opening the
The book opens with a doctor being contacted for Read more...
FANG ME is the third in the Val Shapiro series and the best
by far. Val is really in the thick of things now, what
with trying to figure out what happened to a valuable set
of books her father bequeathed her. She gave them to her
demon cousin for Read more...
BITE ME is the first in a series by Parker Blue and stars
Val Shapiro, a half succubus/half human vampire hunter.
Definitely a twist on all those vampire stories out there!
From the get-go, we are launched into Val's situation: her
mother has just kicked her out Read more...
It probably would have helped if I had read the precursor
to DAYBREAK ZERO, but John Barnes does a darn good job of
catching us up without it being overwhelming.
After Daybreak, a mysterious, moon-based entity, has done
its best to destroy all human life on Earth, it continues Read more...
This is the second book in the Val Shapiro series by Parker
Blue. TRY ME has Val feeling a little more sure of herself
and her abilities. In the beginning,
there is a perplexing issue with Dan, who is suddenly
giving Val the cold shoulder, but we the reader don Read more...
THE SOLDIER by Grace Burrowes is full of strong-willed
characters; from the soldier himself, Devlin St. Just, to
his love interest, Emmaline, to the young girl Winnie,
personalities are clashing left and right.
Things are going along just fine for Emmaline Farnum, or
Emmie as she is called, as Read more...
Alyson Noel is not new to the teen scene when it comes to
books. Her latest teen protagonist is Echo, who is trying
to make sense of life after the murder of her sister Zoe.
Echo is now dealing with overprotective parents who ignore
her when she's home and Read more...