Robert Hewitt Wolfe's THE GOBLIN CROWN, the first in his
series called Billy Smith and the Goblins, rises to the top
of the list of young adult novels I've read this year. A
number of things set this adventure tale apart from others
including a diverse cast and Read more...
If you're one who sets expectations after reading a
synopsis, then you may need to reset yours for PHDEATH by
James P. Carse. The back cover calls it a thriller, yet
after reading it, it has more the feel of a mystery. The
premise sounds fascinating: the murderer sends Read more...
Stephanie Burgis's latest novel, CONGRESS OF SECRETS,
combines intrigue, alchemy and love during the 1814
Congress in Vienna to divide up Europe after Napoleon's
downfall. Lady Caroline Wyndham traveled to Vienna for the
festivities, but she had little interest in the pageantry
and balls however. She wanted to Read more...
Cat Winters' latest novel, YESTERNIGHT, explores the
concept of reincarnation as part of a story that involves a
young girl and her relationship with a child psychologist.
In 1925, child psychologist Alice Lind arrives in the
small, coastal town of Gordon Bay, Oregon to administer IQ
tests to the town Read more...
Abbie Roads' RACE THE DARKNESS is her debut novel and the
first in a duology called Fatal
Dreams. She combines
elements of paranormal romance and horror and some
intriguing magical abilities. The story starts off with a
bang Read more...
Andín dal Rovi, the girl of Susan Jane Bigelow's THE DEMON
GIRL'S SONG, wants to get out of her small town and attend
university in the big city. But her father has declared he
can't afford to send both his children, so her
brother gets to Read more...
I have to admit that this review will be a completely
biased affair. I have repeatedly said this is one of my
favorite urban fantasy series ever, and everyone to whom
I've recommended it heartily agrees with
me. Seanan McGuire could probably have filled ONCE BROKEN
FAITH with Toby Read more...
Unfortunately, THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY is another case of the
synopsis sounding fabulous and the execution not living up
to expectations. I loved the prologue: Beautifully written
with an ominous sense of foreboding. It didn\'t last, though.
THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY tells the story of two babies, born
at the same Read more...
The synopsis of BREATH OF EARTH by Beth Cato calls it a
stand-alone novel, but after reading it, I would say it's
the first of a new series. In this alternate history in
1906, America and Japan have partnered to become the
Unified Pacific. Their current enemy is Read more...
ROOTS OF MURDER by R. Jean Reid brought to mind a couple of
books: THE QUIET GAME by Greg Iles and A TIME TO
KILL by John Grisham. All
three novels deal with race issues and violence in small
Mississippi Read more...
Let's just say I haven't had very good luck with review
books of late. Whether it's a new inability to pick
winners, I'm getting older and fussier or authors just
don't have it like they once did, I found myself once again
with high expectations Read more...
BY GASLIGHT, Steven Price's second novel, opens in 1885
London. William Pinkerton, eldest son of the famous
detective agency founder, has traveled across the ocean in
search of clues to the whereabouts of Edward Shade. His
father tried to track down this criminal, and now William
is hoping a Read more...
Lisa Selin Davis's second novel, LOST STARS, tells the
story of a 16-year-old girl who gets to know herself. After
the death of her older sister, Carrie, formerly a science
nerd captivated by the comet Vira, starts hanging out with
her sister's drinking, drug-taking and Read more...
Sixteen-year-old Gretchen takes pictures to better
understand the world around her. Taught from a young age
about the rules of photography such as asking permission,
by her mother, Mona, before she disappeared. Mona studied
the paranormal in pictures, trying to photograph ghosts and
other events. Gretchen plans to Read more...
THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES continues the stories of the
Daughters of La Lune begun in last year's THE WITCH
OF PAINTED SORROWS. This follow-up tale stars Sandrine's
daughter, Opaline Duplessy, a jeweler with an ability to Read more...
The sixth Katie Lightfoot adventure, SPELLS AND SCONES,
starts out innocently enough as the Honeybee Bakery caters
an event at the bookstore next door. A popular radio show
host and self-help book author will speak and then chat
with customers and sign their books. Along with her
admirers though Read more...
Charged with shoplifting, a young woman chooses to say her
name is Rebecca (Bec) Winter. So starts Anna Snoekstra's
debut psychological thriller, ONLY DAUGHTER. She didn't
want to use her real name for fear of consequences to
something she'd done. So, she picks the name of a Read more...
COLLECTING THE DEAD, the first book in a series about
Magnus (Steps) Craig and his team, is the first major-
market book for Spencer Kope. Earlier in his career, he
published two books aimed more at the young adult market
with smaller presses. Kope has a background in naval
intelligence Read more...
THE BODY READER was my first exposure to Anne Frasier's
writing, and it won't be the last. It kept me up half the
night and drew me in emotionally. For three years Detective
Jude Fontaine lived in a cage-like box with her captor as
her only company Read more...
When most people think of urban fantasy, authors like Faith
Hunter, Seanan McGuire and Patricia Briggs come to mind.
Claire Humphrey's debut novel, SPELLS OF BLOOD AND KIN,
most closely associates with urban fantasy but doesn't
resemble the aforementioned authors. Magic, witches and
paranormal creatures make appearances in Read more...
I've loved to read ever since I was
young. I took books with me whereever
I went and still do whether it's to
read on a commute train, waiting for a
doctor's appointment or in a long line
at the bank. I love many genres
including mysteries and thrillers,
fantasy and science fiction, romance,
historical fiction and mainstream
titles. I have a journalism and public
relations background and currently
live in northern California with my six-
year-old yellow lab, Oreo.