Category Archives: B Author

Robert Jackson Bennett does it again

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Initial thoughts: “Robert Jackson Bennett became an author to watch with his stunning City of Stairs trilogy. With his newest series, he entered my automatic read list. Mr. Bennett’s world-building is superb, and his stories are intense and complicated and exciting in all the best ways. However, it is with his characters where he truly shines,…

Dracula’s story is a gift that keeps on giving

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Initial thoughts: “Goddess bless the Stoker family. Bram’s Dracula story is a gift that keeps on giving. There is nothing I did not love about this collaboration between Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker. As a prequel, it has everything I love about the original Dracula story without messing with it. As a stand-alone, it…

There were never such devoted sisters

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy Publication Date: 31 July 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Serina Tessaro has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. It’s her chance to secure a better life for her family, and…

Need a scary book that pretty much covers everything?

Contagion by Erin Bowman

Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction; Thrillers and Suspense Publication Date: 24 July 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the…

Hilarious and erotic it is not

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 1 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika’s home is…

The Flight Attendant is a bit of a bumpy ride

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 13 March 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes…

The very lovely Census

Census by Jesse Ball

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 6 March 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “When a widower receives notice from a doctor that he doesn’t have long left to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son—a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome. With no…

The Atomic City Girls do nothing

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 6 February 2018 Source: Publisher Synopsis from the Publisher: “In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June…

A tale of two feminist novels

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 16 January 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is…

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Genre: Contemporary Fiction; Young Adult Publication Date: 9 January 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say. Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen. Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life. The condition’s name has always felt ironic to her, because she certainly…