Category Archives: Book Review

These vampires are disappointingly bloodless

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal

Genre: Supernatural Thriller Publication Date: 5 June 2018 Source: Publisher from NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “This panoramic fictional oral history begins with one small mystery: the body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, disappears from the town morgue. To the young CDC investigator called in to…

When suspense stories go bad

Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

Genre: Suspense; Mystery; Young Adult Publication Date: 5 June 2018 Source: Publisher from NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Ari Sullivan is alive–for now. She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person…

Nora does it again

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Romance Publication Date: 29 May 2018 Source: Publisher Synopsis from the Publisher: “It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to…

First loves and family mysteries

All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

Genre: Young Adult; Romance Publication Date: 29 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other….

A new must-buy author

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: 29 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to…

What would you do for $1,000,000

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 29 May 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card…

Rarely has a title been more apt

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy Publication Date: 29 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls…

Think Jane Austen for the corporate world

The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: 22 May 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “A fast, funny, deeply hilarious debut–The Glitch is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control, until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a…

A different type of fantasy story

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: 22 May 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven…

If I only had a heart

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 15 May 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers….