Category Archives: Book Review

What is fact and what is fiction within the House of Shadows?

House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick

Genre: Gothic; Historical Fiction Publication Date: 17 October 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “In the winter of 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, is on her deathbed. She entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to have magic power, to her faithful cavalier William Craven for safekeeping. In his grief, William orders the construction of Ashdown…

Awesomely wicked Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Genre: Suspense Publication Date: 19 September 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for…

I am not worthy of The Heart’s Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 22 August 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Cyril Avery is not a real Avery — or at least, that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl…

This Mortal Coil – Holy Hell!

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction Publication Date: 7 November 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague. Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s…

Boring Birdcage Walk

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 7 November 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John ‘Diner’ Tredevant, a property…

I wish all books were as good as The Empress

The Empress by S. J. Kincaid

Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction Publication Date: 31 October 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures…

Gather the Daughters should come with a warning label

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 25 July 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers–chosen…

A Secret History of Witches – It’s harmless

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: 5 September 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchieres fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when…

Never Coming Back is bittersweet

Never Coming Back by Alison McGhee

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 10 October 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “When Clara Winter left her rural Adirondacks town for college, she never looked back. Her mother, Tamar, a loving but fiercely independent woman who raised Clara on her own, all but pushed her out the door, and so Clara built a new…

The Rules of Magic needs more magic

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Genre: Fantasy; Historical Fiction Publication Date: 10 October 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole…