Category Archives: Book Review

Spoonbenders live, love, laugh, and charm

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

  Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 27 June 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering….

One of Us is Lying is an old-fashioned locked-room murder mystery

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

  Genre: Young Adult; Mystery Publication Date: 30 May 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal,…

Don’t hold back reading Hold Back the Stars

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: 23 May 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Trapped in the vast void of space, Carys and Max have only ninety minutes of oxygen left to live. None of this was supposed to happen. After a freak accident, Carys and Max are left adrift in space with nothing to hold…

House of Names is cold

House of Names by Colm Tóibín

  Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 9 May 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “‘I have been acquainted with the smell of death.’ So begins Clytemnestra’s tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra…

Unruly girls unite under Too Fat, Too Loud, Too Slutty

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen

Genre: Nonfiction Publication Date: 20 June 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing boundaries of what it means to be an ‘acceptable’ woman. You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s…

Lovely and fun is The Prey of Gods

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

Genre: Science Fiction; Fantasy Publication Date: 1 June 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is…

Stunning and worthy Beartown

Beartown by Frederik Backman

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 25 April 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded…

Burntown fizzles

Burntown by Jennifer McMahon

Genre: Thriller and Suspense Publication Date: 25 April 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “A fantastic machine that can reunite the living with the dead. A haunting–and dangerous–legacy that could destroy one family for generations. All families have secrets, but Eva Sandeski’s family has a secret that someone is willing to kill for. Find out…

Dividing Eden – Flawed but readable

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy Publication Date: 6 June 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed…

The Radium Girls shine bright

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Genre: Nonfiction Publication Date: 2 May 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years…