Category Archives: Book Review

Even goddesses can’t get respect

Circe by Madeline Miller

Genre: Historical Fiction; Fantasy Publication Date: 10 April 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for…

Time to leave the neighborhood

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 10 April 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime. Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. Everything is exactly what they hoped for…

School can be fun

School for Psychics by K. C. Archer

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 3 April 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic. When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police,…

The Oracle Year

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 3 April  2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by…

How a story with little plot can be so profound

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: 3 April 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Recently suspended for a so-called outburst, high school English teacher Anna Crawford is stewing over the injustice at home when she is shocked to see herself named on television as a suspect in a shooting at the school where she works. Though…

Zombies and racists and misogynists, oh my!

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 3 April 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and…

Two books that are okay to skip

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 27 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “What if our homes could tell the stories of others who lived there before us? Set in a small village near Paris, The Balcony follows the inhabitants of a single estate-including a manor and a servants’ cottage-over the course of several generations,…

I Was Anastasia is the best kind of historical fiction

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Genre: Historical Fiction; Suspense; Literary Fiction Publication Date: 27 March 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least…

Make no assumptions about The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 9 January 2018 Source: Publisher Synopsis from the Publisher: “When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both…

A Gothic novel revival – The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Paranormal Publication Date: 20 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school…