Category Archives: Book Review

The better real Lolita story

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 7 August 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11-year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52-year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank…

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…

Wherein Sarah Knight teaches me how to not give a f*ck

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

Genre: Parody; Humor; Self Help Publication Date: 29 December 2015 Source: Mine. All mine. Synopsis from the Publisher: “Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? It’s time to stop giving a f*ck. This brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic…

A glimpse into the family dynamic of a child sociopath, or is she?

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Publication Date: 17 July 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Afflicted with a chronic debilitating condition, Suzette Jensen knew having children would wreak havoc on her already fragile body. Nevertheless, she brought Hanna into the world, pleased and proud to start a family with her husband Alex. Estranged from her own mother,…

Megan Abbott is my hero

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Genre: Mystery; Psychological Thriller Publication Date: 17 July 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “You told each other everything. Then she told you too much. Kit has risen to the top of her profession and is on the brink of achieving everything she wanted. She hasn’t let anything stop her. But now someone else is…

This is no Eden

Eden by Andrea Kleine

Genre: Fiction Publication Date: 10 July 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss and NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Every other weekend, Hope and Eden—backpacks, Walkmans, and homework in hand—wait for their father to pick them up, as he always does, at a strip-mall bus stop. It’s the divorce shuffle; they’re used to it. Only this weekend, he’s screwed up,…

The world needs more women like Maria Feodorovna

The Romanov Empress by C. W. Gortner

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 10 July 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought…

A misguided synopsis led me astray

The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen

Genre: Literary Fiction; Women’s Fiction Publication Date: 10 July 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: ” From the acclaimed PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of The Great Man comes a riveting high-seas adventure that combines Christensen’s signature wit, irony, and humanity to create a striking and unforgettable vision of our times. The 1950s vintage ocean liner Queen…

The Loneliest Girl is unputdownable

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Young Adult; Science Fiction; Action and Adventure Publication Date: 3 July 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity,…