Category Archives: Books Read in 2013

Review – The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Title: The Crane Wife Author: Patrick Ness ISBN: 9781594205477 No. of Pages: 320 Genre: Fantasy Origins: The Penguin Press Release Date: 23 January 2014 Bottom Line: Simple and beautiful Synopsis: “George Duncan is an American living and working in London. At forty-eight, he owns a small print shop, is divorced, and lonelier than he realizes. All…

Review – What We’ve Lost is Nothing by Rachel Louise Snyder

What We've Lost is Nothing by Rachel Louise Synder

Title: What We’ve Lost Is Nothing Author: Rachel Louise Snyder ISBN: 9781476725178 No. of Pages: 320 Genre: Fiction Origins: Scribner Release Date: 21 January 2014 Bottom Line: Quiet but provocative Synopsis: “Nestled on the edge of Chicago’s gritty west side, Oak Park is a suburb in flux. To the west, theaters and shops frame posh houses…

Review – The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

Title: The Secret of Magic Author: Deborah Johnson ISBN: 9780399157721 No. of Pages: 416 Genre: Historical Fiction Origins: Amy Einhorn Books Release Date: 21 January 2014 Bottom Line: Simply magical and yet profoundly sad Synopsis: “Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning…

Review – Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

Title: Before We Met Author: Lucie Whitehouse ISBN: 9781620402757 No. of Pages: 288 Genre: Suspense Origins: Bloomsbury Publishing Release Date: 21 January 2014 Bottom Line: Unexceptional Synopsis: “Hannah, independent, headstrong, and determined not to follow in the footsteps of her bitterly divorced mother, has always avoided commitment. But one hot New York summer she meets Mark…

Review – Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Title: Her Dark Curiosity Author: Megan Shepherd ISBN: 9780062128058 No. of Pages: 432 Genre: Horror; Young Adult Origins: Balzer + Bray Release Date: 28 January 2014 Bottom Line: One too many coincidences only slightly diminishes this fast-paced thriller of a sequel Synopsis: “Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father’s island—and…

Review – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You Author: Jojo Moyes ISBN: 9780670026609 No. of Pages: 384 Genre: Romance Origins: Mine. All mine. Release Date: 31 December 2012 Bottom Line: The best book I read in all of 2013 Synopsis: “Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield…

Review – Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Title: Uninvited Author: Sophie Jordan ISBN: 9780062233653 No. of Pages: 384 Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult Origins: HarperTeen Release Date: 28 January 2014 Bottom Line: Strong premise and fascinating commentary on labels Synopsis: “You can’t change your DNA . . . even when it says you’re a murderer. When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome,…

Review – The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd

The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd

Title: The Poisoned Island Author: Lloyd Shepherd ISBN: 9781476712864 No. of Pages: 416 Genre: Historical Fiction Origins: Washington Square Press Release Date: 14 January 2014 Bottom Line: A little bit of magic only serves to heighten the suspense of this fascinating murder mystery Synopsis: “Tahiti 1769. English sailors arrive on the shores of the Polynesian paradise—…

Review – Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough

Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough

Title: Mayhem Author: Sarah Pinborough ISBN: 9781623650865 No. of Pages: 400 Genre: Horror Origins: Quercus Books Release Date: 14 January 2014 Bottom Line: The combination of fact and fantasy does not merge well together. Synopsis: “Already frustrated in their attempts to capture serial murderer Jack the Ripper, the detectives of Scotland Yard are suddenly confronted with…

Audiobook Review – The Humans by Matt Haig

The Humans by Matt Haig

Title: The Humans Author: Matt Haig Narrator: Mark Meadows ASIN: B00D66Q6NK Audiobook Length: 8 hours, 11 minutes Genre: Science Fiction Origins: Mine. All mine. Release Date: 2 July 2013 Bottom Line: Witty, charming Synopsis: “I know that some of you reading this are convinced humans are a myth, but I am here to state that they…