Category Archives: Books Read in 2017

Historically interesting Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 3 October 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged…

Fantastic Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: 14 November 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans….

Quackery – Not so much

Quackery by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen

Genre: Nonfiction Publication Date: 17 October 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “What won’t we try in our quest for perfect health, beauty, and the fountain of youth? Well, just imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When liquefied gold was touted as immortality in a glass. And when strychnine—yes, that strychnine,…

The surprisingly feminist Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

Genre: Suspense; Supernatural; Horror Publication Date: 26 September 2017 Source: Mine. All mine. Synopsis from the Publisher: In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women…

Hunting Prince Dracula is everything I hoped it would be and more

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Young Adult; Historical Fiction; Horror Publication Date: 19 September 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the…

Fireblood is on fire

Fireblood by Elly Blake

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy Publication Date: 12 September 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his powerful throne. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the…

Good Me Bad Me is very good

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Genre: Psychological Thriller Publication Date: 5 September 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family,…

I’ve got a Fever and I like it

Fever by Deon Meyer

Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: 5 September 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Nico Storm and his father, Willem, drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are among the few in the world, as far as they know, to have survived a devastating virus that has swept over the planet….

Sing, Unburied, Sing did not make me want to sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 5 September 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White…

Don’t bother with Where the Light Falls

Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki, Owen Pataki

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 11 July 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Three years after the storming of the Bastille, the streets of Paris are roiling with revolution. The citizens of France are enlivened by the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The monarchy of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette has been dismantled—with the…