Category Archives: Books Read in 2018

Robert Jackson Bennett does it again

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Initial thoughts: “Robert Jackson Bennett became an author to watch with his stunning City of Stairs trilogy. With his newest series, he entered my automatic read list. Mr. Bennett’s world-building is superb, and his stories are intense and complicated and exciting in all the best ways. However, it is with his characters where he truly shines,…

Dracula’s story is a gift that keeps on giving

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Initial thoughts: “Goddess bless the Stoker family. Bram’s Dracula story is a gift that keeps on giving. There is nothing I did not love about this collaboration between Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker. As a prequel, it has everything I love about the original Dracula story without messing with it. As a stand-alone, it…

Time to Catch Up

Peeps. I keep trying to find the time and, let’s face it, the energy to sit down and get caught up on outstanding reviews. I can usually squeeze one in on my lunch break each day, but I need that time these days to decompress. So, here I am – having been on radio silence…

Having nine lives should be more entertaining

Nine by Zach Hines

Genre: Young Adult; Dystopian Publication Date: 7 August 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “In an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives—and they can’t wait to use them up. The government has death incentives aimed at controlling overpopulation. As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases: one death is…

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…