Category Archives: Books Read in 2018

And we think food today is full of unhealthy ingredients

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

Initial Thoughts: “Deborah Blum’s novel about the fight to develop food safety regulations and the beginnings of the Food and Drug Administration is fascinating if gruesome. To all the people concerned about genetically modified foods, I say that after reading this book, GMOs do not concern me anymore because our food could be SO much worse.”…

Molly is just as amazing at YA

Changeling by Molly Harper

Initial thoughts: “Molly Harper breaks away from her adult paranormal romance stories with this adorable young adult novel about witches and magic. Ms. Harper does away with her trademark snark in favor of teen angst, but she uses the angst to create a highly credible and relatable young woman who captures your attention and earns…

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…