Category Archives: D Author

Arwen Elys Dayton creates an entirely plausible future that is downright ugly

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

We have all seen movies set in the future, where humans have complete control over DNA and can create “perfect” children for a “perfect” society. I suspect that when one hears talk of genetic modifications, the thoughts that come to mind are curing diseases, customizing hair, skin, and eyes, correcting imperfections like poor vision or…

You had me at were-dragons

Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

If ever there was a book to emphasize that I read what I like, Fire & Heist is it. The story of a teenage wyvern and her family of thieves tickled me more than it should have. The target audience is a good thirty years younger than I am, but that did not stop me from…

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…

Good but not for me

Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Psychological Thriller Publication Date: 26 June 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “As much as Libby Hall needs a vacation, she’s never considered taking one until she sees the note for a house swap. Suffering a miscarriage was a personal turning point. Saving a child from a burning school was a public…

Two books that are okay to skip

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 27 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “What if our homes could tell the stories of others who lived there before us? Set in a small village near Paris, The Balcony follows the inhabitants of a single estate-including a manor and a servants’ cottage-over the course of several generations,…

Boring Birdcage Walk

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 7 November 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John ‘Diner’ Tredevant, a property…

Beware The Glass Spare

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult Publication Date: 24 October 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child and only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his…

We all need a little Hello, Sunshine

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: 11 July 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavor. And then she gets hacked. When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from…

Lovely and fun is The Prey of Gods

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

Genre: Science Fiction; Fantasy Publication Date: 1 June 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is…

The Girl Before is the best type of mindf*ck

The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney

Genre: Psychological Suspense Publication Date: 24 January 2017 Source: Publisher Synopsis from the Publisher: “Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life. The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating. EMMA Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none…