Category Archives: S Author

The wrong book at the wrong time

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Initial Thoughts: “Courtney Summers’ novels are always hard-hitting, emotionally brutal dives into the harsh realities young women face. I started Sadie expecting nothing less but hoping for a powerful revenge story as well – the type that would fit into my current reading mood. While Sadie does cover yet another darkly emotional aspect of being a woman in…

Emily Suvada, just take all my money

This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Initial Thoughts: “I found I had to reread This Mortal Coil before I could start This Cruel Design because the one picks up right after the end of the other with no exposition to explain what happened. I did not mind because it is such an excellent story. In this sequel, it is as if Ms. Suvada…

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…

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,…

Off with their heads

Head On by John Scalzi

Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: 17 April 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi’s trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to…

The Oracle Year

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 3 April  2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by…

A Gothic novel revival – The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Genre: Suspense; Thriller; Paranormal Publication Date: 20 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school…

A Guide for Murdered Children is not for everyone but I liked it

A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow

Genre: Suspense; Thriller Publication Date: 20 March 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “We’ve heard it said that there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to briefly return, inhabit adult bodies and wreak revenge on the monstrous killers who stole…

This Mortal Coil – Holy Hell!

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction Publication Date: 7 November 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague. Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s…

Special Guest Post by Holly – Follow Me by Sara Shephard

Follow Me by Sara Shephard

(Ed. note: Sara Shephard is Holly’s favorite author. When I was approached by the marketing department of Disney Publishing contacted me about reviewing her latest novel, I knew it was not for me to review. Without further ado, I give you Holly’s thoughts on the second book in Sara Shephard’s The Amateurs series.) Genre: Young Adult;…