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2018 in First Lines

It is always fun at the end of the year to look back at the list of books you read over the past twelve months. What is even more fun is looking back at the first lines of those books. Take a look at the first line of every book I read this year. What are some of your...
Evermore is less

Evermore is less

Unfortunately, I was not as impressed by Evermore, Sara Holland’s finale of the Everless duology. I wanted to love it. Hell, I wanted to like it. Instead, I am somewhat ambivalent about the whole story. It seems to veer in an opposing direction as the first...
John Boyne = Genius

John Boyne = Genius

With A Ladder to the Sky, John Boyne is now one of my favorite authors and now has a place on my auto-buy list. His talent and creativity blow me away. Each of his novels that I have read is distinctively different, and he is just as comfortable and successful...
A waste of time

A waste of time

By all accounts, Ezekiel Boone’s spider trilogy was quite good. I wish the same were true of his haunted mansion novel. In fact, The Mansion is so far removed from being a decent novel that it is one of the few times I regret the time I spent reading a novel....
You had me at were-dragons

You had me at were-dragons

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...