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September 20, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton

I’m from a family of readers, and my father has always been the one who when you tell him that he HAS to read a book, it makes him less likely to actually read it. I’ve inherited a lot of this from him. But as much as both of my parents love to toss books at me and say that they’d recommend them, when my father specifically seeks me out to say “this book is on NetGalley and you REALLY SHOULD READ IT”…I know I’m likely in for a treat. That being said, I do walk in with a small piece of trepidation. I am very much my father’s child, but we can have highly different opinions on media and entertainment. But if he’s this excited…

Well, he’s the reason I found NetGalley in the first place, so I’ll give it a try.

And holy cow, was I not left wanting. This book came out in the US on 09/18 and I fully recommend buying it RIGHT NOW.

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September 7, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

When THE HAZEL WOOD came across my path, it absolutely sounded like it was my kind of book. Fairy tales, but the dark side of them, blending into reality. What wasn’t there for me to enjoy? Plus, the cover art is absolutely stunning. One hundred percent I was into this book. And I was delighted to find that it seemed to absolutely live up to every expectation I had.

…Yeah, you hear that “but” coming too, don’t you?

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August 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE LIGHTNING STENOGRAPHY DEVICE by M. F. Sullivan

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I can’t for the life of me remember where exactly I found this book. I know it was a NetGalley book that got lost to the annals of archives, and I had to go back through and track it down again so that I could read it and review it. (Not that I’ve done a great job of that lately, but hey, we’re not talking about that…) This one had an interesting premise, that spoke to me as an author. The Lightning Stenography Device (or LSD as they so creatively acronymed it to) is a contraption you put on your head, and then the device takes your thoughts and pens them to the page. So literally you can write as fast as you can think.

Neat, right?

Mmmmm.

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January 6, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE NOBLE THRONE by Yessi Smith and Logan Keys

I meant to have this review up a while ago, since I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of it, but life conspired against me (as is so often the case) and alas, I can only get it to you now. But a review! Woo! First review of 2018!

I’ll be completely upfront and say that I’m generally a little iffy on shifter books. (I’m not sure I actually knew this was properly a shifter book until after I got the ARC.) As has always been my lot, I’m willing to give anything a few fair shots, just because the genres are so varied that it’s not fair to judge them all off of only one or two books. I’d seen a lot of good things about Logan Keys, one of the co-authors, and so I figured this was a safe one to start with.

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May 31, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate

I was provided an ARC of this book free of charge by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I’m always fascinated by books that include real-life history and stories in them. The “Dear America” diaries were some of my favorites growing up, and it’s always been one of my favorite ways to learn history. It helps solidify that these were real people going through real things. And as time moves forward, the history starts getting closer and closer. It’s easy to keep things distant when you’re reading about the Titanic.

It’s a lot harder when the story takes place less than a hundred years in the past. Times that family of mine could have lived through.

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May 24, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: CROSSING THE STREET by Molly D. Campbell

I was provided a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Story Plant for giving me this opportunity.

I have a very tenuous relationship with women’s fiction. This stretches into most contemporary fiction in general, but I’ve noticed it specifically with women’s fiction the most. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s my own personal relationship with feminine culture and whatnot, maybe it’s just the topics they tend to talk about, I don’t know. But I remember one of the first books I read for Story Plant, and I remember how much rubbed me in all kinds of uncomfortable directions. (That was predominantly because the topic hit very close to home, but that’s neither here nor there.) So every time I get one, I’m just a little nervous that I’m going to be biased against the book just because of my own brain ideas about what the genre should be/is.

But the first few sentences of Campbell’s blurb on the back of this book, and I was sold–and I wasn’t led astray.

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April 19, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEAST OF LONDON by L.D. Goffigan

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I’m a sucker for a vampire story. (A good vampire story.) I’m fascinated about the good and evil component, I love seeing how everyone interprets it. We all come from a common point in the past, but it’s gone in so many different directions. It’s not often that I see someone going all the way back to the original to start peeking at the story again. A few years back, a friend from college wrote a musical rendition of Dracula called THE DEAD ENGLISH, and I loved it. It rekindled my fascination with Dracula and all things about it. There was so much more to the story–to the true, proper story of Dracula–that I’d forgotten, or hadn’t read. (I’m still not sure how much of the original book I’ve read.)

So when this book wandered into my life, how could I possibly pass up an opportunity to see one more imagining?

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April 12, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: I LOVE YOU TODAY by Marcia Gloster

I was provided an ARC of this book from the Story Plant in exchange for my honest review.

I’m always fascinated to see how authors view different parts of our society, and which pieces they choose to focus on for their work. So seeing a book from theĀ Mad Men era coming out, focusing on a woman who was bound and determined to make her way through a male-driven field, I was all in favor to see this kind of adventure.

Unfortunately, it didn’t quite deliver the way I was hoping.

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March 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: HIMSELF by Jess Kidd

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I seem to be on a kick for reading books which take place in Ireland lately. Not that I’m saying that’s a bad thing, but it’s amusing that after reading CITY OF BOHANE, my mind seemed much more well-put-together for this particular book. The two don’t share much else in common, but honestly, the charm of Irish writing is more than enough to keep me paying attention.

And Kidd definitely knows how to tell a story.

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February 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: ASHES by Steven Manchester

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I received a free ARC of this book from The Story Plant in exchange for my honest review.

Steven Manchester is a familiar name to me as a Story Plant reader; I read his book THE CHANGING SEASON almost exactly a year ago now, and reviewed it here on the blog. I remember enjoying the book, though the details hadn’t stuck with me, so I figured that I’d have a similar time of it with ASHES.

I was entirely right.

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