I am not lost…

September 7, 2018


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?



August 15, 2018


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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?



January 29, 2018


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

I’m never write sure what to make of the books I pick up from netgalley. I’ve read some really amazing things, and I’ve found some authors I will actively avoid in the future. I don’t mind the disparity of it; it’s part of the charm of the site. I’d rather have a mixed bag than always know what to expect.

I know, this is a pretty ominous opening to a review, huh? It sounds worse than it is, I promise.


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.


May 31, 2017


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.


May 17, 2017


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

I like killers with calling cards. I like the concept of calling cards in general. (One of the video games I’m playing at present uses the concept, and it pleases me immensely.) So in reading the description of BLUEBELL INFORMANT, and seeing the flowers used as such, I was instantly intrigued. (I blame all the Criminal Minds I’ve watched over the years. My brain wants to profile everything, and the calling card just adds a new level of interest.)

As with so many thrillers I’ve read as of late, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I always get a little nervous about body counts (I blame Ethan Cross for that one) but if I wanted to make a judgment on stereotypes alone, given that the main detective is female, I didn’t expect a very high body count.

How amusing, I find out later, that I base that on assumptions.


April 5, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: OFF THE PAGE by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Originally, I hadn’t intended to review this book for the blog at all. Not because I thought it was going to be bad, or not worth the time and effort, but simply because I figured I would have said everything I wanted to about the books and the way they’re written after my review of the first book in the series, BETWEEN THE LINES.

Oh I was so very wrong. So very, very wrong.


March 22, 2017


I was provided a copy of this book by the author at no cost, in exchange for my honest review.

It’s been a while since I read anything that primarily features LGBT characters. I’m not sure if that speaks to my choice in books or just how isolated my current collection is, but when Zakian reached out for a review, I had to jump at the chance. Now, to be fair, the last book I read that dealt with ladies who like other ladies was…less than stellar. So I was hoping for the best in this one.

It’s a definite step up. (And I know that sounds like a lukewarm compliment, but I don’t mean it to be! Honest!)


February 22, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE EIGHTH by Stephanie M. Wytovich

Full disclosure: the author of this book and I are acquaintances through my graduate school. However, I bought my copy of this book of my own accord, and she has not asked me to review it any more than she has anyone else in the world.

I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of Wytovich’s writing outside of this, but from reputation alone, I know her to be a very talented horror-skewed poet. THE EIGHTH was her delving into this particular world of writing, and I will say, her poetic background shows through on every page. The descriptions are vivid and clear, the world easy to see in the mind’s eye. Every moment was perfectly balanced to be both evocative and showing, and it was easy to follow along with the waves of emotions these characters radiated.


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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