This was almost a DNF. I found it somewhat slow. No, really slow. I know readers love her other novels, but based on this one I don’t think I’m a fan. Save yourself and your time : read something else.
This book caught my attention and although I thought it a bit slow at first I have decided it was worth reading just because I am so out of touch with the teenage experience. It’s been a long time since I’ve been one and this book reminds me why I never want to be one again! It’s tough! Anyway, it’s a body swapping (yes, you read that right) life’s not fair, experimenting with sexuality, family issues kind of book. Readers remember- teenagers are not for the timid!
Theater Nights Are Murder is the latest mystery by Libby Klein. It is cute and quick. Nothing exceptional in this reviewer’s opinion and in fact I found the murder almost uninteresting, instead finding Poppy’s love triangle with Gia and Tim the best part of the plot. Still, readers of the “cozy” will probably enjoy the book.
I wish I liked The Hiding Place more. True, the main character, Joe, is somewhat interesting to follow along with, but the plot doesn’t come together for me. Gambling debts, childhood secrets, and what seems to be a “Pit” with mystical powers spin around in the book, not fully fleshed out in my opinion. It was a quick read, but I don’t think I will remember it in a week.
Holy Cow, this book blew my mind! Dracula is one of my all time favorites so when I saw this I decided to give it a try. It is a combination of fact and fiction, woven into a prequel of sorts to Dracula. In it we meet Bram Stoker, who is inserted into the story as if he is a fictional character. We meet his family too, and a slightly odd nanny named Ellen. This nanny is the source of the creepy, well written, old fashion horror story. It weaves realty with fantasy and horror as it skips back and forth between current time and Bram’s recollection of growing up. I wanted to read it again immediately, just to scan over the detailed, rich, story that is Dracul.
Whoa, just whoa. This book isn’t just fiction, it’s horror. Old fashion “The Omen” or “Carrie” horror. Written as a domestic suspense novel, Baby Teeth is the story of Hannah, a terror of a child and her parents who are bewildered as they try to raise her. Hannah is intelligent, manipulative, and down right evil. A nightmare. My only criticism about this book is that I thought it wrapped up a bit fast. Perhaps leaving room for a sequel? Yikes!
If you are a fan of Tiffany Reisz you might as well skip this review and go purchase The Rose. I say this because I think this is one of the author’s best offerings. It is explicit, actually sometimes just a touch beyond explicit, if that’s even possible. Still, it is written as a combination of erotic fantasy and Greek mythology which is a perfect match. The story begins with the characters of Lia and August “sparring” around a Greek cup called the Rose Kylix. Lia has it, August wants it. And much sexiness follows. There is a bit of an “ick factor” in the plot, between Lia and her mother. Although this ick factor makes sense in the frame of Greek mythology, I would deduct one star in any rating … because…. ick!!! I have to say that I think the author is full of talent for story telling and it amuses me to think that she decided to aim her ability in the direction of mythology, probably just because she could.
This book is fascinating. The type of book that you want to read a second time. Like a river there are so many bends and runs, so many facets. This is a “story of stories” with family love at the center of three distinct families and their potential relationship with a mute girl who turns up in a small town. The characters of the novel are somewhat simple people. Some more or less educated than others. They have challenges and victories and their combined story is so interesting!! Some readers might be a bit impatient with the beginning. Like the headwaters of some rivers, the book starts small and somewhat quiet. Also like a river it is beautiful one minute, cruel the next, and always mysterious. This story will stay with me for a long time. I have no doubt I will reach for it again and enjoy it the second time as much, if not more, than the first.
The Boy is Tami Hoag’s latest crime novel. In it a little boy has been brutally stabbed to death and it’s up to Louisiana dectectives Nick and Annie to find the killer. It has been awhile since I have read anything by Hoag, but when I saw this on NetGalley I decided to request it. (Many thanks to Hoag, Dutton, and NetGalley for the ARC.) Some crime novels are hard to follow but Hoag’s writing and plot movement are excellent. I found myself trying to guess the killer with each new chapter and once I formed a theory I usually changed it a few minutes later. Put this on your TBR for 2019.
Lissy has inherited Strand House and plans to spend Christmas there. A few friends will join her. So begins a sweet story that revolves around each person’s unique situation in life. Nothing too gripping, but really a story of how we move forward in our imperfect lives. I received a copy from NetGalley. Thanks to author Linda Mitchelmore.