Three steps forward, two steps back. The Priest was on its way to be my favorite of Tiffany Reisz’s The Original Sinners series. The characters are starting anew in New Orleans after leaving New York City. The story opens with Soren gone, this is not unexpected to the regular reader, new readers might be puzzled. Nora has gained a dog and the pair seem to be thriving together, no small feat for a woman who never even wanted the responsibility ...

Things can really go off the rails in life! The Family Upstairs is a twisting tale of children caught in circumstance created by parents who seem lost and gullible. Enter in a man and women who take control of these lost parents and also the children.  As the reader swings back and forth between the chapters we are taken through the story by Libby, who has just inherited a huge house, then by Lucy, who seems to be a homeless drifter, and lastl...

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...

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 weav...

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. Perh...

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 “sparring̶...

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 vict...

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Fiction , Romance , Young Adult / June 11, 2017

The Sky Is Everywhere is the story of a girl named Lennie, who is grieving the tragic loss of her sister. It is sweet and sad at the same time, but also somewhat hopeful. Kind of like youth itself. The story progresses fast and is dotted with snippets of mysterious “notes” that help keep the reader engaged. Overall a satisfying read.

The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
Historical Fiction / June 10, 2017

The cover art of The Tea Planter’s Wife caught my eye one day, but it was the story that kept my interest.  Part love story, part mystery, part lesson on the secrets we keep, this novel covers it all, and then some.  Set on a tea plantation in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) the reader is enveloped in the story of a young women who finds herself married to widower.  Elements of social customs and race make this book a well rounded, thou...

The Red: An Erotic Fantasy by Tiffany Reisz
Advance Reading Copy , Erotica , Fiction / June 10, 2017

Step to the line, then cross it. The Red, a work of erotic fantasy fiction, will take you, turn you, and flip you over. It is the story of Mona Lisa St James, who wants to save The Red, an art gallery, and Malcolm, who helps her. The story moves fast as Mona and Malcolm, and the reader, explore art, kinky sex, and mystery. The author’s writing gives us a likeable heroine, with natural dialogue, and exposure to some great works ...

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

It can be hard to like someone who is grumpy and bossy.  But with this novel, the old man Ove is more than he seems.  It might take work to get through the beginning of the novel, but it is worth it as we learn more and more about Ove and his past. Good or bad? Blessings or tragedy? What made him the way he is, and is he worth the effort? I would recommend this for book clubs.

To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin
Historical Fiction / June 10, 2017

Love to learn about real history through novels? If so, put To Capture What We Cannot Keep on your list. This work of fiction is a light lesson on the building of the Eiffel Tower mixed with a bit of romance. Strong characters and vivid imagery round out an enjoyable, easy read.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Historical Fiction / June 10, 2017

Can a person live on faith alone?  The Wonder delves into this question through Lib, an English nurse who is sent to observe a young Irish girl who refuses to eat. The story progresses by examining the girl and her family’s religious beliefs, contrasted with Lib’s scientific ones.  Well written, a tiny bit slow in the middle, but wraps up strong.