Author Archives: Jenn

2014 Thankfully Reading Weekend: The Kick-off!

It’s time!! This is the official kick off post for Thankfully Reading!  Instead of braving the crowds and shopping this weekend, we’re spending our time curled up with a book! Not starting your Thankfully Reading Weekend until tomorrow or Saturday? Don’t worry, link up your post whenever you are ready! Feel free to link up […]

Review: The Voices by F.R. Tallis

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Pegasus (December 14, 2014) ISBN: 9781605986562 Source: Publisher It’s the summer of 1976, the hottest on record. Christopher Norton, his wife, Lauren, and their infant daughter Faye move in to their new home in North London.  The Norton’s put a lot of money into refurbishing the old Victorian home.  Christopher, a composer of […]

Review: The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Picador (November 4, 2014) ISBN: 9781250052216 Source: Publisher Dale Sampson has become quite used to being a less than remarkable person. He’s just an average kid attending high school in a small Midwestern town. He earns decent grades and survives the torturous four years of social torture by riding on the coattails […]

Winter Book Preview: December, 2014

It’s been over a month since I’ve done a book preview. November was a pretty quiet publishing month; December is a quiet month as well but I still managed to find several books I’m excited about. Plus, I’m always looking for one or two books to add to my holiday wish list! Below you’ll find […]

Review: Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1ST edition (June 10, 2014) ISBN: 9781250019356 Source: Publisher Saint Michael’s is a crumbling Catholic high school, both structurally and figuratively.Freshman Peter Davidek’s first experience at the school is of an upperclassman that finally reacts to the abuse he received. On the large part, the faculty ignores the tormenting […]

Review: Compulsion by Martina Boone

Series: Heirs of Watson Island Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 28, 2014) ISBN: 9781481411226 Source: Personal copy After her mother passes away, Barrie Watson is sent to live with her aunt at to her mother’s childhood home at an old South Carolina plantation. Her mother never shared information about her family; a fire on the […]

Blogger 911: I Was Hacked

I’ve been blogging since 2008. I thought I was knowledgeable in the ins/outs of blogging. Boy, was I wrong.  Last week, my blog was hacked. I couldn’t access it to fix it. I felt vulnerable. I felt helpless. I’m writing this post so you don’t have to experience this for yourself. I had no warning. I […]

Reflections: Revival by Stephen King

The moment I read the final pages of Revival I knew there was no way I would be able to review it. Not because I didn’t like it, or because it wasn’t worth my time.  Quite the opposite, as a matter of fact. How do you review or critique the work of your literary idol? […]

Introducing 2014 Cozy Mystery Week!

The fall/winter months are times of year best spent curled up with a blanket and a nice book. Even better, a cozy mystery! Cozies are certainly one of my favorite types of books that, unfortunately, I don’t have the opportunity to read as much a I’d like. So, what better reason to read about them […]

Review: First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett

Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Viking Adult; 1ST edition (October 16, 2014) ISBN: 9780525427247 Source: Publisher Sophie Collingwood inherits a London home after her Uncle Bertram passes away. Both were avid book lovers, Sophie recalls time spent in his library discussing their love of books. Unfortunately, her uncle’s library is sold off to recover debt and Sophie finds […]