Author Archives: Jenn

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 […]

Frightful Friday: Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo

Frightful Friday is a regular meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.This week’s featured title is Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo: Listening Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes Program Type: Audiobook, Unabridged Publisher: Tantor Audio (March 26, 2012) Source: Personal copy Narrated by: Sean Runnette As the  H1N1 virus runs […]

Review: The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach

Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Algonquin Books (October 14, 2014) ISBN: 9781616203313 Source: Personal copy When Eric, a small town lawyer in Maine, hears a prediction for a “storm of the century,” he closes his office early and heads to the grocery store to stock up on supplies. There he comes across Danielle, young woman unable to cover […]

Thankfully Reading Weekend 2014

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Can you believe it? I’m pleased to announce that I will once again be hosting Thankfully Reading Weekend, November 27-30! Want to avoid the crowds & shopping on Black Friday? Plan on spending a nice, quiet holiday at home? Join us! Just what is this Thankfully Reading Weekend […]