Category Archives: Review

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 […]

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 […]

Review: The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Smart Pop (October 28, 2014) ISBN: 9781940363363 Source: Publisher The zombie apocalypse is here. There’s more to survival than escaping the deadly grasp of the walking dead. Your survival will be quite limited if you don’t have a means of sustaining your food supply. Here’s where The Art of Eating Through the Zombie […]

Review: The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill

Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; First Edition edition (July 15, 2014) ISBN: 9781250041272 Source: Library copy Catherine’s life is in shambles. Loss of her previous job forced her to leave London. With a new job, she thought her life was on track, until her boyfriend, Michael, ended their relationship abruptly.  When Catherine is […]

Review: Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Age Range: 12 and up Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: EgmontUSA (September 9, 2014) ISBN: 9781606844632 Source: Library copy After her mother passes away, Annabel Lee is summoned from Siam to Philadelphia to live with her father.  Never knowing him growing up, the father/daughter bond has much to be desired.  His physical ailments and secretive line […]

Review: A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson & Jeff Rovin

Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Simon451 (October 7, 2014) ISBN: 9781476776521 Source: Publisher When Maanik, the daughter of India’s ambassador to the United Nations, starts experiencing fits of screaming and terror, child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is called in for consultation. Maanik was recently witness to an assassination attempt against her father and Caitlin is certain the […]

Review: The Penguin Book of Witches, edited by Katherine Howe

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Penguin Classics (September 30, 2014) ISBN: 9780143106180 Source: Publisher Our country has had a long-lasting obsession with witches, dating back to the infamous Salem witch trials.  The animosity and fear toward witches, however, reaches even further back in time.  The existence of witches appeared several times in the Bible with vague […]