's CBR8 Review No:79

A satisfying end to the series.

Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, #5) by Gail Carriger (Buy on amazon.com)


Gonna keep this short because I feel like I’ve already said most of what I want to say about this series in the previous four reviews I’ve written for it. It’s fluffy. It’s fun. It’s got benevolent supernatural creatures in it who faff around being supernatural and adorable. It’s got puns. It’s got dirigibles. It’s […]

's CBR8 Review No:27

The Loneliest People in the Whole Wide World

Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler (Buy on amazon.com)


“Mornings now, when I wake up, I have this springy, hopeful feeling, and I see that everything is worth it, after all.” This line from Morgan’s Passing is my favorite quote from a book, ever. No surprise that I also love the book. It’s the story of a man named Morgan who’s bored by his […]

's CBR8 Review No:18

You have to do more than just change the terminology to make it sound new

Tankborn by Karen Sandler (Buy on amazon.com)


This is the first in a YA trilogy, and I’m not moving on to book two.  I feel like that’s the whole review, but I’ll elaborate 🙂 My book club friend recommended this based on my love of dystopian stories.  Kayla and Mishalla are teenage GENs (Genetically Engineered Nonhumans) living on a future planet colonized […]

's CBR8 Review No:17

That’ll do.

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica (Buy on amazon.com)

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I got this as one of the Kindle Deals of the Day or something like that.  Cheap, portable, and dark and twisty–a perfect vacation read.  I read Kubica’s The Good Girl and can’t remember a darn.thing.about.it, but I know I liked it. I don’t even care how stupid that sounds…sometimes you just want a page-turner […]

's CBR8 Review No:16

Dysfunction Junction

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (Buy on amazon.com)


My book club’s current choice is The Nest, an engrossing read about the very dysfunctional Plumb family. I read that the author expanded this to a novel after starting in her MFA course with a short story about 4 siblings having a drink at 4 different bars in NYC before joining for a family meeting. […]

's CBR8 Review No:23

Ebola mixed with something much worse!

Extinction Horizon (The Extinction Cycle Book 1) by Nicholas Sansbury (Buy on amazon.com)


This is book 1 of a 5 book series. I will totally be continuing this series! We start out with a team of soldiers in Vietnam who were part of a secret bioweapen project (not that they knew they were a part of it). They take this experimental pill and basically go nuts. They turn […]

's CBR8 Review No:28

Bringing a little FNL back into my life is always a good thing.

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (Buy on amazon.com)


A few years back, when I still had a toddler that took naps, I used to have enough time to watch one episode of Netflix TV (sometimes two, if it was a good sleep day) every morning. I’d fold laundry or do arm weights or something, so I felt like I was getting something of […]

's CBR8 Review No:22

Random library audiobook pick – Norwegian murder mystery (totally my jam)

1222: Hanne Wilhelmsen Book Eight (A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel) by Anne Holt (Buy on amazon.com)


So the cover of this audiobook is just the number 1222. Not terribly exciting. Then I flipped the box over & my eye caught a few words: Norwegian, murder, train derailment… I was totally in! We start off with a woman in a wheelchair on a train. It’s not a spoiler if I tell you […]

's CBR8 Review No:32

Decentish New Adult Romance

Rookie Mistake by Tracy Ward (Buy on amazon.com)


I found Tracy Ward’s new adult contemporary sports romance, Rookie Mistake, in the “multicultural and interracial romance” section on Amazon. Wanting more diversity in my favoured genre, I have been making a point of seeking it out.  Please note that in this same “multicultural and interracial romance” section, Amazon also lists shape-shifter romances such as Alpha […]

's CBR8 Review No:8

In Conclusion, Greg van Eekhout is one to watch

Dragon Coast by Greg van Eekhout (Buy on amazon.com)


Dragon Coast satisfyingly concludes the Daniel Blackland trilogy by Greg van Eekhout.  Reviews for the first two books in the series are here for book 1 and here for book 2.  This entire trilogy was a joy from start to finish and as a result I look forward to what Greg has to write in the future.  With […]

's CBR8 Review No:96

Goes way beyond “typical stage mother”

Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter by Melissa Francis (Buy on amazon.com)


This probably should have been titled, “Diary of the surviving daughter of an un-medicated, hyper-controlling manic-depressive”, but that may have a bit much for the cover. “My childish blackmail started with toys and ended with a pony. Naturally. Though by the end, I couldn’t help feeling bought and sold myself.” Melissa Francis started acting at six months […]

's CBR8 Review No:95

“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.”

Feed by M.T. Anderson (Buy on amazon.com)


Here’s another YA novel with an interesting concept, but less than stellar execution. “I don’t know when they first had feeds. Like maybe, fifty or a hundred years ago. Before that, they had to use their hands and their eyes. Computers were all outside the body. They carried them around outside of them, in their hands, […]