's CBR8 Review No:12

Whoops I Summoned A Lightning Bolt and Now Everyone’s Freaking Out

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas (Buy on amazon.com)


Rating: 4/5 Summary: This story is about a mage who is prophesied to save the Realm. Out of all the elemental mages, only she can summon lightning, which makes her dangerous and extremely powerful. Atlantis, the evil corporation-like entity that controls the crown, wants Iolanthe and her power for themselves. However, Prince Titus, the Master […]

's CBR8 Review No:11

Money isn’t Everything or Is it?

The Distance Between Us by Kacie West (Buy on amazon.com)


Rating: 3.5/5 Summary: Caymen is a poor girl, who is doing her best to support her mother’s failing business and get herself into a decent college. When Xander Spence walks into her mother’s shop, there is an immediate connection between the two of them. They’re only friends, but the attraction is obvious. Caymen struggles with […]

's CBR8 Review No:10

Where’s that Dead King Buried?

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater (Buy on amazon.com)


Rating: 4.5/5 Summary: Blue Sargent is the only non-psychic in a house-hold of psychics. However, she has the ability to amplify her families’ abilities. Blue despises the boys who go to Aglionby, the male-only private school in the small town of Henrietta, Virginia. Her prejudice holds true until she meets a unique group of four […]

's CBR8 Review No:9

The Breaking Pointe: How It Can All Fall Apart

Pointe by Brandy Colbert (Buy on amazon.com)

Summary: Theo Cartwright is an amazing dancer, and she has secrets. When her childhood best friend is found after being abducted for four years, she doesn’t know if she should tell. One of her secrets involves her ex-boyfriend, and that’s who they think kidnapped Donovan. Her other secret is that she has a crush on […]

's CBR8 Review No:8

Am I Possessed by an Alien Right Now or Not?

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner (Buy on amazon.com)

Rating:4.0/5 Summary: When something goes majorly wrong on the Icarus spacecraft, rich heiress Lilac LaRoux and newly decorated General Tarver Merendsen, become trapped in a space pod. It’s only thanks to Lilac’s familiarity and mechanical skill that they get their pod to launch and narrowly evade death. After crash landing on a seemly empty, but […]

's CBR8 Review No:10

Curiosity Killed the Goat

Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson (Buy on amazon.com)


I have become a big fan of Jon Ronson from listening to him on podcasts.  He’s a nerdy effeminate British dude which is kind of my kryptonite.  In my admittedly lazy fandom, I hadn’t realized that he was the author of this book. One of my personal goals is to read everything on my “to […]

's CBR8 Review No:34

I volunteer

Bitch Planet Vol. 1 (Extraordinary Machine) by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro (Buy on amazon.com)

Bitch Planet

3.5 stars I can tell this is going to be a very fun comic series to follow, bringing the list of comic series I follow up to 2 (Saga is the other.) The first volume of Bitch Planet is very introductory, as we meet our main Bitches, learn a little of some of their backstories, […]

's CBR8 Review No:22

On Bereavement and Raptors

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Buy on amazon.com)


Helen Macdonald’s memoir H Is for Hawk received outstanding reviews and several prestigious awards last year. It is the beautifully written story of her grief after her father’s sudden death, the depression that followed, and her attempt to lose herself in falconry. Macdonald is a member of the research faculty at Cambridge University’s Department of […]

's CBR8 Review No:84

“Money, it turns out, is the new Jim Crow.”

Black Water Rising (Jay Porter #1) by Attica Locke (Buy on amazon.com)


My library has a long waiting list for The Cutting Season, which a few of y’all have recommended. So I downloaded Attica Locke’s other two novels, Black Water Rising and its sequel, Pleasantville, on audiobook while I wait. I’ve finished Black Water Rising, which was excellent, and I’m halfway through the equally well-written Pleasantville. So now I’m even more impatient […]

's CBR8 Review No:83

You can take the girl out of Africa…

Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller (Buy on amazon.com)


I actually finished the third of Alexandra Fuller’s memoirs, Leaving Before the Rains Come, right after the other two. But while I loved the other two and couldn’t wait to write them up, I felt a lot more “meh” about this one, so I’m just now getting around to it… “You always think there will be more time and […]

's CBR8 Review No:4

Endless Philosophizing Doesn’t Make a Story

A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City by Benjamin Wachs (Buy on amazon.com)

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On the surface, this story collection is full of things I love: fantastical beings lurking under familiar places. But as I started reading I found that these stories really weren’t for me. The common thread among the stories in this collection was fascinating, as almost every story contains some measure of supernatural force acting upon […]

's CBR8 Review No:21

Another Series To Be Obsessed With

And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander (Buy on amazon.com)


Once again, the Overdrive algorithm picked me a winner. Emily is a young Victorian woman fed up with her mother’s demands and criticism. To get out from under her thumb she marries the next man to propose, despite barely knowing him. A few months into their marriage, Lord Ashton goes on Safari with friends, and […]