's CBR7 Review No:60

Water for Nessie

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen (Buy on amazon.com)


At the Water’s Edge is more similar to Water for Elephants than Ape House in tone and time period, maybe that’s why I preferred it to the other Gruen novel I read this year. Maddie is an American society wife during WW2; she is married to Ellis Hyde although their relationship is constantly entwined with […]

's CBR7 Review No:55

If You’re Looking to Reinforce Heteronormative Values, Have I Got A Book for You!

From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman by Jodi R. R. Smith (Buy on amazon.com)

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When I searched on Amazon to provide a link, I learned that this book was updated in 2015; whereas the version I read was published nine years ago. So I’m going to *hope* that the updated version is better than this one. It’d be pretty challenging for it to be worse. This is a pretty […]

's CBR7 Review No:199

Because all seven-year-olds deserve superheroes

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrick Backman (Buy on amazon.com)


Elsa is seven, almost eight, and there is an awful lot going on in her life. Her wacky old Granny is her best friend and sometime protector and champion because Elsa is different and is routinely bullied at school. They have their own secret language and a rich and detailed folklore between them. Her parents […]

's CBR7 Review No:191

Jojo! Noooo!

Honeymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes (Buy on amazon.com)


Oh, I did not like this! I feel like one of my new favorite authors just shit all over two couples that I spent an entire 600 page novel falling in love with. Bad Jojo! No no! Jojo Moyes released Honeymoon in Paris as a prequel to The Girl You Left Behind — intending people to read the prequel […]

's CBR7 Review No:190

A royal romance

The Royal We by Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan (Buy on amazon.com)


Ok, I admit I did not have super high expectations for this one. I love the Fug Girls — their blog, which I’ve been reading for a freaking decade, cracks me up — but I found Spoiled and Messy (their two other YA novels) to be fun, but vapid (and in the case of Messy, occasionally annoying). The Royal We seems aimed […]

's CBR7 Review No:189

Yay for more Petra!

Shadow Puppets (Ender's Shadow #3) by Orson Scott Card (Buy on amazon.com)


While I admit that I’m tiring slightly of the Enderverse audiobooks, which I’ve been listening to nonstop for the last couple of months in an attempt to visit stories that I haven’t read in years, as well as fill in any gaps where I’ve missed a book release (god this sentence is long), I must […]

's CBR7 Review No:53

Happy, Beautiful, AND Fat

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


This was one of my must reads for 2015. Willowdean Dickson (self-identifying fat girl) is a Texan teenager with a beauty queen for a mother. Over the summer she falls in love with a coworker named Bo aka Peachbutt. Events conspire and she decides to sign up for the Miss Teen Blue Bell pageant her […]

's CBR7 Review No:52

If Anne Shirley was a Teenager in 2015

Ana of California by Andi Teran (Buy on amazon.com)

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CANNONBALL! It’s always a bit scary reading an adaptation or re-imagining of source material that’s important to you. I loooooooove the Anne of Green Gables series and have loved it ever since my grandparents gave me a box set when I was a little girl. There is serious magic in those books and characters. AoGG […]

's CBR7 Review No:19

If Suppiluliuma were here, I wonder what he’d make of the Arab Spring.

1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline (Buy on amazon.com)

1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

In many ways, “the world” of 3200 years ago was vastly different from today. The Torah (or “Hebrew Bible”, if you’re so inclined) wouldn’t be written for another 600 years. If Homer existed, he wouldn’t be born for another 300 years (give or take). Elsewhere in the world, the ancient Puebloans of the American Southwest […]

's CBR7 Review No:198

What a peculiar path I’ve had to take in order to reach you

So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood by Patrick Modiano (Buy on amazon.com)


Our narrator, Jean, is startled out of a light doze by a persistent ringing. It takes some time to it to register that it is his phone. It has been so long since it had rung and he had ceased actually wanting it to ring some time before that. The man on the line identifies […]

's CBR7 Review No:29

Silly Merricat.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Buy on amazon.com)

We Have always lived in the castle

Shirley Jackson’s last full length novel is a startling and unsettling peek behind the curtains of the house at the end of the street that is always dark. The one the neighbor children taunt each other to approach after sunset. It begins with the following: “My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years […]

's CBR7 Review No:50

On a Higher Note

Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells (Buy on amazon.com)


Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells (2015, 350 pages) – I don’t think of myself as a big urban fantasy fan, but I attended Jaye Wells’ writing workshop recently and decided to try one of her books. The series (each book stands alone in Prospero’s War) is a clever concept – magic is real and dangerous. […]