's CBR7 Review No:11

My Troubling Addiction: Pretty Little Liars (reviews 8-11)

Pretty Little Liars (Box Set: 1 through 4) by Sara Shepard (Buy on amazon.com)

Guys, I had a really scary couple of days. I somehow started reading Pretty Little Liars and before I knew it, I was finishing book four. While I don’t exactly regret what I’ve done I’m also very aware that that’s about six hours of my life I’m not going to get back. I feel weird […]

's CBR7 Review No:75

There’s a strange future in your past

The Nevermen by Phil Amara and Guy Davis (Buy on amazon.com)

nevermen trade

I have been a fan of Guy Davis’ art and work since I got into The Marquis a million years ago. He also teamed up with another favorite of mine, Mike Mignola to produce some great work on B.P.R.D. I love his crazy scary and creepy beasties (c’mon, an octopus-headed villain in a fez!! A […]

's CBR7 Review No:74

Does success make you happy, or is being happy success?

Picnic in Provence A Memoir with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard (Buy on amazon.com)


This is Elizabeth Bard’s second book, detailing her continued adventures as an Americaine married to a Frenchman. The book begins with Elizabeth and Gwendal still living in Paris and starting a family. Gwendal’s business, ushering in the digital age in European cinema, is successful and stressful. He works long hours and feels more removed from […]

's CBR7 Review No:54

A Tessa Dare book with reformed pirates!

Surrender of a Siren (Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #2) by Tessa Dare (Buy on amazon.com)

surrender of a siren

I call this one a solid 3.5 stars. It started out really strong for me, and finished slightly less so for reasons I can’t put a finger on, but I’ll get into nitty-gritties after a quick plot summary from Goodreads: “Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her […]

's CBR7 Review No:36

Have Fun Storming the Castel

All For You by Laura Florand (Buy on amazon.com)

Five years ago, Joss Castel* left Celie and everything he knew behind to join the French Foreign Legion. He wanted to be more for her, better, to lay the foundation of a life together outside the tenements they had grown up in. The only problem is that he did not tell Celie any of this. […]

's CBR7 Review No:2

I Wanna Marry Freddie…

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

The Royal We cover

(I know, I know.  I’ve been slacking on my CBR duties, mostly due to a crippling fear of being unable to live up to anything I wrote about gay billionaire jet planes. But hopefully this will get me back in the swing of things!)  Full disclosure: I have been a Go Fug Yourself super-fan for years, […]

's CBR7 Review No:9

Close but no cigar.

All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen (Buy on amazon.com)


This book made me sad because I wanted to love it and I couldn’t so more than like it.  The characters were solid and the dialogue wasn’t bad but everything else was lacking.  I mean, I enjoyed the plot, but I can’t really give Lev AC Rosen credit for that, since All Men of Genius […]

's CBR7 Review No:60

Well, this was kind of terrible

The City by Dean Koontz (Buy on amazon.com)

Look, I know that Dean Koontz is hardly a literary genius, but I’ve been reading him since middle school and I enjoy his books. They can be repetitive, and once you notice what kind of themes and characters he likes to re-use, it’s hard to unsee that. But I like his flowery, occasionally babbling style, […]

's CBR7 Review No:59

Terrifying time travel

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Buy on amazon.com)


How have I never read anything by Octavia Butler before? This book was fantastic, and I have got to find more of her work — does anyone have any suggestions?? Kindred stars a black woman named Dana, who lives in California in the 1970s. On her 26th birthday, she starts to feel dizzy, then suddenly […]

's CBR7 Review No:24

Becky needs an intervention.

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella (Buy on amazon.com)


Shopaholic to the Stars is the latest (the seventh?) book about Becky Bloomwood Brandon, a London girl obsessed with shopping. Over the past six books, she’s found herself in pretty much every single ridiculous plot situation imaginable, all while spending large amounts of cash in order to buy fashionable clothes. She’s kooky, but she has […]

's CBR7 Review No:33

IKEA Instructions Are Equally Terrifying

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix (Buy on amazon.com)


Horrorstor has been sitting on my GoodReads list of books to read for a long time now, so imagine my surprise when I popped into my local library to grab some less boring bedtime reading materials for my minions and there it was, sitting all shiny and new…waiting for me. The premise is pretty simple. […]

's CBR7 Review No:15

This is not actually a book about birds.

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson (Buy on amazon.com)

not actually a book about birds, per se

Well this was a surprisingly delightful little book. Mr. Malik is a “short, round, balding brown man”–a sixty-something widower with a comb-over.  After his wife’s death, on his doctor’s advice, he picked up a hobby: birds.  Every Tuesday morning, he joins the East African Ornithological Society bird walk,  led by Rose Mbikwa, Scottish widow of a […]