This dark fantasy is Game of Thrones meets The Night Circus and will appeal to any fans of realistic fantasy. The first book of a three part trilogy (part 3 releases February 2017), A Darker Shade of Magic is an outstanding novel that will enthrall readers and insure you are up late reading “just one more page.” There is not one London, but four. There is the world of Henry III, a Grey London without magic. There is Red London, where magic is in balance. White London, a world where magic is starved. And Black London, a world overwhelmed by […]
This book keeps popping up on book lists everywhere and then someone in our book club picked it, but then changed her mind to have us read Just Mercy instead (this was last year which is why I don’t have a review for it). But…I had already purchased the book and so I decided that eventually I would get to it. After reading The Kind Worth Killing I realized that I’ve been missing suspense and mystery in my life. Soooo…I turned to The Woman in Cabin 10. Sold as a type of “locked room mystery”, Lo (Lauren Blacklock) is […]
I’ll just start this off by saying that I didn’t like this book…at all. I was sucked in by Amazon’s statement, “for readers of Rainbow Rowell and Maria Semple” who like offbeat characters and subtle humor or some such nonsense. It’s 100% not funny. Not even once did I giggle or even crack a smile while reading this book. No, dear friends, do not fall for this at all because it’s simply not true, the main character is not funny–she’s a nightmare and nothing she’s doing seems to have any comedic effect. Instead I kept thinking, “How is this person […]
One of my students recommended Don’t Get Caught to me and said it was pretty great. I’ll say that it was pretty ok. I enjoyed it well enough but I’m definitely not quite the audience for it anymore. I guarantee that had I read this in high school that I would’ve tried to start my own Chaos Club myself…but now? Not so much. Here’s some basic plot stuff: Max is pretty much a blend in kind of guy which is kind of good (he doesn’t get picked on) but kind of bad (because no one notices him). One day he […]
My son Tommy and I just finished reading Crimebiters 2 together and it was pretty cute. I was always partial to Nancy Drew, The Charisma series (girl spies! who are models! and can do cool stuff!) and (The New) Encyclopedia Brown books (now very old because I am very old) when I was a kid because I have always liked a good mystery. My son seems to enjoy a good mystery too because he brought this book home from his book fair along with his usual animal book staples (I honestly don’t know if we needed another book about […]
So far the year of 2017 has been a dumpster fire for multiple reasons…many of those reasons you can guess, but also because I haven’t been able to find a book that I could lose myself in. It’s my turn for my book club selection and so I was feeling the pressure of trying to find something that ten women might like–no small feat. I’m glad that when I made my search for “suspenseful books” on the Internet that when I read the blurb about The Kind Worth Killing the comparisons were to Strangers on a Train as opposed to […]
Before it becomes way to late to express my gratitude, I want to thank Alexis for the awesome books she sent as part of the Cannonball 8 Book exchange. Winger by Andrew Smith and Uprooted by Naomi Novik have been on my TBR list and high up at that. Now I have a good excuse to bump them all the way to the top. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is new to me, but I’m always looking for new fantasy series to jump into. I’m looking forward to some good reading in 2017!
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