Daniel O’Malley’s first novel, The Rook, is easily one of my favorite and satisfying books I have read, so I made sure to add Stiletto to my must-read list. I read a few early reviews, so I wasn’t surprised by the fact that Stiletto isn’t a direct sequel to The Rook. In The Rook, we meet Rook Thomas right after she lost her memory and gained her powers. We get to know Thomas as she gets to understand herself. O’Malley crafted a near perfect fantasy thriller with The Rook, and he continues the suspense with a new two new heroes in Stiletto: Felicity, a Pawn; […]
Breath of Fire is the second book in Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles series.This novel picks up moments after the end of book one with our heroine, Catalia Fisa, healing from deadly wounds. She has a knack for playing fast and loose with her life, much to the chagrin of her lover Griffin. Cat is the Kingmaker, she can detect lies from anyone. Possession of her is quite handy for anyone in power. Cat’s mother, Alpha Fisa, would rather manipulate her powers to maintain her iron fist upon the realm. She is basically magical Mommie Dearest. But Cat can steal magic even from […]
Richard Russo is a masterful storyteller. I always enjoy falling into one of his novels, filled with a rich cast of characters. He manages to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary, as he examines common people in small town Americana. This book is a sequel to “Nobody’s Fool” that I read back in 2011. I took a look at that review to see what I had to say about it, as a precursor to this novel. “Russo is one of my favorite authors because of his ability to weave incredible narratives with layered and believable characters. It almost feels […]
As this is a sequel to Me Before You it goes without saying there are spoilers ahead. So stop reading this review if you haven’t read Me Before you. Are you gone now? Last call… After You picks up about two years after Will Traynor’s death. He has left enough money for Louisa to travel around Europe and buy a flat in London. He wanted her to do something with her life but her grief caused her to miss her opportunity to take the fashion course she was accepted in and she has spent the last few months tending bar […]
The second book in the Reckoners series. I felt that Steelheart had a really exciting opening, then was sort of…not exactly boring, but it didn’t live up to the opening. Even so, I really liked the book. Firefight was really good. I liked giving the main character something new to focus on, other than revenge. David has started to wonder if the Reckoners should be killing the Epics or if they could turn them good again. The action travels to a new city, there are new Epics to deal with, as well as our old friend Firefight. There are some […]
Second and final book to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. It’s pretty good, but made me a little bit sad. You can read my full review here.
(This post originally appeared in Persephone Magazine.) Written as a sequel to 2012’s Spin, Catherine McKenzie’s new novella, Spun, checks in with supporting character Amber Sheppard, two years after the last book finished. It’s a story about grief, addiction, and celebrity culture, but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as its predecessor. Spin told the tale of Kate Sandford, sent to rehab to spy on It-Girl Amber Sheppard for a gossip rag, all while Kate comes to terms with her alcoholism. While light in tone and an easy read, I enjoyed the book for its insight into recognizing one’s flaws and […]