I was under the impression that The Walled City involved some sort of dystopian/monster/Maze Runner thing all the way up until I read it. It’s actually an action-filled story set in a realistic world. The Walled City, based on an actual city, is a place where criminals live. Our story focuses on three characters: Dai, Jin, and Mei Yee. Dai is secretly working to take down the owner of the city’s biggest drug business. He recruits Jin as his runner, whose job is to run the drugs while Dai waits as collateral. Jin is secretly a girl who is trying […]
“If the road to knowledge was paved with dead children she’d still walk it” I read this book in two days. I stayed up at night, survived work all bleary eyed and then went home to read more. This book is tense, y’all. It opens with Melanie a smart girl, a girl dreaming about greek mythology. She likes Pandora. She likes the name and the box and the hope that is unleashed with the evil. “And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or […]
Eve is a crime reporter for iWitness News, and in her zeal for getting scoops has found herself getting the attention of a serial killer with a penchant for staging very public and gruesome ‘exhibitions’. Juggling caring for her father, who has dementia, with her job, Eve is soon drawn into the killer’s game, putting her ethics on the back burner and giving him the airtime he craves, while putting herself into more and more danger as the ‘game’ progresses. Death wants to claim his maiden, and the maiden just might let him… A fairly decent thriller, this was incredibly […]
I’m a big fan of epistolary novels, oral histories are particularly juicy and fun. Add in robots and aliens? The description sold me instantly! Sadly, the other problem with oral histories is that I inevitably compare them to Max Brooks’ World War Z. I realize that’s incredibly unfair as World War Z is an exceptionally awesome book, but that’s where my bar is set. Sadly, this book is nowhere near the level of World War Z. Short summary: big metal body parts are showing up all over the world. Turns out they belong to a big robot woman built by […]
I love murder mysteries, especially on audio book—my commute just flies by! I especially enjoy murder mysteries with female narrators. It’s safe to assume I really loved Gone Girl. When The Girl on The Train came out, I was an early cheerleader. I “read” it through Audible and the narration was really outstanding, which I think made me like it more than I would have if I had just read the book normally. This is all to say, I came into this book with high hopes. It had to do quite a bit to disappoint me, and boy did it […]
This review/book requires a trigger warning: Graphic depictions of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence and stalking This…is a tough book to recommend to anyone. And yes, you’ll see the high star rating I gave it and wonder how that jives, but my reluctance is purely over the subject matter and not the writing or characters or plot development. The novel follows Catherine Bailey, a British woman who we see alternately in her late twenties and then a few years later (depending on the chapter). There are also parts (including the opening of the book) that take place even further […]
So. Get this. There’s this guy, right? He’s a super-secret, super-smart, super-duper spy person. He’s, like, the youngest of his kind EVER. His parents were viciously killed when he was young, but that’s okay because he was adopted by this really rich couple who loved him and turned him into a super-spy. And now? He’s an all-American hero, strong of jaw and willpower, on the hunt for a super evil radical islamist terrorist who is planning to unleash smallpox into the world. The only question is… WILL OUR HERO STOP HIM IN TIME as they face off in the THEATRE […]
Not actually a cozy mystery! I think this one is technically a thriller.