Category Archives: General Fiction

Rival, by Lacy Yager (2013)

Imagine your boyfriend is trying to beat the crap out of you, and you end up hating him because he gave up on you before he could finish you off. That’s the dilemma Emily finds herself in at the beginning … Continue reading

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Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell (2013)

Eighteen-year-old Cather has a lot going on in her life. She’s beginning her freshman year in college, and young wizard, Simon, and his vampire roommate, Baz, are taking up all of her time. Cather’s a student at that special school … Continue reading

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Vatican Waltz, by Roland Merullo

(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Cynthia Piantedosi has always been different from her peers. In high school, when other girls were obsessed with boys and parties, Cynthia found her fulfillment in prayer. She was … Continue reading

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The Possession: Writer’s Block Trilogy #1, by A.K. Kuykendaal (2012)

“The Possession” is a hard book to review. I just want to say that up top. For the first half, “The Possession” feels like a mash-up of “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Dark Half,” and “Child’s Play.” It’s clunky and hard to … Continue reading

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At Her Feet, by Rebekah Weatherspoon (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley) One night, while waiting for her porn to load, Suzanne Kim tires of surfing the gossip sites, and just on a lark checks her Kinklife … Continue reading

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Noah’s Rainy Day (Liv Bergen Mystery #4), by Sandra Brannan (2013)

Trapped Inside a Beautiful Mind (nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) Noah is twelve years old, and he wants to be a spy. He has the makings of a good one, … Continue reading

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The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen, by Diana Prichard, illustrated by Heather Devlin Knopf (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) It’s a happy coincidence that “The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen” crossed my desk today. My friend Kelcie and I had just finished making plans … Continue reading

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Burning Blue, by Michael Kannengiesler (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) Jack Chase is a good cop who made a bad decision. One night, he overhears how a drug bust is going to go down. He … Continue reading

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This Song Will Save Your Life, by Leila Sales (2013)

Achieving the Perfect Mix (nb: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) Sixteen-year-old Elise Dembowski says she was born to be unpopular. She’s precocious and works hard. She’s not extremely beautiful, and she missed … Continue reading

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Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Benson #1), by Lisa Renee Jones (2013)

Steamy Suspense Amy Reynolds is enjoying a fundraiser at the New York museum where she works. She goes into the ladies room, and there’s an envelope taped to the mirror. Inside is a key with a cryptic note. She’s in … Continue reading

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