0 In Review

Review: The Whisper Man by Alex North

Alex North is a pseudonym for an already-established crime author whose identity I very much wish I knew, because I have desperately got to get my hands on everything they’ve written. When Book of the Month included more than one thriller on August’s list, I picked The Turn of the Key but quickly regretted not nabbing The Whisper Man as an add-on, because I had heard nothing but amazing things. However I was able to snag a copy off someone on Facebook for…

Continue Reading →

0 In Review

Review: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

If you follow me on social media, or at least run in the same circles as me, then you’ll know there was a point on Friday of this last week when I had made it about 100 pages into this book and plaintively asked on several Facebook groups, “does this shit ever pick up the pace?” – I said it more sweetly and very demure, of course. I’m a delicate, feminine flower. About half the people told me it would…

Continue Reading →

0 In Review

Review: The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

I expected to like The Gifted School just ‘okay,’ to be totally candid. It came to me as a Book of the Month offering, and I shrugged and selected it. Mostly because I had already received a copy of Lock Every Door, which was my #1 choice, from a wonderful blog tour group. So truth be told, if it hadn’t shown up on BotM, I probably would have never looked twice at The Gifted School. But let me just say right now: I…

Continue Reading →

1 In Blog Tour/ Review

Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

First and foremost, I’d like to thank the team over at The Fantastic Flying Book Club for giving me a spot on the blog tour for one of my most anticipated reads of the year, Riley Sager’s Lock Every Door! I was so excited I squealed when I got the email – I had been in the process of preordering the book when it came through – and our buddies at Dutton were sweet enough to send a copy to me…

Continue Reading →

0 In Review

Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

You probably saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith when you were younger, right? Sexy, kick-ass power couple that also just happens to be spies? If not you probably saw Spy Kids which was abhorrent, but the same sort of deal – a normal family, that is secretly spies. Only in this case, the kids have no idea mom and dad have a secret life. And that secret life is not related to being a secret agent – actually, mom and dad…

Continue Reading →

1 In Review

Review: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Guess who’s got two thumbs and finally has her blog back under her jurisdiction set up the way she likes? Take my advice, kids: don’t host with GoDaddy. Or if you do, and your site is set to expire but you can’t afford to pay the arm and a leg they are asking to renew it, know that when they say they’re going to take your site down they mean it. And that if you want it back, you’ll have…

Continue Reading →

7 In Wrap Up

February Wrap-Up

It seems like my new schtick is waiting until days into a month before I write a wrap-up post for the month prior. Is this for any particular reason? No. Do I know why I continue to do this? Nope. What I do know, though, is that I read 4 books in February – a lot of books for the shortest month of the year, and probably what contributed to my amazingly huge reading slump at the tail end of the…

Continue Reading →

9 In Review

Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

As you might have guessed by now, I read from pretty much two genres: young adult, and domestic thrillers. I bounce back and forth between the two with pretty regular dependability, and occasionally I read a young adult domestic thriller. But by and large I tend to not believe anyone when they say that XYZ Book is the thriller of the year, the latest and greatest, the … whatever, Becky, it’s about a husband and wife and one of them killed…

Continue Reading →

11 In Review

Review: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

I read a lot of what can be considered the “standard” Maureen Johnson fare back in high school – you know, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, that sort of thing. But because romances were never really my style, I was never intrigued by anything else she wrote – I was young and silly and put her in a “gross, ew, touchy-feely love ewwww” box and made sure that bitch was shut tight with a nail gun. However, last year I got that box…

Continue Reading →

8 In Review

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

I always have a very hard time writing reviews for sequels, because I like for all of my reviews to be uniform in their non-spoilery goodness. Have 99% of you already read this entire series? Probably. Do I want to keep it spoiler-free for the 1% who haven’t? Yes. Especially with the advent of Stiefvater’s new, Ronan-centric series coming out, I want to be sure my Raven Cycle reviews are fun and fresh without being life ruiners. Rating:  How I’d…

Continue Reading →