4 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Non Fiction

Book Review: Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

★ ★ ★ ★ One of my reading intentions this year was to read more nonfiction, and this was an excellent choice for my first read of 2019. Dead Mountain is riveting and informative nonfiction through the perspective of documentary filmmaker and author, Donnie Eichar, who sets out to piece together the mystery that is… Continue reading Book Review: Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

3 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: Northwood by Maryse Meijer

★ ★ ★ Northwood is a novella told in beautifully written passages and free-verse poetry, about an artist who flees to the woods to pursue her artwork in isolation. What begins is a tainted, violent love affair with a married man—and the struggle between desire and obsession, and the brutal nature of intimacy. Meijer has crafted… Continue reading Book Review: Northwood by Maryse Meijer

4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: Caged by Ellison Cooper

★ ★ ★ ★ An impressive debut by Ellison Cooper, Caged was a well crafted and disturbing thriller that felt like an episode from Criminal Minds, with a kickass female lead! Sayer is a neuroscientist with the FBI, who specializes in the brain of serial killers. When a young woman's body is discovered in a cage in… Continue reading Book Review: Caged by Ellison Cooper

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Book Review: The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey

★ ★ ★ Blind River is a town you would not want to be caught in but makes for the ideal atmospheric thriller that everyone should be reading this fall. Gale Massey takes you to a small town in America where we focus on the Elders family—Jamie Elders is nineteen-years-old, trying to escape from the small… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey

2 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal

★ ★ A panoramic thriller that begins with a missing body from a small town morgue, A People's History of the Vampire Uprising was a title that I was anticipating when I heard about it. As soon as my summer semester wind down, I reached for this, unable to wait any longer, but after a… Continue reading Book Review: A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal

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Book Review: English Animals by Laura Kaye

★ ★ ★ ★ Laura Kaye's novel, English Animals, is an impressive debut. A domestic drama set in the English countryside that gives a fresh perspective on art, belonging, temptation and sex, physical and emotional violence, and cultural differences. Mirka is a Slovakian woman who believes she has accepted a job as an au pair for Sophie and Richard,… Continue reading Book Review: English Animals by Laura Kaye

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Book Review: As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

★ ★ ★ ★ What a breathtaking introduction to Susan Meissner's novels. A thoughtful, heartwrenching story set in 1918, Philadelphia during the Great War, as the Spanish Flu makes its way to the shores of America. It's told from the perspective of the Bright women; Pauline and her three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa, as they… Continue reading Book Review: As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

3 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Non Fiction

Book Review: You Do You by Sarah Knight

★ ★ ★ Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together, released her latest title, You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want in November of 2017. I’ve heard a lot… Continue reading Book Review: You Do You by Sarah Knight

Book Reviews, Recommendations

Favorite Reads of 2017

Once again, a year has come to an end, and we need to talk about the favorite books we've read! Out of the 75 books (21,882 pages) I read in the year of 2017, only three of the books were 5-star reads for me. Now it's already known that I do not give books 5-stars often,… Continue reading Favorite Reads of 2017

4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties By Carmen Maria Machado

★ ★ ★ ★ Her Body and Other Parties is a riveting 8-story collection that is a gritty, provocative debut. It's a fusion of magical realism, horror, supernatural and fantasy that focuses on women's lives and their bodies. In general, I am not fond of short story collections, but this is outstanding work. After each… Continue reading Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties By Carmen Maria Machado