Novel reviews


Book review: The Secret Rooms

Nonfiction generally isn’t my thing. I read it occasionally when interest warrants, but mostly, I stick to my sci-fi and fantasy. But when this book crossed my path first, years ago, I had to put it on a TBR pile to consider for later. And last month, when I realized my library had it, it…


Novel Review: Awakening

I was very kindly given a copy of this book from Full Fathom Five through NetGalley in return for an honest review – Many thanks! Sometimes, you get used to a genre and it’s conventions. It’s comfortable. You pick the book up and you know you can count on certain things. And the sometimes you…


Novel review: Firelight

Firelight, the first book in the Darkest London series, is a supernatural romantic adventure of a different sort. When Miranda’s ruined father announces that she is to wed the much-gossiped-about and terrible Lord Archer (well, he says it’s her choice – but he also says he’ll throw her out of the house either way) she’s…


Novel Review: Deadlands: Ghostwalkers

This book was very kindly provided by Tor through Net Galley in return for an honest review. _________ Let’s get this out of the way first — I love Deadlands.   For those who aren’t familiar with it, Deadlands is a tabletop RPG combining the Old West setting with the mad science of pulp novels…


Novel Review: Hero

Hero is the second book in the Woodcutter Sisters series, and where the first followed Sunday, this one followed Saturday (and as the next book stars Friday, so I guess we’re going backward along the days of the week?) who’s off on her heroic journey.   And like the first book, I liked it okay,…


Manga review: Sword and Mist Vol. 1

Zhen, an assassin, known as a Wolf, is hired to take out a horrifying official known for torturing young women to death. When the Wolf finds his target, he also finds himself drawn to the alluring women the villain is eyeing as his own next target. He figures he can take care of two things…


Book Review: How Buffett Does It

Investing in the stock market may be one of the most hyped occupations in the world for stakes and glitz, but oddly enough, this little book makes it sound both approachable… and mundane. In a good way.


Novel Review: A Red-Rose Chain

One of the biggest problems with a book you can’t put down is that once it’s done, you have THAT MUCH LONGER TO WAIT until you get the next one. I suppose you could say it’s a good problem to have, but it also REALLY sucks at first!   Toby is gaining something of a…


Book review: Empty Mansions

When a search for a new home leads to discovering a huge, wildly expensive home which apparently had been owned and maintained but not lived in for decades, a journalist decided to look into the history behind them. What he found was a remarkable woman whose life was one of secrecy and incredible generosity.


Novel review: Getting Wilde

There’s also usually at least one, usually more, excessively hot love interest. It’s comfort reading, a pure vein of escapism. You know what you want coming in, and the best ones feed that need with enough of a twist to let their heroine stick in your memory.   And this is one of the good…