review: the purest hook

The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole (2017) I have found a new author to add to my list of favorites, and her name is Scarlett Cole. Look. The Purest Hook is packed with loads of dramatic tension and I was tense the whole time I was reading. I can only admire a book that evokes... Continue Reading →

review: after we fall

After We Fall by Melanie Harlow (2016) If this is the only sentence you read, here’s what you need to know: read this book if you love romance novels. It’s the first novel to get a five-star rating from me this year and I want to read more books by Melanie Harlow. After We Fall... Continue Reading →

review: hard limit

Note: This is the fourth book in Meredith Wild's Hacker series.  The first book in the series is Hardwired. If you haven't read the first three books, there will inevitably be spoilers below. Hard Limit by Meredith Wild (2014) I have to be honest.  I had a really difficult time putting this book down and... Continue Reading →

review: the phantom of the opera

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (1909) This book has been sitting in my to-be-read pile for quite a long time.  I have not seen any adaptations of the novel, but I have wanted to see the Broadway musical for a long, long time.  When I picked up the book a week ago... Continue Reading →

review: dead beat

Note: Dead Beat is the 7th book in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.  If you haven't read the previous books in the series, you may want to look away now. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (2005) There's a tiny part of me that has been reluctant to post reviews for the books in... Continue Reading →

review: wicked

Spoiler Alert: Wicked is the fifth book in Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series.  If you haven’t read the first four books and want to avoid spoilers, this is the time to look away. Wicked by Sara Shepard (2008) Okay, I admit it.  I was a little skeptical about how this series would keep going... Continue Reading →

review: unbelievable

Spoiler Alert: Unbelievable is the fourth book in Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series.  If you haven’t read the first three books and don’t want to have parts of the plot spoiled for you, look away now. Unbelievable by Sara Shepard (2008) A few days ago, my father asked me what I was reading, and... Continue Reading →

review: perfect

Note: If you watch Pretty Little Liars, the television series on ABC Family, I should say that I have only watched about 2/3 of the first season and that based upon what I have seen, the series diverges from the books.  So I have no idea if I will be spoiling the TV show with... Continue Reading →

review: the sea of monsters

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (2006) The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (following The Lightning Thief).  I think this series belongs to the “middle grade” genre of children’s literature, but don’t let that put you off.  Adult readers will enjoy this book, too,... Continue Reading →

book review: sandman slim

Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey (2009) I’m worried that I’m about to sound like a broken record, but I’m not going to let that stop me.  Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey is the first novel in an urban fantasy series.  Yes, another first novel in a series.  If you haven’t caught on yet, I like... Continue Reading →

review: the talented mr. ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955) I’m not exactly sure what my expectations were before I started reading The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, and I haven’t seen the 1999 film version with Matt Damon and Jude Law, so I didn’t already “know” the story.   What I can say is that I... Continue Reading →

review: persuasion

Persuasion by Jane Austen (1818) Persuasion was Jane Austen’s last completed novel, and it was published alongside Emma after her death.  Last novels have always had a special interest for me, and Persuasion is no exception.  This is the third novel that I’ve read by Austen (and it’s worth noting that I read Austen for... Continue Reading →

review: hounded

Hounded by Kevin Hearne (2011) As much as I try to read what is already on my bookshelf or loaded onto my Kindle, there are times when I just want to buy a new, shiny book.  This is how I discovered Hounded by Kevin Hearne.  I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to read and... Continue Reading →

review: high fidelity

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (1995) An intriguing fun fact: High Fidelity is a first novel.  I read Juliet, Naked last year and thought it was okay but not great, and got about halfway through A Long Way Down before putting it down and never picking it back up.  I have wanted to love a... Continue Reading →

review: loitering with intent

Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark (1981) I discovered Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark by accident last year when I was reviewing novels to teach in a class focused on the 20th century British novel.  I just completed my third reading of this book, and with each reading I like it more and more.... Continue Reading →

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