Book Review: The Sleeper And The Spindle

Writing: ***** (5 stars) Illustration: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 10 and up (So long as readers are familiar with the likes of Grimm’s fairy tales and know that things can get ugly.  Previous knowledge of the original Sleeping Beauty/Snow White stories will help.) The Sleeper and The Spindle, writtenContinue reading “Book Review: The Sleeper And The Spindle”

Book Review: The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

Star Ratings: Characters: **** Character Development: *** Plot: *** Writing: *** Overall: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) Age Range recommendation: 16+ (horror, sexual violence, math.) The Supernatural Enhancements is a cryptograph mystery, a haunted house horror story, and a Southern Gothic as seen by Europeans. It’s made up of diary entries, transcribed conversations, letters, and more.Continue reading “Book Review: The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero”

Book Review: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Overall: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) Age recommendation: 13 and up (scary stuff, some language) The South has swamps; and mosquitoes; and yards full of decaying cars, rotting pieces of other houses. The South has church groupsContinue reading “Book Review: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff”

Book Review: Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) I would need both my hands and somebody else’s to count the number of times that Sunshine has been recommended to me.  Rosie has been so fervent that I might stillContinue reading “Book Review: Sunshine by Robin McKinley”

Book Review: Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour

Star Ratings for Thorn Jack Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 13 and up Thorn Jack first caught my eye because I liked the title and the skull on the front. But, lest I be accused of judgingContinue reading “Book Review: Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour”

Book Review : The Quick by Lauren Owen (coming out June, 2014)

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: *** (3 stars) (Let it be hereby stated that I read an advanced reader’s edition of The Quick, which may still be waiting on final edits.) When a friend and colleague of mine at the bookshopContinue reading “Book Review : The Quick by Lauren Owen (coming out June, 2014)”

Review of The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

  Star Ratings Characters: **** Character Development: *** Plot: *** Writing: *** Overall: *** Age range recommendation: 16 + I picked up The Daylight Gate to give Jeanette Winterson a second chance to impress me. When I saw that she had just published a new novel based on the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612 IContinue reading “Review of The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson”

Archived Review: The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on March 26, 2013.   Since this is an anthology of short stories, the star ratings will be slightly different. Star Ratings: Writing: *** (3 stars. The authors chose to present their stories in their raw and largely unedited forms: notes in the margins point out what they wouldContinue reading “Archived Review: The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff”

Archived Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on February 12, 2012 Star Ratings Characters: *** (3 Stars) Character Development: ** (2 Stars) Plot: *** (3 Stars) Writing: *** (3 Stars) Overall: *** (3 Stars) Age Range Recommendation: Young Adult I have very mixed feelings about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The concept of the novelContinue reading “Archived Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs”

Archived Review: The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on November 5, 2011 Star Ratings Characters:**** (4 stars) Character Development:*** (3 stars) Plot:***** (5 stars) Writing:*** (3 stars) Overall:****(4 stars) Age Range Recommendation: Ages 14 and up. (Frightening ideas and some graphic violence.) Hello my poor neglected readers.  I had fully intended to review The Haunting of AlaizabelContinue reading “Archived Review: The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding”