Staff Pick: The Changeling by Victore Lavalle

My most recent staff pick at the bookshop: Victor Lavalle mixes family drama, horror, folklore, and vivid realism in this absolutely gripping novel about parenthood and American culture. Appollo Kagwa is a “book man” and a father, devoted to his wife Emma and their newborn baby. But Emma’s postpartum depression soon turns into something farContinue reading “Staff Pick: The Changeling by Victore Lavalle”

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”

All Hallows Read: My Favorite NEW Scary Books in 2014

Happy Halloween!  (Cue singing: It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeaarrrr!)  I have had such a busy October that there’s no way I’ll be able to do a semi-thoughtful All Hallows Read post like last year’s.  Sorry!  Check there for a list of scary children’s books I highly recommend for this most joyous ofContinue reading “All Hallows Read: My Favorite NEW Scary Books in 2014”

Book Review – Lockwood & Co #2: The Whispering Skull

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 11 and up It’s rare and exciting that I read more than one book in a series.  Series aren’t often my thing, and even when I do read aContinue reading “Book Review – Lockwood & Co #2: The Whispering Skull”

Book Review: Beware The Wild by Natalie C. Parker (coming out soon!)

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (3 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 12 -18 I read an ARC of Beware The Wild and some details may change before publication! I seriously dig swamp magic.  I mucked around writing half a novelContinue reading “Book Review: Beware The Wild by Natalie C. Parker (coming out soon!)”

Book Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Characters: *** (3 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) I read The Winter People a week ago, but was holding off on a review until I could let the story settle in my mind.  In the meantime, I actually got to meet Jennifer McMahonContinue reading “Book Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon”

Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman (coming out May, 2014)

Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) (It is hereby stated that I read the advanced reader’s copy of Bird Box and a few details might change before publication.) When I wrote my preview of Bird Box after meeting Josh Malerman at theContinue reading “Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman (coming out May, 2014)”

Four New Books from HarperCollins: The Bookshelf Pirate Has Dinner With Authors

People keep making the mistake of letting me out into public. A pirate on cold medicine in a restaurant full of book people: this situation had the potential to end in broken glass, spoiled endings, and elaborate apologies. But, for reasons which continue to befuddle yet flatter me, my coworkers and other literary grown-ups keepContinue reading “Four New Books from HarperCollins: The Bookshelf Pirate Has Dinner With Authors”

Book Review: Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase is supposedly for middle grade readers and young adults, and I know my most morbid friends and I would have absolutely adored it at that age,Continue reading “Book Review: Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud”