Wildfire At Midnight by Mary Stewart

Star Ratings: Characters: *** (3 stars) Writing:***** (5 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Oh, hello, it’s been nearly a year since I re-visited this dusty old page. I’ve moved house and made some Frighteningly Big Life Decisions in the meantime, so please forgive the lapse. Big changes in life bring withContinue reading “Wildfire At Midnight by Mary Stewart”

Book Review: The Secret Place by Tana French

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Writing:**** (4 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Tana French said in an interview: “You can be a perfectly healthy person without having kids or having a romantic relationship – you can live a full, happy, healthy life. I’m not sure you can do that withoutContinue reading “Book Review: The Secret Place by Tana French”

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: The Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela MacColl

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character development: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 11 and up (murder and strife but not much gore or sex.) The Alcott home is weathering some rough times. There’s not enough money to support a family ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela MacColl”

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: Jackaby by William Ritter

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) Age range recommendation: 13 + (some scares, but nothing wildly inappropriate) A tenacious young Brit takes on a job as assistant to an awkward-but-brilliant private detective in 19th century New England.Continue reading “Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter”

Book Review: Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 14 and up. (Drugs, sex, and rock’n’roll.)  Adults will really like this one, too. I don’t understand old music, or teenage crushes, or Australia. These are not my areasContinue reading “Book Review: Girl Defective by Simmone Howell”

World Book Night: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Friends, cohorts, everyone-but-my-mortal-enemies, I invite you to celebrate World Book Night with me! By “celebrate World Book Night,” I here mean: I have twenty copies of a really excellent book that I’m giving out for free – do you want one?   World Book Night is an annual celebration of books and the joy ofContinue reading “World Book Night: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein”

Book Review of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 8+ Some of you may not know this, but underneath all the fairytale infatuations and my ambitions of piracy, I’m a Voracious, Fervently Devoted admirer of Mr. Lemony Snicket’s life and work. (Actually, youContinue reading “Book Review of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket”

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”