REVIEW: The Sanatorium

Elin is a detective visiting an exclusive new hotel built on the site of an old sanatorium to celebrate her brother’s engagement. She is on leave after a big case and deciding the future of her career but also looking to reconcile her feelings about her brother. They suffered a loss as children and haveContinue reading “REVIEW: The Sanatorium”

REVIEW: The Black Kids

“The world doesn’t let black children be children for very long.” ———————— Ashley is a girl of wealth and privilege living in LA in the 90’s. She is one of a handful of Black kids who all come from different backgrounds and aren’t really friends. We start with Ashley’s life with her mostly white,  privileged friendsContinue reading “REVIEW: The Black Kids”

REVIEW: What’s Mine and Yours

This is the story of two families in rural North Carolina, we see their lives through several decades. Both families have challenging socioeconomic circumstances, they’ve dealt with violence, substance abuse and criminal activity. Their lives crash when the local schools integrate and we see one family who is white passing and one who is definitivelyContinue reading “REVIEW: What’s Mine and Yours”

REVIEW: Before I Let Go

Yasmen and Josiah have a marriage all of their friends envy but after a year of loss their marriage has ended and they’ve moved on to being business partners and co-parents. They are navigating their new reality trying to balance their children’s reactions and their own feelings. I thought this was a very real andContinue reading “REVIEW: Before I Let Go”

2022 Reading By the numbers

300 books 101,945 pages204 Netgalley / ARC / Author request 66 Backlist 67 Audiobook 231 Female 87 BIPOC author 32 Contemporary 57 Historical Fiction 100 Fantasy / Scifi 43 Thriller / Mystery 17 Horror 26 Romance 24 Non-fiction 1 Graphic Novel 7 DNF

REVIEW: Cut to the Bone

When a bus full of high schoolers go missing and the first one turns up dead in a ritualistic killing, Agent Sayer from the FBI is called in to crack the case. Quickly the case becomes more and more complicated as they fight to find the other missing students before they too are killed. SayerContinue reading “REVIEW: Cut to the Bone”

November Wrap Up

This month felt a little slower, I only read 20 books. I did have one DNF but I’m most proud of myself for digging deep in the Netgalley queue to knock a few more of my 2020 backlist. I finally hit 50%! 📗 Sugaring Off* ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📘 Fatty Fatty Boom Boom* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📕 Nightbitch* – DNF at 25%Continue reading “November Wrap Up”

REVIEW: Color Me In

“IT ISN’T MY FAULT I WAS BORN LIKE THIS!” I shriek. “Yeah. Me either, and yet I’m the one who always has to defend my right to be alive.” —————– This is one of those books that is challenging to review. It was challenging to read. And I think that’s the point. Color Me InContinue reading “REVIEW: Color Me In”

October Wrap Up

A little late but better late than never, in October I read 25.5 books. Yes, I finally finished Empire of the Vampire. 😰 📱 Lark Ascending* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📘 Our Shadows Have Claws* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📱 The Witch and the Tsar* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📕 Sanctuary ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📗 The Boys from Biloxi* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🎧 The Oleander Sword ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📱Continue reading “October Wrap Up”

REVIEW: Stoker’s Manuscript

When a rare book dealer is asked to source and authenticate the original Dracula manuscript by Bram Stoker, he ends up mired in a centuries old Transylvanian family feud. Once an orphan in Romania, he is forced to return to his homeland to meet his client – the son of Vlad the Impaler. He quicklyContinue reading “REVIEW: Stoker’s Manuscript”