REVIEW: Where Darkness Blooms

“There are a lot of strange things in this town,” Evan said slowly, “It’s best to keep the strangest one close to be safe.” Delilah, Jude, Whitney and Bo are teenage girls who live together and are desperately trying to find their mothers who went missing. The town seems overall disinterested in solving the mystery.Continue reading “REVIEW: Where Darkness Blooms”

Pub Day REVIEW: The Spice Road

“The soul is neither static nor finite; we feed it our entire lives through our choices. Injustice shrinks one’s soul; generosity expands it. Acts of selflessness fortify it.” ———————– Steeped in Arabian myths with djinn and spice enhanced magic, Imani and her siblings are all training in different ways to defend their city. Their family isContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: The Spice Road”

REVIEW: Sixteen Souls

Charlie is a teenager who had a brush with death and now he can see and communicate with ghosts. He thinks he knows everything about the world beyond until he meets Sam, who is another seer. Then one of his ghostie friends goes missing, and then another… suddenly Charlie realizes that there is a lotContinue reading “REVIEW: Sixteen Souls”

REVIEW: This Woven Kingdom

Alizeh is a djinn living in hiding as a servant. She is a skilled seamstress but lives scrubbing a fancy house, only taking small commissions when she can. One night she is attacked in the street and she accidentally shows just how capable she is… the person who sees her is none other than theContinue reading “REVIEW: This Woven Kingdom”

REVIEW: Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries

Emily Wilde is an adjunct professor on the mission of her lifetime in snowy Ljosland where she is looking to catalog the hidden people, faeries who live in the snow and are rarely seen. She is looking to have her name in the spotlight and for once claim the glory of her findings. Her rivalContinue reading “REVIEW: Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries”

REVIEW: The Stranded

When the world war to end all wars takes place, biological weapons are key. The folks who survive with no virus exposure are people with berths on cruise ships. A whole society is formed with totalitarian leadership that controls everything. The upper decks have it a bit better but the lower decks are rife with crimeContinue reading “REVIEW: The Stranded”

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

December Wrap Up

This month I read 28 books… lots of audiobooks finished as I’ve had a few quiet work weeks without endless conference calls so I could listen while I worked. 🎧 Rough Country* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📱 The Circus Train* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📗 Factory Girls* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ 📱 The Christmas Clash* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ 🎧 All the Dangerous Things* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ 📱 The Witch ofContinue reading “December Wrap Up”

REVIEW: Christmas Clash

Chloe and Peter are teenagers whose parents have rival restaurants in the local mall. They’ve grown up with their parents always being contentious but when the landlord decides to sell and demolish the mall they are forced to work together to try to save their family livelihoods. I enjoyed this story even though I’m notContinue reading “REVIEW: Christmas Clash”

REVIEW: Wind Daughter

Echo North was a lovely wholly perfect fairy tale story about a young girl fighting to be seen and for those who she loved. When I saw that there was a sequel, I was quite surprised, wondering where the story could go. I’m not sure I would call this  a sequel, it’s more of anContinue reading “REVIEW: Wind Daughter”