Category: 3 1/2 stars

STRANGE PRACTICE by Vivian Shaw – Review

STRANGE PRACTICE by Vivian Shaw – Review
Posted August 3, 2017 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 20 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A modern-day supernatural mystery cloaked in Victorian garb, with monsters. When I first saw the cover of Strange Practice, I knew it was going to be different from other books I’ve read. This is exactly the kind of cover that grabs my attention: quirky, brightly colored, and there is obviously an interesting story […]

THE TRUANTS by Lee Markham – Review

THE TRUANTS by Lee Markham – Review
Posted July 7, 2017 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 20 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A visceral and bloody tale of a power struggle between two vampires. On the train, in the tunnels, it is quiet. Nearly last train. Everyone is detritus. As is she. She closes her eyes and floats. Her hands are getting colder. Her heart feels weak. Her wrist aches. Throbs. Insistently. She goes to […]

IDLE INGREDIENTS by Matt Wallace – Review

IDLE INGREDIENTS by Matt Wallace – Review
Posted February 10, 2017 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 18 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Not my favorite of the books so far, but still a very funny and imaginative installment in the Sin du Jour series. At some point I thought maybe Matt Wallace’s series would start to feel “been there, done that,” but thankfully, he seems to have an unlimited supply of humorous fodder up his sleeves, […]

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber – Review

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber – Review
Posted January 23, 2017 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 23 Comments

The nitty-gritty: More Alice in Wonderland than The Night Circus, Garber’s debut is full of atmosphere and magic, but left me confused and scratching my head as well. I was so excited when I won a copy of Caraval from Goodreads, and I was even more excited when I got my act together and read […]

THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike – Review

THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike – Review
Posted October 31, 2016 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 16 Comments

Translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm The nitty-gritty: An atmospheric and creepy ghost story that kept me turning the pages, but ultimately suffered from awkward writing and plotting. I thought it would be nice to close out the month with a ghost story, especially since today is Halloween! I was initially drawn to The Graveyard Apartment […]