Category: Reviews

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber – Review

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber – Review
Posted January 23, 2017 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 17 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 […]

METRONOME by Oliver Langmead – Review

METRONOME by Oliver Langmead – Review
Posted January 20, 2017 by Tammy in 4 1/2 stars, Reviews / 16 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A magical and thrilling adventure into the world of dreams. It looks as if someone has attempted to build a clock but did not know when to stop. It is a cataclysm of clockwork parts in synchronized motion arranged in the shape of a frigate. The ship has no sails, barely any hull […]

DEPARTMENT ZERO by Paul Crilley – Review

DEPARTMENT ZERO by Paul Crilley – Review
Posted January 16, 2017 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 23 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A clever, inter-dimensional homage to Lovecraft & Co., with lots of action, snark and humor. So here’s the thing. When I set off after the guy who stole the spear, I really didn’t expect to end the night chained to an altar in the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral while my blood is […]

HEARTSTONE by Elle Katharine White – Review

HEARTSTONE by Elle Katharine White – Review
Posted January 13, 2017 by Tammy in 4 1/2 stars, Reviews / 29 Comments

The nitty-gritty: An imaginative Pride and Prejudice retelling that will delight readers with its incredible world-building, deft characterizations and thrilling action. When I heard this book described as “Pride and Prejudice with dragons,” my first reaction was “Yes!” But then I thought, “Huh? That sounds…weird?” This was an odd book for me because of the […]

THE LAST HARVEST by Kim Liggett – Review

THE LAST HARVEST by Kim Liggett – Review
Posted January 9, 2017 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 13 Comments

The nitty-gritty: The devil, teens and wheat fields collide in Liggett’s latest terrifying story. Once again, Kim Liggett tackles the irresistible combination of teenagers and horror. In her debut Blood and Salt, she set her story in the corn fields. This time the story revolves around wheat fields (OK Kim what’s up with the crop stories??) […]

HAVEN, KANSAS by Alethea Kontis – Review

HAVEN, KANSAS by Alethea Kontis – Review
Posted January 2, 2017 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 8 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Heart-pounding horror meets a touching story about friendship and family bonds. It’s an odd thing that I start 2017 off by reading three very similar books in a row (and those reviews will all be up in the next week or so). It wasn’t planned, it just shook out that way. If you’ve […]

CONGRESS OF SECRETS by Stephanie Burgis – Review

CONGRESS OF SECRETS by Stephanie Burgis – Review
Posted December 29, 2016 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 8 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Another winning story from Burgis, filled with political schemes, historical intrigue and plenty of secrets. I really enjoyed Burgis’ Masks and Shadows earlier this year, and so I didn’t hesitate at all when I was offered a review copy of Congress of Secrets. Burgis sets her latest in 1814 Vienna, during the famous […]

GEMINA by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Review

GEMINA by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Review
Posted December 26, 2016 by Tammy in 5 stars, Reviews / 6 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A feast for the eyes, Gemina surpasses Illuminae in both story and format. This is one science fiction series you need to be reading! According to Goodreads, I finished Gemina on December 7th, which was about three weeks ago. Due to life-stuff, I haven’t posted any reviews since then, which I feel terrible […]