Format: ARC

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 […]

DEPARTMENT ZERO by Paul Crilley – Review

DEPARTMENT ZERO by Paul Crilley – Review
Posted January 16, 2017 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 26 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 […]

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 […]

TIME SIEGE by Wesley Chu – Review

TIME SIEGE by Wesley Chu – Review
Posted November 29, 2016 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 7 Comments

The nitty-gritty: An fantastic, action-packed follow-up to Time Salvager, full of complex characters and relationships, and yes, some time travel! I’m always happy to read a Wesley Chu book, especially since he’s the author of one of my favorite science fiction series, the Tao books. And I always love when a favorite author ventures out and […]

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 […]

I AM PROVIDENCE by Nick Mamatas – Review

I AM PROVIDENCE by Nick Mamatas – Review
Posted August 19, 2016 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 11 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A hilarious romp through the weird world of a Lovecraft convention, narrated by a murder victim and full of strange characters. The crowd drank with an intensity that only comes with the combination of free alcohol, unsuccessful writers, and high stress. Colleen took sips, and the booze flooded her veins. Raul, as it […]

NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff – Review

NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff – Review
Posted August 8, 2016 by Tammy in 5 stars, Reviews / 21 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Hogwarts for assassins! A fantastic start to a new series by one of my favorite authors. Some of you may know I’m a huge fan of Jay Kristoff’s The Lotus War trilogy, and so it was with much excitement that I started reading his newest series. There are many similarities between the two, […]