Review: Dictator

Dictator by Robert Harris My rating: 5 of 5 stars An absolutely fantastic conclusion to a spectacular historical-fiction trilogy. As someone who is quite familiar with the Classics — even spending a year studying Cicero’s writings — I am overjoyed with how Robert Harris has managed to make historical fact seem like a story he […]

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Review: Rules for a Knight

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke My rating: 4 of 5 stars *3.5/5 This book reminded me a good deal of Warrior of the Light by Paulo Coelho. Both books are more like manuals on how to live a “good” life than any kind of novel, but written in ways that don’t come across […]

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Review: Written in Fire

Written in Fire by Marcus Sakey My rating: 4 of 5 stars **Thank you to Thomas & Mercer for providing me a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley for the purpose of review** Here it is: the finale to a truly fantastic science-fiction/dystopian/political thriller. For those of you who have not yet read any of […]

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Review: Every Exquisite Thing

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick My rating: 4 of 5 stars **Thank you to Little Brown for Young Readers for providing me with a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley for the purposes of review** I think you need to like either (a) J.D. Salinger and/or (b) The Catcher in the Rye in […]

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Review: Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler My rating: 3 of 5 stars **Thank you to Stillpoint Digital Press for providing me a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley for the purposes of review** Because this was cross-listed as Middle Grade and as Teens/YA, I wasn’t entirely sure to which side of that spectrum […]

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Review: Maybe Someday

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover My rating: 5 of 5 stars I don’t read romance — okay, well, correction: I very rarely read romance, often labeled as “chick-lit” or “contemporary”. It’s just not my cup of tea. I don’t want romance as the focal point of the stories I read so, naturally, I eschew the […]

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Review: The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss My rating: 5 of 5 stars Finally writing a review for this! I’ll be dead honest: I kind of forgot that I’d said I would. I know, I know, I know…but I just eat straight on to Wise Man’s Fear and that was that! So, let’s review. […]

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Review: Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older My rating: 3 of 5 stars Solid 3.5/5* I appreciated the magical realism of this novel, as well as the fantastic narration by Anika Noni Rose, which definitely added to the atmosphere of the story. I think the reason I can’t rate this any higher is my own inability to […]

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Review: Shade Me

Shade Me by Jennifer Brown My rating: 3 of 5 stars **I won this book from HarperCollins via “first reads” giveaway here on Goodreads** I had been attracted to the idea of a protagonist who had synesthesia, a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in […]

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