Review: The Yard

The Yard by Alex Grecian My rating: 4 of 5 stars Upon finishing this book, my gut reaction in pitching it to people was to highlight its similarity to The Alienist by Caleb Carr, a fantastic historical-fiction mystery set in turn-of-the-century New York City that involves a serial killer and the beginnings of modern forensic […]

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Review: Augustus

Augustus by John Williams My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is beautiful. I’m a Classics nerd and junkie — I love anything and everything to do with the times of Hellenic, Hellenistic, and Roman culture. It’s a lifelong love and obsession, fostered at a very young age by my maternal grandfather, a now-retired […]

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Review: The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco My rating: 2 of 5 stars **Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me a digital ARC of this novel via Netgalley for the purposes of review** I cannot tell you how many times I had to stop this book; how many times I paused and walked away; how […]

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Author Thank You: Jennifer Niven

“The thing is, there are good days and bad days. I feel almost guilty saying they aren’t all bad.” Dear Jennifer Niven, We’ve actually met once, back in 2015 at NoVa Teen Book Fest — I had an ARC of All The Bright Places with a billion little blue and green post-it flags sticking out […]

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Review: This Is Our Story

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston My rating: 4 of 5 stars **Thank you to Disney Hyperion for providing me with a digital ARC of this novel via Netgalley for the purposes of review** I don’t think I would have known anything about this book if it weren’t for a call that Netgalley hosted, […]

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Author Thank You Note: Pierce Brown

Outgoing transmission: Pierce Brown Subject: Thank You Of all the authorial thank you notes that I wrote for this month — several of which are wholly ridiculous in tone — yours proved the most difficult to write. You are currently reading the results of attempt number nine ten Where to begin? I regret to say I went […]

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Review: All Our Wrong Todays

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai My rating: 4 of 5 stars **Thank you so much to Penguin Group DUTTON for giving me a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley for the purposes of review** I don’t usually like comparative blurbs, but the best way I can describe this book is that it’s […]

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Author Thank You: Baroness Orczy

There are books stacked left, books stacked right Their covers gleaming in the light I scan through their pages, trying to tell Which book report will be less like Hell I find a book with the French Revolution A mysterious figure at its core Who’d spoil every gruesome execution Sold! Do tell me more… To […]

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Author Thank You: J.K. Rowling

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” Dear Ms. Rowling, Mr. and Mrs. Cassier of 103 Burbank Drive were proud to say that their daughter was a book-dragon, thank you very much. She was never one to be found without a […]

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Review: Book of the Night

Book of the Night by Oliver Pötzsch My rating: 4 of 5 stars **I received a free digital copy of this novel from a Goodreads giveaway** I’m a fan of Oliver Pötzsch, especially when he writes historical fiction; his Hangman’s Daughter series is a delight and wonderfully immersive. When I happened upon this novel, I […]

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