The Cuckoo’s Calling

THE CUCKOO’S CALLING Written by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a – J.K. Rowling) Published by Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Co, April 30, 2013 My star rating: 3 stars THE SYNOPSIS:           After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is…

The Female of the Species

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES Written by Mindy McGinnis Published by Katherine Teagan Books, September 20, 2016 My star rating – 5 stars! THE SYNOPSIS:           A contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives. Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it….

The Shadow of the Wind

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND Written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Published by Penguin books, January 25, 2005 My star rating: 5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Barcelona, 1945 – just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he…

The Echo Room

THE ECHO ROOM Written by Parker Peevyhouse Published by Tor Teen, September 11, 2018 My star rating: 3 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Rett wakes on the floor of a cold, dark room. He doesn’t know how he got there, only that he’s locked in. He’s not alone—a girl named Bryn is trapped in the room with…

Sadie – Blog tour stop, review, and Q&A!

SADIE Written by Courtney Summers Published by Wednesday Books, September 4, 2018 My star rating: 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water….

Burial Rites

BURIAL RITES Written by Hannah Kent Published by Little Brown, September 10, 2013 My star rating: 2 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified…

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock

DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL’S ROCK Written by Paul Tremblay Published by William Morrow, June 21, 2016 My star rating: 2.5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her fourteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park. The search isn’t…

Six Stories

SIX STORIES Written by Matt Wesolowski Published by Orenda Books, June 1, 2017 My star rating: 2.5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: 1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell…

A House at the Bottom of a Lake

A HOUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF A LAKE Written by Josh Malerman Published by This Is Horror, October 21, 2016 My star rating: 3.75 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Both seventeen. Both afraid. But both saying yes. It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers…