Fat Vampire by Adam Rex

Doug – uncool, unattractive, and often unpleasant – is a refreshing change from all the “sexy” vampires that have lately saturated the paranormal genre.

Posted by on November 17, 2017

In Want of a Wife by Jo Goodman

Goodman hits upon many of the genre’s clichés, including the spunky female, brooding male, dangerous past, and romantic impediment(s), but executes them well enough that readers will find it difficult Read more...

Posted by on October 20, 2017

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Anderson writes about Melinda’s experiences with authenticity and sincerity, creating a well-developed protagonist who is awkward, brooding, sarcastic – and damaged – and with whom readers will sympathize.

Posted by on October 5, 2017

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy is a plot-driven story about friendship in the face of racism, inspired by the true history of Malaga Island. The often dramatic and intense tale has Read more...

Posted by on October 5, 2017

La-La Land by Damien Chazelle

Stone and Gosling give excellent performances of characters torn between doing what they want and what logic tells them they should do.  Mia and Seb come across as sympathetic people Read more...

Posted by on August 23, 2017

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

Misskaella gets her revenge for years of rejection by giving the men what they ask her for, sea-wives so beautiful that none wants a land-wife.  The results transform Rollrock Island Read more...

Posted by on August 1, 2017

Four Nights With the Duke by Eloisa James

Four Nights With the Duke is a Regency-era romance that tries for sensuous, but doesn’t quite make it.  Mia and Evander spend so much of the book fighting their physical Read more...

Posted by on August 1, 2017

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

The Birth of Venus illuminates Florentine history through the eyes of a precocious young woman who, more than anything, wishes to decide her own fate.

Posted by on July 31, 2017

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband is a mildly sensuous romance with a plot made almost as clunky as its title by Cecilia’s deceptions, but which is entertaining enough to Read more...

Posted by on July 29, 2017

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Zoe is not always a perfect character, prone to selfish behavior that only makes things more awkward or difficult, but her snark and sarcasm bring a levity to this melancholy Read more...

Posted by on July 20, 2017