By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill

Having grown up in New England, I have a special affinity for Lake Champlain and Champy, the plesiosaur that lives there.  Which is a true story, by the way… Despite my best efforts, I’ve yet to actually see the friendly, local lake monster, but I’ve still got time – and the desire to try again.Continue reading “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill”

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

Despite his life being glamorized throughout dime novels, Deadwood Dick needs to set the record straight—including how he got his name, how he saved Wild Bill Hickok, and how his life changed by looking up at exactly the wrong time. Deadwood Dick – also known as Willie Jackson – was born in East Texas andContinue reading “Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale”

Prisoner 489 by Joe R. Lansdale

Almost without fail, when being chased in a horror movie, the characters run up the stairs*. I’ve never understood this. They must know that they’re trapping themselves. Or if they are running in the woods, the crazed killer is strolling behind them like he has all the time in the world, and he always catchesContinue reading “Prisoner 489 by Joe R. Lansdale”

Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Don’t ask me why I read this one, I have no idea. I suppose that’s not quite true… I’m never embarrassed by the books I read (well, maybe a little*), but I am sometimes less than open about admitting why I read certain books in the first place. So how did I stumble across UnholyContinue reading “Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane”

Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

I don’t watch much television. I only have one that, oddly enough, I bought on eBay. I don’t have cable and my antenna reception is full of static, so I often rely on Netflix. The only problem with this? I’m never aware of current series, I’m always about a year behind. So this means IContinue reading “Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz”

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams

Quintessential quin·tes·sen·tial, kwintəˈsenchəl / adjective: representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class. To me, The Secret Life of Violet Grant is quintessential beach reading. It’s light, but not fluffy. It’s absorbing, but with the joy of escapism. It’s quite a lot of fun, although it’s not without issues. In theContinue reading “The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams”

Young God by Katherine Faw Morris

Nikki is thirteen years old. She has big plans. Starting with the unexpected death of her mother, Nikki begins to pursue her father’s faltering drug empire – as under no circumstances does she intend to end up back in the group home. As she fumbles and falters through the maze of drugs in North CarolinaContinue reading “Young God by Katherine Faw Morris”

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Graphic, bold, riveting, unflinching, dark, difficult and lovely can all be used to describe Cynthia Bond’s debut novel Ruby. At its heart, it’s a love story – Ephram Jennings loves Ruby Bell and that’s all you really need to know. It’s a one-sided love, one which Ephram suffers for, but he’s not willing to compromise.Continue reading “Ruby by Cynthia Bond”

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

There are a few simple truths, universally acknowledged, that exist to hamper (perceived) perfection. I’m not about to impart anything more than a few simple clichés, but please, read on. If you straighten you hair, it will rain. If you want to wear glasses, you’ll have prefect eyesight. If you’re trying to impress a cuteContinue reading “Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead”

Leather Maiden by Joe R. Lansdale

As I sit here trying to come up with something witty and entertaining for my latest book review – sorry folks, nothing’s coming to me – I’m also plagued by everything else I should be doing instead sitting here not being able to write what will in all likelihood be a sub-par review. I shouldContinue reading “Leather Maiden by Joe R. Lansdale”