A Discovery of Witches | Book Review

Title: A Discovery of Witches Author: Deborah Harkness Publisher: Viking Penguin Release Date: 2011 Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Page Count: 579 Summary:  This is the first book in the All Souls Trilogy. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, …

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses Author: Sarah J. Maas Publisher: Bloomsbury Release Date: 5/5/2015 Genre: YA Contemporary Page Count: 416 Summary: This story is about a young woman named Feyre. When we meet her, she is out hunting for her family. Her family has fallen on hard times and she has taken up …

The Circle by Dave Eggers | Book Review

Title: The Circle Author: Dave Eggers Publisher: Knopf/Doubleday Release Date: 10/8/2013 Genre: General Fiction Page Count: 508 Summary: When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange …

Night Film by Marisha Pessl | Book Review

Title: Night Film Author: Marisha Pessl Publisher: Random House Release Date: 8/20/2013 Genre: Thriller Page Count: 602 Quick Summary: This is the story of a legendary director, his daughter, and an investigative journalist. The daughter dies and her death is ruled a suicide. The journalist decides to investigate this because he has a little obsession …

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow | Book Review

Title: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky Author: Heidi W. Durrow Publisher: Algonquin Books Release Date: 2/16/2010 Genre: Fiction Page Count: 264 Summary: This is a coming of age story about a girl named Rachel who is the sole survivor of a family tragedy. She is biracial and moves across the country to live …

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older | Review

Title: Shadowshaper Author: Daniel José Older Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books Release Date: 6/30/2015 Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Page Count: 304 Summary Sierra Santiago was preparing to have a summer with no issues. One with her and her art. After a weird encounter with her grandfather, she attends a party when craziness breaks loose. She …

Uprooted by Naomi Novik | Book Review

Title: Uprooted Author: Naomi Novik Publisher: Del Rey Release Date: 5/19/2015 Genre: Fantasy Page Count: 438 Summary Uprooted is the story of a group of villages and a forest called The Wood. The Wood has a lot of corruption and danger. If someone finds their way into The Wood, they either do not come out, …

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Book Review

Title: Red Queen Author: Victoria Aveyard Publisher: Harper Teen Release Date: 2/10/2015 Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fantasy Page Count: 383 Summary Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is the story of people with silver blood and red blood. The silver blood are considered elite. They are the monarchs and the high society. They also have certain …

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

Title: Eleanor & Park Author: Rainbow Rowell Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Release Date: 2/26/2013 Genre: YA Contemporary Page Count: 328 Summary This book begins in August of 1986. We first meet Park sitting on the bus hating everything around him. He lives for his music, his comic books, and the full seat he has all …

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman – Review

(Disclaimer: I’ve recently written rather short reviews on this blog regarding the books I’ve read. I’m going to try to continue to do that throughout 2015, but hopefully makes these better. Not just “OMG, this book was awesome”. Here is my first attempt.) This book follows the story of Nathaniel “Nate” Piven. He’s a writer …