Category: Review

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Posted March 8, 2017 Tags 2 Comments
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff could easily have been yet another novel about surviving WWII. At first, I was nervous as it seemed to mirror Water for Elephants and while that in itself is a good story I found the ending to be disappointing. Therefore, I hoped for a different result. Fortunately, I was […]


The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Posted February 22, 2017 Tags 0 Comments
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The best way to describe the novel The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is to compare it to The Royal Tenenbaums but without the understated humor. The Plumb children were self-absorbed, entitled and while adults acted like children. In short, the characters were all unlikable and were not the reason I became invested in the […]


The Girls by Emma Cline

Posted February 18, 2017 Tags 1 Comment
The Girls by Emma Cline

I am a lover of true crime and have reread the disturbing true crime novel Helter Skelter several times. Therefore, when The Girls by Emma Cline was released I knew I had to read it. I will admit, that I was a bit skeptical at first as both of Cline’s parents are in the publishing […]


Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

Posted February 7, 2017 Tags 0 Comments
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

The first thing that came to mind upon starting Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon was the 1997 film Titanic.¬† Both are media based on an iconic means of travel that ended in disaster and chronicle the last days of the passenger’s lives. Fortunately, Flight of Dreams delivers an amazing look at the occupants onboard […]


Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Posted January 28, 2017 Tags 1 Comment
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Outside of Emily Blunt’s performance of Queen Victoria she is a monarch I know very little about. ¬†Daisy Goodwin has created a tapestry in sharing this young Victoria’s early reign. At first, her ascent to the throne read like something out of a Tudor novel with constant conniving and scheming to reach the top and […]


Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

Posted January 6, 2017 Tags 0 Comments
Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

I thought Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney would be a cute Christmas read with a slice of drama. In that regard, it certainly met my expectation; each character had their own story that intertwined with one another accordingly, and it held a premise that was unique to the genre of holiday stories. However, […]


The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

Posted January 3, 2017 Tags 0 Comments
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

I first read The Devil’s Arithmetic in sixth grade. I remember being amazed not only by the subject matter but also by the way Jane Yolen laid out impending events. Even at eleven years old I was astounded by the atrocities that occur in the book and left an impression on me. Twenty years later […]


The Graduate by Charles Web

Posted December 28, 2016 Tags 4 Comments
The Graduate by Charles Web

“Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?” is a highly quotable line and Anne Bancroft’s triangle leg being infamous. However, I was always curious about its novel origin. Having never seen the movie, despite knowing the pop culture references I wasn’t sure what to expected. Will it be erotic, serious, or a romp of […]


A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Posted December 22, 2016 Tags 4 Comments
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

A Christmas Memory is a lovely collection of holiday stories. Prior to this small book, the only thing I had read by Truman Capote was In Cold Blood. Part of the brilliance behind that work of non-fiction was the writing, it was almost lyrical and truly remarkable. In this way, I was not disappointed by […]