One Secretive Cabin

I'm the kind of person who reads the Wikipedia synopsis of a scary movie instead of watching the film because I don't like scary stuff. Somewhat surprisingly, I do like ghosts--that's actually the only kind of "reality" tv I'll watch. Brenda Lyne's upcoming book The Thirteenth Cabin (aka. TTC; to be released Sept. 13) isn't [...]


Maybe Not a Monster, Definitely a Spy

This I read, no, flew through Matt Killeen's WWII thriller in two days, I couldn't put it down. Orphan Monster Spy is just so...good! And terrible...and engaging, and cringe-inducing. It's so nuanced and complex, if you're a lover of historical fiction that has some dark overtones, this is possibly the perfect book for you. [...]

Gifted Secrets

Imagine this--your kid is about to graduate and go off to "the real world," your favorite great-aunt-in-law dies, your spouse dies, and some historian writes you (it's present day, and as much as I love snail mail, it's not that common, let's be honest) about putting on an exhibition about your great-aunt. Well that's exactly [...]

Rose Gold

Y'all. Jessica Olson's upcoming book A Forgery of Roses (coming out next month) is DELIGHTFUL. It's funny, it's dramatic, it's romantic, it's magical... I cannot tell you how much I liked it! (and here's a link to my vlog so you can hear me fangirl too) This is a complex book--it's fantasy, it's romance, it's [...]

Secrets Uncovered

I know, I know... months ago I told y'all that I'd have the review of The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch... but better late than never, right? (The end of 2021 was a little overwhelming, so thank you so much for your patience and sticking [...]

Hannah’s Secrets

I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed Jan Eliasberg's WW2 historical fiction novel, Hannah's War! (Here's a link to the vlog review) Split between Germany, 1938, and New Mexico, 1945, readers learn of the work, and secrets, of Dr. Hannah Weiss. She's a brilliant Austrian-Jewish physicist who's been banished by her country, [...]

Musical Masterpiece

The minute I realized that Carrie Jane Knowles was the author (she wrote another excellent book that I reviewed, The Inevitable Past), I was instantly excited to read A Musical Affair. This book was picked up in partnership with Inkberry Books in Niwot and this review also appears in the town's paper, The Left Hand [...]

Dark Secrets

I keep getting variations of crime/thriller novels and I am eating them up! (Though a computer-battery fiasco held up my reading for a few days, much to my dismay) So here are my thoughts on Nik Grybaski's novel Black Danube: A Leo Katz Mystery. By the way; here's a link to my vlog! This is [...]