2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.
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Book Review: Reverie by Ryan La Sala

This was a darkly cool tale about the importance of dreams – and the way they can take over our lives. The writing was evocative, the plot well-paced, and the drama was just the right amount of overblown to keep pace with the magnificently horrifying world(s) on display. There are drag queens on a mission, teenagers with super (scary) powers, and more worlds-within-the-world than one book should be able to safely hold. There are secrets and lies and secret lies. And there is an overarching tale about growing up and getting out of our own way long enough to realize who we are and who we want to be.

It is, in a word, fantastic. Continue reading Book Review: Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Book Review: Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire

I am continually amazed at the prodigious amount of writing that Seanan McGuire turns out – the woman must never sleep… She’s one of the few authors whose short work I reliably like (in such rarefied company as Neil Gaiman and Connie Willis, no less), and since she’s featured in so many anthologies, she’s often one of the reasons I decide to go against my natural inclination and pick up a book of shorts. When I saw she had a collection of entirely her own short fiction, I was naturally intrigued. This collection doesn’t disappoint – although it does prove my general position about short story collections – namely, that even if you love the author, you won’t always love all the stories… Continue reading Book Review: Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire

Happy New Year!

Here’s hoping 2020 brings you and yours great books, great times, and great memories…

Book Review AND Bonus Excerpt: Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

Today I bring you yet another in the Harlequin Winter Thriller series. This time we’re going back to school – but if you’re anything like me, you are NOT going to want to stay there… J.T. Ellison’s take on boarding school is eerie and atmospheric and DARK. It takes a turn or two toward the end that threw me, but on the whole it was an entertaining read. You can judge for yourself – there’s an excerpt at the end… Enjoy!

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This one was…weird. I read The Swallows earlier this year. I’ve read Prep and Magic for Liars and Old School. I get it. Boarding school is ROUGH. This one started out as strongly as all of those – but somewhere near the beginning of the end, it got just plain odd and it started losing me… Continue reading Book Review AND Bonus Excerpt: Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

Book Review: Strangers at the Gate by Catriona McPherson

This was a strange read from start to finish. That is not a bad thing at all, but there were a number of times where I shook my head or rolled my eyes at the behavior of the characters, wondering why on Earth they were doing the things they were doing and where the story was going to go – but for all that, I was engaged throughout and couldn’t stop reading. I put that down to McPherson’s writing ability, she tells a very compelling story and paints very vivid pictures even when not seeming too. Continue reading Book Review: Strangers at the Gate by Catriona McPherson

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