ARC Review – The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

Poetry, Buddhism| 128 pages | 02.11.2020 | Shambhala Publications 4 STARS This is a new translation of poems by the first Buddhist nuns. This translation feels special.  It comes from the heart rather than being a technical one. I have not read any other versions of these poems but I deeply connected with Weingast's interpretations.… Continue reading ARC Review – The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

ARC Review – When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald

YA, Contemporary Lit | 336 pages | 01.28.2020 | Scout Press 4 STARS What a debut novel?! MacDonald just entered the literary world with a bang. We meet Zelda, a 21-year-old woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, who is in the throws of making sense of herself and the world around her. Socioeconomic struggles, as well… Continue reading ARC Review – When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald

ARC Review – The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Gothic Horror, Classics | 304 pages | 01.07.2020 | Poisoned Pen Press 5 STARS Poisoned Pen Press does a lovely re-release of this wonderful classic Gothic horror tale. I think the story is pretty well known but for anyone who has lived under a rock for the past 100 or so years, here is a… Continue reading ARC Review – The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

ARC Review -The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

Chick Lit, Romance | 416 pages | 01.07.2020 | HQN 3 STARS Sarah is happy with her man, Ridge, ... or is she? She works in her quaint bookshop in Connecticut while he is busy traveling the world chasing one news story after another. Too much time in between visits? Too many excuses? In comes… Continue reading ARC Review -The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

ARC Review – Husband Material by Emily Belden

Chick Lit, Romance | 304 pages | 12.30.2019 | Graydon House 3 STARS Another book with great potential that just sort of falls flat. The premise is really cute - I like a good geeky plot - but the characters are overwhelmingly lacking in charm and the romance just seems completely off. We meet Charlotte,… Continue reading ARC Review – Husband Material by Emily Belden

ARC Review – The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

Thriller, Suspense | 583 pages | 12.10.2019 | Crooked Lane Books 2 STARS The good: The Red Lady was amazing. I loved how creepy, evil, and unpredictable she was. I loved the actual Dead Girls Club and their obsession with serial killers, the paranormal, and the weird. I enjoyed the group dynamic that happens amongst… Continue reading ARC Review – The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

ARC Review – Ten Things My Cat Hates About You by Lottie Lucas

Chick Lit, Romance| 362 pages | 11.20.2019 | One More Chapter 2.5 STARS This is a fun and super quick read. Sadly, it's not very memorable. The premise of "my cat picking my suitors" is enticing and makes for a quirky setting. Let's start off with things I liked about this book. The cat, obvi.… Continue reading ARC Review – Ten Things My Cat Hates About You by Lottie Lucas