2014 Book Reviews

Wild Justice – Kelley Armstrong “…starts strongly with a fabulous premise…revelatory beginning…” Buy (Worldwide)

Into the Darkness – V. C. Andrews “…V. C. Andrews books will be my comfort reads…for completist old fans that have trouble letting go…” Buy (Worldwide)

Secrets in the Attic “…this is much better. Fresh, but still with the well-known tropes…” Buy (Worldwide)

Family Storms – V. C. Andrews Buy (Worldwide)

Forbidden Sister – V. C. Andrews Buy (Worldwide)

The Gate – K. T. Grant “…like a soap opera, it’s addictive.” Buy (Worldwide)

Misbehaving – Tiffany Reisz “…Tiffany Reisz is gold – and so is Keaton the bellhop, who steals every scene he’s in. Henry’s pretty cool, too…” Buy (US)

Daughter of Darkness – V. C. Andrews Buy (Worldwide)

The Heavenstone Secrets – V. C. Andrews Buy (Worldwide)

Daughter of Light – V. C. Andrews Buy (Worldwide)

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart “…It’s good…” Buy (Worldwide)

Pawn – Aimée Carter “…Surgery, secrets, and murder – Aimée Carter plots big revelation set pieces that pay off handsomely. There are genuine wow-factor moments – just wait ’til you see Elsewhere!…” Buy (Worldwide)

Death and the Girl He Loves – Darynda Jones “…Darynda Jones’s strength lies in character dynamics with plenty of witty banter…Death and the Girl He Loves does exactly what a good finale should: provide a cataclysmic event to wrap up the threads…The mindbender completely stopped me in my tracks, then I frantically binge-read until novel’s end…” Buy (Worldwide)

Lady in Red – Máire Claremont “The Mad Passions series is historical romance for people who don’t like historical romance – less faff and more awesome. Asylum! Laudanum! Murder!…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Unwelcomed Child – V. C. Andrews Buy (Worldwide)

Love Match – Monica Seles & Paul Ruditis “…This addictive series has hooked me fully, and further books set in the Academy ‘verse would be most welcome…” Buy (Worldwide)

Season to Taste – Natalie Young “…Murder! Dismemberment! Cooking! Cannibalism! If you’re interested in any of these, you’ll be interested in Natalie Young’s Season to Taste, or How to Eat Your Husband…An extraordinary tale…one of those novels you never expected to read and now can’t imagine going WITHOUT reading it. Seemingly a literary tome, this genre fiction fan was fully engaged…I won’t forget this book in a hurry…” Buy (Worldwide)

Thursday’s Children – Nicci French “…another quality instalment…Fingers crossed there’s a fifth Frieda Klein novel coming soon. I love catching up with the gang, especially Josef, the tradie with a heart of gold.” Buy (Worldwide)

The Devil’s Punchbowl – Greg Iles Buy (Worldwide)

Make It Catchy – Marta Acosta “…short, sharp, and to the point – serious, but still inspiring. Marta Acosta has been with six agents…and she’s still standing, thanks to an eye toward the future whilst keeping her backlist available in various formats…a pretty good compilation of advice…” Buy (US)

Erased – Jennifer Rush Buy (Worldwide)

The Incrementalists – Steven Brust & Skyler White Buy (Worldwide)

Cured – Bethany Wiggins “The author succeeds in creating a genuinely dystopian world…” Buy (Worldwide)

Natchez Burning – Greg Iles “…Greg Iles is no ordinary writer, and thus he succeeds where others wouldn’t…the author asks all the tough questions, with even more uncomfortable answers. And that’s the point…it’s horrific to read. But important…” Buy (Worldwide)

In Too Deep – Amanda Grace Buy (Worldwide)

The Bear – Claire Cameron “…Claire Cameron’s experience and research makes the Algonquin Park setting come to life in this disturbingly memorable tome. Inspired by an extraordinary event, The Bear demonstrates the resilience of young children in tragic circumstances…” Buy (Worldwide)

Under the Skin – Michel Faber “…an absolute cracker…Michel Faber crafts with wit and nuance, going for psychology rather than schlock. A wonderfully grim late-night read.” Buy (Worldwide)

Me Since You – Laura Wiess Buy (Worldwide)

Archetype – M. D. Waters “…I love the pants off Archetype. This is science fiction how I like it – Earth-based and futuristic. Advanced technologies, hidden agendas, and psychological examination colour this world with disturbing symbols and fascinating details…The unravelling is a delight, and had me binge-reading. I adore this debut!…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Lemon Grove – Helen Walsh “…The seaside Spanish setting is lovely…” Buy (Worldwide)

Adaptation – Malinda Lo “…I rather like the setting of San Francisco; it seems so underused in fiction. Reese and David are relatively level-headed teens in an extraordinary situation…a good surprise…Many unanswered questions, which justifies the need for a sequel…overall it’s quite an intriguing read.” Buy (Worldwide)

The Mistress – Tiffany Reisz “…This cracker of a binge-read held me enthralled, with its deceptively simple concept elaborated with exquisite detail…” Buy (Worldwide)

Dark Eden – Chris Beckett “…Eden is the best part of the novel. Second to that is the “origin” story…” Buy (Worldwide)

A Million Ways to Die in the West “…The more believable and heart-warming romance is that of Albert’s best friend, Edward, and his girlfriend. Ruth’s career may seem at odds with their chaste relationship, but they really are sweet together. The first act of the novel is fabulously fun, and the second act’s pretty good, too…A Million Ways to Die in the West feels so contemporary that it goes down well. It’s short and entertaining, with no skim-reading required. And it’s fun!” Buy (Worldwide)

The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater “…Fast cars, strange abilities, effed-up families, assassins, and bromance – The Dream Thieves has it all. It not only lives up to its predecessor, but exceeds it. Trust Maggie Stiefvater to make searching for a dead Welsh king fun.” Buy (Worldwide)

Such a Pretty Girl – Laura WiessSuch a Pretty Girl depicts a community where the tension doesn’t simmer; it’s explosive…This is a true psychological thriller, which I read in one sitting in the dark, wee hours of the day. It’s sinister, scary, and fully engrossing, and cements Laura Wiess as one of my new favourite writers. She’s an expert at crafting layered, hard-hitting stories…” Buy (Worldwide)

Finding Cinderella – Colleen Hoover “Colleen Hoover clearly has a way with meet-cute and witty banter, so a light, fluffy romance is something she does well… Buy (Worldwide)

Brazen – Kelley Armstrong “…genuinely shocking moment…I’m really looking forward to Bounty Hunt…” Buy (Worldwide)

Leftover – Laura Wiess “To say queen of contemporary teen fiction Laura Wiess’s books are gritty, dark, and raw are understatements. While devastating, they’re also can’t-look-away reads of consistently high quality. Leftovers is another wrenching psychological suspense…It’s tense and gripping; with an ever-growing stain of dread. Leftovers is not a fun read, but it is a must-read…” Buy (Worldwide)

Dangerous – Shannon Hale “…The first space elevator scene is incredible; I’ve never read anything like it! I loved learning, and hope to read more, about space elevators, and Shannon Hale excellently describes where they are, what they do, and how they work. That alone accounts for the extra star in my rating…” Buy (Worldwide)

After Eden – Helen Douglas “…Yay, science!…” Buy (Worldwide)

Playing Hurt – Holly Schindler “Kudos to the book for having a female athlete as the main character…the premise is alluring…a great read…” Buy (Worldwide)

Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult “…Science, memory, and elephants combine to tell a story with stunning heartache. Leaving Time is an immersive experience that you’ll want to devour quickly, and then re-read immediately. This is the best novel from Jodi Picoult in years, and that this one stands over so many high-quality reads from her is the hallmark of a brilliant career. I love Leaving Time, simple as that. Now I’m desperate to hear what new topic this amazing author is working on next.” Buy (Worldwide)

Poltergeeks – Sean Cummings “This is a wonderfully unpretentious novel – it doesn’t take itself too seriously…” Buy (Worldwide)

Black Ice – Becca Fitzpatrick “…The author writes the story’s snowy setting well…” Buy (Worldwide)

Salvage – Alexandra Duncan “…Salvage stands out in many ways from the pack…it unfurls slowly, taking the time to explore a new location and way of life…I actually cheered for Ava’s romance with Rushil…Alexandra Duncan depicts beautiful, dangerous settings with colour and depth…Salvage is not just a pretty cover – there’s also an extraordinary story inside.” Buy (Worldwide)

Danger is Everwhere – David O’Doherty & Chris Judge “…You did well to include The Emergency Page Of Calm…I loved the page 72-73 spread: ‘STOP STARING AT ME, GIRAFFES. YOU WEIRD STRETCHY HORSES.’…” Buy (Worldwide)

Half-Off Ragnarok – Seanan McGuire “…one of my favourite urban fantasy series…there’s bonus!Australian Shelby Turner, who is written very much accurately, which is a credit to her American author, Seanan McGuire…I adored Crow…” Buy (Worldwide)

Secrets of Foxworth – V. C. Andrews Buy (Worldwide)

The Broken – Tamar Cohen “In true psych-suspense form, there’s a twist saved for the very end…Tamar Cohen ends the story perfectly – giving enough detail to wrap everything up, but leaving a bit of mystery about the future…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Jewel – Amy Ewing “…quite enjoyable: It’s Gothic, with secrets among the wealthy, and weird science – just my kind of fun read…pretty darn fascinating…It’s a colourful world, with an intriguing set-up…” Buy (Worldwide)

The Aftermath – Jen Alexander “…always entertaining, with science about which I’d love to learn more.” Buy (Worldwide)

Captivated by You “…Credit to Sylvia Day: she’s created a series that makes me FEEL…” Buy (Worldwide)

A Shiver of Light – Laurell K. Hamilton Buy (Worldwide)

(Don’t You) Forget About Me – Kate Karyus Quinn “…It has a creepy town and a “reformatory”…which are definitely in its favour…” Buy (Worldwide)

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