Review: The Roses of May

The Roses of May 2nd in the series by Dot Hutchison Thomas and Mercer, 2017 Adult Thriller Summary: This isn't a continuation of the story in The Butterfly Garden. This is a new situation with a different serial killer but it features the same FBI team and there are characters and events related to the…

Review: Load Poems Like Guns

Load Poems Like Guns: Women's Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan compiled, translated, and introduced by Farzana Marie Holy Cow! Press, 2015 Summary: This is an anthology of multiple women poets from Herat. The English translation sits on one side while the original is on the opposing page. There are also brief biographies of each poet and…

Review: Savage Lover

Savage Lover 3rd in the Brutal Birthright series by Sophie Lark Adult Romance Summary: Nero Gallo is the wild and unpredictable sibling. Camille works at her dad's auto shop. When her brother gets caught with a bag of drugs, she makes a deal with the cop. Things get complicated when Nero gets involved. Likes: Nero…

Review: Certain Dark Things

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Nightfire, 2021 Adult Supernatural Horror 7 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Atl is on the run after her family is decimated by a rival group of vampires. Domingo collects interesting items out of the trash and sells them. Ana is an experienced cop. All of them are…

Review: The Raven Heir

The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2021 Middle Grade Fantasy 4 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Cordelia and her siblings live in the forest with their powerful sorceress mother but things get complicated when Cordelia wants answers and enemies want to put them on the throne to exploit. Likes: I…

Review: Shadowfire

Shadowfire originally published as Vazkor, Son of Vazkor (1978) sequel to The Birthgrave by Tanith Lee DAW Books, 2015 Adult Dark Fantasy Summary: Tuvek has a complicated parentage and he has abilities that make him a great warrior of his people but he's always the outsider. A monumental shift occurs when his tribe is attacked,…

Review: Spy x Family Vol. 1

Spy x Family, Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo Shonen Jump, 2019 Summary: Agent Twilight's mission is to get information from a man who is a bit of recluse. He only leaves his house to go to his child's school. So Twilight has to adopt a kid and get them into school. Along the way though…

Review: Tokyo Ever After

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean Flatiron Books, 2021 YA Contemporary Romance Summary: Izzy finds a clue about her father's identity which leads to her discovery that she's a princess. She goes to Japan to meet him but she's also forced to take a crash course in everything it takes to be an active part…