Category Archives: Series

The Dead Boyfriend (mini-review)

Finished The Dead Boyfriend by RL Stine. I received a copy for review. 

The Fear Street books are a huge part of my childhood and I’ve mostly loved the new ones. They’re not scary (at least, not to me) but they’re really fun. 

That said, I was not a huge fan of this one. The plot started out solid (Caitlin is dating a seemingly perfect guy…until he’s not. He ends up dead–not a spoiler; it’s literally the title!–but now he’s back) but got increasingly silly. And the ending was a cheat. 

Finn’s Choice

Finished Finn’s Choice by Darby Karchut. I received a copy for review. This originally ran last month. 

It breaks my heart that this is the last Finn Finnegan book. This series has been such an absolute delight and, while this book was everything I could’ve possibly wanted, I am not ready to say goodbye to Finn or Gideon. 

It helps that there’s a little crossover between both of Darby’s other series…but it doesn’t help that much because I will probably never read a new Finn story again and frankly, that’s unacceptable. 

If you are looking for a fantastic MG series that features one of the best father/son relationships ever plus Irish folklore plus strong characters, read these four books. You’ll thank me later.

Highly recommended. 

A Night In With Audrey Hepburn

Finished A Night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday. I received a copy for review. 

Things aren’t going well for Libby Lomax. She’s about to make her major acting debut (relatively speaking–she’s in a hideous costume but she’s got a speaking line!) when she humiliates herself in front of the super cute lead actor by setting her hair on fire…which, of course, leads to the end of that particular role. Except when she gets to her new apartment, she learns she has a roommate: Audrey Hepburn. Ghost? Hallucination? Brain tumor?

I flew through this delightful book. I love Libby and I spent a lot of the book cringing for her as things kept going wrong. (Think Bridget Jones-level mishaps.)

And who doesn’t want Audrey Hepburn as a surprise visitor? (Subsequent books have Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly stopping by. I want to read them but given my choice, I’d probably opt for Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall.) 

Recommended. 

Three Dark Crowns

Finished Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I received a copy for review. 

For basically ever, three queens compete over who will get to rule. One will win; two will die. 

There is no way this review will do Three Dark Crowns justice. It’s amazing and fierce and perfect. It needs to be a movie. 

There is a sequel. I need book two now. Except it will break my heart because I love all three sisters and there is no way I will get a happy ending. 

Highly recommended. 

Game On

Finished Game On by Michelle Smith. I received a copy for review.

I hate sports but for some reason, I love sports movies. I learned recently that that also extends to sports books and Michelle Smith’s duology about a baseball team in Lewis Creek is just delightful. 
Bri and Eric have been next door neighbors forever. They were each other’s first kiss (at 10) and now they don’t really talk. She’s dating a jerk and he’s a player. But of course things are about to change. 
Baseball and the small town they live in are almost characters in this novel (baseball in a good way; the town not so much). I love the way Michelle Smith paints this vivid picture and makes me wish I were in the stands with a box of Cracker Jacks and a soda the size of my face. (No small feat because sports and I are not friends.)
And oh the love story. I had the goofiest grin for most of Game On. 
I hope there are more stories set in Lewis Creek. (Maybe a soccer spinoff with Becca? Please?)

Rise the Dark

Finished Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta. 

This is the second in Michael Koryta’s series about Markus Novak. If there is not a third book, I think I will die. That is not an exaggeration. 
If you read his novels, you know what to expect: a book so tense, I stopped breathing at least five times.

 
This is the rare second book that’s even better than the first. And oh that cliffhanger. 

You need this book. And all of his others.

 
Highest of all possible high recommendations. 

Finn’s Choice

Finished Finn’s Choice by Darby Karchut. I received a copy for review. 

It breaks my heart that this is the last Finn Finnegan book. This series has been such an absolute delight and, while this book was everything I could’ve possibly wanted, I am not ready to say goodbye to Finn or Gideon. 

It helps that there’s a little crossover between both of Darby’s other series…but it doesn’t help that much because I will probably never read a new Finn story again and frankly, that’s unacceptable. 
If you are looking for a fantastic MG series that features one of the best father/son relationships ever plus Irish folklore plus strong characters, read these four books. You’ll thank me later.
Highly recommended. 

Red Right Hand

Finished Red Right Hand by Chris Holm. I received a copy for review. 

This is the second book in the Michael Hendricks series (after The Killing Kind). Hendricks is a hitman who takes out other hitmen. Now he’s trying to keep a federal witness alive–the catch is that a lot of people believe he’s already dead. He’s also trying to bring down the Council, a shadowy group that’s tried to kill him. 

This book is insane in the best way. I couldn’t stop reading it and I was very nervous, hoping Hendricks and his associates would stay alive. (The Council is scary, guys!)
I hope there are more books and either way, I hope Chris Holm has a new book out soon. He’s one of my favorites. 
Highly recommended. 

A Torch Against the Night

Finished A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. I received a copy for review. 

I am so in love with this trilogy (this is the second book). 

This is going to be impossible to review because there is SO MUCH going on. Sooooooo let’s just say that I need book three immediately. And if you haven’t read this series, you need to start. 
The world is amazing and terrifying; the characters are wonderful and awful. It’s sort of what I imagine Game of Thrones to be (all these warring factions) but I don’t watch/read GoT so don’t take that as gospel. 
Just read the books. Highly recommended. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. 

I’m not going to discuss the plot at all, beyond the fact that this starts with the epilogue from Deathly Hallows. All you need to know is that the children from the first seven books are grown up and have children of their own, and they are now Hogwarts-age. 

So probably you already know if you want to read this or not; most of you probably have already finished it. 
But if you are nervous because this is a play and not a novel, don’t be. It’s different but it’s still magic. It’s still the people we love having a new adventure. 
Highly recommended. And I want to see the play.