Sacrifices

Title: Sacrifices Author: Maggie Voysey Paun Publisher: PublishNation Pub. Date: 11 November, 2015 Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Historical   After a stroke, Rose is lost in her past where her young son, Joseph, went missing in the African jungle. Lilia, out of a need to understand the mystery behind some of the things she finds out…

With Love From the Inside

Title: With Love From The Inside Author: Angela Pisel Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Pub. Date: 9 August, 2016 Genre: Contemporary Fiction   I am giving this one four stars because of two things: 1) It made me cry. 2) When I was two-thirds of the way through the book, I had to put it down…

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

Title: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife Author: Meg Elison Publisher: Sybaritic Press Pub. Date: 5 June, 2014, 11 Oct. 2016 Genre: Dystopian, Post-apocalyptic, Survival   When an illness sweeps across the world wiping out nearly all women and children and many men as well, one of the few survivors—a woman who happens to be…

Pretty Paper

Title: Pretty Paper Author: Willie Nelson with David Ritz Publisher: Blue Rider Press Pub. Date: 22 November, 2016   This is a warm holiday story made to fit Willie Nelson’s song Pretty Paper. A tale, or fable, as it has been called, that is both a glimpse into the early years of Willie’s career and…

Anna and the Swallow Man

Title: Anna and the Swallow Man Author: Gavriel Savit Publisher: Knopf Pub. Date: 26 January 2016 Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, War   Anna is a young girl in 1939 Poland when the Germans come and take away her father. Left alone to fend for herself, she falls into the care of the Swallow Man, who…

The Last Days of Night

Title: The Last Days of Night Author: Graham Moore Publisher: Random House Pub Date: 16 August 2016 Genre: Historical fiction. Mystery, Drama   The billion dollar lawsuit and epic battle between the powerful corporations of Westinghouse and Edison to capture the nation’s electrical future seems to hinge on a beautiful liar, the unreliable ramblings of…

Sealed Up

Title: Sealed Up Author: Steve Dunn Hanson Publisher: Steve Dunn Hanson Pub. Date: August 1st 2016 Series: The Course of Fate #1 Genre: Suspense thriller, archeological, theological   Luke, the dynamic evangelist, not only believes in the prophesies of Edgar Cayce but in his own secret personal role in them. Nathan Hill, the anthropologist specializing…

Last Seen Leaving

Title: Last Seen Leaving Author: Caleb Roehrig Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Feiwel & Friends Pub Date: 4 October, 2016 Genre: Teen, YA, Mystery, Suspense-Thriller The relationship between Flynn and enigmatic January keeps getting weirder and more strained, but when she goes missing, Flynn is driven to find her. As he uncovers more and more…

The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived

Title: The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived Author: Tom Shroder Publisher: Penguin Random House Pub. Date: 4 October, 2016   My review and ratings for this book are broken into three distinct parts:   Three stars for the first two-thirds, because it was intermittently interesting and engrossing, but sometimes confusing to try to keep…

The Last Detective

Title: The Last Detective Author: Peter Lovesey Publisher: Soho Crime Pub. Date: 19 August, 2014  (first published 1991) Series:  Peter Diamond #1 Genre: British Crime Drama, Police Procedural, Sassy/Grumpy Detective   Peter Diamond is constantly butting heads with the new forensic methods replacing the tried and true investigative techniques. When a body shows up and…

Quista, Book One: Danay

Title: Quista, Book One: Danay Author: Aviva Bel’Harold Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing / EDGE-Lite Pub. Date: 9 May, 2016 Series: Quista #1 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Middle-Grade   I read enough YA books that I am comfortable with their literary shortcomings and can enjoy them for what they are, entertainment. Some of them…

The Genius Asylum

Title: The Genius Asylum Author: Arlene F. Marks Publisher: Edge-Lite Pub. Date: 25 April, 2016 Series: Sic Transit Terra #1 Genre: Sci-fi,  Space Caper, Hard-Boiled, Crime Drama, Intergalactic Espionage Drew Townsend is dispatched to a remote station for punishment, to solve a crime, or to do a wholly different job for which he, as a…