Book Review: No One Dies in the Garden of Syn (The Garden of Syn Book 1) by Michael Seidelman

Syn has spent her whole life struggling with cystic fibrosis, until one day she's pushed into a pond and wakes up in a strange place called "the garden" where illness doesn't exist and she can live symptom-free, but the longer she stays, the more danger she finds. She wants to get home, but, when she realizes this place might have something to do with her parents' disappearance, she's determined...
 

Book Review: Girl on a Wire (Girl on a Wire Book 1) by Gwenda Bond

Jules, a wire walker, gets an opportunity to join a traveling circus with her family of performers, and she persuades them to take it despite the bad blood between her family and the Garcias, another family in the show. Jules just wants to follow her dreams to be like her wire walking idol, but strange, magical, dangerous things start happening, and Jules teams up Remy Garcia, the boy who's...
 

Book Review: Triad Blood (Triad Blood Book 1) by ‘Nathan Burgoine

Luc (a vampire), Anders (an incubus), and Curtis (a wizard), shunned and bullied for being lone creatures and thus easy targets, have defied tradition by creating their own triad rather than joining others of their own kind. But not everyone in the supernatural world is happy about their bond and the strength that comes with it, and they'll have to face-off against the powerful vampire Renard if...
 

Short Story Review: Three (Triad Blood Book 0.5) by ‘Nathan Burgoine

Luc, a vampire, and Anders, an incubus, are both alone without a coterie or pack to keep them safe. When they both go for the same prey on one of the few nights they're able to hunt without being harassed by others of their own kind, they decide to work together, and they end up finding a chance at freedom neither of them realized they could...
 

Bookish Musings: Why Is It Always Love?

I know many people are tired of almost every single book they read, especially young adult, having romance in it. But that's not what this post is about. I actually do like when books have romance in them. My issue is that the romance is always an all-powerful, consuming, life-altering, earth-shattering love. Why is it always like that? I don't know why it's always like that, but it bothers me...
 

Book Review: Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

When Braineater Jones wakes up in a swimming pool with a bullet hole in his chest, he doesn't know who he is, where he is, or how he died, but he soon finds out that alcohol is the only thing that keeps him from turning into a true brain-eating monster. He quickly gets himself set up as a private detective for the dead, ends up with a severed head as a partner, and starts off his new undead life...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Only the Backs of People

I can't do this! I can't choose just ten covers! Ok fine, I can. But there are A LOT of book covers with only the backs of people on them. Like, A LOT. And when I realized this, I told myself I wasn't going to freak out, I was just going to find some and choose ten without worrying whether I was missing other amazing ones or that I was choosing the "wrong" ones from the ones I had compiled. BUT...
 

Book Review: Withered + Sere (Immemorial Year Book 1) by TJ Klune

The world is still in ruins 100 years after a catastrophic event. Cavalo, unable to handle his own demons, is going insane and spends most of his time in an abandoned prison with his dog and a robot as his best friends. But one day he crosses to the other side of the forest where a cannibalistic group of people known as the Dead Rabbits lives and ends up taking one of them, a mute psychopath,...
 

Bookish Musings: Realism in Books – Characters

Recently, Cait over at Paper Fury did a post about how realistic books should be, and it got me thinking. I read mostly fantasy and sci-fi, so it's pretty safe to say I like unrealistic premises. But there are certain things within those premises that I do want to be realistic. And one of those things is characters. Of course everyone likes different things, everyone reads for different reasons,...
 

Book Review: Deadgirl: Ghostlight (The Deadgirl Saga Book 2) by B.C. Johnson

Lucy has spent her summer trying to move on from the events of the first book and trying to figure out how to live as a phantom without hurting anyone. But between a gang of serial killers, a wraith, friendship troubles, dating, and becoming a veritable superhero team with a fellow supernatural, Lucy realizes her newfound phantom problems are far from...