A Death’s Awakening, by C.E. Wilson

It doesn’t take a lot of lurking throughout my reviews to see that I’m a big fan of indie-author C.E. Wilson. Maybe it’s because I know from following her on social media that like me, she’s a big fan of The Twilight Zone. That being said, she’s rolling out a clever series of books, which […]

Corrupt Me, by Jillian Quinn

Every now and then, you have to step a little bit outside your comfort zone. That sentiment applies to readers as well. It’s sometimes educational and sometimes eye-opening to read a book outside the typical genre(s) you enjoy. As a YA writer, I read a lot of YA fiction to keep up with what’s out […]

Made You Up, by Francesca Zappia

I start 2017 with a review of a book that’s been on my Kindle for a few months. Because I have a Goodreads account, I get periodic notifications when there are special deals on the books on my to-read list. When I got that notification, I immediately snagged myself a digital copy. I’ve wanted to […]

Demon in Sight, by Dan Rix

There are many emotions a reader goes through when faced with the final book in a series s/he has been enjoying. Obviously, there’s the unbridled excitement that a new book is out, but it’s also a bittersweet feeling because after that, there will be no more. There may be trepidation, based on high expectations that […]

Ensnared, by A.G. Howard

Last Christmas, my daughters gave me the first two books in A.G. Howard’s dark and twisted reimagining of Alice in Wonderland. The concept was outstanding: Alyssa is a direct descendant of Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s book, who journeyed to the real Wonderland. I read the first book, Splintered, back in March and […]

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, by Lindsay Ribar

Come on, how could I resist a title and cover like this? How could I resist this basic plot synopsis? Aspen Quick’s family has the power to reach into people and take something from them—a memory, an ability, a personality trait, and/or more—but they do so to keep the cliff from crumbling down and killing […]

The Mermaid’s Sister, by Carrie Anne Noble

Before MERMAID MONTH here at the Stuff draws to a close, I’ve got another mermaid-themed book to review. This book was the 2014 winner of Amazon’s breakthrough novel competition in the young adult category, and as a debut YA fairy tale, I can see why. There’s much to appreciate about the crafting of this story, particularly […]

Five Seven Six (The Boy with Words, Book Two), by C.E. Wilson

A few months ago, I read and reviewed C.E. Wilson’s exceptional book Five Seven Five, the first of two parts in The Boy with Words series. I waited patiently after that doozy of a cliffhanger to find out what would happen next. The sequel adds a number to its title, so let’s see how the […]

We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach

At the end of every school year, my school’s students vote among 3-5 books nominated by the English Language Arts department to be the one common summer reading book for all students. Last summer, the book that won was The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. It was about a detective investigating a murder against […]

The Tiny Curse (Werewolf High Book Two), by Anita Oh

A few months ago, I stumbled upon the product page for this (at the time) yet-to-be-released book. The synopsis of the book clearly told that a curse had fallen upon the main heroine, shrinking her down to two inches tall. Shrinking is a fantastical plot device that has intrigued me since I was small (see what […]