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 […]

Splintered, by A.G. Howard

I got this book and its sequel Unhinged for Christmas from my daughters. They got me a YA book because they obviously know I’m a YA writer who reads YA books. And they also know that I absolutely adore Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Of course I’d be interested in reading a modern-day extension […]

Poet Tongue, by Kyla Stan

Poet Tongue Cover

Werewolves have been used in many ways in literature and film: sometimes for horror and blood and gore, sometimes for love and lust, sometimes as symbols of humanity (or loss thereof) or as symbols of big change and transition. In Poet Tongue, the debut work by Kyla Stan, the werewolves are used to symbolize a […]

Urban Mermaid, by Howard Parsons

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I finished this book last fall, having received an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) from the author in exchange for an honest review. Author Howard Parsons knew I was a fan of mermaids—though admittedly not as well-researched and well-versed one as he is—so I accepted the book with much enthusiasm to dive in. Being a YA […]