Reviews

The Mystery of Alice by Lee Bacon Audiobook Review

The Mystery of Alice by Lee Bacon is an Audible original mystery and thriller audiobook aimed at teens and young adults. Emily Poe has won a full scholarship to the exclusive Audyn school in Manhattan. She thought the elaborate test by the mysterious Leopold Foundation to get into the school would be her biggest challenge, but it turns out that getting in was only the first hurdle and not everything is

A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain Audiobook Review

A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain is an Audible Original narrated by Hillary Huber about Marie Curie’s earlier life. This is a short story that is an easy 1 and a half hour listen, perfect for a commute. The story starts off in 1893 Paris where 25-year-old Polish, Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne. Determined to win a male-dominated field and in a world that is

The Case of the Missing Will by Agatha Christie Book Review

The Case of the Missing Will is a short story by Agatha Christie first published in the Poirot Investigates anthology. If you are looking for a fun, mystery read without any murder or violence this book hits the nail on the head. Violet Marsh was orphaned at a young age and was raised by her uncle Andrew Marsh, while the two loved each other they were often at odds over Violet’s

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal Book Review

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is the debut novel of J. Ryan Stradal. Lars Thorvald’s life changes when his wife leaves him and their baby daughter Eva to pursue her dream of becoming a sommelier. Trying to keep his life together with the help of his brother Jarl and his girlfriend Fiona, Lars seems to be inching towards being okay when a terrible accident ends his life, leaving Jarl and

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman Book Review

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is an urban fantasy novel. Richard Mayhew is an ordinary businessman living his ordinary life in London. His life completely changes when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding in the street, a girl that unfathomably his girlfriend and other people walking the streets don’t seem to notice. This one good deed shifts him from the reality he knows into the London Below, a

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith Book Review

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith feels like you are reading a fairytale or folktale. Elena Boureanu is a vine witch, for centuries she and her sister witches divine and cast spells for Château Renard to create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. That is until Elena is cursed to live as a frog in the marshes, leaving her beloved vines without the care they need. After breaking

The Year Without Summer by Jack Hunt Book Review

The Year Without Summer by Jack Hunt is a supervolcano disaster thriller. Fresh after a divorce volcanologist, Catherine Shaw is on vacation at Yellowstone park with her son Jordan where she hopes to mend their relationship. However, the vacation is not going as planned, worryingly there are signs that the long-dormant supervolcano under the park is waking up and is on the brink of erupting. With a ticking bomb that

The Blackwater Saga by Michael McDowell Book Review

A darkness arrives in the small town, Perdido, Alabama on Easter Sunday of 1919 creating an uneasiness that no one can quite figure out. Elinor Dammert is rescued in the aftermath of a flood by Oscar Caskey. She is beautiful and charming but her beauty hides a secret. Beneath the murky water of the Perdido River, she turns into a terrifying, creature that generations of Perdido residents thought was just

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg Book Review

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg is the first book in the four-part Paper Magician series. Newly graduated from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony Twill dreams of working with metal magic are dashed when she is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite being top of her class. Crushed she arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane to learn the craft she has always

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler Book Review

I listened to the audiobook of The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler narrated by Kate Rudd. I truly enjoyed this version and found it entertaining and it was one of those books that was hard to hit the pause button on when I  had to do something else. Luckily for me, this is the first book in the King Fountain series which meant that I had five more books to