Abaddon’s Gate

Author: James S.A. Corey Series: Expanse #3 Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars Verdict: Borrow “Ever wonder what we did wrong that got us here?” A little context (it took me a few beats to realize that the titles of these books always have some context behind them) for the title:  Abaddon is a place of … More Abaddon’s Gate

Show, Don’t Tell

Author: William Noble Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars rating Verdict: Borrow “Show don’t tell.”  Every novice writer has been given this advice.  I heard it over and over at the writers’ conference I went to last year.  Yet no one took the time to explain how one goes about showing instead of telling.  This is … More Show, Don’t Tell

The Frog Princess

Author: E.D. Baker Series: The Tales of the Frog Princess #1 Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars Verdict: Bury The Frog Princess is a vanilla fairy tale retelling.  Emma is a magical princess afraid of practicing magic because she makes a mess of it (the anecdotes shared in this respect with her aunt were actually quite … More The Frog Princess

This is Not a Test

Author: Courtney Summers Rating: 4 / 5 stars Verdict: Buy Zombies.  Oh, how I have missed you so.  It’s hard for me to find the perfect zombie novels, especially in young adult, to snuggle into and devour.  It’s a genre I’ve abandoned lately, but I’ve been working on the next installment of my zombie novella … More This is Not a Test

Dragon Teeth

Author: Michael Crichton Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars Verdict: Borrow “Hunting for bones,” wrote Johnson, “has a peculiar fascination, not unlike hunting for gold.  One never knows what one will find, and the possibilities, the potential discoveries lying in wait, fuels the quest.” I am, and forever will be, a diehard Crichton fan.  He had … More Dragon Teeth