Storm of Locusts (by Rebecca Roanhorse)

Dystopia / Urban Fantasy

When the waters rose gods and monsters were set free and once again walk amongst us. Maggie is a Navajo monster hunter, the God Killer. She killed coyote and trapped Neizghani (Book 1: Trail of Lightning), now a new threat has emerged. A cult led the elusive White Locust has kidnapped two of her friends and Maggie is determined to rescue them.


Occasionally a writer comes along who changes everything in a genre.
They make you excited again.
It’s like everything is right with the world.

Mark Henwick is one of those authors. He took an old idea and made it exciting and surprising again.
And Rebecca Roanhorse is one of those authors as well.

She takes themes I’ve read before. Things I’ve seen dozens of times. But she saturates them with authenticity and somehow makes them original. I wish I knew more about the myths and lore of the Diné –– I don’t but this book feels right, it feels respectful of the Navajo people and their traditions, and I love it for that.

But it’s much more than that.  It’s a book that will suck you in and entertain you until the very last page.

The Philosopher’s War (by Tom Miller)

Science Fiction / Steam Punk
The Philosopher’s Flight was brilliant. One of the most interesting and original novels I’ve read in a good long while. It followed Robert Weekes as he enters Radcliffe College with the goal of being the first male to ever join the R&E Service as a flying medic rescuing wounded soldiers in France. The Philosopher’s Flight ended with him graduating and being accepted into R&E.

The Philosopher’s War begins with him landing in France and joining the 5th Division, a motley group of misfits and malcontents, overworked and undermanned. As he starts rescuing soldiers from the front lines his comrades slowly warm to him and finally accept him. But he is much more than just an R&E flyer. He’s the lynch pin in an audacious plan to force Germany to surrender. A plan which if it fails could see him executed for treason.

That’s if he even survives.


The Philosophers War is so different to book one that it wasn’t easy to get into. Pretty much everything from The Philosopher’s Flight was tossed into the fire and I had to start again. Robert even lost his name, going from Weekes to Candarelli.

But honestly this book is brilliant. It’s just so imaginative and original that you can’t help but love it.

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy.

My Kind of Forever (by Tracy Brogan)

Contemporary Romance

Brooke has managed to live her life taking care of others. When her mother died she took care of her two younger sisters. After college she returned to Trillium Bay as a teacher and now she has taken on the job of Trillium Bay’s youngest mayor.

But life seems to be passing her by and while everyone around her is finding love and starting families she’s still alone.

Leo is the new bartender in town and there are immediate sparks but Brooke knows that Trillium Bay isn’t for everyone and Leo will most likely move on when the tourists leave.  She wants her forever and Leo most definitely isn’t the settling down sort of man.


My Kind of Forever is old school contemporary romance. It’s a comfortable, easy and enjoyable read.

A Merciful Fate (by Kendra Elliot)

Romantic Suspense

When Ollie and his dog Shep discover human skeletal remains on a remote trail in the woods he also discovered the first clue in a case that has been cold for 30 years.  Thirty years earlier an armored car was robbed. The mastermind was caught but the rest of the gang escaped and were never heard from again.

Rumors had the gang crossing the border into Canada but if the bones are any indication maybe the gang never even left the area. Now the case has landed on the desk of Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick and it’s up to her to track down the other criminals. And everything is pointing towards locals, people she knows being involved.


Kendra Elliot is just great.  This book, this whole series is great. Honestly I can’t think of a bad thing to say about it.  It’s well written, great characters, the stories are unique. In every way this series is just a little bit better than the competition. I gave the first 3 books to an 85 year old retired police officer and he loved them. It’s no surprise, I know that Mercy Kilpatrick is a winner.

Many thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy.

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (by Karina Yan Glaser)

Young Readers

After one of their neighbors has a heart-attack and is rushed to hospital the Vanderbeekers decide to turn an overgrown plot of land into a community garden for him and his wife. With a very limited budget but a truck load of creativity they begin to see results, but a developer has his eyes on the plot and plans to put a cookie cutter condo there.

Will their garden be bulldozed before their neighbor gets to walk through it?


Solid gold 5 Stars. A magical story that will captivate young readers. When I was growing up, it was The Three Investigators. For kids growing up today, this is their story. It’s the book they will remember when they are 50.

Dr Strange Beard (by Penny Reid)

Contemporary Romance

Roscoe remembers everything. He can remember conversations he had 10 years earlier, word for word. He can remember every word Simone said to break his heart.
Roscoe avoids looking at people. When you remember everything, it’s easier to just not make any new memories.
Simone is back in town and she can’t figure out why Roscoe is avoiding her.  But she needs his help and for that to happen she needs to mend some broken fences.


I always find it challenging reviewing Penny Reid’s books.
What can I say that hasn’t been said?
Hell, what can I say that I haven’t already said about her other books.
And one of the hardest things is avoiding superlatives.

So let me talk about an Alfa Romeo.

Specifically the 1960 Alfa Romeo Giuletta Sprint.

The greatest car ever made!

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OK, it wasn’t the fastest car on the road, it had an underpowered 1.3L engine under the hood. It didn’t handle like a Porsche or a Ferrari. But who really cares about any of that crap? Certainly not me. The Giuletta had charisma. You see one and you can’t help but looking again…and again. The more you look at it, the more beautiful it gets.

And that’s this book. It’s brilliant, it’s sublime, I wanted it to go on forever.

Girl Town (by Carolyn Nowak)

Sequential Art

I don’t read a lot of sequential art. I want to be blown away but I nearly always end up just feeling mildly disappointed.

Not so here.

Girl Town is brilliant and soulful. It’s like a punch in the gut at times and at other times I just have no idea what’s going on –– but I know whatever it is, it’s inspired.

The very best doesn’t just entertain you. It challenges you, it inspires you and it confronts you.

Girl Town does all of that and a whole lot more. Five Stars … honestly I’d give this book all of the stars.  I read it a week ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it.