Category: Reading Challenges

Book Review: Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Serafina) by Robert Beatty

Book Review: Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Serafina) by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Twisted Staff is the second book in author Robert Beatty’s Serafina series, about a mysterious young girl who secretly lived at the Biltmore Estate. The series is set back in time in 1899 in North Carolina, but this story has a timeless feel to it. In fact, I often forget that it’s a historical fiction […]

Book Review: André (The Uncompromising Series) by Sybil Bartel

Book Review: André (The Uncompromising Series) by Sybil Bartel

André is the third book in Sybil Bartel’s The Uncompromising series, which is a spin-off of her Unchecked series. In this novel, we finally learn more about André. The Marine who runs a top-notch security company. André has been mentioned in the other books as a no-nonsense businessman who doesn’t know how to let loose. Consumed with work, André doesn’t […]

Book Review: Haunted House (Afraid) by Jack Kilborn

Book Review: Haunted House (Afraid) by Jack Kilborn

“Looks like you invited the wrong goddamn dominatrix to your little party, bitch!” Jack Kilborn brings together eight of his surviving characters from previous five books in the Konrath/Kilborn collective. Most of these characters I was familiar with, except for one from a short story I never read, but it was still pretty cool to […]

Book Review: Endurance (Afraid) by Jack Kilborn

Book Review: Endurance (Afraid) by Jack Kilborn

Endurance is the 3rd book in Jack Kilborn’s Afraid series of books, and I’m glad I read another book in between it and Trapped. While it’s not as gross as Trapped, it comes a very close second. In this novel, people happen upon the Rushmore Inn, a bed and breakfast hidden in the West Virginian hills. However, once they check in, they […]

Book Review: Origin by J. A. Konrath

Book Review: Origin by J. A. Konrath

“We don’t know the Devil’s side of the story, because God wrote all the books.”  The second book in the J.A. Konrath/ Jack Kilborn collective is Origin, which is a big departure from the action-thriller, The List. In Origin, workers discover something monstrous while digging the Panama Canal. Whatever it is, President Theodore Roosevelt believe it to be so important […]

Book Review: Trapped (Afraid Series) by Jack Kilborn

Book Review: Trapped (Afraid Series) by Jack Kilborn

Trapped is the second book in author Jack Kilborn’s Afraid series. Though a part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone as it’s a completely different story from Afraid. After reading the first book I waited no time in downloading Trapped. I was so excited that I think I missed a very important key detail – Cannibalism – […]

Book Review: Afraid by Jack Kilborn

Book Review: Afraid by Jack Kilborn

“There is no decent place to stand in a massacre. —LEONARD COHEN” I came across Jack Kilborn’s Afraid while browsing through Kindle Unlimited’s mystery section. It was recommended to me because I like Blake Crouch’s work, and the two authors often work together. Yet, I let it linger on my TBR for months. I’m glad I finally […]

Book Review: The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower Series) by Stephen King

Book Review: The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower Series) by Stephen King

“Go then, there are other worlds than these.” As a child my favorite Stephen King novel was The Eyes of the Dragon. It’s not as popular as his other books, but I loved it because it was like a fairy tale. Later when I learned that the villain in that story appears throughout King’s books, I’d decided […]

Book Review: The Midnight Star (The Young Elites) by Marie Lu

Book Review: The Midnight Star (The Young Elites) by Marie Lu

“You cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past. You cannot use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty to others.” The Midnight Star was fantastic! In fact I enjoyed it even more then The Rose Society. Adelina is now queen, but has lost the one person who meant the most to […]