Book Review – MARKING TIME by April White

Marking Time by April White

Marking Time Synopsis:  Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything… a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she […]

Book Review – THE SHINING GIRLS by Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls Synopsis THE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T DIE HUNTS THE KILLER WHO SHOULDN’T EXIST. “The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.”  Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to […]

Book Review – THE FLUTE PLAYER by Shawn Mihalik

The Flute Player by Shawn Mihalik

The Flute Player Synopsis For nearly ten years, young Oliver has begrudgingly accepted his position as the flute player of the peaceful village of Drommar—a responsibility thrust upon him after the previous flute player, and Oliver’s best friend, drowned in a tragic childhood accident. Now on the cusp of adulthood, a mysterious young woman enters […]

Book Review – THE ROOK by Daniel O’Malley

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley - audio

The Rook Synopsis “The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and […]

Book Review – MR PENUMBRA’S 24 HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan

Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore Synopsis A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life — mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone […]

Book Review – SEDUCTION by M J Rose

Seduction by M J Rose

Seduction Synopsis From the author of The Book of Lost Fragrances comes a haunting novel about a grieving woman who discovers the lost journal of novelist Victor Hugo, awakening a mystery that spans centuries In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish […]

Book Review – THE WILD GIRL by Kate Forsyth

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

The Wild Girl Synopsis Dortchen Wild fell in love with Wilhelm Grimm the first time she saw him. Growing up in the German kingdom of Hessen-Cassel in the early nineteenth century, Dortchen Wild is irresistibly drawn to the boy next door; the young and handsome fairy-tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm. It is a time of war, […]

Book Review – WATERING HEAVEN by Peter Tieryas Liu

Watering Heaven by Peter Tieryas Liu

Watering Heaven Synopsis What would you do if you found out your girlfriend laid an egg every time she had sex? Who would you be if you were invited to a party in Beijing but had to make up a brand-new identity for six weeks? Peter Tieryas Liu’s Watering Heaven is a travelogue of and […]

Book Review – AS THE LIGHTNING COMES by Svensk Oob

As the Lightning Comes by Svensk Oob

As The Lightning Comes Synopsis This fast paced adventure is like The Bible Code meets The Chariots of the Gods. It weaves together the fascinating themes of ancient astronauts, angel visitations, hidden Bible codes and end time prophecies, with an international conspiracy thrown in. The story follows the quest of cynical lawyer John Marshall to […]

Book Review – THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS by Karen Lord

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

The Best of All Possible Worlds Synopsis Karen Lord’s debut novel, the multiple award winning Redemption in Indigo, announced the appearance of a major new talent — a strong, brilliantly innovative voice fusing Caribbean storytelling traditions and speculative fiction with subversive wit and incisive intellect. Now Lord returns with a second novel that exceeds the promise of her […]