“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl Author: Gillian Flynn ISBN: 9780307588364 Pages: 432 Release date: June 5, 2012 Publisher: Crown Genre: Thriller Format: Ebook Source: Library Rating: 5 out of 5 Their life together wasn’t perfect—after five years, it was safe to say they’d left the honeymoon phase—but Nick Dunne never expected this. On the morning of their anniversary, his wife, Amy, went missing. Amy, a gorgeous and gregarious blonde, instantly becomes a poster woman for missing wives, making national news. Nick, unsurprisingly, becomes the […]

“Pandemonium” by Lauren Oliver

Title: Pandemonium Author: Lauren Oliver Series: Delirium, #2 ISBN: 9780061978067 Pages: 384 Release date: March 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Genre: Dystopian fiction; young adult Format: Hardcover Source: Personal collection Rating: 4 out of 5 Warning: This review contains spoilers for Pandemonium’s prequel, Delirium. For more on that book, check out my enthusiastic review. Alex is gone. He was gunned down, caught in flames, unable to cross into the Wilds with Lena, and now she’s on her own. Dehydrated, thirsty, and injured, she’s on […]

“Whatever You Love” by Louise Doughty

Title: Whatever You Love Author: Louise Doughty ISBN: 9780062094667 Pages: 384 Release date: March 2012 (paperback) Publisher: Harper Perennial Genre: Fiction Format: Paperback (ARC) Source: TLC Book Tours Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Whatever You Love, Louise Doughty’s sixth novel and a finalist for the Orange Prize, begins with every mother’s worst nightmare. Laura Needham knows why the police officers are standing at her door, but her mind seizes up with shock regardless. For the first time, she had allowed her nine-year-old […]

“All There Is” by Dave Isay

The period of time between Christmas and Valentine’s Day is the worst. You can’t swing a cat without hitting some diamond ad. (Sorry, Kizmet.) It would appear that it’s not love if he didn’t go to Jared, and it won’t last forever if it wasn’t designed by Jane Seymour. Let’s not even talk about eHarmony.

“Holy Ghost Girl” by Donna M. Johnson

Donna Johnson had an unusual childhood. Her mother brought Donna and her younger brother, Gary, into the inner circle of David Terrell, a very popular big tent revivalist in the 1960s and 70s. Donna spent her childhood under the wing of the charismatic and megalomaniacal minister; the only home she knew was under the “largest tent in the world.”

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde

Basil Hallward, an artist, is in love with his latest painting–and his subject, Dorian Gray. In fact, Hallward firmly believes that Gray’s indisputable beauty and charm have taken his art to an entirely new level, to the point that all who gaze upon his image are compelled to fall in love.

Guest Review! “Russian Winter” by Daphne Kalotay

“It wasn’t that she didn’t believe in love; but she no longer believed in it for herself.” This simple proclamation, uttered by Drew Brooks, a character in Daphne Kalotay’s first novel, reveals an ingrained belief that haunts all three protagonists of Russian Winter. Kalotay, whose short fiction is gathered in Calamity and Other Stories, illustrates how the lives of three seemingly disconnected people become intertwined amidst a jewelry collection that the central protagonist, Nina Revskaya, has put up for auction.

“The Illumination” by Kevin Brockmeier

Carol Ann Page is struggling after a painful divorce, and things only get worse when she accidentally slices off her thumb. When she is hospitalized, she is privy to a phenomenon no one can explain: Everyone’s pain is illuminated. From sore spines and aching joints, from sliced thumbs and ruptured spleens, pain becomes a very visible–and strangely beautiful–thing.

“Skipping a Beat” by Sarah Pekkanen

Julie and Michael Dunhill have it all: a gorgeous mansion in DC, a multi-million dollar business, co-ownership in the local basketball team. But everything they have fought for in life–the money, prestige, popularity–have only driven them further apart.

“Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë

Such a powerful story of love and loss ages well, and the unconventional use of an unreliable narrator had an interesting effect upon my view of the characters and story. The supernatural elements throughout the novel only serve to add to the dark, intense feelings between the two lovers.


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