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I really wanted to give this book a fair shake, but I simply couldn’t. Let me explain myself. When I first read the book that started it all, I admit that I was okay with it. It was thinly veiled Twilight crap, which the author has already admitted. It wasn’t until I let the interwebs and people’s opinions influence me that I decided I really didn’t need to read any of the other books. I also didn’t need to see the movie, because I rarely like...

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You know you’re good when I can still care about your main character when we’re fifteen books in. Silva has long been known as a master storyteller; he’s almost the anti-author, the quiet man who’s simply sitting at his desk, penning his marvelous stories without a care in the world about sales or audiences. Every time I read one of his books I feel like I snuck into his office and read his personal writings, mostly because they lack that pand...

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If you’re looking for Pulitzer material, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a fast page turner with a little bit of Hollywood gossip and a whole lot of crazy thrown in, this is definitely the book for you. If I can indulge in freshman Psych 101 for just a minute… this book reads like a really interesting take on Stockholm Syndrome, even though that’s not what Playboy girlfriend Holly Madison was going for. As a young, beautiful girl with...

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One of the most highly anticipated and highly controversial books of recent release has finally hit the shelves. Harper Lee’s long-awaited second novel—and face it, we’d read her grocery list if she’d publish it—is finally here, amidst speculations about her sanity, her shady legal team, and her portrayal of the much beloved Atticus Finch as a racist. It’s important to take a few things into consideration in order to appreciate this book; with...

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If you have a kid, don’t lie to yourself: you and your co-parent waged a stealth war to get the kid to say Mama or Dada first. It was not only a victory in child development, it was a victory in terms of who the little beastie loved more. And it felt good. (Reviewer’s Note: I can boldly make these statements because I worked diligently with both of my children with all the effort of a pushy parent coaching a toddler to Olympic glory… and I won...

It’s fun to think about a killer thief cleaning out the victim’s house only to find something far more valuable than money or jewelry…in this book, the killer finds unpublished manuscripts! (To be fair, there has long been a rumor that Stephen King himself has a safe full of unpublished books, and that every year or so he just reaches in and pulls out another bestseller.) Fair warning: If you heard that last summer’s Mr. Mercedes was book one ...

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Authors: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Mary Jordan, Kevin Sullivan It’s hard to review a book like this, not just because the content is so depraved and monstrous, but because the content actually happened. What is there to criticize? The plot development and the characterization of a mad man who kidnapped three women, held them physically in chains for a decade, and raped them several times a day? Do you take issue with the way the events unfol...

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Full disclosure: I have an iPhone. There, I said it. But before anyone thinks that makes me a disciple of the cult of Apple, let me point out that I only bought the iPhone last month because I never had a need for a $700 telephone until recently. So despite not being moon-eyed over the Apple Corporation, I can say with full authority that Steve Jobs was one of the most amazing but misrepresented individuals in the history of the tech industry....

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You might think that the best news to hit the publishing industry in a long time was the announcement that Harper Lee was publishing a sequel to her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. You’d be wrong. The best news is actually revolved around the recent decision by the powers that be in her home state of Alabama, declaring that the author is mentally competent to publish her own book. HOW can it possibly be a good thing t...

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Sarah Dessen isn’t the queen of Young Adult literature for nothing, and this new title just proves her worth as both a writer and a storyteller who understands her audiences in an almost sixth-sense way. She meets her readers where they are and crafts genuine characters who are wholly realistic and struggling with very real problems. In Sydney’s perfect world, everything is not as it seems. She’s the quiet younger sister who’s always lived in ...

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Grey by E.L. James
Featured , New Releases / January 19, 2017

I really wanted to give this book a fair shake, but I simply couldn’t. Let me explain myself. When I first read the book that started it all, I admit that I was okay with it. It was thinly veiled Twilight crap, which the author has already admitted. It wasn’t until I let the interwebs and people’s opinions influence me that I decided I really didn’t need to read any of the other books. I also didn’t need to see the movie, because I r...

The English Spy by Daniel Silva
Best Sellers , New Releases / January 16, 2017

You know you’re good when I can still care about your main character when we’re fifteen books in. Silva has long been known as a master storyteller; he’s almost the anti-author, the quiet man who’s simply sitting at his desk, penning his marvelous stories without a care in the world about sales or audiences. Every time I read one of his books I feel like I snuck into his office and read his personal writings, mostly because they lack...

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison
New Releases / January 14, 2017

If you’re looking for Pulitzer material, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a fast page turner with a little bit of Hollywood gossip and a whole lot of crazy thrown in, this is definitely the book for you. If I can indulge in freshman Psych 101 for just a minute… this book reads like a really interesting take on Stockholm Syndrome, even though that’s not what Playboy girlfriend Holly Madison was going for. As a young, beautiful...

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
New Releases / January 7, 2017

One of the most highly anticipated and highly controversial books of recent release has finally hit the shelves. Harper Lee’s long-awaited second novel—and face it, we’d read her grocery list if she’d publish it—is finally here, amidst speculations about her sanity, her shady legal team, and her portrayal of the much beloved Atticus Finch as a racist. It’s important to take a few things into consideration in order to appreciate this ...

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon
New Releases / January 4, 2017

If you have a kid, don’t lie to yourself: you and your co-parent waged a stealth war to get the kid to say Mama or Dada first. It was not only a victory in child development, it was a victory in terms of who the little beastie loved more. And it felt good. (Reviewer’s Note: I can boldly make these statements because I worked diligently with both of my children with all the effort of a pushy parent coaching a toddler to Olympic glory…...

Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Books-to-Movies , New Releases / January 1, 2017

It’s fun to think about a killer thief cleaning out the victim’s house only to find something far more valuable than money or jewelry…in this book, the killer finds unpublished manuscripts! (To be fair, there has long been a rumor that Stephen King himself has a safe full of unpublished books, and that every year or so he just reaches in and pulls out another bestseller.) Fair warning: If you heard that last summer’s Mr. Mercedes was...

In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume
Miscellaneous / December 31, 2016

Judy Blume has long been the mainstay of many-a-girl’s childhood. At 77 years old, it’s no wonder; she’s been writing for decades, so chances are great that most women and girls have at least walked by one of her books, if not actually read, enjoyed, and treasured them. As her initial audience of pre-teen girls grew up, so did Blume. She’s tackled subjects in her writing that no other authors were crafting for that age group, and no ...

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland
Best Sellers , New Releases , Non-fiction / December 26, 2016

Authors: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Mary Jordan, Kevin Sullivan It’s hard to review a book like this, not just because the content is so depraved and monstrous, but because the content actually happened. What is there to criticize? The plot development and the characterization of a mad man who kidnapped three women, held them physically in chains for a decade, and raped them several times a day? Do you take issue with the way the ev...

Paper Towns by John Green
Best Sellers , Books-to-Movies / December 25, 2016

This is one of those rare, rare times when the movie redeems the book. Paper Towns, while poignant and thought-provoking, was not a pick-me-up of a novel. Then again, the author is also known for killing off teenagers with cancer who happen to be desperately in love with each other, so it’s not like the reader should have expected a happy ending. After sitting through so much melodrama, we deserve a happy ending, dammit! Sadly, the H...

The Martian by Andy Weir
Books-to-Movies , Featured / December 22, 2016

This is one of those rare, never-really-happens-so-why-are-we-talking-about-it times when a movie adaptation far outshines its book beginnings. As a book, The Martian was… okay. As a film, it’s a Castaway for our times, and by our times I mean fifteen years after Tom Hanks had to survive on an island; we’ll ignore for the moment that Castaway was just a really, really awesome remake of Swiss Family Robinson without the Swiss and with...