REVIEW: Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

I love vampires and werewolves and whatnot, but I tend to like them scary and brutal rather than romantic and cuddly. Hemlock Grove gives me the scary with a small side of cuddly, and it worked out really well. The whole book has this balance between fresh and old fashioned– like if pre-1980s horror movies were redone for a modern audience.1 My favorite part about Hemlock Grove was the atmosphere. It’d be a perfect Halloween Read More …

REVIEW: Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1 by Alexander Gordon Smith

I bought this when it was on sale a few months ago, and it turned out to be a perfect “while on vacation” book. It’s exciting, a bit scary, and it moves really quickly. The characters are (mostly) interesting and enjoyable to read about, although it’s all dudes and there isn’t a female character anywhere. NOWHERE. A mom and a sister are mentioned by the male characters once or twice, and that’s it. Furnace is, Read More …

REVIEW: The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff

It’s tough for any book to follow The Lantern Bearers, although technically this one comes BEFORE and it’s only my own stupidity that I read the series out of order. Anyway! The Silver Branch isn’t my favorite of the three Rosemary Sutcliff books I’ve read, but it’s not bad, either. I like it a little better than The Eagle of the Ninth, actually, and it’s interesting to see Ms Sutcliff play around with themes and Read More …

REVIEW: The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff

This is actually the fourth book in Rosemary Sutcliff’s Roman historical fiction series, but I didn’t realize that until after I had already read it (after first reading The Eagle of the Ninth). Since they’re only loosely connected by plot and family, and since the plot doesn’t continue on from one book to another, I didn’t lose anything by reading it out of order. It did make for a weird deja vu kind of thing Read More …

REVIEW: The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

I spotted on the shelf at my campus library, and the cover was so intriguing I was sure I’d like the book. And I did! It just took me a little while to get to that point. The beginning was almost disappointingly typical 1950’s children’s historical fiction, which to me is boring. I suppose you would have had to read a lot of kids historical fiction from that time to understand what I mean, but Read More …