All posts tagged: Year of the Blog

Review: Dark Matter

The Stats Title: Dark Matter Author: Blake Crouch Publisher: Crown; 1St Edition edition (July 26, 2016) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Science Fiction, Technothriller, Suspense, Horror, Romance Trigger Warnings: Multiverse Theories I bought Dark Matter as a part of my January Book of the Month club box. All opinions are my own. The Review A typical family night in the Dessen’s brownstone involved making dinner and enjoying each other’s company. This time, while on his way back from picking up ice cream, Jason Dessen is abducted and drugged by a masked figure. When Jason wakes up, he is not in his world. He is no longer a college physics professor. He no longer has a wife or child. His brownstone is still his home, but none of the furnishings -down to the location of the electrical outlets- are the same. Instead, he is “friends” with a man he never met, who has been funding his “research” for the past eleven years. Jason cannot tell if this is an elaborate prank or just a dream. While he battles with his sanity, …

Review: The Alice Network

The Stats Title: The Alice Network Author: Kate Quin Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 6, 2017) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction Trigger Warnings: Abortion, Suicidal Ideation The Review In 1947, Charlie St. Cloud’s mother brings her to Europe for a “Swiss Vacation.” Charlie, however, has something else in mind. Haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her French cousin, Rose, during WWII, Charlies sets off to determine if Rose is still alive. With only two pieces of information – the name of a bureau clerk, Evelyn Gardiner, and the name of a restaurant in Limoges owned by a Monsieur Rene, Le Lethe – Charlie finds Ms. Gardiner. 50 years of age and a drunkard, Eve is nothing how Charlie expected. When Charlie informs Eve about Le Lethe, Eve is thrown for a loop. During the Great War, in 1915, Eve worked at Monsieur René Bourdelin’s Le Lethe, in Lille… as an undercover spy. The trio, Charlie, Eve, and Eve’s driver Finn Kilgore, a Scotsman with a criminal record, embark on wild goose chase across the French countryside …

Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

In Honor of International Holocaust Rememberence Day (January 27th) The Stats Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz Author: Heather Morris Publisher: Echo (February 1, 2018), Harper Paperbacks (September 4, 2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction, Memoir Trigger Warnings: Holocaust, Hate Crimes, Sexual Assault Thank you to both Echo Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an electrical Review Copy of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, set to publish February 1, 2018, in Australia. American readers will have access to the novel on September 4, 2018, through the publisher Harper Paperback. All opinions mentioned in this review are my own. The Review Based on the true story of Holocaust survivor Lale Sokolov’s life, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a hauntingly beautiful love story. In 1942, the German Schutzstaffel (SS) have begun infiltrating polyglot Lale Eisenberg’s’ native country of Slovakia. Posters have been hung up stating that every Jewish family must provide one member to join a German work camp or face the consequences. Lale travels to Prague to volunteer for his family where he is then forced onto a cattle train. …