The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty

WARNING: This review briefly describes scenes of graphic sexual violence.  What can I say about The Exorcist that people haven't already raved about? Although I guess I should make the distinction that I'm not talking about the infamous William Friedkin movie. No, I'm talking about the William Peter Blatty novel that got a whole generation … Continue reading The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty

The Christmas Room, by Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson is no stranger to this blog because she usually pops up when I need a good bout of corny, wish-fulfillment escapism. Except, this time, this current story happened to be set during the holiday most associated with corny wish-fulfillment escapism: Christmas. So I guess we are having ourselves a little Christmas in July … Continue reading The Christmas Room, by Catherine Anderson

Into the Heartless Wood, by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Everyone knows that the best books maximize your emotions: you laugh like an idiot, you weep like a baby, and your thoughts spin madly in circles. Everyone also knows that the best fairy tales show you the best and worst of humanity in the most magical ways. Probably not since Wildwood Dancing has a fantasy … Continue reading Into the Heartless Wood, by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story, by Melissa de la Cruz

In the many, many months since my review of Alex & Eliza: A Love Story, I finally viewed the original Broadway production of Hamilton through the magic of Disney+. And, I'm sorry, guys, but it just didn't take me in the way it did for so many others. Lin-Manuel Miranda and his cast are remarkably … Continue reading Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story, by Melissa de la Cruz

The Savior’s Sister (The Savior’s Champion #2), by Jenna Moreci

In the fall of 2018, when I was just starting out as a teacher, Jenna Moreci's The Savior's Champion proved to be a pretty good escape. I was impressed with her world-building, the stakes surrounding the bloody Sovereign's Tournament, and the romance between Tobias and Leila. More than anything, the ending left me breathless for … Continue reading The Savior’s Sister (The Savior’s Champion #2), by Jenna Moreci