REVIEW OF THE CON ARTIST BY FRED VAN LENTE

  It’s 2018 and it’s a fact that geeks now rule the world. Marvel rules the theatres, everyone and their mother knows who Iron Man and Black Widow are, and it’s a good chance your humble reviewer is typing this while wearing a Captain America t-shirt (SPOILERS: it’s true). Super-heroes have always been a part of American culture, but it’s always been with a bit of a snide side-eye from the jocks and cool kids. Not anymore. The geeks won, and now we walk with our ironically-chunky-eye-glasses wearing heads held high. But let’s not forget that comic-book pop-culture all comes from a source material: the humble comic-book. And while...

Review of WATCH THE GIRLS by Jennifer Wolfe

WATCH THE GIRLS by Jennifer Wolfe Grand Central July 2018 Liv Hendricks had a promising television career when she was a teen actress known as Olivia Hill. She and her difficult and seldom-sober sister played on the popular TV show “The Hills Have PIs.” But when the girls’ younger sister Miranda disappeared, Liv dropped out of the public eye completely. It was only when her financial situation forced her return to television that she found herself playing on a campy Scooby-Doo-esque reality show called “Bullsh?t Hunters.” But their missing sister has continued to haunt her, and self-medicating her past into silence ends up getting her...

REVIEW OF JAR OF HEARTS BY JENNIFER HILLIER

JAR OF HEARTS JENNIFER HILLIER MINOTAUR BOOKS JUNE 12, 2018 High school best friends Georgina Shaw, Angela Wong, and Kaiser Brody were living their best lives. School, sports, and 7-11 Slurpies. Life took a severe left turn when sixteen-year-old Georgina, Geo to her friends, met 21-year-old Calvin James in that 7-11 parking lot. She fell for him instantly and completely. She knew the relationship was wrong. She knew he shouldn’t make her feel bad. She knew he shouldn’t be so mean to her. She knew he shouldn’t hit her. But she loved him and she thought he loved her, too. Then one night, Angela was murdered, and buried in the woods. In...

REVIEW OF LOVE & WAR

  ALEX & ELIZA has taken the world by storm.  Whether the play by Lin-Manuel Miranda or the novels by Melissa De La Cruz, people are craving for more information about the Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza Schuyler. The first in the series, ALEX & ELIZA, and its sequel, LOVE & WAR emphasize the romance more than the historical, as the author brings to life the love story of these two Revolutionary figures. Melissa wants to emphasize, “Alex is a creation based on an historical figure.  I consider him someone I made up from the real person. These are characters. They may be historical figures, but they are...

REVIEW OF THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS

THE SAINT OF SONS AND BUTCHERS Alex Grecian G.P. Putnam’s Sons April 17, 2018   With his latest novel author Alex Grecian is moving in a new direction with a new series, a new era, and a new setting, Kansas. Another book that took place in that state, Wizard of Oz has a famous line “Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Oh My.” Replace that with THE SAINT OF SONS AND BUTCHERS and readers have the title of this new book. This intriguing story involves Travis, a man who chases down evil-doers with help from his trusting companion, a dog named Bear, and a Kansas State Trooper, Skottie who join forces to track down a Nazi in hiding. Grecian wanted to...

REVIEW of WARNING LIGHT

WARNING LIGHT (Zac Miller Book 1) David Ricciardi Berkley Press April 17th, 2018     WARNING LIGHT by David Ricciardi creates a Jack Ryan type character that is on the run from Iranians.  Readers are reminded of a former TV series The Fugitive, with this novel being a 21st Century re-make, foreign style. The protagonist, Zac Miller, has to become a survivalist in order to escape. Ricciardi enjoys the outdoors and wanted to write about something “I know about and I am at home around nature.  I spend a lot of time in the woods and desert.  Once my family and I took a plane that dropped us off in Alaska.  We were alone, without any...