The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian #bookreviews #TuesdayBookBlog

When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests 30211957in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?

Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.” –

There’s no doubt this author is a good storyteller.  The reader experiences this story through Lianna’s eyes – her grief, thoughts, observations, suspicions, discoveries.  With some interesting twists along the way, the diary-like entries scattered between chapters will keep you guessing at the identity of the writer.  I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, but it wasn’t detrimental to my enjoyment of this book.

The author did extensive research into sleep disorders and besides being educational and interesting, the information was also somewhat disturbing, but made for a fascinating premise.

Although The Sleepwalker doesn’t contain any jaw-dropping epiphanies, it’s a solid, evenly paced mystery/thriller that held my attention throughout.  This book is scheduled for publication January 10th, 2017.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital ARC of this book.

Downsizing the TBR Pile #amreading

Well – it’s been months since I’ve posted an update on this – been a little busy with the release of Sarah.  Good news and bad news – the good news is that I’ve read a lot of books, but not necessarily in my TBR pile.  I crushed my Goodreads challenge months ago.  The bad news (but it can’t really be considered bad news to buy books) is that I’ve added to the pile.

22299763Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo was released in September, but I held onto it until Thanksgiving to treat myself – I read Six of Crows at the same time last year.  This is undoubtedly at the top of my list of favorite series – richly detailed world-building, distinct and unforgettable characters, and an intricate plot that holds constant surprises.  I just loved everything about this book.



27138183I also finished Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene (review here) and Food for Poe by Mae 25213788Clair (review here) – both well-written and entertaining books by indie authors that would make excellent Christmas gifts!

My next reads will be an ARC I received from an agent and some books I bought or received during Bad Moon Rising – I’d love to get these reviews posted by the end of the month.


Currently reading:







Up next:

And the final damage is:

TBR pile:  98

Read:  3

Bought:  12

Total:  107



The Last Dryad by Sarah M. Cradit #FridayBookShare @ShelleyWilson72


Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.


I’m reading The Last Dryad: The Complex by Sarah M. Cradit.

First line:  Wezlei almost didn’t mind the taste of blood pooling in his mouth.

Recruit fans by adding book blurb:

The Complex Book Series.
A Lone Planet. One Complex.
Unlimited Chaos.

Two thousand years beyond our time, much has changed. Humans, forced to flee Earth after a nuclear holocaust, find themselves in the distant Seldova system. Here, they realize they are not alone. Metas, races of powerful beings, are also forced from their home after environmental tragedies. They come upon the same mecca of planets, beginning a decades-long war with the Humans for land and home.

Humans and Metas, weary of fighting, come to an uneasy truce. They cannot co-exist with animosity and bloodlust running high, and together, they propose The Complex: a societal test consisting of two years of comfortable isolation, occupied by both Meta races and Humans. The enticement for those who agree to this co-mingling is enough money to live on for many years. But two years is a long time to live with your enemies.

Wezlei, a Human, only knows about the old world from the books his father left behind. He dreams of a better life for his mother, who has surrounded him with love and safety all his life. He takes inspiration from the old tales of Robin Hood and embarks on a life of piracy to balance the unevenness of his world. In no one is this more evident than Tariq, a ruthless Dhampir whose cruelty is unprecedented.

When Wezlei witnesses firsthand the horrors the Dhampir inflicts on his “wife” Aerwen. one of the last living Dryads whom he has enslaved, he can’t simply turn away. He learns they have signed up for the Complex, and decides he has no choice but to do the same.

He has no plan, only a vision: Save Aerwen and put an end to Tariq’s reign of terror.

Introduce the main character:  There are a couple, but I’ll focus on Aerwen, who is strong, determined, and proud.

Delightful design:










Audience appeal:  The Last Dryad is a different direction for this author, and would appeal to sci-fi fans, as well as devoted readers interested in Cradit’s expansion into other genres.

Your favorite line/scene:  Maybe he wasn’t Human.  Maybe he was a Meta who shared similar traits with Humans, and she’s misinterpreted the situation in her shock.  Witches and Warlocks especially, could pass for Human and often did.  It would be no great surprise to find a Warlock running an apothecary of deadly vegetation.

Release Day: Sarah #ReleaseDay #horror


It’s finally here!  Sarah is available in paperback today at the links below.  There’s some sort of snag with B&N, but will get back to you on that.  Ebooks will be available on December 7th, so I’ll update with those links next week.

If you’re a blogger/reviewer, you’re pre-approved for Sarah on NetGalley – just click the image in the sidebar to be taken directly to the invitation page.


Black Rose Writing

Teaser Tuesday November 29th #amreading


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted on Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Choice:  Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James


Location 552:  Directly in front of the Hadleys a gate appeared.  The ornamental ironwork was a gilded riot of cleverly wrought birds and flowers.  It reared up to twice the height of the wall and gleamed with a strange, intense light.  Through its elegant, open tracery, two male figures on horseback were now visible.

Book Blurb:  Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

Food For Poe by Mae Clair #bookreviews @MaeClair1

When a blizzard strands Quinn Easterly at a handsome stranger’s house on Christmas Eve, she doesn’t realize her 27138183newly adopted cat, Poe, is the catalyst responsible for bringing them together.

Breck Lansing gave up on relationships after his wife, unable to cope with their daughter’s illness, left him. But the pretty blonde he rescues from a snowstorm has him rethinking his stance—especially when Quinn’s arrival coincides with a dramatic change in Sophie’s health.

Unfortunately, that change also attracts something only whispered about in folklore. Together, Quinn and Breck must defeat a sinister creature intent on claiming the ultimate payment.

Warning: A clever black cat, Christmas magic and paranormal trouble. –

This novella was such fun to read!  Don’t be fooled by the Hallmark channel-esque feel in the first half of the book – things start to seem a little peculiar soon after and the story takes a dramatic turn that thrilled this supernatural/paranormal fan.  And to make things even better – the black cat is the hero!  As a cat fan (particularly black cats) this only added to my enjoyment.  Likable characters, a mountain setting at Christmastime – all you need is a cup of hot chocolate before curling up with this book.

If you’re looking for a quick, heart-warming holiday read to get you in the mood, you can’t go wrong with Food For Poe.  Who’s ready for snow?