Reviews by Shannon Dyer

B-
Fragments of the Lost

Earlier this year, I read and very much enjoyed Megan Miranda's A Perfect Stranger. So when Fragments of the Lost, a psychological thriller for young adults, became available for review, I was eager to get my hands on it. I'm a huge fan of young adult literature, and the synopsis seemed interesting ...

B
The City of Brass

The City of Brass, book one in S. A. Chakraborty's Daevabad Trilogy, has received quite a bit of buzz over the past few months. It's been compared to such books as The Golem and the Jinni and The Grace of Kings, and since I'm always on the lookout for new fantasy novels, I jumped at the chance to re ...

B
The November Girl

There are tons of young adult romances out there featuring vampires, werewolves, and dark Fae creatures, and while I love those, I've recently found myself in the mood for something a little different. Enter The November Girl, a book with a unique premise, diverse principals, and a ton of weighty is ...

C
Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point is the fourth installment in Lisa Harris's Nikki Boyd Files series, and, while the story stands reasonably well on its own, readers are likely to get the most out of it if the series is read in order. The chronology might be a bit difficult to figure out, as this story begins several ...

C-
The Silent Fountain

When I read the blurb for Victoria Fox’s latest novel, The Silent Fountain, it seemed like something I would absolutely adore. It's set in Tuscany with a super creepy old house at its center, and it moves back and forth in time between the 1970's and 2016. I couldn't wait to begin, but once I got ...

A-
Bound to a Spy

Bound to a Spy is the second instalment in Sharon Cullen's All the Queen's Spies series. It's a steamy, action-packed story that works perfectly well as a standalone, so potential readers can start here, if they so choose. Rose Turner is not of noble birth. In fact, she comes from one of Scotland ...

B+
Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Fans of young adult fairytale retellings won't want to miss Girls Made of Snow and Glass, a feminist take on Snow White set in a land of perpetual winter. The world building is amazing, and the main characters seem to leap off the page. There's even a hint of a lesbian romance for those looking for ...

B
How I Lost You

How I Lost You introduces readers to Susan Webster, a woman just released from a psychiatric institution for murdering her infant son. Susan is determined to make a new life for herself, so she goes to live in a village where no one knows her, changes her name to Emma Cartwright, and does her best t ...

B
Manhattan Beach

In Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan's first novel in seven years, one woman struggles to find her place in an ever-changing world. Anna is only twelve years old when she first meets Dexter Styles. He's a powerful, mysterious man, and for reasons Anna doesn't fully understand, her father seems inten ...

C
Such a Pretty Girl

I picked up Such a Pretty Girl in hopes of losing myself in that perfect blend of romance and mystery I've been fortunate enough to find in many of the romantic suspense novels I've read recently. For the most part, I got what I was looking for, but this latest novel by Tess Diamond isn't without it ...