Reviews by Shannon Dyer

B-
The Romanov Empress

I haven't found much in the way of historical fiction set in Russia that doesn't deal with the Russian Revolution, and while that time period does interest me a great deal, I do like a bit of variety in my reading. So, when I read the blurb for C.W. Gortner's latest work The Romanov Empress, I decid ...

B-
Witchmark

Witchmark, by début author C. L. Polk, is an intriguing blend of history, science fiction, fantasy and romance.  In Aeland, a fictionalized Edwardian England, aristocratic families use their magical gifts to keep a stranglehold on the power and wealth of the nation, whilst relegating anyone outsid ...

A-
The Thinnest Air

I discovered the work of author Minka Kent early in 2017, and I was immediately struck by her ability to craft a story that is utterly chilling and compulsively readable. So when I saw that her latest novel, The Thinnest Air, was available for review, I was eager to get my hands on a copy. Meredi ...

B
Her Pretty Face

Novels centered around toxic female friendships are a dime a dozen these days, and Robyn Harding's Her Pretty Face is another book that covers this all-too familiar topic. It doesn't do anything ground-breaking, but it's an enjoyable read all the same. Frances Metcalfe sometimes wonders how she e ...

A
The Summer Wives

I've been intrigued for years by things I've heard about Beatriz Williams' work, but it wasn't until I picked up her latest novel, The Summer Wives, that I realized what a master storyteller the author really is. Reading this book has been one of the high points of my summer, and I can't wait for ot ...

A
All These Beautiful Strangers

Few things appeal to me more than a book centering around a boarding school, so Elizabeth Klehfoth’s All These Beautiful Strangers appealed to me from the moment I read its synopsis. It's a YA thriller about a young woman struggling to come to terms with the dark secrets of her past while simultan ...

B
An Affair with a Spare

An Affair with a Spare is the third installment in Shana Galen's Survivors series which features a group of former soldiers who have returned from the Napoleonic wars. These soldiers were part of a secret group who were assigned some of the most dangerous missions. Out of the thirty members of this ...

D
Bring Me Back

Behind Closed Doors, the début novel from British author B.A. Paris, was one of my top reads of 2016, so I was pleased to see her third novel entitled Bring Me Back up for review. I snapped it up, fully expecting another fast-paced, twisty, super engrossing thriller, but I got something completely ...

C-
Embracing the Demon

In Embracing the Demon, readers are introduced to Dale Highland, a woman on the run from her past as well as those who would see her dead. It's a fast-paced novel that brims with action, but parts of the plot proved difficult for me to follow, and I came away from the book with an overall feeling of ...

B-
Tempted by the Viscount

Tempted by the Viscount is the second installment in Sofie Darling's Shadows and Silk series. I picked this one up without having read the previous book, and it stands quite well on its own. There are a few references to things I assume took place in book one, but the story made sense aside from tha ...