Book Reviews

My 2021 In Books


𝓐𝓷𝓷𝓮 𝓡𝓲𝓬𝓮
𝓞𝓬𝓽. 4, 1941 – 𝓓𝓮𝓬. 11, 2021

༘჻ღཾཿ჻♡♥♡ ჻ღཾཿ༉ ༘

“And books, they offer one hope – that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved.”
― Anne Rice, Blackwood Farm

Only a few of my Anne Rice books fanned out around her.

Remembering the books I read this year can not go without saying how much I will miss new works from my favorite author Anne Rice. It was shocking news to hear of her passing this month. As I went through my shelves, I realized there are eleven of her thirty-eight publications that I do not have. That’ll be my thing now, to complete my collection.

Non Series

  • The Feast of All Saints (1979)
  • The Master of Rampling Gate (1982)
  • Cry to Heaven (1982)
  • Exit to Eden (1985)
  • Belinda (1986)
  • Servant of the Bones (1996)
  • Violin (1997)
  • Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession (2008)

The Sleeping Beauty Series

  1. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
  2. Beauty’s Punishment (1984)
  3. Beauty’s Release (1985)
  4. Beauty’s Kingdom (2015)

Christ the Lord

  1. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (2005)
  2. Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (2008)

Lives of the Mayfair Witches

  1. The Witching Hour (1990)
  2. Lasher (1993)
  3. Taltos (1994)

New Tales of the Vampires

  1. Pandora (1998)
  2. Vittorio the Vampire (1999)

Ramses the Damned

  1. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned (1989)
  2. Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra (2017)

Songs of the Seraphim

  1. Angel Time (2009)
  2. Of Love and Evil (2010)

The Vampire Chronicles

  1. Interview With The Vampire (1976)
  2. The Vampire Lestat (1985)
  3. The Queen of the Damned (1988)
  4. The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
  5. Memnoch the Devil (1995)
  6. The Vampire Armand (1998)
  7. Merrick (2000)
  8. Blood and Gold (2001)
  9. Blackwood Farm (2002)
  10. Blood Canticle (2003)
  11. Prince Lestat (2014)
  12. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (2016)
  13. Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (2018)

The Wolf Gift Chronicles

  1. The Wolf Gift (2012)
  2. The Wolves of Midwinter (2013)

Rest easy my unknown friend that brought me to New Orleans. I’ve stood with the vampires and lived in the gothic culture you defined. From witches to wolves to finding Christ, your words have moved me. I will forever love the stories you have created and I will reach for those books, over and over again.



The Books Reviewed

2021 was great for books and a lot of fun with the Blog Tours! These are a few of my book reviews, my reading challenge on goodreads is a complete list of books I read and reviewed. Here, is a mix of audibles, kindles and print. I appreciate all the authors that sent me copies of their books for for reviewing.

Here’s to more great reading in 2022 and wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous new year!


The Road to Hell
by Christopher C. Starr

My name is Lucifer and I was first…

…and, yes, I am that Lucifer. Fall from Heaven, Prince of Darkness, ruler of Hell, Satan, the Devil, the Adversary, and a thousand other names.

MORE….

My name is Lucifer…

I told you my story in The Road to Hell. It was only the beginning.

MORE…

Come Hell or High Water
by Christopher C. Starr

Kay Eluvian is the sole narrator for Christopher C. Starr’s Heaven Falls Series. One voice artfully defines the war in heaven, breathing life into each character, including Lucifer himself! MORE….

SPECULATE: A COLLECTION OF MICROLIT
by Eugen Bacon & Dominique Hecq
From what began as a dialog between two adventurous writers curious about the shape-shifter called a prose poem comes a stunning collection that is a disruption of language-a provocation. Speculate is a hybrid of speculative poetry and flash fiction, thrumming in a pulse of jouissance and intensity that chases the impossible.

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In Light of the Summit

by Jamie McGillen and Sarah Brands
In 1890, being a young female mountaineer makes polite society uncomfortable, even angry. But despite the threats and inherent risk, Anna Gallagher still has plans for another climb, even if it jeopardizes her family bookstore and puts her in more danger than she ever imagined. MORE…

In less than a year, fifteen-year-old Gypsy Capone will be considered a woman in Ovoidia, a “utopian” city-state where every woman can be approached for immediate sex by any man, where curving architecture adds weird whimsy, sporks are the only cutlery, and true intimacy between the genders is a sign of suspect subversion. After all, if a woman just plays along, she’ll also do her job and have children, with the reward of a fine home in the “Communities,” where she and the other “Mamas” live together in harmony with everything they need. Right? MORE….

The Willing by
Lindsay Lees

Ashes of the Phoenix by Jane Fade Merrick
“We’re mixed in a paradox wherein people write absurd stories about societies on the verge of collapse, but in reality, the worst dystopian world is the one in which we currently live our daily lives.” -Jade Fade Merrick

An illustrated Slice of Life novel. Three lives entwine because of a subtle coincidence. A girl on the edge of society, an extremely rich weird kid and one of the most popular pop stars of the planet. MORE…

Olivia is a 14 years old Californian girl. Her summer doesn’t look so exciting as she and her family head over to grandpa’s home in San Francisco.

But the geography assignment her teacher has set her could change everything.

Olivia has to write letters to a girl studying in an Afghan school.

That’s how she connects with Basya. MORE…

Letters From Afghanistan
by Maricla Pannocchia

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins
When Jack has a heart attack on the train from Manhattan, his wife and two lovers discover secrets and lies, and each other. For Long Islander Pam Smith, happily preparing for the return of her husband every Friday night is a way of life, until she receives a dreaded telephone call that will change everything, forever. MORE…

The Smallest of Bones
by Holly Lyn Walrath

A haunting ossuary of tiny poems covering a wide range of topics such as love, romance, relationships, queer sexuality, religion, death, demons, ghosts, bones, gender, and darkness.

The Smallest of Bones guides those on an intimate journey of body acceptance, with sparse words dedicated to peeling back skin and diving bone-deep into the self. Raw, honest, and powerful, this collection is an offering to those struggling to find power in the darkness. MORE….

David Player has spent 30 years trying to forget the traumas of his childhood. The threats, the kidnappings, the murders. The imagined curses of a people born centuries earlier, passed from father to son, mother to daughter, generation to generation. Its climax came in human form, a monster of a man, one of the most notorious serial killers the nation has ever seen: Pee Wee Gaskins. MORE….

The House of Tongues
by James Dashner

by Cheryl C. Malandrinos
illustrated by Caroline Mabey


Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused about what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift? MORE….

Spirituality for Badasses by J. Stewart Dixon
“So you see…I really do get it. I used to be depressed, anxious, too smart for my own good, opinionated and unhappy…a real loveless, badass-hole. But now I’m just a spiritual badass. Spirituality removed the hole. I transformed. I changed. I grew up. I learned some hard lessons. And I did all this without ever losing my cool, integrity, smarts, libido, sense of humor or soul. And that’s just what this book is going to help you do. “
MORE….

Buried Secrets
by Mike Martin

RCMP Sergeant Winston Windflower is at a crossroads as career opportunities intrude on his near-perfect life in the blustery paradise of Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Just as the pandemic ends, the little oceanside communities are rocked by the murders of prominent figures, an RCMP Staff Sergeant in St. John’s and a minister in Grand Bank, and it’s implied that there are national security implications to at least one crime. There’s also a sinister new character hanging around doing the parish’s dirty work. Windflower finds himself a primary investigator, balancing work, potential major changes, and life with a young family while seeking guidance from his ancestral teachings and dreams. MORE….

George, a fern, doesn’t appreciate being bought by Brenda at Home Depot.

And he certainly doesn’t appreciate being trapped in her house of humans. He yearns to be with the plants outside in the garden. With time, George learns to trust Brenda and think of her as his human. Then one day, tragedy strikes and George’s life will never be the same. What happens when a houseplant loses the thing he never knew he wanted?

You’ll never look at houseplants the same way again. MORE…

The House Plant
by Jeremy Ray

The Last Heir by Summer Sullivan

The fate of the world runs through her veins.

War lingers on the horizon for the former allies Orinth and Auntica. To the north stands the Shadow Wall; the unwavering border between the human realm and the realm of darkness. Nothing can open it, except the death of a single person…

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