Review of Jeanne Gassman’s “Blood of a Stone”

Amazon/Goodreads In my post-religion days, having been a very happy agnostic (haunted by healing from scrupulosity) now for four years and counting, the greatest, single blessing of my fourth year as an agnostic is that I can freely enjoy the best elements or features of the Jesus story with a peaceful, guilt-free mind. Just in…

Review of Little Black Lies by Sandra Block

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Kobo/Goodreads Review Written By: Jessica C. The nightmare is always the same. Bloodstains on my hands, red as finger paint. So begin the nightmares that introduce the reader to Zoe Goldman. The story of Zoe Goldman is one of a heroine working in a psychiatric ward who deals with the problems of her…

Review of “The Buried Giant” by: Kazuo Ishiguro

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Goodreads “To die, to sleep – To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…” –William Shakespeare: Hamlet- In my undergrad years (my idealist, wanderlust years as an English undergrad), I wrote a Shakespeare essay, analyzing the dichotomous relationship between “light” and “dark,”…

Review of “The Glittering World” by Robert Levy

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Goodreads/Books-A-Million Intrinsic to the human experience, there is an unshakable, almost restive disturbance at our core that constantly tells us that there has to be a higher, more transcendent form/entity w/ self-consciousness that may allay our burden of feeling so alone in the universe. This pallor of existential dread  that frames our lives…

Review of “My Sunshine Away” by:M.O. Walsh

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/ Kobo/ Goodreads Review: Before delving into my review, I wanted to share two endorsements from two writers, who published two of my favorite reads of 2014, for M.O. Walsh’s wonderful first release- My Sunshine Away. If you are interested in reading my in-depth review of either title, you may click on the…

Indie Author Appreciation Month-Review of Sumiko Saulson’s “Happiness & Other Diseases” & Literary Tea Feature

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Kobo/Goodreads/ Author Website/ Author Facebook Fan Page Sumiko Saulson’s devilishly clever new indie fiction mishmash of horror, paranormal romance, and psychological intrigue is, indeed, a pariah, maybe even an anomaly in the mainstream publishing world. It is a very unconventional book that offers a supernatural dimension to the mysterious, sometimes mind-bending world of…

Review of “The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree” by S.A. Hunt/Literary Tea Feature

INDIE AUTHOR APPRECIATION MONTH! Be sure to check out details on how to win a complimentary tea prize, courtesy of Mighty Leaf Tea Author’s Website/Amazon/Screwpulp/Goodreads    Cautiously, I never deem  a book with the superlative “this is the best thing I’ve ever read,” just like I resent putting an arbitrary star-rating on a book,which I…

Dystopian Month on “A Bibliophile’s Reverie” The Hidden Genius of YA Dystopian Fiction- Why these books are not “brainless and inane?”

    For this entire month of November, I’ll be reviewing and spotlighting some of the best,noteworthy titles (just my opinion of the “best,” feel free to disagree,please!!) that I thought were thought-provoking reads! When teens start to show any countercultural, stigma-defying interest in reading, the first reaction from the snobbery caste of the literary…

Review of “Dark Before Dawn,” by Laurie Stevens

Amazon/Barnes &Nobles/Books-A-Million/Goodreads While mainstream publishing has a slew of wonderful books, I honestly feel that the indie publishing market- a market stigmatized normally as having subpar, inartistic, amateurish writing- is rife with some of the most gut-wrenching, visceral creative stuff in the market. And, Laurie Steven’s The Dark Before Dawn  is one-part nightmarish, and two-parts intense…