Book Review: Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Written by Guest Author Mindy Ashley I picked up Beautiful Creatures, the first book in the series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, after seeing the movie trailer. I’ve done this before – movies, trailers, and TV shows often inspire me to read the books they are based on (or to learn more about their respective subject matter). I didn’t know, however, that I would be so quickly captivated by

Supernatural Book Review - Fresh Meat, by Alice Henderson

Written by Guest Author Kerry Gillard Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson is the latest in a series of Supernatural TV tie-in novels. TV tie-ins are never going to be recognized as great works of art in the literary world, but if well written, they offer fans new adventures that often have storylines that would be impossible to portray on-screen. The story takes place around Donner Lake, referencing the Donner party

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Review by guest author Kerry Gillard Our latest book club choice was The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Despite the fact that there was a movie recently released based on the book, I knew very little about it; but what little I did hear made me think it might be an interesting read. Although it is classed as a young adults book and the story takes place while the main

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court, by Michelle Moran

Thank you to  guest author Kerry Gillard for her insightful review! I have always had a preference for reading science fiction, fantasy and horror, so I was a little wary of joining a book club; I was unsure that I would actually enjoy many of the books that were chosen. Surprisingly, I found it refreshing to read other genres, and have new interest in historical fiction that I would never

New "Supernatural" Book by John Passarella: "Rite Of Passage"

If I thought I was paranoid before reading “Rite of Passage”, I was wrong.  I think I see everything in a different light now – a far more sinister light. Have you ever wondered about the chain of events that could be set in action if, in the presence of something very evil,  you accidentally stepped on a loose shingle  on the roof?  I never had..  Now, thanks to John Passarella’s

Let's Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson

Because I am ill-informed and a bit of a plebe, I had never heard of Jenny Lawson until my better half picked up her book at Chapters and said “This is supposed to be pretty funny.” Only the biggest understatement ever, for that day. This book is hilarious and sad and happy and believably unbelievable. It’s a ‘mostly true memoir’ of her life growing up in rural Texas, complete with

John Winchester’s Journal – Alex Irvine

I really enjoyed this book, if it was at times sort of above my head. I took the book as three side stories woven together to form the book: 1). the history and descriptions of the monsters they fight and the exorcism rituals, tools, weapons, and they use to fight them; 2.) the story of Mary’s death and how John moves forward without her; and finally, 3.) the story of Dean

Emma Donoghue On Writing

She might have been born in Ireland but Canadians are delighted to lay claim to, perhaps, one of our most well-known authors. Emma Donaghue was born in Ireland in 1969 into a large Catholic family. In 1998 she finally moved to Canada after years of “commuting” and now resides in Ontario with partner Chris Roulston and their two children. Donaghue’s most recent book “Room” is currently on the best seller’s