If You Like Books: Toward Yesterday by Paul Antony... →
If you like: Flash Forward * cults * second chances Toward Yesterday begins in 2042. Cars drive with AI and simplifying technology abounds, but the persistent human dilemmas continue. People are still depressed, there is still divorce, and religion and science continue to be at odds. Suddenly, everything changes. Everyone instantaneously finds themselves transported and confused. Soon they learn...
If You Like Books: Infected by Scott Sigler →
If you like: triangles * parasites * gory mutilation In Infected, several individuals have unexpectedly turned violent towards those around them. These events rapidly escalate and end in homicide, along with, often incendiary, suicide. Strangely, before this occurs, the individuals mention triangles and become increasingly paranoid. As the CIA and CDC investigate, the quest to find a living case...
If You Like Books review: Attachments by Rainbow... →
valeriekjones: If you like: snark * e-mail * Y2K Attachments is your new favorite book. Set on the verge of Y2K, it is the story of a man who falls in love while working IT security and screening e-mail. Jennifer and Beth continue to e-mail each other in the conversational way that exists between good friends, even though they know it may get read by someone in IT. Occasionally, their messages...
If You Like Books: Fire by Kristin Cashore →
valeriekjones: If you like: telepathy * fantasy * female protagonists Fire is a companion book to Graceling. (See my review of Graceling here.) Though it is set in the same world, and there are some relative plot points, it is not necessary to read one in order to read the other. Fire is a young woman who is a monster, which means she is devastatingly beautiful, can read minds, and hold sway...
If You Like Books: Dodger by Terry Pratchett →
valeriekjones: If you like: scallywags * Queen Victoria’s England * covert actions Dodger is the story of a young man who survives by toshing — the practice of scouring the sewers for coins and other lost valuables. He earned his namesake by constantly dodging trouble and attention from the wrong people. One night, he happens upon men beating a young woman and intervenes. Saving Simplicity...
If You Like Books review: So Much Pretty by Cara... →
If you like: The Lovely Bones * individuality * Alice on Luther So Much Pretty is the story of events that take place in a small town in upstate New York. They are focused around the disappearance, and later the murder, of a young woman. The story is centered around a family that moves to the town when their daughter is young, seeking to escape the big city life. Their alternative parenting...
If You Like Books review: Wormhole by Richard... →
If you like: aliens * action movies * moral conflict This review contains mild spoilers. Wormhole is the third book of the Rho Agenda series. After meeting up with Jack and Janet at the end of book two, Heather, Jennifer, and Mark enter into an elaborate training program. It provides them with the tactical, technological, and covert expertise they will need in order to stop the opening of the...
If You Like Books review: Frozen Heat by Richard... →
If you like: Castle * detectives * Nathan Fillion Frozen Heat is the fourth in the series of companion books to ABC’s Castle. Nikki Heat investigates her mother’s murder as a present day case provides a direct link to her past. Nothing is a coincidence, and danger lurks at every turn. In spite of the emotional toll this takes on Heat, her companions bring the brevity that any Castle fan...
If You Like Books review: Requiem by Lauren Oliver... →
If you like: the end * teenage relationship drama * uprisings Requiem is the conclusion to the Delirium trilogy. After learning of life outside the city walls in the first book, and becoming part of the resistance in the second book, Lena spends much of Requiem directionless. Her group does not know what to do next, and she is unable to sort out her feelings for Julian and Alex. Eventually they...
If You Like Books review: Stray by Evan Fuller →
If you like: indie authors * magic * secrets Stray is the sequel to Evan Fuller’s Mutt. (See my review of Mutt here.) A few months after the conclusion of Mutt, we find that Emery is continuing his support of many children from outside the walls of Rittenhouse. His desire to help as many has he can, mixed with the secret nature of his work, is beginning to take its toll. In spite of this, he...
If You Like Books review: The Twelve by Justin... →
f you like: Deathly Hallows, Part 1 * vampires * unity The Twelve is the sequel to Justin Cronin’s The Passage. (See my review here.) It is primarily set five years after The Passage ended, but also moves around in the timeline since the beginning of the viral outbreak. Though they now possess the knowledge of how to defeat the Twelve, none of the characters have made any headway in hunting them...
If You Like Books review: Ashen Winter by Mike... →
If you like: survival * cannibalism * family Ashen Winter is the sequel to Ashfall. (See my review here.) Alex and Darla leave the safety of his uncle’s farm and attempt to find Alex’s parents. As time passes, the world becomes increasingly dangerous. Food is even more scarce, and those that have survived have resorted to extreme measures. Places that were safe a few weeks ago are now the targets...
If You Like Books review: Amped by Daniel H.... →
If you like: H+ The Digital Series * The Bourne Identity * technology In Amped, humans have been supplementing themselves with technology. It began as a way to overcome maladies, both physical and mental. The implants could cure epilepsy, ADHD, or missing limbs. Before long, people installed elective implants to experience more of the world than they could naturally. Over time, the unimplanted...
If You Like Books review: The Long Earth by Terry... →
If you like: sentient machines * parallel worlds * exploring In The Long Earth, the secret of transitioning between parallel worlds is revealed. Plans are published to make a stepper box, a potato powered device that will move its creator from one world to the next, and people immediately begin exploring the unknown earths. Though the majority of people don’t step until they create their...
If You Like Books review: 13 Bullets by David... →
If you like: vampires * cops * psychics In 13 Bullets, Laura Caxton is thrust out of her world as a state trooper and into the world of vampire hunter when she discovers a vampire half-dead during a routine traffic checkpoint. When half-deads follow her home, she becomes veteran vampire hunter and US Marshall Jameson Arkeley’s first choice for a partner during his investigation. As they come...
If You Like Books review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin →
If you like: survival * friendship * super volcanoes Ashfall is the story of Alex — a teen spending the weekend alone while his family visits relatives when a super volcano erupts. The world instantly descends into chaos. He quickly decides to leave his ruined house and try to reach his family at his uncle’s in the next state. Along the way he is meets Darla, another teen who has...
If You Like Books review: Pseudopod Tapes Vol. 1... →
If you like: Pseudopod * essays * horror The Pseudopod Tapes are a collection of essays by Alasdair Stuart expanding his end caps from each of the 2012 episodes of Pseudopod. The collection offers reflections on horror, genre, television, movies, work, loss, and life. In their original forms, the end caps provide a poignant summation to each episode, but in the expanded form they are stand-alone...
If You Like Books review: Feed by M.T. Anderson →
If you like: the internet * dystopian futures * life imitating art Feed is set in the not too distant future when people have implants that allow them to have all the functions of a computer or smartphone embedded into their neurological system. This has all the benefits that you could imagine, as well as all of the consequences. After being maliciously hacked while on spring break on the Moon,...
If You Like Books review: Blink & Caution by Tim... →
If you like: runaways * crime * conspiracies Blink & Caution is the story of two teens who have run away from home and meet up in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Blink accidentally witnesses a faked kidnapping, and his desire to meet the beautiful daughter of the kidnappee leads him to entangle himself in the coverup. Caution is in danger from her drug dealer boyfriend and uses every skill...
If You Like Books review: The Crown of Embers by... →
If you like: quests * magic * female protagonists The Crown of Embers is the sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns (see my review here), and shows Elisa’s continued growth as ruler of her kingdom. The threats on her life have not lessened since she harnessed the power of her godstone and defeated the Invierne invaders. She also must continue to work towards finding and completing her mission from...
If You Like Books review: The Enemy by Charlie... →
If you like: outbreaks * Lord of the Flies * London The Enemy is the story of a post-outbreak London. Anyone over eighteen has become a diseased, flesh-craving monstrosity, and the remaining children have been fighting to survive for months. Many have congregated in supermarkets and famous landmarks, but food is becoming scarce and the other children can be as fearsome as the adults. Each faction...
If You Like Books review: Code Name Verity by... →
If you like: war * friendship * flying Code Name Verity is the story of Queenie and Maddie, two best friends fighting in World War II. The first half is told from Queenie’s point of view as she confesses the story of how she came to be a spy in France to her captors. Later, the story is told from Maddie’s perspective. The two share an incredible bond, even though they only see each other...
If You Like Books review: Days of Blood and... →
If you like: war * destiny * resurrection Days of Blood and Starlight is the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone (see my review here). Karou continues to be devastated by the loss of her loved ones. She must face siding with Thiago and supporting the chimaera or run away from her destiny. Her position is tenuous and she never instills confidence in those who feel betrayed by her transgression...
If You Like Books Review: The Girl of Fire and... →
If you like: magic * religion * war The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the story of Elisa, a sixteen-year-old princess gifted with a magical gemstone from God, who is about to marry a king she has never met. Once she journeys to his kingdom she realizes the danger that her gift puts her in has been concealed from her and there is much more to the gem’s history than she was aware. As...
First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci →
If you like: aliens * misfits * discovery In First Day on Earth, Mal struggles to find his place as he deals with a father who abandoned him and the mental stress of an alien abduction in his past. He meets Hooper at an abductee support group. Hooper confides that he is an alien and needs Mal’s help to rendezvous with an alien ship that can take him home. Having never fit in, Mal hopes to join...
If You Like Books review: Every day by David... →
If you like: love * individuality * empathy In Every day, A, the main character, wakes up in a different body each morning. A experiences one day in the life of that person. A can access the memories and feelings of the individual, but not directly interact. A has no choice over which person is displaced, and cannot stay past midnight. Before meeting Rhiannon, A has never become too close to any...
If You Like Books review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone... →
If you like: chimeras * angels * star-crossed lovers Daughter of Smoke & Bone is the story of Karou. She is a girl with a pocket full of wishes and a series of secret errands that bring her between her world and a mystical in-between realm where she meets with the monsters who raised her. As many magical protagonists have learned before her, Karou discovers there is much more to this other...
If You Like Books review: Gone Girl by Gillian... →
If you like: relationships * betrayal * celebrity Gone Girl is the story of Nick and Amy — their relationship, marriage, and the eventual unraveling of both. Amy is missing, and all signs point to her murder at the hands of her husband. Nick claims innocence, but, in addition to the irrefutable evidence against him, he has been having an affair for over a year. Nick does not seem...
If You Like Books review: The Last Timekeepers and... →
If you like: teens * time travel * coincidence The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis tells the story of a group of students who become Timekeepers while being punished for their involvement in a food fight at school. This Breakfast-Club-eque group of students are joined by two adults on their quest to save all of time. While doing yard work they discover a mysterious arch that takes them...
If You Like Books Review: Among Others by Jo... →
If you like: sci fi books * libraries * fairies Among Others is the story of Mori, who is struggling to live in a world without her twin who was killed when she was struck by a car. At the same time Mori’s pelvis was shattered, leaving her with persistent pain. The two were struck by the car during their efforts to stop their mother from achieving world domination through evil magic. Mori...
If You Like Books Review: Every You, Every Me by... →
If you like: Thirteen Reasons Why * Placebo * mental illness In Every You, Every Me, Evan is living in the void left by his departed friend, Ariel. He is already struggling when he begins to receive mysterious pictures of one of his last afternoons with her. He begins to wonder if she has come back to torture him. He is not alone, however, and is joined in the mystery by Ariel’s ex-boyfriend,...
If You Like Books review: The Paris Wife by Paula... →
If you like: Hemingway * marriage * historical fiction The Paris Wife is the story of Hadley Hemingway, primarily focusing on her relationship with her husband. It describes their meeting, their life together, and their eventual separation. The story is told primarily through Hadley’s perspective, with a few chapters from Ernest’s perspective. Though the story is fiction, it is inspired by the...
If You Like Books review: The Dark Monk by Oliver... →
If you like: riddles * secret societies * treachery The Dark Monk is the second Hangman’s Daughter Tale. (See my review of the first here.) Instead of delving into superstition like its predecessor, The Dark Monk focuses on the mysteries of the Templars. Instead of working collaboratively, Jakob, Simon, and Magdalena work separately to try to unravel the mystery surrounding the murder of Andreas...
If You Like Books review: A Dance with Dragons by... →
If you like: stew * Tyrion * brazenness A Dance with Dragons is the fifth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Fans of the series will find much of what they have enjoyed throughout the previous books. (Honestly, I think the title implies a little more dragon content than there is, but in this series nothing is ever as it seems.) As with its predecessors, there are so many double crosses,...
If You Like Books revie: The Hangman's Daughter by... →
If you like: murder * whodunits * historical fiction The Hangman’s Daughter is a story of alleged witchcraft, murder, and execution. We follow Jakob Kuisl, the town executioner, as he attempts to find a killer before he is forced to torture and murder the local midwife who has been wrongly accused. He works with a young physician, who is also his daughter’s suitor, to investigate despite the...
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If You Like Books review: Zone One by Colson... →
If you like: zombies * military * suspense Zone One takes place in the aftermath of a zombie outbreak. We join Mark Spitz, along with his unit, as he attempts to secure Manhattan for future occupancy. The story take place over the course of a weekend, with flashbacks ranging from the Last Night of normalcy to the recent past of the Omega Unit. Though cleanup efforts are thoroughly underway, the...
If You Like Books review: The Sisters Brothers by... →
If you like: westerns * gold *assassins In The Sisters Brothers, we follow Charlie and Eli Sisters as they make their way to California to execute a hit on an enemy of their boss, The Commodore. On the way, they encounter all sorts of trouble, as well as a bit of luck. At first, they seem intent on completing their mission without question, as they have many times before. The events of their trip...
If You Like Books review: Under the Never Sky by... →
If you like: dystopia * corruption * enhanced abilities Under the Never Sky is a dystopian future where Aether storms are turning the environment into a violent and dangerous place. Privileged people have fled to secure Pods where they can live without ever interacting with the outside world. Outside the Pod barriers, those who remain have evolved with the planet. They interact differently with...
If You Like Books review: Shadow of Night by... →
If you like: time travel * vampires and witches * historical fiction Shadow of Night is the sequel to Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches. (You can discover my review here.) Diana and Matthew have successfully traveled back to 1590 in order to develop Diana’s craft and to find out more about the enigmatic Ashmole 782. Along the way they encounter many of Matthew’s friends from the time, and...
If You Like Books review: The Age of Miracles by... →
If you like: decay * nonconformers *slow apocalypses In The Age of Miracles, the earth inexplicably slows in its rotation. Things rapidly become unstable. Aspects of the physical world change along with the earth’s rotation: hours of daylight, the force of gravity, the magnetic field. People also become unstable. If you knew the world was ending, how would that change your habits, your career,...
If You Like Books review: Mutt by Evan Fuller →
If you like: dystopia * Good Samaritans * class warfare Mutt is the debut novel of Evan Fuller (who was kind enough to provide me with a copy for this review), and the first book of a five part series. Mutt is set in a dystopian future where humanity has barely survived, and the historical records are fractured. Society has evolved into a multiple class systems – purebloods live within the city...
If You Like Books review: A Feast for Crows by... →
If you like: Mayhem * King’s Landing * Surprise endings A Feast for Crows is the fourth book of A Song of Ice and Fire. After the death of his brother, eight-year-old Tommen is now the king of the realm, and his mother Cersei is the acting Queen Regent. Much of the book is dedicated to her schemes to gain more power and eliminate Margaery, the beautiful wife of Tommen and widow of Joffrey.
If You Like Books review: The Magician King by Lev... →
If you like: fantasy * quests * the Chronicles of Narnia The Magician King is the sequel to The Magicians. (See my review here.) We follow Quentin as he embarks on a quest to find the seven keys of Fillory and save the world from the old gods. Throughout the story we learn about how Julia came to possess magical knowledge after she did not get into Brakebills, and the toll it took on her life....
If You Like Books review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh... →
If you like: magic * war * YA Shadow and Bone is the first book of the Grisha trilogy. We follow Alina into the Shadow Fold, a dangerous place create by dark magic and filled with violent beasts. When her regimen is attacked inside the Fold, Alina discovers she is a Sun Summoner, which gives her the power to destroy the monsters within. She then studies with the alongside the other Grisha, under...
If You Like Books review: Blackout by Mira Grant →
If you like: the truth * virology * zombies Blackout is the final book in the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant. Unlike books Feed and Deadline, Blackout is less about discovering the truth, and more about finding a credible way to expose it. Understanding the virus and its evolution–in both natural and directed paths–becomes the primary goal of the After the End Times team. Reporting takes a...
If You Like Books review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami →
If you like: sci-fi * love * conspiracies In 1Q84, Aomame inadvertently crosses over into a parallel universe, and becomes involved in a vast conspiracy shielding the Little People from public knowledge. At the same time, her would-be childhood love, Tengo, is separately involved with the conspiracy of the Little People when he helps to rewrite a novel that becomes an instant bestseller and...
If You Like Books review: Heat Rises by Richard... →
If you like: Castle * Detectives * Fun Heat Rises is the third book in the Nikki Heat series–which is “written” by Nathan Fillion’s character, Richard Castle, from the ABC series Castle. Nikki Heat continues to be one of NYC’s best detectives. She meticulously investigates the suspicious circumstances around the death of a priest and the alleged suicide of her Captain. But, being the target of...
If You Like Books review: Before I Fall by Lauren... →
If you like: mean girls * fate * choices Before I Fall tells the story of Sam who died in a car accident, but continues waking up and reliving her last day of life. Sam experiments making different choices in order to change her fate. She discovers how many repercussions there are for each decision she makes. Sam’s new perspective allows her to enjoy moments she would have overlooked on a normal...