Monthly Archives: March 2013


Review: The Laughterhouse by Paul Cleave

I find Cleave’s representation of Cole is so complex. He wants to made out as a monster, but he’s not a sick freak. He’s killed 4 people and kidnapped a doctor and his three daughters, but he’s angry that the press wonders if he’s molested the three little girls he’s kidnapped. I alternately empathize with and detest Caleb Cole. In my heart of hearts I feel his pain, but I also feel frusration that he doesn’t listen to reason. He’s made up his mind. The most dangerous folks are those that have nothing to lose.





Reviews: Requiem by Lauren Oliver; The Cleaner by Paul Cleave

Reviews: Requiem by Lauren Oliver; The Cleaner by Paul Cleave

Requiem by Lauren Oliver Summary: Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. My rating: 4 of 5 stars Review:  This is the 3rd and final in the Delirium series, a book I have waited for a number of months to read. Some of my deep seated wants were granted (I won’t spoil them for you). A couple of loose ends remain, but I guess that would have made it too pat. I’m avoiding including much of the summary and digging too deep into my review because I know a lot of people haven’t read it. Suffice it to say, it is a satisfying end of series novel. Lauren did a superb job keeping the story going without it getting tiresome and repetitive and the addition of characters to keep the story going was at perfect pace. I can’t say that I was as into the love triangle as some of the younger, YA fans were, but the pull between the three involved is well written. Now I’m curious about a character that reappears…I hadn’t planned to read the Novellas, but I just might. Great ending to a great series.     The Cleaner: A Thriller by Paul Cleave Summary: Joe is in control of everything in his simple life—both his day job as a janitor for the police department and his “night work.” He isn’t bothered […]



[Review] The House Girl by Tara Conklin

[Review] The House Girl by Tara Conklin

The House Girl by Tara Conklin My rating: 4 of 5 stars *This review may contain spoilers* Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves. It is through her father, the renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers Josephine Bell and a controversy roiling the art world: are the iconic paintings long ascribed to Lu Anne Bell really the work of her house slave, Josephine? A descendant of Josephine’s would be the perfect face for the reparations lawsuit—if Lina can find one. While following the runaway girl’s faint trail through old letters and plantation records, Lina finds herself questioning her own family history and the secrets that her father has never revealed: How did Lina’s mother die? And why will he never speak about her? Moving between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing, suspenseful and heartbreaking tale of art and history, love and secrets, explores what it means to repair a wrong and asks whether truth is sometimes more important than justice. An excellent first publish from a new author that I would read again. I would be interested in seeing growth in the vehicle to push the story forward. I was entirely more interested in Josephine’s story, though there were parts of Lina’s story that I connected with as well. I’m not sure that I have a stance on reparations but I felt its role in this story was rather weak and the coincidental demise of that issue to be to convenient.  I wanted the vehicle for needing to locate Josephine to be stronger… however she made […]