Friday, July 31, 2020

Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire #Book #Review

The twelfth installment of the Hugo-nominated, New York Times-bestselling Toby Daye urban fantasy series!  

Things are not okay. 

In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest. 

What she doesn't need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn't need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There's no question of whether she'll take the case. The only question is whether she's emotionally prepared to survive it. 

Signs of Faerie's involvement are everywhere, and it's going to take all Toby's nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can't find Gillian before time runs out, her own child will pay the price. 

One question remains:
Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain? No matter how this ends, Toby's life will never be the same.

My Review:
Toby thought although her life was still in shambles, at least her daughter was safe in the human world with her father and stepmother. At least, she had believed so, until her ex-husband's frantic call that Gillian was missing. He asks her to find Gillian and to also search Faerie. Unfortunately, her search uncovers more than she’s bargained for.

Because of being quarantined, and living through a pandemic that has lasted this long, I’ve been really into epic fantasy novels. This one certainly did not disappoint! Even when you think the mystery is solved, there is yet another twist. I love this series and I suggest you begin with book 1.

About the Author:

Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and RueA Local HabitationAn Artificial NightLate Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Shadow Garden by @alexandraburt #Book #Review


A wealthy woman suspects something is off about the luxurious complex she lives in . . . and she is right, in this riveting domestic-suspense novel from international bestselling author Alexandra Burt.

Donna Pryor lives in the lap of luxury. She spends her days in a beautifully appointed condo. Her every whim is catered to by a dedicated staff, and she does not want for anything.

Except for news of her adult daughter.

Or an ex-husband who takes her calls.

Donna knows something is wrong, but she can't quite put her finger on it. As her life of privilege starts to feel more and more like a prison, the facade she has depended on begins to crumble. Somewhere in the ruins is the truth, and the closer Donna Pryor gets to it, the more likely it is to destroy her.
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

My Review:

Donna Pryor lives a life of affluence.  She and her husband have a beautiful mansion, the envy of the neighborhood.  She has been sent away to recuperate from an accident.  An accident she cannot recall nor does she understand why her daughter won't call her.

Wow!  This was an intriguing novel that captures one's interest from the very beginning and keeps you enraptured in the story until the shockingly disturbing end.  I really didn't see it coming.  The suspense just kept building and I was anxious to have my questions answered.  If you enjoy suspense thrillers, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.