Catalyst (Laurie Halse Anderson)



Kate Malone is a chronic overachiever. The preacher’s daughter and a straight ‘A’ student, the stress in her life is derived almost entirely from school, post-secondary education that is. Kate only applied to one school: MIT. Her success or failure in life depends on the school’s decision to let her in. When a series of seemingly unrelated events takes place, it alters Kate’s perception of what’s really important. At the end, the reader is left with a sense of gratitude and peace and Kate works to develop a new plan for her life when her carefully constructed world falls apart.

I actually listened to both Halse Anderson options from this week’s reading and had to think really hard about which one to write about. While I believe Speak is an incredible book with truly poignant things to say about and to those who fall victim to sexual assault (and I…

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#Bookreview ‘Morbus Dei – The arrival’ by Bastian Zach and Matthias Bauer #TuesdayBookBlog


Today I’m reviewing :

Morbus Dei – The arrival (Morbus Dei Book 1) by Bastian Zach and Matthias Bauer

Morbus Dei - The Arrival 

Blurb (Amazon)


Getting caught in a snowstorm, deserter Johann List ends up in a secluded mountain village ridden by fear and superstition. Soon he realises that there is something wrong with this village, that it lies beneath a grim shadow – animals get killed, people disappear, hooded shapes lurk in the dark woods. When Johann falls in love with the daughter of a farmer, they decide to leave the village together. But even before they are able to elope, the situation escalates – a life and death struggle begins.

Authentically and vividly the author duo tells a story full of tragedy and emotion and allows you to travel back 300 years in time.
Morbus Dei: The Arrival – a brilliant combination of mystery…

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Jackaby by William Ritter | Book Review

I have been looking forward to reading this book for about a year now. I saw it was on Book Outlet for such a good price, so of course, I had to grab it. JackabyI’ll be honest — the cover is what initially grabbed my attention on this one. But when I read that it was supernatural mystery set in the 1800’s, I was extremely intrigued.

Jackaby follows a young English woman named Abigail Rook who has fled to New England in search of an adventure. She discovers a quite interesting flyer in the post office of New Fiddleham inquiring an assistant. When she meets her new employer, Mr. R.F. Jackaby, she is immediately to put to work with help on a serial killer that is effecting the town and ones surrounding them.


While I enjoyed the characters, I felt like this story was let off a little flat for…

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The Kindness of Neighbors by Matthew Iden #BookReview #TuesdayBookBlog @CrimeRighter

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Kindness of neighbors

No one likes Jack. His wife is gone and his neighbors avoid him. He’s a recluse and a creep, and that’s just the way he wants it; he can ignore what they say behind his back if they leave him to his work and his daily walks. But when ten-year-old Emma goes missing in the nearby woods, the eyes of his neighbors turn toward him, their fear and accusations escalating as the days go by. Jack proclaims his innocence, but what the neighbors–and the reader–find out is the last thing anyone would suspect.

I’ve had this novella on my kindle for ages after having read a really good review. I’m so glad I finally got round to it because it’s a very good read.

The writer is adept at leading the reader on – and that’s a compliment! At the beginning, I felt so sorry for…

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Book Review – Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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12788037Title: Clockwork Prince (#2 The Infernal Devices)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 496
Genre: YA – Urban-Fantasy
Published by: Walker Books in 2011
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis from the Book:
“In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will – the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers to who she is and what she was born to do? As their search for the truth leads the three friends into peril, Tessa’s heart is increasingly torn, especially when one of their own betrays them…”

My Thoughts:

Clockwork Prince was so much better than its predecessor, Clockwork Angel. Straight away I could visibly see that, not only had the writing gotten stronger, but…

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