Book Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a rip-roaring, hilarious good time wrapped in a unique package. Told through emails, letters, faxes (!), FBI reports and more, this book unfolds in a truly original way.

Follow the story of Bernadette, a secluded and anxiety-riddled mom of near-genius Bee. Bee’s getting ready to leave for Chaote, a premier boarding school, in the Fall. In the meantime, she and Bernadette must contend with the waspish “Gnat” moms of Bee’s private school. They gossip. They lie. They accuse Bernadette of running over a woman’s foot in the school pickup line with her fancy SUV. And when Bee asks for a trip to Antarctica for the whole family for Christmas, even her overscheduled Microsoftie Dad must comply. Bernadette throws herself into preparations, asking her remote personal assistant from India to handle every single detail.

But a fiasco triggers a huge life change for Bernadette – against her will – and she runs. As in, completely disappears. Can Bee unlock the mysteries of her mother’s past, and the truth of her present?

Bee is a whip-smart narrator, pulling together pages of documents and emails to pull readers on her mother’s journey toward escape. I found myself literally laughing out loud over and again as Bernadette describes bothersome Mom’s from school, Seattle traffic and her hatred for all things Canadian. Then, partway through, I got all the feels. This book is deep, taking readers on an emotional, and yes, comical, journey of what is means to not fit in, to feel like a failure, to love someone with all of your heart and yet still not be able to make it work.

I HIGHLY recommend this book. One of the best I’ve read in years.

Book Review: Twilight/Life and Death

Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual EditionHi all! I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful new addition of Twilight and Life and Death (Twilight Reimagined).

First off, if you are looking for me to pan it, you can go ahead and stop reading. Seriously.

The reason why Twilight was such a huge sensation, for teens and adults alike (okay okay, mostly women) was because Twilight NAILED teenage angst. Upon re-reading the book ten years later, I found her character motivations dead on.

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“But think about the children!” some of you will say. “What kind of role model are we setting are kids up with? Bella is not a feminist!”

You’d be wrong. Bella is her own person, and for her character, Edward is everything. Now let’s all think back to when we were teens. Some of you probably dreamt of traveling the world. Some of you wanted to be doctors, lawyers…and some of you were in love with love. I remember so many girls just dying to fall in love – everything else would fall into place later. Careers, if and when to have children, major life decisions all were later. NOW was all about finding the perfect person to spend the rest of your life with.

Now as for feminism, let us not forget that feminism, is at it’s heart, about choice. It’s perfectly fine for someone to go into the corporate world and kick butt, just like it’s okay for another woman to stay home and bake freakin’ chocolate chip cookies all day and wipe up drool. As long as she has the choice, we’re good. Right? You’re not putting your own beliefs and values on someone else, because that would be the antithesis of feminism. Right? Right.

Phew! Glad we got that out of the way. As someone who HAS done the corporate thing, traveling the country and world, etc., I can say it IS wonderful. We should all try it! If you want.

Anywho, back to the teen angst. It’s so perfect I felt myself melting back to highschool, when hubs and I were teenagers, and I was so crazy in love with him I literally couldn’t imagine a life without him. As an adult I now realize that’s crazy. But hey, it worked out for us in the long run 😉 But Bella is in that moment, falling head over heels in a very old-fashioned way with a vampire, and Meyer nails it so perfectly.

Life and Death is a twist on that, proving her point that the story is about a PERSON falling in love with a vampire, not a girl. Honestly, I thought the rewrite was fine. It didn’t zing with me as much as the first, and neither book is my favorite. I’m not usually a romance kind of girl, give me rough and tumble heroines or Hermione’s any day. But the rewrite is solid, actually more so than the first, and it has a cool new ending. I won’t say any more on that, but I liked it.

So if you’ve never read it, go ahead and get this beautiful deluxe edition. It may not be your favorite, but you’ll at least get a taste for what SOME (read: most) girls go through in highschool: Total, all-consuming and completely irrational love. As a mother I shudder to think of my girl giving herself over to a vampire, but hey. This is fiction. So let’s all breathe and remember we read fiction for fun. And you will have fun with this book, if you allow it.


Book Review: Vanishing Girls


Lauren Oliver, author of the Delirium trilogy, Before I Fall and Liesl & Po, has created a tense psychological thriller in Vanishing Girls. Part mystery, part coming of age, this standalone novel is an exciting ride that not only keeps the tension high, but explores the deepest connections of sisterhood and heartbreak.

Dara and Nick are sisters and extremely close in age. Dara is the beautiful, daring and fun sister, while Nick is the ho-hum ordinary sister who gets good grades. Nick relishes the friendship between she and her glamorous younger sister Dara, until things get too close. Her best friend, Parker, has fallen in love with Dara, splitting their trio of friendship into a fractured mess…

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Hey, that’s me! Typing in the jungle, you know.

I’ve been writing a new book, letting SALEM float around in the cosmic sea of requests (thank you, agents!) and generally trying not to freak out.

Speaking of which, if you haven’t read the first chapter of SALEM, you should. I’d love to hear what you think of it!

This new book is set in ancient Egypt, 18th dynasty. For you non-history buffs (read: cool people) that was the golden age of Egypt. Think of Nefertiti, Tutankhamen, and Hatshepsut.

Hatshepsut’s court (say Hatch-ep-sut) is where my novel takes place, exploring the life and times of this fascinating female Pharoah. Oh, and plenty of dark magic. Like, a walking, talking Anubis who eats human prey and some other creepy crawly goodies that will give me nightmares until I’m done. You know, the usual. If Salem taught me anything, it’s that I’m a weird, weird writer. It’s probably best to just go with it.

Other than that I’ve been doing book reviews over at The Children’s Book Review, as well as here on my site. I’ll have an author interview and giveaway coming soon, so make sure to check back for that!

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Book Review: Elsewhere



Liz died in an accident and found herself in Elsewhere – a land of the dead. It’s a lot like Earth, with beautiful sunny days, a stormy ocean and people. Hundreds of thousands of people. And instead of getting older, everyone is getting younger until the day they are ready to be reborn on Earth again. Now Liz lives with her grandmother, whom she never knew in her previous life, and it’s not going well. Liz can’t cope with the fact that she’ll never turn sixteen, she’ll never move on and never grow up. But when she meets a guy who intrigues her in a most adult way, Elsewhere gets more interesting. Can she let go of the life she was supposed to have, and embrace the life in reverse she has now?

A beautifully written book that made me cry on several occasions! With a deep emotional tug that won’t let you go, Elsewhere is a perfect read for teens and adults covering a timeless and heartwrenching question: What happens to us when we die?

Highly recommended! Buy it now!

Book Review: SEEKER


Quin has trained for her entire life to be a Seeker—bringers of truth and justice to the world. She’s trained beside Shinobu and John, her closest friends, and looks forward to the day when they will make the world a better place together. And John has her heart, between stolen kisses in the woods and long training sessions sweating side-by-side, she and John share a connection that she could never have dreamed of.

That is, until the night she takes her oath…Continue Reading.

Book Review – Finding Audrey


Audrey is doing okay now. Sure, she has to wear dark glasses at all times to avoid any sort of eye contact, she runs and hides when someone new comes in the room, and she has to see a therapist. But, other than that, she’s doing better. “Making progress,” as her therapist would say.

When Linus, her brother’s friend, comes around, Audrey finds herself entranced…Continue Reading.

I SEE KITTY by Yasmine Surovec


I SEE KITTY is an adorable board book, perfect for preschoolers and younger. The simplistic, bright and engaging illustrations will delight small children. They will be entranced as we follow Chloe, a sweet little girl who loves kitties. First she sees them in the pet shop window up for adoption, which sets her imagination on fire. Chloe sees Kitty in the clouds, in a puddle, in cotton candy and in a woman’s crazy up-do hair at the bus stop. Chloe dreams of kitty in a psychedelic kitty paradise complete with a milk river and more cardboard boxes than any kitty could ever dream to hide in…

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New manuscript alert – SALEM!


Okay, maybe not as exciting as carrots, but…

The first two chapters of my latest manuscript is up! Check it out at the top of the page, or click here.  Set in 1692 just before the infamous Salem Witch Trials, this manuscript has witches, dark faeries, twisted romance and lots of creepiness. So, essentially something for everyone. :)

Check it out! Let me know what you think in the comments.

As always, thanks for reading!