posts by Janine:
There was recently a hullabaloo about Devil in Disguise, Lisa Kleypas’ historical romance, around the time of its release in July. Here’s what one Goodreads reviewer said in her review: Fourteen years ago, I drove like a madwoman an hour away to my nearest B&N with a cranky teething baby ... more >
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Dear Silvia Moreno-Garcia, I’ve had mixed success with your books. I loved Gods of Jade and Shadow, your young adult fantasy, liked your sort-of-domestic-noir thriller, Untamed Shore, and didn’t care a bit for Mexican Gothic, the horror novel you came out with last year (I was an outlier; it was ... more >
Recently, Jayne, myself and a friend of ours (someone who writes grammar textbooks) had this conversation: Jayne: I just started The Ex Hex and am hoping for a cutesy rom-com. We’ll see what I get. Janine: Have you noticed how The [Adjective] [Noun] titles have become a trend in contemporary ... more >
Recently a Berkley publicist sent me an email highlighting several books coming out in December 2021. I was struck by the number of books mentioned that were set in Alaska. Here are brief excerpts from their descriptions on Amazon: Love and Let Bark by Alanna Martin (Hearts of Alaska Book ... more >
Janine: In our recent joint review of Helen Hoang’s The Heart Principle, Jayne and I expressed our dismay over the way the book is marketed, and over missold books more generally: Jayne: I also feel that in my opinion, this is more a women’s fiction book albeit one with strong ... more >