2015 Book Reviews – 1st 5 Books of 2015

I haven’t done such a great job of posting here lately, so I’m going to share some of my on-going reviews from Goodreads that I write as part of my annual reading challenge. This year, I am attempting to read 45 books. Wish me luck!! Dragons of a Fallen Sun by Margaret Weis My rating: … Continue reading

Neil Gaiman at Temple Judea

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to see Neil Gaiman speak at the Temple Judea in Miami as part of an event hosted by the fabulous local bookstore, Books and Books. I arrived at the event about 20 minutes before the start and it was packed. I shouldn’t have been surprised, given his … Continue reading

“The Violet Hour” by Katherine Hill

3.5 / 5 Stars I just finished reading The Violet Hour, a book written by someone who was in my graduating class in high school. It’s her first novel, though she’s had short stories published before and has been working in the literary field for years. It’s not often that someone you know, even someone … Continue reading

What Makes a Good Sequel?

By Bahia Simons-Lane ©2012 Bahia Portfolio bahiaportfolio.wordpress.com My aunt and author D.S. Thornton posed this question to me over email the other day. She continued: What makes a successful sequel? What sequels really held up to their predecessors? What sequels really added to the story? Which ones were satisfying and why? Which weren’t and why … Continue reading

2012 Books: Year in Review–Part 2

By Bahia Simons-Lane ©2012 Bahia Portfolio Sorry for the delay in getting part 2 posted.  I have been traveling almost non-stop for the past month!  Hopefully I will be back to posting more regularly from here on out. Young Adult 30. Keturah and Lord Death, Leavitt, Martine 3/5 31. The Graveyard Book, Gaiman, Neil 4/5 … Continue reading