14 Favorites of 2014
Lists / December 28, 2014

I love reading Best of Lists, but making them can be quite hard. Here’s my list of favorites from 2014 broken down by subgenre. FAVORITE HORROR     FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION   FAVORITE FANTASY   FAVORITE FANTASY DEBUT

The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Frank Venturini
4.5 Stars , Reviews / November 2, 2014

I couldn’t put this book down. I’ll start with that. And when I went to set up my review for it, and I had to assign it a genre, I really didn’t know what to put it as. The closest thing I can compare it to genre-wise is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. That is science fiction, but the story is not really so much about the science fiction aspect of it, rather the science-fiction element is more of what sets up the story, puts the characters in the situations. I’m sure there are other examples as well, but this one sprang to mind. The Heart Does Not Grow Back is very similar in that respect. Human regeneration. Is that science fiction? I guess it is as it certainly isn’t factual science. And yes, there would not be a story without that element. But the story is more about the people, about relationships, hardships, healing and surviving. It’s about how even if you can regenerate your internal organs, there is more that needs to heal to really feel whole. In 6th grade Dale Sampson is a quiet outsider. He spends his time alone, sitting by himself at recess. But a…

Waiting on Wednesday – The Heart Does Not Grow Back
Waiting On Wednesday / September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon. I have to send some thanks to Tammy at Books, Bones and Buffy for bringing this one to my attention in her WoW post a few weeks ago. Now, I am really looking forward to seeing if this book is as good as it sounds! I mean, it’s got love, heartbreak and regenerating body parts!!   The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini Expected Publication:  November 4th, 2014 by Macmillan-Picador EVERY SUPERHERO NEEDS TO START SOMEWHERE…Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that has evaded him in high school. But when an unthinkable catastrophe tears away the one girl he ever had a chance with, his life takes a bizarre turn as he discovers an inexplicable power: He can regenerate his organs and limbs.When a chance encounter brings him face to face with a girl from his past, he decides that…