The Portsmouth Review

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  • Almost Everybody Farts by Marty Kelley Book Review

    Almost Everybody Farts by Marty Kelley Book Review

    So, this book exists: Almost Everybody Farts by author and illustrator Marty Kelley. And it was a complete impulse buy randomly found on my favorite girl-time-shopping-spree website known as Zulily. I never buy anything but clothes here but when I saw a unicorn that appeared to be emitting a rainbow arc from its nether region, […]

  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

    A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

    A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the mega popular A Court of Thorns and Roses series and, amazingly, it doesn’t fall into the pit of middle-book syndrome.  The story continues with Feyre, a newly made immortal in the fae lands. An immortal body with a human heart. In the first […]

  • Lily and Andrew Are Moving by Julie Etter Book Review

    Lily and Andrew Are Moving by Julie Etter Book Review

    Written by a local Realtor® from Massachusetts, Lily and Andrew Are Moving is a book that seeks to quell anxieties felt by children who are being uprooted to a new home. Change can be difficult for some kids. They might feel massive unease about the premise of moving while the parents are completely unaware because children […]

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

    Sarah J. Maas is a hugely popular young adult fantasy author who has been churning out thick novels in two long-running series. I read and fell in love with her first series (still unfinished) which most of you are probably familiar with – the Throne of Glass series. I soon discovered that her second series, […]

  • The Perfect Pillow by Eric Pinder Book Review

    The Perfect Pillow by Eric Pinder Book Review

    It’s wonderful to read a story of adventure and thrills to your child at night, but sometimes it’s even better to read a book that makes you yearn for a soft, cushy bed and that moment sleeps draws you under. The Perfect Pillow is that book. Disney-Hyperion | February, 2018 | Illustrated by Chris Sheban […]

  • Dark Lands: War of the Sentinels by Lyn I. Kelly Book Review

    Dark Lands: War of the Sentinels by Lyn I. Kelly Book Review

    War of the Sentinels is the third book in the Dark Lands series, a young adult supernatural fantasy set in the netherworld between life and death. The series is meant for a younger YA crowd with a fourteen-year-old protagonist and some similarities to the early Harry Potter books: a Snape-like character, an ever-changing castle, the […]

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Book Review

    Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Book Review

    Celeste Ng is a rising talent in the world of bestseller authorship. She was published in a few anthologies and then she came out with her first novel, Everything I Never Told You, a massively popular pick for books clubs everywhere. Most recently, Little Fires Everywhere has been the “IT” book for the past few […]

  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones Book Review

    First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones Book Review

    First Grave on the Right is the first book in a long-running series with volumes continuously being added. I’ve seen this series pushed hard by avid fans and any time a new book in the series is released, there begins the sudden onslaught of new reviews on my feed. With so many rabid fans, it […]

  • Local Author New Release: Full Breach by N. Lawrence Mann

    Local Author New Release: Full Breach by N. Lawrence Mann

    N. Lawrence Mann is a local Boston author who regularly commutes to Los Angeles. That’s a fairly long commute. Book Description: Full Breach Three years removed from a picturesque life, songwriter Brennen Reynold’s addiction is reaching a bizarre nadir, complete with severe headaches, tormented dreams, and a stray cat that is far from ordinary. His […]

  • The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne Book Review

    The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne Book Review

    The Marsh King’s Daughter is a psychological suspense and thriller by author Karen Dionne. I snagged a copy for myself after reading a review from A Book A Week by fellow book junkie Ethan because the book blurb was altogether too tasty, and his review sealed the deal. This is about a girl born into […]

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