Audiobook REVIEW: Just Like Home

Vera is returning home to care for her mother, Daphne, who is dying. The two have always had a strained relationship and Vera must navigate that and the memories of her home, a place where her father was arrested as a serial killer. She is fearful and uncertain at first delving back into the memoriesContinue reading “Audiobook REVIEW: Just Like Home”

REVIEW: The Sewing Girl’s Tale

Anyone who was shaken, heartbroken and empowered by Chanel Miller’s Know My Name should pick this one up and see just how long women in America have fought to get their rapists to be punished for their crimes. How long women in America have fought for their humanity and autonomy. For their words to beContinue reading “REVIEW: The Sewing Girl’s Tale”

REVIEW: River of the Gods

The River of the Gods is a story about two colleagues turned rivals Richard Burton and John Speak’s quest to find the source of the Nile. In other words, a story about a bunch of rich white dudes “discovering” geography long known by the African natives. The two make absolute fools of themselves trying toContinue reading “REVIEW: River of the Gods”

ARC REVIEW: The Brass Queen

The Brass Queen is a fun steampunk romp filled with fantastical mechanical beasties, sky pirates riding dirigibles, crazy weapons, alternate dimensions and the most quirky fun characters I’ve read in a long time. Constance is to be married, to whom, she’s not sure… regency rules require she marries by her birthday in order to keepContinue reading “ARC REVIEW: The Brass Queen”

Daughter of the Salt King

Emel is one of many daughters living in her father, the king’s, palace tent in the desert. She longs for a life where she can be free to go out in the world, to interact with the townspeople and maybe find love. Instead she is forced to serve the many suitors who come through townContinue reading “Daughter of the Salt King”

REVIEW: The Ravaged

I love Norman Reedus, so I was excited to check out his debut novel. The Ravaged follows three people, each with different circumstances and backgrounds who are forced into new circumstances and must adapt. Hunter is a bit rough around the edges but has a heart of gold, he’s traveling cross country after the deathContinue reading “REVIEW: The Ravaged”

REVIEW: I Kissed Shara Wheeler

Ooh do we get a story full of teenage drama in this one. Reminiscent of John Green, we got a quirky story about the “It” girl in school who goes “missing.” She leaves a series of notes to her classmates, boyfriend and friends to help them both find her and understand her. Along the wayContinue reading “REVIEW: I Kissed Shara Wheeler”

REVIEW: My Evil Mother

Atwood gives us a lovely short story about the truth behind love. Our main character is a teenage girl in the 1950’s and she is plagued by the overbearing and a bit unusual claims her mother makes. As the girl grows older and becomes a mother herself, we see her begin to understand the methodContinue reading “REVIEW: My Evil Mother”

REVIEW: Vladimir

Wow, was this book not at all what I expected. This story is of a woman facing the inevitabilities of her age and its impact on how the world perceives her and how she perceives herself. She is not the easiest character to like, she’s self-centered and vain. She places such a high reverence onContinue reading “REVIEW: Vladimir”

REVIEW: The Candy House

Full disclosure: I didn’t read the first book of this series. I’m not sure you need to, we get good background on the characters through this one. The title tells us to expect that all is not what it seems. The Candy House is a place that looks lovely and inviting from the outside, butContinue reading “REVIEW: The Candy House”