REVIEW: The Dust Child

“… we are just water hyacinth plants floating on a river. Don’t let the current pull you down. Protect yourself because no one else can.” ————————– Dust Child tells us the impact of the Vietnam war on several generations of people. We see the impact on two young poor sisters during the war, an American GIContinue reading “REVIEW: The Dust Child”

REVIEW: A Most Unusual Demise

In a small English village, retiree owns a bookshop and she and her best friend, Fletcher, are embroiled in all of the drama of the little town. When the body count starts going up, these two find themselves in the center of it all. Ok, this one bills itself as a cozy mystery, but itContinue reading “REVIEW: A Most Unusual Demise”


Bound is the story of the colonial period on St John’s Island when societal Britain is beginning to turn away from slavery. The governor of the island is desperately trying to make the colony economically successful and much of that strategy relies on slavery. He is selfish and shrewd and has little regard for women or anyoneContinue reading “REVIEW: Bound”

Review and LFL Dropoff: Beyond That, the Sea

Bea is a young girl in London when WWII breaks out. Her parents make the heart wrenching decision to send her to a host family in America. At first, understandably, she is hurt and feels like a fish out of water. But she bonds quickly with her host family and her life there for 5Continue reading “Review and LFL Dropoff: Beyond That, the Sea”

Audiobook REVIEW: The Cross of Ciaran

Ciaran is the son of a goddess, he is to bear a child in her name and sacrifice the woman who bears the child, as is the tradition of priests of his time. When he meets a young woman who is a Christian, he will do anything to be with her (and keep her fromContinue reading “Audiobook REVIEW: The Cross of Ciaran”

Pub Day REVIEW: The Next New Syrian Girl

“You’re a double agent like me. We’re stuck in no man’s land, trying to be all parts of ourselves yet not allowed to be either or all at the same time. We’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, and we aren’t given any tools to carve out a place to belong.” ————————– Being aContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: The Next New Syrian Girl”

REVIEW: The Sunbearer Trials

Every decade an epic competition is launched to replenish the sun’s power and governance over existence. The children of the gods are chosen to compete with one selected as the sunbearer and another selected as a blood sacrifice. As far as Teo is aware, there has never been the child of a demi-god chosen toContinue reading “REVIEW: The Sunbearer Trials”

REVIEW: The Black Kids

“The world doesn’t let black children be children for very long.” ———————— Ashley is a girl of wealth and privilege living in LA in the 90’s. She is one of a handful of Black kids who all come from different backgrounds and aren’t really friends. We start with Ashley’s life with her mostly white,  privileged friendsContinue reading “REVIEW: The Black Kids”

REVIEW: The Lady of the Loch

In this story we get two timelines with two women, one set of sisters in the present day whose fate takes them to Ravenscraig Castle in Scotland where they experience the history of the place in an unusual way. As they uncover the history of the place and its significance to Robert the Bruce’s history they encounterContinue reading “REVIEW: The Lady of the Loch”

Audiobook REVIEW: My Dear Henry

Gabriel is a Black, gay man pursuing a medical degree when he meets Henry Jekyll, a handsome young man whose father is an anatomy professor. The two carry on an affair until they are found out and are expelled from school. Henry writes Gabriel a letter asking him to move on. Meanwhile a white haired,Continue reading “Audiobook REVIEW: My Dear Henry”