Review: Queen of the Conquered

Queen of the Conquered is an unusual tale that lives somewhere between historical fiction and fantasy. It’s a slow building, emotionally fraught, politically complex story. At its heart, Sigourney is a strong woman with a huge history of trauma that defines her behavior throughout the story. She is the only woman of color who hasContinue reading “Review: Queen of the Conquered”

Review: The Removed

The Removed is a beautiful treatise on grief particularly in regard to the culture and traditions of the Cherokee nation. The Echota family has suffered a grievous loss and none of them have recovered. Each family member is coping in their own way. Most of these are not healthy ways. The chapters alternate between theContinue reading “Review: The Removed”

Happy Pub Day & Review: The Last Tiara

Sofiya is a young woman living through war in Russia in 1915, she comes from a family of means close to the royal family who is in the process of being deposed. She volunteers her time with the soldiers coming into the hospital and falls for a man with amnesia from his head injury. InContinue reading “Happy Pub Day & Review: The Last Tiara”

January wrap-up

This month I read 20 books. My goal was to work through my backlist books (8), my Netgalley (6) as well as 1 classic re-read per month and I ended up accomplishing 2.  Binti ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A Twist of Karma ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Dark Tides ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sadie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The RuthlessContinue reading “January wrap-up”

Review: Escaping From Houdini

I am really enjoying the capers of Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell, even though this was the most far-fetched of the stories so far. Yeah, I know the last one was about Dracula, but this one seemed a little more over the top for me. We find the Wadsworth/Cresswell clan upon a boat bound forContinue reading “Review: Escaping From Houdini”

Review: Helena

“The Church isn’t a cult for a few heroes. It is the whole of fallen mankind redeemed.” ———————— This one has been on my TBR since our pastor recommended it a few years ago. It is a beautiful fictionalization of the life of an ancient, towering example of a woman. She was responsible for theContinue reading “Review: Helena”

REVIEW: Sadie

Let me start by saying, I love a good crime podcast. When I saw this was YA, I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as a good crime story. But it gave me everything I was hoping for when I read The Night Swim, which fell short for me. What Sadie had that TheContinue reading “REVIEW: Sadie”

REVIEW: A Mother’s Promise

“Understand: these girls have neither the mental capacity nor the moral fiber with which to manage their lives. Most of them – quite sadly – should have been drowned at birth in a bucket, like so many unwanted kittens.” ———————— This book will break your heart in the same way The Immortal Life of HenriettaContinue reading “REVIEW: A Mother’s Promise”

Pub Day Review: Written in Starlight

Woven in Moonlight was one of my favorite reads of 2020, I was utterly overwhelmed by the beautiful descriptions of life in Inkasisa and the magic was unlike anything I’d ever read. So of course, Written in Starlight was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 but unfortunately it just didn’t live up forContinue reading “Pub Day Review: Written in Starlight”

REVIEW: Legendborn

“Because broken hearts strip vocabularies down to their raw bones…” —————————————- Holy amazing endings, Batman! When I started this book, I’ll admit for the first third I thought it was ok YA fantasy but then it really started to pick up steam and by the last third, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!In many fantasyContinue reading “REVIEW: Legendborn”