REVIEW: Someone Else’s Life

In the middle of an epic storm in Kauai, a stranded motorist knocks on Annie’s door. She lets the woman in to wait out the storm and after a few glasses of wine begins to wonder if this woman may have other motives. Both women’s pasts are slowly revealed as the storm rages outside andContinue reading “REVIEW: Someone Else’s Life”

REVIEW: The Wonders

In The Wonders we get the struggles of two different women in two different timepoints for relevance and voice. Through their day to day lives we see their struggle to be seen and heard. Each has life changing things happen to them and feel them as they shut themselves off and make choices about howContinue reading “REVIEW: The Wonders”

February Wrap Up

This month I read 30 books. 🎧  Finding Me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📘 The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🎧 Maame*  â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ 📕 Perpetual West* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ðŸ’« 📱 Soul of the Deep* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ 📱 The Lady of the Loch* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📗 This Poison Heart â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ 📘 Luster â­ï¸â­ 📕  River Sing Me Home â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ 📱 Where Darkness Blooms* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ 📱 Sharks in the Time of Saviors* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ 📗  ThisContinue reading “February Wrap Up”

Pub Day REVIEW: Immortality

I enjoyed last year’s Anatomy where we followed Hazel as she pretended to be a man to learn to be a surgeon in early 1800’s Edinburgh. She is practicing medicine now, as well as she can as a woman who has not qualified, often helping those who can not afford a “real” doctor. When sheContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: Immortality”

Pub Day REVIEW: The Angel Maker

Alex North gives us another solid mystery with The Angel Maker. I’m not sure I agree that this one is labelled a thriller but it’s a suspenseful, sometimes creepy story with a nice police procedural peppered throughout. We get a few different viewpoints of what ostensibly starts off as a missing person story and ends up withContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: The Angel Maker”

REVIEW: The Spite House

A spite house is a house that is built literally to piss off the neighbors. This particular spite house has been reported to be haunted and the owner is looking for someone to stay there to document what is happening. Eric and his daughters are looking for a quick way to make money as theyContinue reading “REVIEW: The Spite House”

REVIEW: The Vanishing Half

This is a story about a set of twins who were born in small town Louisiana. This town is full of light-skinned African-Americans and the twins fit in, but hope for more in life. When they run away, one decides to live a drastically different life pretending that she has white. The other marries aContinue reading “REVIEW: The Vanishing Half”

REVIEW: The Davenports

I loved this. It demonstrates a piece of history that is not well known or celebrated, but should be: Black prosperity in the North post-slavery. The Davenports are a wealthy, socially respected family who are dealing with the life pressures of their skin color and their socio-economic status. We get to follow four young debutanteContinue reading “REVIEW: The Davenports”

Pub Day REVIEW: The Writing Retreat

“The few times I’d timidly given her one of my stories to read, she’d found pleasure in pointing out any improbabilities. This would never happen.” ——————————— Yeah, that quote says it all for me. It’s a bit like Nanowrimo if a maniacal Willy Wonka type ran it. The Plot meets The Finalists meets The Hunting Wives.Continue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: The Writing Retreat”

REVIEW: Sharks in the Time of Saviors

This story explores Hawaiian culture and beliefs in a world where mainstream culture is sweeping away that identity. We follow one family who think they have been touched by the gods, destined for greatness after their 7 year old son is saved by sharks. Their belief in the potential to pull themselves out of the worldContinue reading “REVIEW: Sharks in the Time of Saviors”