Review: Concrete Rose

“Tough situations don’t last. Tough people do.” ————————————– Concrete Rose is exactly what you want from a prequel and that is hard to achieve with a book as stunning as The Hate U Give. In Concrete Rose we get the story of Starr’s father, who was a strong figure in her life and the storyContinue reading “Review: Concrete Rose”

REVIEW: Black Sun

“A man with a destiny is a man who fears nothing.” ——————————————— Black Sun is everything you want from epic high fantasy. The writing reminded me of GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire series where you get alternating chapters of seemingly unrelated characters and in this case multiple timelines. This was expertly done. LikeContinue reading “REVIEW: Black Sun”

REVIEW: Infinite Country

“It seemed to Mauro that in choosing to emigrate, we are the ones trafficking ourselves.” ————————————— When I saw that Patricia Engle had a new book coming out, I knew I had to scoop it up right away. I really loved her last book The Veins of the Ocean because it was raw and intense.Continue reading “REVIEW: Infinite Country”

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”

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”

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”

MLK Day

“It’s like I’m trying to climb a mountain, but I’ve got one fool trying to shove me down so I won’t be on his level, and another fool tugging at my leg, trying to pull me to the ground he refuses to leave.” ———————————————- In honor of Martin Luther King day, do yourself a favorContinue reading “MLK Day”

REVIEW: Binti

Binti is a fabulous sci-fi novella that felt like Ray Bradbury visited Wakanda. Binti is a strong female heroine who is trying to figure out who she is in the universe. Is she the dutiful daughter with her parent’s genius mathematical skills destined to take over the family business? Is she an earth-devoted member ofContinue reading “REVIEW: Binti”