Pub Day Review: Within these Wicked Walls

“You’re a surprisingly slow learner, Andromeda.” “Quick learner,” I said, my mind too tired to keep an annoyed bite from peeking through. “Slow follower.” ————————————- Within these Wicked Walls is THE PERFECT read for spooky season. Andromeda is a debtera, an Ethiopian exorcist, who is desperately trying to earn a patronage so that she canContinue reading “Pub Day Review: Within these Wicked Walls”

REVIEW: The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

Narrator Performance: 🌟🌟🌟🌟Overall Book Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐⭐ A️lka Joshi does it again! Within the first few moments we are whisked away to India immersed in the lives of Lakshmi and Malik. This time our focus shifts slightly and we learn more about nomadic life in the Himalayas with new character Nimmi as well as about Lakshmi’sContinue reading “REVIEW: The Secret Keeper of Jaipur”

REVIEW: His Only Wife

“This is the truth: We picked you from the gutter and gave you a life that you would not have had in a thousand years.” ————————-  Afi is a woman put into an impossible situation. She lives in a small town and her family is beholden to the woman who owns everything. That woman hates herContinue reading “REVIEW: His Only Wife”

REVIEW: Redemptor

“The only thing more powerful than a wish is purpose.” ————————————— The Raybearer was one of my favorite fantasy reads of last year and Redemptor is a beautiful ending to the story. Tarisai is the principled heroine that we all need in our lives. She learns some hard lessons as she must build her councilContinue reading “REVIEW: Redemptor”

REVIEW: The Charm Offensive

“I don’t know if the specific label is important to me.” “It doesn’t have to be,” she says, “and you’re not obligated to figure it out, or come out, or explain yourself to anyone, ever.” ————————— For Pride Month, I wanted to challenge myself to read something out of my comfort zone. Generally when IContinue reading “REVIEW: The Charm Offensive”

REVIEW: Witches Steeped in Gold

“Bare your teeth like a predator even if at times you feel more like prey.” ————————- Cha, did this one take me longer to read than I anticipated. It had all the fantasy elements I usually love: witches, pirates, blood magic, long fraught rivalries, bitter betrayals and lots of secrets. But sadly, I just struggledContinue reading “REVIEW: Witches Steeped in Gold”

REVIEW: Yellow Wife

“Mama often said, no kind deed from a white person went without a return.” —————————— Indignity.  That’s the word that kept running through my mind while reading this book. I’ve read plenty of books on the time of slavery, but Yellow Wife was different. There were the unfathomable brutalities and inhumane treatment which make everyContinue reading “REVIEW: Yellow Wife”

🌞 May Wrap up 🌞

The Henna Artist ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The Girl Who Died ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫The Dark Tide ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Of Women and Salt ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Mary Jane ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Cutthroat Cheerleader ⭐️⭐️The Jetsetters ⭐️⭐️⭐️Perfect Days ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The Plot ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫People We Meet on Vacation ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Ember of Night ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️A Theater for Dreamers ⭐️⭐️⭐️The Hunting Wives ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️How to Mars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫The Falling Woman ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫Hamnet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Witches Steeped inContinue reading “🌞 May Wrap up 🌞”

REVIEW: Magic City

“There’s misunderstandings at times. A woman might say no when she means yes. Now isn’t that right? You might encourage a man without realizing it.” ———————— Do you want to know more about the Tulsa massacre but have a hard time reading history or heavy historical fiction? Well, then I would suggest Magic City to you.Continue reading “REVIEW: Magic City”

REVIEW: The Henna Artist

Why did I wait so long to read this book? With all the rave reviews, my love of historical fiction and my own experience with Jaipur, you’d think I’d have tackled this one sooner. But with the sequel coming, it really lit the fire for me.  I was drawn in completely from the first page,Continue reading “REVIEW: The Henna Artist”