REVIEW: The Girl who Died

I’ve been to Iceland twice and I love their literature, I will read anything set in the unique environment, especially if it takes place off the beaten path like this one. Una’s life is plodding along at a mediocre pace with no real success or joy. When she sees an add for a teacher inContinue reading “REVIEW: The Girl who Died”

REVIEW: The Order

The Order is a story that imagines an underground Catholic network who are trying to sway the election of a new pope. I like stories like this, ones that take just a slight tweak of real life and show you just how things could be. I really liked the main characters and the complexity ofContinue reading “REVIEW: The Order”

REVIEW: Arsenic and Adobo

“Even now, the thought of staying here forever felt like a hand squeezing me tighter and tighter – this phantom hand molding me into the shape everyone else wanted me to be.” ————————————- Ok, so this was my first cozy mystery… the genre never appealed to me because I generally prefer a grittier story. IContinue reading “REVIEW: Arsenic and Adobo”

REVIEW: Tigers Not Daughters

“We’d always thought Jessica was mean because she was so full of life that it chafed at her from the inside out. She was always simmering, and it reminded us of a pot of stew on the stove. She contained so much beneath her skin, and when it got heated up, all those things tumbledContinue reading “REVIEW: Tigers Not Daughters”

REVIEW: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

“Our show for our fans ain’t have a thing to do with their show for theirs.” ————————- The Final Revival of Opal & Nev recounts the story of a musical duo and their struggles to rise to fame and maintain a presence in an era where a racially mixed group was not the norm. NevContinue reading “REVIEW: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev”

REVIEW: All the Murmuring Bones

“If I know anything for certain it’s that neither love nor hate is ever simple.” ——————————————– All the Murmuring Bones is a haunting family story set in a world of vengeful magical creatures. Miren is born into a family steeped in history and tradition but their wealth has faded and her grandmother is ruthless inContinue reading “REVIEW: All the Murmuring Bones”

Review: The Stolen Kingdom

The Stolen Kingdom is the story of two young people thrust into roles they never wanted, didn’t expect and are not quite prepared for. Mara is the daughter of a vintner and she loves tending to her father’s grapes but she has a secret, she can make them grow with magic. But to her knowledge, magicContinue reading “Review: The Stolen Kingdom”

Review: The Lost Apothecary

The Lost Apothecary is a dual timeline historical fiction / mystery story which brings you between modern times and 1790s London. When Caroline arrives in London on her first trip from the US she stumbles upon a group who are mudlarking, which is looking at tidal earth when the Thames has receded for historical artifacts.Continue reading “Review: The Lost Apothecary”

REVIEW: The Family Upstairs

Imagine the day you turn 25, a letter shows up saying that you’re due to inherit a mansion worth millions. Libby get such a letter one day, she finds out that her birth parents didn’t give her up for adoption willingly but had passed away, leaving their home to her upon her 25th birthday. WhenContinue reading “REVIEW: The Family Upstairs”

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”