REVIEW: How We Ricochet

How We Ricochet is a timely YA piece about a family dealing with the aftermath of being present at a mass shooting at a mall. This mother and two daughters are going about their lives and suddenly they are forced to face their own mortality. This leaves them each spinning in wildly different directions. Mom becomesContinue reading “REVIEW: How We Ricochet”

REVIEW: The Gravity of Missing Things

You’d think as someone who travels for a living, that I wouldn’t read plane crash stories. But the truth is, I can’t resist them. They are always compelling and the mystery of what went wrong is always so interesting to me. In this story, a plane goes missing mysteriously mid-flight and we follow the pilot’sContinue reading “REVIEW: The Gravity of Missing Things”

REVIEW: Woman of Light

Woman of Light tells us the story of several generations of a family living in the American West in the early 1900’s. They have indigenous and Mexican roots and therefore are considered less than. At every turn, in every generation we see the limitations of their lives and what they are able to do andContinue reading “REVIEW: Woman of Light”

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

I was absolutely floored by Emezi’s The Death of Vivek Oji, I don’t think I’d ever read a book that left me so shattered. So I was quite looking forward to their new book. Feyi is an artist who lost her husband to an accident and is in a state of stasis. She has avoided relationshipsContinue reading “You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty”

REVIEW: On the Tip of Her Tongue

On the Tip of Her Tongue is hard to classify; it’s somewhere between psychological thriller, light horror and a mystery. We meet Judy as she wakes up with her memory missing in her hometown with her parents. Her husband, a famous author, is on tour and she must figure out who she is and howContinue reading “REVIEW: On the Tip of Her Tongue”

Daughter of the Salt King

Emel is one of many daughters living in her father, the king’s, palace tent in the desert. She longs for a life where she can be free to go out in the world, to interact with the townspeople and maybe find love. Instead she is forced to serve the many suitors who come through townContinue reading “Daughter of the Salt King”

REVIEW: Sankofa

A Sankofa is an African symbol of a bird that is looking backward towards its feet, it symbolizes the idea that you must look backwards to move forwards. That is Anna’s journey as she is in the midst of a divorce when her mother dies. She never knew her father but she finds a diaryContinue reading “REVIEW: Sankofa”

REVIEW: My Evil Mother

Atwood gives us a lovely short story about the truth behind love. Our main character is a teenage girl in the 1950’s and she is plagued by the overbearing and a bit unusual claims her mother makes. As the girl grows older and becomes a mother herself, we see her begin to understand the methodContinue reading “REVIEW: My Evil Mother”

REVIEW: Vladimir

Wow, was this book not at all what I expected. This story is of a woman facing the inevitabilities of her age and its impact on how the world perceives her and how she perceives herself. She is not the easiest character to like, she’s self-centered and vain. She places such a high reverence onContinue reading “REVIEW: Vladimir”

REVIEW: All my Rage

This story will absolutely break you into a million pieces and build you back up again into a new person. Noor and Salahudin are teenagers who have grown up together pulled together by their shared Pakistani history. Both immigrated as children; Noor under the care of her uncle after her parents were killed and SalaContinue reading “REVIEW: All my Rage”