Maddie is in her 20s living in London taking care of her ailing father. Her mother lives most of the year in Ghana taking care of her business so Maddie is the one left to keep her father well. She gets fired from her job and when her mother comes back she nudges Maddie toContinue reading “REVIEW: Maame”

REVIEW: We Deserve Monuments

Mama Letty is dying and her only daughter is relocating her family to be there for the final days. But there has been a rift between them and her teenage daughter, Avery, is determined to open up the old wounds and try to heal them. Lots of intense teenage emotion in this one. Avery feels everythingContinue reading “REVIEW: We Deserve Monuments”

REVIEW: The Light Pirate

Wanda is born amidst a hurricane that devastates her family and is indicative of the destruction that is ahead for Florida. This future world has Florida being returned to the wild as storms repeatedly lash it taking life and livelihood. The storytelling is unique and covers the nuts and bolts of survival intertwined with theContinue reading “REVIEW: The Light Pirate”

REVIEW: Demon Copperhead

“The wonder is that you could start life with nothing, end with nothing, and lose so much in between.” ——————“I don’t know a single person, my age who’s not taking pills.” ——————- Kingsolver gives you exactly what she promises with this one. This story is stark and heartbreaking with a 2022 view on institutional povertyContinue reading “REVIEW: Demon Copperhead”

REVIEW: The Cloisters

Ann gets a summer job at MoMA but the day she shows up, her job is gone and the only option is a placement at The Cloisters. She finds herself outside the city at a medieval museum and gardens with an insular group of people who seem to be keeping secrets from her. She findsContinue reading “REVIEW: The Cloisters”

REVIEW: The Fortunes of Jaded Women

I really enjoyed this multi-generational story. It showed us a slice of Vietnamese culture with a focus on the role of women. As in many cultures, baby boys are valued over girls and in this family the curse of only daughters impacts so many lives. But as each story is revealed and they start toContinue reading “REVIEW: The Fortunes of Jaded Women”

October Wrap Up

A little late but better late than never, in October I read 25.5 books. Yes, I finally finished Empire of the Vampire. 😰 📱 Lark Ascending* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📘 Our Shadows Have Claws* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📱 The Witch and the Tsar* ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📕 Sanctuary ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 📗 The Boys from Biloxi* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🎧 The Oleander Sword ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📱Continue reading “October Wrap Up”

September Reading Wrap Up

This month I read 27 books. A little late to post but 🤷🏻‍♀️. 📱 The Moon Eater* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ðŸ’« 📕 The Ravens ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📱 Waterdown* ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🎧  The Silence Before the Dawn* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📗 Echo North ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📘 Black Potatoes â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ 🎧 The Prisoner* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ðŸ’« 📱 The Monarchs* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ðŸ’« 📕 ‘Til All These Things Be Done* â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸ 📘 The Unsinkable Greta James â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ 📗 CloseContinue reading “September Reading Wrap Up”

REVIEW: Carrie Soto is Back

Well, with these last few novels, I feel like TJR has become the queen of unlikable characters. Like Malibu Rising, the writing is great but I was not rooting for Carrie at all. And as not a huge fan of tennis, I struggled to keep interested – if I hadn’t been listening to the audiobook,Continue reading “REVIEW: Carrie Soto is Back”

REVIEW: The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

Mercy is an undertaker’s daughter who is more involved in the business than a woman in this world should be. Hart is a marshal who hunts drudges, undead people with no soul. The two regularly interact when Hart drops off bodies and they have always had a contentious relationship. When Hart writes a letter he never means toContinue reading “REVIEW: The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy”