Book Review: Real Life by Brandon Taylor

The Review In a world full of sex comedies, could there be such a thing as a sex drama? Perhaps? Brandon Taylor’s debut novel follows Wallace, a grad student, through a weekend which will forever change his life. As a reader, I picked up the book prepared for the truncated timeline. Knowing the short periodContinue reading “Book Review: Real Life by Brandon Taylor”

Book Review: And I Do Not Forgive You

The Review And I Do Not Forgive You is a 2020 release, and the short story collection from Amber Sparks with the subtitle “and other revenges.” Boy does it live up to that subtitle. At its heart, the collection shows modern people in the quasi-fantastic, mostly-all-too-real world of technology, familial betrayal, and city life. TheContinue reading “Book Review: And I Do Not Forgive You”

Book Review: The Everlasting Rose

The Details: The MUCH anticipated sequel to The Belles is on its way in 2019– and it is worth waiting for! If you’re unfamiliar with The Belles, it may be helpful to check out my review of Dhonielle Clayton’s first book in this YA Fantasy series lush with commentary on societal beauty expectations and power. Basically, the BellesContinue reading “Book Review: The Everlasting Rose”

Book Review: The Gilded Wolves

The Review I have to admit, it took me a few chapters to catch the tone and premise of The Gilded Wolves, but once it hit its stride, I was hooked. NY Times Bestselling author Roshani Chokshi’s newest fantasy novel follows a group of down-and-out teens– smart, wily outcasts, artists, and academics on the run. ThickContinue reading “Book Review: The Gilded Wolves”

Book Review: Illegal

The Review: Illegal is a graphic novel by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, with a primary audience of children (probably ages ten and up), and this is the kind of book that every child should have access to. Colfer and Donkin trace the fictional path of Ebo, a young Ghanian boy, as he makes his wayContinue reading “Book Review: Illegal”

Book Review: BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage

The Review: This novel is the heartwarming story of a mother-daughter bond unlike any other… Just kidding. I originally requested this book because of the blurb in the PW announcement which compared it to THE BAD SEED: While I’m a bit of wimp when it comes to horror and thriller as a genre, “bad children”Continue reading “Book Review: BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage”

Review: So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Review: Part memoir and part handbook, Ijeoma Oluo’s new book is not just about talking: it’s about action. Oluo addresses two distinct audiences: people of color and white people who hope to engage in dialogue about race. She makes it clear early on that her book is not some magic cure for white supremacy,Continue reading “Review: So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo”

Book Review: The Belles

The Review: I am obsessed with Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles, and I know the world will be, too. A quick summary: Set in Orléans (a city very much French regency meets old-school New Orleans), beauty is a limited commodity. Camellia Beauregard is a Belle, a class of magical women who can sculpt and perfect the moodContinue reading “Book Review: The Belles”

Book Review: ARTEMIS by Andy Weir

The Review: I nearly bailed on this one– but am glad I didn’t. Like many readers, I was blown away by THE MARTIAN. With such a huge breakout book, a second book has high expectations. What this book isn’t: like THE MARTIAN in theme or character What this book is: a rouge-ish caper for theContinue reading “Book Review: ARTEMIS by Andy Weir”

Book Review: Spoonbenders

The Review: The Amazing Telemachus Family was disgraced on national TV years ago and hasn’t been the same since. A generation later, and minus the family matriarch, Teddy and his now-grown children Irene, Frankie, and Buddy view their psychic gifts as more curse than blessing. Add into the works a mob boss calling in hisContinue reading “Book Review: Spoonbenders”