Book Review: Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal

Title: Circus of Wonders Author: Elizabeth MacnealPublisher: PicadorPage Count: 384Publication Date: 2021Category/Genre: Fiction, Adult Fiction, Magical Realism, Historical, RomanceGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.81)My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.0) 1866. In a coastal village in southern England, Nell picks violets for a living. Set apart by her community because of the birthmarks that speckle her skin, Nell’s world … Continue reading Book Review: Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal

Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Title: Mexican Gothic Author: Silvia Moreno-GarciaPublisher: Del Rey Page Count: 301Publication Date: 2020Category/Genre: Fiction, Adult Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical, Cultural, GothicGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.69)My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.0) After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, … Continue reading Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRueAuthor: V.E. SchwabPublisher: Tor BooksPage Count: 444Publication Date: 2020Category/Genre: Fiction, Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Historical Fiction, Magic RealismGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.24)My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5) France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten … Continue reading Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Book Review: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones 

Title: The Only Good IndiansAuthor: Stephen Graham JonesPublisher: Gallery/Saga PressPage Count: 336Publication Date: 2020Category/Genre: Fiction, Adult Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery, American Indian, CulturalGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.74)My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5) The creeping horror of Paul Tremblay meets Tommy Orange’s There There in a dark novel of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition … Continue reading Book Review: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones 

Book Review: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak 

Title: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange WorldAuthor: Elif Shafak Publisher: VikingPage Count: 312Publication Date: 2019Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Family, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Turkish Culture, WomenGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.09)My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5) ‘In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila’s consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the … Continue reading Book Review: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak 

November 2020 Reading Challenge: The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Title:  The Romanovs: 1613-1918Author: Simon Sebag MontefiorePublisher: W&NPage Count: 657Publication Date: 2016Category/Genre: History, Non-Fiction, Cultural, Russia, PoliticsGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.95)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest … Continue reading November 2020 Reading Challenge: The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

October 2020 Reading Challenge: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Title:  How We Disappeared Author: Jing-Jing Lee Publisher: Hanover Square Press Page Count: 350 Publication Date: 2019 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, War, Cultural, Asia, Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.18) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny child. In … Continue reading October 2020 Reading Challenge: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Book Review: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Title: FreshwaterAuthor: Akwaeke EmeziPublisher: Grove PressPage Count: 229Publication Date: 2018Category/Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Cultural, Africa, LGBT, Magic Realism, Mental Health, Fantasy, NigeriaGood Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.02)My Rating: ★★★★☆(4) An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a … Continue reading Book Review: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

September 2020 Reading Challenge: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Title:  The Bird King Author: G. Willow Wilson Publisher: Grove Press Page Count: 403 Publication Date: 2019 Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Fantasy Good Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.75) My Rating: ★★★★☆(4.0) New from the award-winning author of Alif the Unseen and writer of the Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson Set in 1491 during the reign of … Continue reading September 2020 Reading Challenge: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson