Thursday, September 29, 2022

What Storm, What Thunder


Title: What Storm, What Thunder

Author: Myriam J.A. Chancy

Publisher: Tin House
ISBN: 9781951142766
Thoughts:  Each chapter looks at the 2010 earthquake in Haiti through the eyes of a different yet interconnected character, some of which are easier to connect with than others.
Rating: 3/5

Only a Monster


Title: Only a Monster

Author: Vanessa Len

Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780063024649
Thoughts: So many plot holes and loose threads, plus the world-building, while unique, had a very weak foundation.
Rating: 2/5

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev


Title: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Author: Dawnie Walton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781797118505
Thoughts: Even though this was done with a full-cast, which is perfect for this mockumentary, I had a hard time keeping the characters straight, which sometimes caused me to loose the plot line.
Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Any Other Family


Title: Any Other Family

Author: Eleanor Brown

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN: 9780593328545
Thoughts: Character-driven novel about a nontraditional family learning what family really means.
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Take My Hand


Title: Take My Hand

Author: Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Publisher: Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9780593552247
Thoughts: Very powerful story about a topic that is not often covered but should be brought to light.
Rating: 5/5

The Trouble with Bachelors


Title: The Trouble with Bachelors

Author: Caitlyn Blue

Publisher: Sassy Muse
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Typical contemporary romance with fun characters.
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Caul Baby


Title: Caul Baby

Author: Morgan Jerkins

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: 9780063070431
Thoughts: A very intense, unique read that blends magical realism and social justice, or lack there of.
Rating: 4/5

A Marvellous Light


Title: A Marvellous Light

Author: Freya Marske

Publisher: Tor
ISBN: 9781250788870
Thoughts: Excellent world-building and very likeable characters, but the romance was lacking something.
Rating: 4/5

Not in Her Wildest Dreams


Title: Not in Her Wildest Dreams

Author: Dani Collins

Publisher: self
ISBN: 9780991734962
Thoughts: Sometimes I had trouble understanding the main characters motives, so I could not always get behind their actions and in turn, them.
Rating: 3/5

Friday, September 9, 2022

Early Morning Riser


Title: Early Morning Riser

Author: Katherine Heiny

Publisher: Random House Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Deeply engaging character-driven novel full of every emotion.
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses


Title: Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

Author: Kristen O'Neal

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781683692348
Thoughts: O'Neal is genius for taking a classic horror creature and crafting a story of friendship, illness, and all types of healing.
Rating: 5/5

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Played to Death


Title: Played to Death

Author: BV Lawson

Publisher: self
ISBN: 9780990458203
Thoughts: I had trouble keeping some of the threads straight, but the clues were all there and the solution was more than satisfactory.
Rating: 3/5

The Mutual Friend


Title: The Mutual Friend

Author: Carter Bays

Publisher: Dutton
ISBN: 9780593186763
Thoughts: Very quirky character-driven novel with a definite lesson about modern society.
Rating: 5/5

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Of Women and Salt


Title: Of Women and Salt

Author: Gabriela Garcia

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Very poetic prose, but I had trouble keeping the timelines straight.
Rating: 3/5