4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: English Animals by Laura Kaye

★ ★ ★ ★ Laura Kaye's novel, English Animals, is an impressive debut. A domestic drama set in the English countryside that gives a fresh perspective on art, belonging, temptation and sex, physical and emotional violence, and cultural differences. Mirka is a Slovakian woman who believes she has accepted a job as an au pair for Sophie and Richard,… Continue reading Book Review: English Animals by Laura Kaye

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4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

★ ★ ★ ★ What a breathtaking introduction to Susan Meissner's novels. A thoughtful, heartwrenching story set in 1918, Philadelphia during the Great War, as the Spanish Flu makes its way to the shores of America. It's told from the perspective of the Bright women; Pauline and her three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa, as they… Continue reading Book Review: As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

4 Star Reads, Sequential Art

Book Review: Draw Stronger by Kriota Willberg

★ ★ ★ ★ If you are a cartoonist, visual artist, or just frequently work with your hands, you are going to want to pick up a copy of Draw Stronger by Kriota Willberg. It's a beautifully illustrated guide and packed with all you need to know about self-care as an artist. There are a… Continue reading Book Review: Draw Stronger by Kriota Willberg

4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction

Book Review: Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

★ ★ ★ ★ If I could only recommend one spring read to you, it is going to be Clarissa Goenawan's debut novel, Rainbirds. I was no less than 3 chapters in when I knew this book was going to special. It is a touching, atmospheric read that you will become invested in, and rooting… Continue reading Book Review: Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction

Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

★ ★ ★ ★ Women's Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2017), The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill is about two gifted orphans who travel around the city performing artistic routines but are separated as teenagers and sent to work as servants during the Great Depression. The story follows their lives until they finally reunite… Continue reading Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties By Carmen Maria Machado

★ ★ ★ ★ Her Body and Other Parties is a riveting 8-story collection that is a gritty, provocative debut. It's a fusion of magical realism, horror, supernatural and fantasy that focuses on women's lives and their bodies. In general, I am not fond of short story collections, but this is outstanding work. After each… Continue reading Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties By Carmen Maria Machado

4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Recommendations

Book Review: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

★ ★ ★ ★ A relatively short novel -- only 225 pages -- Six Stories is packed with a mighty punch; an original atmospheric story told in a series of six interviews by investigative journalist Scott King, as he attempts to discover the truth behind Tom Jeffries mysterious death at Scarclaw Fell twenty-years ago. Prior… Continue reading Book Review: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

4 Star Reads, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews

Book Review: We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

★ ★ ★ ★ We Love You, Charlie Freeman is Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel, originally published by Algonquin Books in March of 2016. A complex novel, Greenidge touches on history, race, family dynamics, science, and identity. Since I read this, I have not stopped thinking about it. A clever, poignant story that was compelling and… Continue reading Book Review: We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

4 Star Reads, Non Fiction, Recommendations

Book Review: Broke Millennial by Erin Lowry

★ ★ ★ ★ While I am pretty savvy when it comes to budgeting, I only know the basics. It is important to know all you can with finances, but I admit it has always overwhelmed me, so I was looking forward to reading this and gaining more insight and knowledge. Broke Millennial is a… Continue reading Book Review: Broke Millennial by Erin Lowry

4 Star Reads, Book Reviews, Non Fiction

Book Review: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond

★ ★ ★ ★ My mother and I adore Ree Drummond; we watch her on the Food Network, check out her blog, and like numerous social media pages because she is a phenomenal cook, but also such a genuine, relatable person. This is the first Pioneer Woman cookbook that I own, so I was anticipating… Continue reading Book Review: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond