Book Review: “Lucky Boy” by Shanthi Sekaran

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran (2017) Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Page Length: 480 pages (electronic review copy) Synopsis: Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and dazed with optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. […]

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Book Review: “The Path to Dawn”(Opal Charm, #1) by Miri Castor

Opal Charm: The Path to Dawn (Volume 1) by Miri Castor (2016) Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grade/YA Page Length: 408 pages (electronic copy) Synopsis: Opal is a young girl living in Dewdrop, a bustling suburb southeast of New York. Life is a constant struggle for her, until she befriends newcomer, Hope Adaire. With the girls’ friendship […]

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Book Review: “Bone & Bread” by Saleema Nawaz

“Bone and Bread” by Saleema Nawaz (2013) Genre: Fiction Page Length: 456 pages (electronic review copy) Synopsis: Beena and Sadhana are sisters who share a bond that could only have been shaped by the most unusual of childhoods — and by shared tragedy. Orphaned as teenagers, they have grown up under the exasperated watch of their Sikh […]

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Monthly Comic Corner: April Edition

“Monthly Comic Corner” is a segment that compiles mini-reviews of comics, graphic novels, and manga that I’ve read for the month. Here are my reviews for the month of April which features a food memoir, an aspiring comic artist in a zombie apocalypse, and a supernatural high school. Enjoy! Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Kinsley […]

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Book Review: “Dear Killer” by Katherine Ewell

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell (2014) Genre: YA, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller Page Length: 362 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis:  Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. Rule Two—Be careful. Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest. Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow […]

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Book Review: “A Shadow Bright and Burning” (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Clueless

Book Review: “A Shadow Bright and Burning” (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Clueless (2016) Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fiction Page Length: 416 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis: Henrietta can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds […]

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Book Review: “Where Am I Now?” by Mara Wilson

“Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame” by Mara Wilson (2016) Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir, Autobiography Page Length: 259 pages (paperback edition) Synopsis: Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full […]

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Book Review: “Don’t Worry It Gets Worse” by Alida Nugent

“Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood” by Alida Nugent (2013) Genre: Nonfction, Humor, Essays, Memoir Page Length: 208 pages (paperback edition) Synopsis: Alida Nugent graduated college with a degree in one hand and a drink in the other, eager to trade in parties and all-nighters for “the real world.” […]

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Book Review: “The Forbidden Orchid” by Sharon Biggs Waller

“The Forbidden Orchid” by Sharon Biggs Waller (2016) Genre: Historical, Fiction, YA Page Length: 392 pages (hardcover edition) Synopsis: Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan […]

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