Book Review: “The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

“The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry (2017) Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller Page Length: 448 pages (electronic review copy) Synopsis: When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess […]

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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: “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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Book Review: “The Bone Sparrow” by Zana Fraillon

“The Bone Sparrow” by Zana Fraillon Genre: YA/Middle Grade, Contemporary, Fiction Page Length: 240 pages (electronic review copy) Synopsis:  Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of a distant homeland, Subhi has only ever known life behind the fences. But his world is […]

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Book Review: “You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain” by Phoebe Robinson

“You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain” by Phoebe Robinson (2016) Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, Essay, Memoir Page Length: 318 pages (electronic review copy) Synopsis: A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson. Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comic, […]

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Book Review: “A Change of Heart” by Sonali Dev

“A Change of Heart” by Sonali Dev (2016) Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance Page Length: 352 pages (electronic review copy) Synopsis: Dr. Nikhil ‘Nic’ Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, […]

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Book Review: “Labyrinth Lost” (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova

“Labyrinth Lost” (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova (2016) Genre: Fantasy, YA, Fiction Page Length: 336 pages (electronic review copy) Synopsis: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person […]

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ARC Review: “Radio Girls” by Sarah-Jane Stratford

“Radio Girls” by Sarah-Jane Stratford Genre: Fiction, Historical Release Date: April 14, 2016 Page Length: 384 pages (electronic review edition) Synopsis: The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio…and one woman who finds her voice while working alongside […]

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ARC Review: “Multiple Listings” by Tracy McMillan

“Multiple Listings” by Tracy McMillan Release Date: March 8th, 2016 Genre: Women’s Fiction, Adult Page Length: 336 pages (electronic review copy) Synopsis: What would you do if your ex-con father suddenly came to visit…indefinitely? Family drama ensues when Nicki’s dad unexpectedly moves in with her, her son, and her boyfriend in this comedic novel from […]

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Book Review: Teen Frankenstein (High School Horror Story #1) by Chandler Baker

“Teen Frankenstein” (High School Horror Story #1) by Chandler Baker (2016) Genre: YA, Horror, Thriller, Retelling Page Length: 336 pages (electronic advanced copy) Synopsis: High school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series. It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not […]

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