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Opinionated Book Reviews.

Truth of the Divine by Lindsay Ellis

Truth of the Divine is the sequel to Axiom's End, a first-contact science fiction novel I loved so much I was a bit afraid to read the sequel. Unlike most science fiction, this story takes place in the recent past.... Continue Reading →

The Family by Naomi Krupitsky

The Family is the story of two girls who became best friends. This seemed inevitable as their fathers were best friends and inevitably, so were their mothers. They were family, but in more ways than one. Their fathers were also... Continue Reading →

Cackle by Rachel Harrison

Cackle is the story of Annie and how she found her own power after being dumped by her boyfriend. They had been together for years and still shared their Manhattan apartment after he decided they should just be friends. It... Continue Reading →

In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace

In the Company of Witches is a cozy mystery that takes place in the coziest of places, a New England bed-and-breakfast run by the Warren witches, two sisters, a brother, and their niece Brynn. Nora is not good with people... Continue Reading →

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Harlem Shuffle is the story of Ray Carney, whose father was an infamous criminal, but who has graduated college and thanks to a lucky "inheritance" bought a furniture business and respectability. Not quite enough respectability for his in-laws, but he's... Continue Reading →

Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis

Eight Perfect Hours is a light-hearted romance that begins when Noelle Butterby is stranded on the freeway with a dead cell phone. She asks the guy in the next car over, Sam Attwood, if she can charge up her phone... Continue Reading →

Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes by Alexa Martin

Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes tells the story of two lifelong best friends who are just old enough to be disappointed and disillusioned with how their lives are turning out. Lauren's husband who cheated on her is now living with... Continue Reading →

Nice Girls by Catherine Dang

Nice Girls begins with "Ivy League" Mary moving back home from her prestigious college, moving back home with her father in disgrace after being expelled for fighting. Almost as soon as she is back in her affluent suburban hometown of... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

Beautiful Country is a memoir of a woman whose parents overstayed their visa making the three of them undocumented immigrants, a family living in fear of deportation back to China. She begins her story as a child in China, her... Continue Reading →

Jane Austen and Shelley In the Garden by Janet Todd

Jane Austen and Shelley In the GardenĀ is a difficult book to describe in a sentence. It's a story of friendships new and old. Fran and Annie have been friends for most of their lives. They love each other even though... Continue Reading →

The Spectacular by Zoe Whittall

The Spectacular, by Zoe Whittal, is the story of three women who struggle with the demands placed on women as mothers. The story begins with Missy, a cellist and rock band musician who is desperately seeing a tubal ligation before... Continue Reading →

The Family Plot by Megan Collins

The Family Plot begins with the Lighthouse children returning home after their father's death. Dahlia Lighthouse hopes her twin Andy will finally return since he left on his sixteenth birthday. Her older siblings Charlie and Tate are there, the first... Continue Reading →

Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne

Paper & Blood is the second book in the Ink & Sigil series. In this installment, our outwardly unimpressive hero, Al MacBharrais learns that a sigil agent and her apprentice have disappeared, he sets out to rescue her if he... Continue Reading →

She Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Sarah Adlakha

She Wouldn't Change a Thing begins on a hectic morning when Maria Forsmann is over-tired and cranky, rushed off her feet in the last month of her pregnancy. She already has two girls and is looking forward to a boy.... Continue Reading →

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

The People We Keep is a charming, though often heartbreaking, story, of a young woman who raised herself. Both her parents were alive, but her mother left long ago and her dad moved in with his girlfriend, leaving April to... Continue Reading →

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