Genre: Contemporary

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

This book came at me so unexpectedly, and I absolutely loved it. Honestly, I was expecting something a lot darker after reading A Great and Terrible Beauty, but Beauty Queens is downright laugh-out-loud funny!  This book is highly satirical, so I think if it doesn’t tickle your sense of humor early on, you probably won’t like it.  For me, I understood where Libba Bray was going with a lot of her regional stereotypes.  And honestly?  This is one of the best narrated books I’ve ever listened to.  Libba Bray reads this audiobook herself, and she’s got all the regional accents down pat to […]

Posted September 2, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai

A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai

A Match Made in Mehendi is such a delightful little contemporary romance, and I am here to SHOUT about it. First of all, as this is an #OwnVoices book, it’s important to mention that the cultural experiences Nandini Bajpai relays in this novel may not necessarily mirror the experience of an #OwnVoices reader.  As I am a white girl, I’m really not equipped to talk about the rep with any real authority, but for myself I was so excited to see terms like “Desi” and “auntie” used regularly.  Honestly?  We need to normalize the inclusion of other cultures and books like A […]

Posted August 28, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

If I’m being completely honest, Vinegar Girl was a bit of a bust for me.  I blame most of it on the source material – writing a modern version of The Taming of the Shrew is no small feat.  Our climate called for a twist – we want Kate to be a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need a man to escape and make her happy, and well, let’s just say I didn’t expect the ending?  And I know I should have liked it on some level, but I felt a bit let down. Anne Tyler focused a lot of getting Kate’s personality […]

Posted August 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Marizita Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Marizita Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine was all over the place. It would be fair to say that a mixed-media novel in ebook format may not be the best means of experiencing this.  Even aside from shifting through tweets and realtime action and various owners’ journal entries… I felt like the authors didn’t know where they wanted to go with the novel.  The book starts off with Alaine at school, not taking an assignment seriously and waiting for her famous mom to visit.  Throughout the story it bounces between Alaine’s rich family history, Haiti’s history, breaking a curse, working at a non-profit, and […]

Posted August 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed has a few different things I like, right off the bat. It’s a retelling. It’s an uncommon retelling – Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It’s a theatre book. It’s a revenge book. It’s a Margaret Atwood book. So without even going into the book itself, this was bound to be a winner for me.  None of these aspects promise a pure five-star review, but they do promise I won’t be bored.  And honestly?  I enjoyed Hag-Seed, as a whole. I think that Margaret Atwood captured the feel of The Tempest so well.  There are roundabouts and trickery and malevolent revenge.  For those familiar with the […]

Posted August 19, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

I respect what Julie Mayhew was trying to do with this book, but I don’t think it worked. Mother Tongue is a fictional account of the family of one of the victims of the Beslan school siege in 2004.  I will admit my ignorance – before reading this book, I was entirely unfamiliar with the event.  Also, I was 14 and admittedly not following the news.  The Beslan school siege was a three-day siege at a Russian school where approximately 1200 people were held hostage on the first day of school for three days.  Over three hundred people were killed, […]

Posted July 31, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //