Genre: Cultural

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 //
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables is one of those books that I requested so fast.  I absolutely adore Anne of Green Gables – no other story has captured my heart quite so much.  So, even though I knew that Marilla’s story would be different, everything in my heart and soul needed this book. I confess – it took me a little while to get into Marilla of Green Gables.  I was immediately disappointed that it wasn’t as charming as Anne’s version of the story.  Marilla felt like a different person, and I was grumpy, and I didn’t like it.  Then enter Rachel White – to become […]

Posted June 17, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Push by Sapphire

Push by Sapphire

Item #1:  It looks like this has been rebranded as Precious to match the movie title.  Lets just keep calling it Push, since that’s what Goodreads is doing. Item #2: TRIGGER WARNINGS. Trigger warnings, trigger warnings, trigger warnings. So.  Many.  Trigger warnings.  Trigger warnings for: sexual abuse domestic abuse rape molestation On top of the fact these topics are discussed, the writing is very blunt.  Sapphire doesn’t sugar coat any of it, so please take care of yourself first.  Scenes are graphic and painful. Okay. Push is an incredibly powerful book.  I didn’t love it, because it made me sick.  It hurt my very soul.  But it […]

Posted February 6, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
American Panda by Gloria Chao

American Panda by Gloria Chao

First and foremost, this is an #OwnVoices novel.  American Panda follows the story of Mei, a first generation Taiwanese-American, in her first year at MIT.  Her parents was her to be a doctor, but she has no stomach for the human body, and germs make her sick.  What we must understand about Mei is that her culture is different than American culture.  Her culture promotes obedience and respect, reveres tradition and errs to the side of caution when it comes to superstition.  When Mei’s parents say she is going to be a doctor, it isn’t a suggestion.  It is her […]

Posted February 19, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle

The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle

I am a sucker for fairytales. These days, fantasy is dark and fast-paced.  There are villains in the shadows with twisted plans that will keep you up at night.  There are brazen heroes and maidens who don’t need rescuing. The Book of Pearl is something else entirely. This novel reads like something by the Grimm brothers.  The Kingdoms are a lush fantasy world so beautiful in their simplicity and believable enough that they could be our own, in another age and time.  That is the charm of a fairytale – it’s fantasy, but it feels like, just maybe, it could […]

Posted December 18, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade

The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade

Sorry guys, this is a DNF @ 10%. This wasn’t the book I was looking for. I’m going to be honest – I was hoping this book would have a lot more to do with the history and the archaeology aspects.  The beginning was promising.  By 10% into the book, which is where I quit it, it became excruciatingly clear this is a thriller. Rasputin was mentioned, and I paused, for a moment.  I thought perhaps, for a second, things were going to be interesting.  Unfortunately, this book appeals to a different audience.  I imagine it to be the sort […]

Posted November 6, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //