Adult Fiction book review

Pigeon-Blood Red by Ed Duncan

Librarian Laura's Review of Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan If you like fast-paced, urban crime noir stories, then his well-written series starter set in Chicago by Ed Duncan is perfect for you! Duncan blends diverse characters and multiple narratives seamlessly to create a hard to put down thriller. The story follows underworld enforcer (hitman)… Continue reading Pigeon-Blood Red by Ed Duncan

Adult Fiction book review

Love at First Fight by Carrie Aarons

Librarian Laura's Review of Love at First Fight Spending the summer at a luxury beach house in the Hamptons with a bunch of friends? Sounds perfect, right? Well, that's what overworked and underpaid inner-city schoolteacher Molly Archer thought too. Until Justin,the boyfriend she rented the house with and was planning to be with for a… Continue reading Love at First Fight by Carrie Aarons

YA book review · Young Adult

Dear Universe by Florence Gonsalves

Originally published in School Library Journal, March 2020. Gr 9 & Up: After being kicked out of public school for a violent outburst and sent to anger management, high school senior Chamomile Myles enrolls at Gill School, a place of uniforms and typical teenage anxiety. Cham struggles to balance her two-sided universe: school with worries about prom,… Continue reading Dear Universe by Florence Gonsalves

Adult Fiction book review

Into the Blue by Robin Huber

Okay, first...how about this amazing gorgeous cover!? If this book cover doesn't put you in the mood for a relaxing vacation by the ocean, I don't know what will! This book was so hard to put down! It started on a very suspenseful note and just keep getting better and better as the romance heated… Continue reading Into the Blue by Robin Huber

Adult Fiction book review

The Comeback by Ella Berman

An August Read with Jenna Book Club pick, The Comeback, debut novel by Ella Berman portrays a behind-the-scenes look at the not-so-glamourous side of growing up in the spotlight of Hollywood fame. This book tackles tough subjects of sexual assault, drug and alcohol abuse, and crumbling marital and familial relationships. The plot is rather timely… Continue reading The Comeback by Ella Berman

Adult Fiction book review

The Second Mother by Jenny Milchman

  The Second Mother publishes on August 18, 2020. Julie Weathers lives in Wedeskyull, a small town in the Adirondacks where she has been her whole life. Since losing Hedley, her only child (an infant), Julie has become a shell of her former self, drinking scotch at all hours of the day and having embarrassing… Continue reading The Second Mother by Jenny Milchman

Adult Fiction book review

Engagement & Espionage by Penny Reid

Engagement and Espionage, an all-new romantic comedy meets cozy mystery featuring fan favorites Jenn and Cletus Winston from New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid is now available! About the Book Jennifer Sylvester made her deal with the devil . . . and now they’re engaged! But all is not well in Green Valley. A… Continue reading Engagement & Espionage by Penny Reid

Adult Fiction book review

Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

Fern Douglas and her husband Eric, a doctor, are ready to start a family, but are having some trouble conceiving. Fern is on summer break from her job as a school psychologist. During a time when she is supposed to be relaxing and enjoying time off from her often-stressful job, Fern is having reoccurring nightmares… Continue reading Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

Adult Fiction book review

The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe

Originally published in Library Journal, March 1, 2020. When his mother is sent to prison for stabbing his abusive father, Michael, 11, is sent to live with his aunt DeeDee. The next-door-neighbor, Bunny Lampert, is the rich princess of North Shore, having lost her mother in a car accident and her father is an alcoholic… Continue reading The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe

YA book review · Young Adult

We Didn’t Ask For This by Adi Alsaid

Originally published in School Library Journal, February, 2020. Gr. 9 & Up: The annual lock-in night at Central International School is highly anticipated and heavily attended by the diverse, well-to-do student body for both the wide range of activities and the traditional secret party. Marisa Cuevos plans for months, removing tools from the school property and… Continue reading We Didn’t Ask For This by Adi Alsaid