Adult Fiction book review

My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd

Originally published in Library Journal, February 2018. Readers meet Venus Black, age 13, in 1980 Washington state, as she is locked up in juvenile detention after a horrific event involving her stepfather Raymond. Her father died when she was 5, and soon after Inez, her self-absorbed mother, married Ray. The only positive aspect of their… Continue reading My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd

YA book review · Young Adult

The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Weber

Review first appeared in School Library Journal, January 2017. WEBBER, Katherine. The Heartbeats of Wing Jones. 336p. Delacorte Press. Mar. 2017. $17.99. ISBN 9780399555022. Gr 8 Up - Set in 1990's Atlanta, this coming-of-age story is realistic fiction with a touch of magical realism, is full of diverse and strong female characters. Bullied for her looks,… Continue reading The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Weber

Adult Fiction book review

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

The Identicals will be released on June 13, 2017. It's definitely going to be a hit summer beach read, as are most of Elin's novels. Elin Hilderbrand's novels have a way of transporting me into the story with such force that I can think of nothing else but the characters. I've no shame in admitting that… Continue reading The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

YA book review · Young Adult

What Light by Jay Asher

What Light will be published on October 18, 2016 by Razorbill (a Penguin imprint). Though meant for the young adult audience, adults would really enjoy this story as well. With respect to many YA books, the language and romance are very tame. What Light was like a breath of fresh air, compared to some of the… Continue reading What Light by Jay Asher

YA book review · Young Adult

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star is set for release on November 1, 2016. Having absolutely adored Yoon's first novel, Everything, Everything, I have been very eager to read her newest work. The story provides a behind-the-scenes peek at how an undocumented immigrant has to live with the daily uncertainty of being sent away from her… Continue reading The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Adult Fiction book review

Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand

Winter Storms, which will release on October 4, 2016, is the third and final installment in the Winter Street trilogy, which is Elin Hilderbrand's annual Holiday Nantucket story of the Quinn family. I look forward to more time with the Quinn family every season, but just like Christmas festivities each year, the story always ends far too soon. The Quinn… Continue reading Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand

Adult Fiction book review

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors is set for a release date of August 9, 2016 by Macmillan. Previously released in the UK, it was an instant bestseller. After binge reading it all in one evening, I can certainly understand why! Jack and Grace are the perfect newlywed couple. He's a gorgeous, wealthy, high-profile attorney who stands up for… Continue reading Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

YA book review · Young Adult

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners offers fast-paced thrills and suspense. The main character, Tessa, is sort of an unreliable narrator, causing readers to wonder whether she can truly be trusted, or if she is in on some secret herself. As more of Tessa's family history and past is revealed, readers may start to feel sorry for her, rooting for… Continue reading The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

YA book review · Young Adult

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

This is a heartbreaking, raw story of mental illness and how it can systematically unravel the bonds between a family. I wasn't sure what to expect from the story, but it was so much more than a young adult coming-of-age story. Of course, there is some young romance and dating involved, but poor Cassie was forced… Continue reading The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Adult Fiction book review

Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

Here's to Us will be published on June 14, 2016 by Hachette Book Group. Deacon Thorpe, celebrity chef and well-known bad boy with a healthy appetite for living life to the fullest, has passed away unexpectedly at his summer cottage in Nantucket. Left behind are two ex-wives, his widow, and three children (one from each marriage).… Continue reading Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand