Adult Fiction book review

Queen Anne’s Lace by Dawn Gardner

Gardner's debut, coming-of-age novel is set in the 1970s and she shed light on some very tough issues which teenagers face, including physical and sexual abuse, homelessness, and alcoholism. Fourteen-year-old Lacy has been hurt by and seen her mother hurt by her father too many times. In a quick act of bravery, she packs a… Continue reading Queen Anne’s Lace by Dawn Gardner

YA book review · Young Adult

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

Originally appeared in School Library Journal, February 2019. Grade 9 & up - The second in a three book companion series, this realistic fiction, set in Los Angeles, is written as a standalone novel with crossover characters. High school senior, Lacey spends her days covered in elaborate zombie makeup on set, playing the love interest… Continue reading Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

YA book review · Young Adult

Where I Live by Brenda Rufener

Originally published in School Library Journal, November 2017. Grade 9 & Up - Secretly living in Hinderwood High, teenager Linden is homeless and working two jobs to afford living essentials. After her mother was killed, she ended up in Oregon at her grandmother's nursing home, before she died too. Linden, white and homeless, and her… Continue reading Where I Live by Brenda Rufener

YA book review · Young Adult

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

This is such a cool book. It's like a modern-day Breakfast Club with a twist - a murder investigation! Five students from Bayview High go into to detention and only four students make it out. There's Bronwyn, the brainiac who only has time to be successful, Addy, the beauty queen who prefers to be treated… Continue reading One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

YA book review · Young Adult

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins' YA horror/thriller novel, There's Someone Inside Your House, will have adults and teens alike reeling until the very last page. Think Scream, but much more original and clever! Try to go right to sleep after finishing this book and let me know how that works out for you. It certainly didn't work for… Continue reading There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Adult Fiction book review

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

Map of the Heart will be published August 22, 2017. I was in the mood for a love story, and this one was a perfect fit. This is a modern-day romance mixed in with a healthy dose of historical fiction, historical mystery, and a forbidden historical romance. 36 year old widow and single mother, Camille, has… Continue reading Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

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