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L is for Literary Fiction #AtoZChallenge

by Donna Huber For the A to Z Challenge, I'm discussing different book genres/categories. Each day, I will give a few details about the...

April 25, 2020

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"Together we turned toward the door and prepared to meet our constituents for breakfast. And this is not an overstatement. Carl and I, we were the benevolent rulers of Centennial, crowned because we were able-bodied, for the most part, intellectually sound and as I point out ... movie star handsome."  (p 6)

April 24, 2020

Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O'Connell ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I accept ARCs sometimes months before they are due to publish. Notes from an Apocalypse is one of those books. Since I'm part of a post-apocalyptic book club I thought a nonfiction book might be an interesting read. The irony of reading it during a pandemic is not lost on me.

April 23, 2020

The Fantastical Exploits of Gwendolyn Gray by B. A. Williamson ~ a Review

by MK French

Gwendolyn had helped to save her City, but it left its mark behind as well. She is angry and lost, and not very satisfied with how her City is now. When the Faceless Men return to menace her, she escapes to one of the Fae realms. It's dangerous there as well, and Gwendolyn has to learn how to control her magic, rediscover Sparrow and Starling, and then save those she has grown to love.

April 22, 2020

Join These Women Sleuths in Solving the Mysteries

by MK French

Do you enjoy a good mystery? These two novels featuring female sleuths are entertaining. Can you solve the mystery before they do?

April 21, 2020

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett ~ a Review

by MK French

"The gates are just ahead," said Gregor. "Get ready."
Sancia took a breath and steeled herself as their carriage lumbered through the pouring rain. She could see the lights atop the campo walls from here, bright and sharp and cold, but little more than that. She rubbed her hands together, her fingertips trailing over calluses on her palms and knuckles, now a shadow of what they'd been during the prime of her thieving days. (p. 3)

April 20, 2020

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey ~ a Review

by Susan Robert

"And I realized that sometimes when you're speeding through thin air, the brakes worn out and the engine shot, maybe it feels like you're falling.  But, in reality, that's when you're learning to fly." (loc 4343)

April 19, 2020

Sin Eater by Megan Campisi ~ a Review

by MK French

Sin Eater

The Sin Eater is a friendless, silent woman condemned to eat the sins of the dead in the form of stylized foods. She takes on their sins so that they can go to heaven, but can never herself do so unless she follows the directions of the Maker completely. May is fourteen when she's condemned for the crime of stealing bread by becoming a Sin Eater, ultimately thrown out of her own home and cast adrift. She is essentially apprenticed to the Sin Eater of the town, a woman that can't speak to her to train her, and she lacks affection of others or even a sense of belonging. That is even further threatened when the senior Sin Eater refuses to eat a sin that wasn't confessed, leaving her alone in the town to fend for herself.