February 2, 2019 by


I am writing a review of the book Damsel by Elana K Arnold because it was given honorable mention by the deciders of the Printz award.

“The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.
When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.
However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.”

I am confused as to why this book was given mention – the story is entertaining enough, and the writing isn’t terrible – but in general I didn’t find the story to be unique. The entire book I was able to see exactly what was going to happen – it wasn’t more than a mix of different fairytale tropes. The only difference to me was that it ended with the heroine breaking from these tropes and “finding her own”. This idea however is not new. I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading this book, really I enjoyed it, but, it isn’t extraordinary and if anyone can make a sound argument to me as to why it was given mention I would like to know!

Looker by Laura Sims

January 31, 2019 by

Looker: A Novel A young woman living in the city becomes fixated on the famous actress in her neighborhood to the point of obsession.  As her own marriage is unraveling, the woman imagines the perfect life of the actress as compared to her own which is falling apart. Her job as a college writing professor is in danger and she ignores the messages of her soon to be ex-husband to return his cat although she never liked him in the first place.  With rising horror, we watch as she disintegrates into stalking the famous woman and dreaming she will become friends with her at the upcoming block party knowing at the same time she will commit some unforgiving act to humiliate herself.  At just under 200 pages, Looker is a thriller, character-driven suspense novel you can’t turn away from.

2019 Book Awards!

January 29, 2019 by

I’m not saying that I can predict the future – but can I just say that I was so right about the book awards this year! The winner of the Michael L. Printz award was none other than The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (which was in my top five list to win). Another one of my picks, A Heart in A Body in the World by Deb Caletti, got honorable mention. ALSO Sadie by Courtney Summers won for best Audiobook (I didn’t listen to the audio I read it but this book reads like an audio book so I’d give it a listen). In any case: click on the photo below to place a hold on a copy of this MUST READ!


Juror #3

January 27, 2019 by

index (1)Ruby Bozarth is about to try her first murder case as an attorney in Rosedale, Mississippi. Darrien Summers is on trial for his life, a young black man charged with the murder of a local socialite, and faces the death penalty if he’s convicted. Ruby, under the guidance of her ex-boyfriend’s aunt Suzanne, a local seasoned attorney, manages to successfully defend her client. Thanks in part to Juror # 3, of course. And now Ruby’s ex is on trial for murder, and she is once again under the gun as she attempts to clear him. This is another quick read by James Patterson (and Nancy Allen), and superbly well-done.

The Sapphire Widow

January 26, 2019 by

indexGalle,a small town in Ceylon, in 1935, is the setting for Dinah Jeffries’s latest historical novel. Louisa Reeve is married to a handsome merchant in the gem trade and her only sadness comes having lost a daughter, a baby who was born dead, as well as having had several miscarriages. When a sudden loss occurs, she must deal with yet more grief as she tries to come to terms with this huge hole in her life. Louisa finds out several secrets about this loss and must adjust her life to adapt to yet more changes in her lifestyle, especially one involving a child. It’s a bit slow moving, but a good read.

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