Whalefall by Daniel Kraus

Whalefall by Daniel Kraus

Whalefall is like no other book I have ever read. There's a pretty substantial literary history involving humans being swallowed by a whale. This is an effective literary tactic because it reminds us how small we are in the grand scheme of things. I mean, think about it - day after day, we face struggles [...]

The Unsettled by Ayana Mathis

The Unsettled by Ayana Mathis

Book Review + Free book club questions The Unsettled is an unforgettable novel by Ayana Mathis. The story follows Ava Carson and her son, Toussant, shortly after they are kicked out of their home by her husband, Abemi. Toussant's father, Cass, has been absent from their lives for some time, and Ava is somewhat estranged [...]

The Star and the Strange Moon by Constance Sayers

The Star and the Strange Moon by Constance Sayers

The Star and the Strange Moon is the second book I have read from Constance Sayers and I love her unique style - it is paranormal fantasy mixed with historical fiction. Magical realism is another way to categorize these stories- all involving curses gone wrong. This is Sayer's third book, and all three share one [...]

Community Board by Tara Conklin

Community Board by Tara Conklin

Community Board by Tara Conklin takes a satirical look at neighborhoods in the digital age. If you are a member of your neighborhood NextDoor or similar app, you know. Suspicious persons, lost pets, creepy creepers, and angry folks turn to NextDoor to ramp up the crazy. It's HOA board meetings on steroids. The main character, [...]

House of Cotton by Monica Brashears

House of Cotton by Monica Brashears

Monica Brashears is an incredible writer and I look forward to watching what will certainly be an acclaimed and accomplished writing career. There are critics and professors out there who can tell you "why" this story writes itself into your bones, I'm not one of them. All I can tell you is that it does.

Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez

Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez

Yours Truly is the second book in the Part of Your World series. It functions fine as a standalone. The couple in the first book in the series are secondary characters in this story. The female main character (FMC) in Yours Truly is the best friend of the FMC in Part of Your World. Yours [...]