Category: Review Requests and ARCs

Review of Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

This was a really intense book, at times devastating, but I’m glad I read it.  Just know that it isn’t an easy read. It’s the story of two girls who meet in Indravalli, India who meet as teenagers.  Both are poor, uneducated, and forced to work to support their families, although even in poverty there’s…

Review of Happiness by Aminatta Forna

I knew nothing about this author or novel but, true to its title, it was a happy surprise.  This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking story of two adults who meet in London.  Attila is a trauma expert from Ghana who arrives in London for a conference and to check up on a niece who hasn’t been heard…

Review of Gun Love by Jennifer Clement

I picked up Gun Love from NetGalley because it was mentioned on a few lists of anticipated new fiction in 2018, including this one from Huffington Post. Ultimately I was disappointed in this book.  Despite its (sadly) timely subject matter, I didn’t care for the characters and I found the writing too self-conscious. The novel…

Review of The Dream of the Iron Dragon by Robert Kroese

In many ways, this book has it all: space, aliens, time travel, and medieval Vikings.  Robert Kroese’s book tells a story that is a lot of fun to read, and pays a lot of attention to the details, both modern and historical. The saga begins with the crew of spaceship Andrea Luhman exploring the source…

Review of Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

I picked up this book on NetGalley because I’m interested in improving my communication skills.  Corrigan’s book is exactly what it says it is: a book about twelve things that are important to learn but hard to say. I was particularly interested in the title, Tell Me More, because listening is a skill I’m working…

Dad’s Red Dress by L.J. Sedgwick

I loved this book by Irish author L.J. Sedgwick about a teenager who moves to Ireland with her transgender dad, her artist stepmother, and her younger sister Laura. It’s an unusual story, but one that’s told with humor and sensitivity. Jessie loves her family and her family clearly loves her.  Yet she’s hit with a…

Artefacts and Other Stories by Rebecca Burns

This is the third collection of stories by author Rebecca Burns, after Catching the Barramundi and The Settling Earth.  Like The Settling Earth, these are short glimpses into interesting characters and situations, each one leaving the reader wanting more.  Unlike The Settling Earth, the stories take place across a range of times and locations. A number of the…