The Best Books of Summer: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman
Award winners / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author / Recent Release / Science Fiction

The Best Books of Summer: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman

When I went on vacation I didn’t get to review some great reads, so I’m working on catching up.  This one was my favorite. Alderman’s novel won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017, but I was a little afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype. This book was amazing.  It took a … Continue reading

Developing strong female characters: one author responds to negative reviews by writing a better book
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Developing strong female characters: one author responds to negative reviews by writing a better book

Those of you who write book reviews, and who care about reading fiction with well-developed female characters, may find this article in Literary Hub as fascinating as I did.  Science fiction author Daniel Price writes about the response his book The Flight of the Silvers received on Goodreads. I’d braced myself for the worst with … Continue reading

Company Town by Madeline Ashby
New to Me Author / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs / Science Fiction

Company Town by Madeline Ashby

If you’re looking for a science fiction/dystopian/mystery/thriller with a strong female lead, I recommend Company Town.  I can’t say this is a perfect book.  It mashed a few too many concepts together for my taste. But it’s a fun, well-written, roller-coaster-ride story.  A perfect beach read, you might say. As the book begins, this Canadian … Continue reading

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Review: Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law by Michelle Granas

I was interested in this book for two reasons.  First, it’s sort of a historical/political novel about modern-day Poland.  I’m a quarter Polish, and visited Poland for the first time two years ago, and loved it.  We were fascinated by the country’s rich history and modern-day politics. But secondly, as I started reading the book, … Continue reading

Challenges / Highly Recommended / Historical Fiction / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

Review of How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.  Historical fiction, French Resistance, female spies.  What’s not to like? In a word, WOW.  This was a Made-Me-Miss-My-Metro-Stop kind of book.  Literally – and I can’t remember the last time that happened. Honestly, I went into this book with … Continue reading

Children and YA / Highly Recommended / Historical Fiction / Review Requests and ARCs

Review of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.  It published on May 15, 2012 by Hyperion Books CH. The worst thing I can say about this book is that it was unevenly written, meaning there were times that the pacing and story didn’t hold my interest, and other times I couldn’t put it down. … Continue reading

Challenges / Classic Literature

My Favorite Character from War and Peace: February’s Classics Challenge

After many months of reading War and Peace, I finally finished it.  Did I enjoy it?  Absolutely, for most of the book.  I loved the way Tolstoy developed his characters.  I had a lot more trouble with the pages and pages of military strategy that involved none of the main characters.  I didn’t mind Tolstoy’s … Continue reading

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Review: Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

This is Book 4 in the Kate Daniels series, and just as with the others each book in the series is stronger than the one before it.  This series may have surpassed my other favorite, Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series. I don’t normally read a book in one or two days because I like to … Continue reading