Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

My husband is a huge Neil Gaiman fan, so when I asked for recommendations for a short novel, he recommended The Ocean at the End of the Lane. And goddammit if I didn’t resent him for it afterwards. I’m kidding, of course, but I didn’t get this story too well. That’s not to say thatContinue reading “Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

Review: Valentine

I remember standing in front of the shelves at Barnes and Noble, my eyes darting across the spine of each book, looking for the perfect read for my cluttered and altogether cloudy mood. It was then that I settled on Valentine. Its cover reflected very clearly the climate in my head, and the subject matterContinue reading “Review: Valentine”

Review: Verity

WARNING: Here there be spoilers — I have an unpopular opinion (I know, big surprise). I think Colleen Hoover is a miserable contemporary fiction writer. In fact, I’d go so far as to say she’s a pretty miserable writer in general. But Verity was different from the other four of her books I’ve read (thoseContinue reading “Review: Verity”

Review: Malibu Rising

I had fun with Malibu Rising. It was the first of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books that I read and is probably still my favorite (the other two I’ve read being The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six). Maybe it’s because I read this on a whirlwind trip to Panama CityContinue reading “Review: Malibu Rising”

Review: Girl Made of Stars

Content Warning: This post (and book) discusses sexual violence. — I’m writing a book, which may not come as a big shock. In researching my own story, I came across this one and, after reading the synopsis, knew I needed to get my hands on a copy. I thought it would be useful research, asContinue reading “Review: Girl Made of Stars”

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

— The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is not really my usual type of read, but I was captivated by the cover, imagining how beautiful and romantic the story must be, and after reading review after review of it, I picked up my own copy (and a buddy-read copy for my best pal Edith). WeContinue reading “Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”

Review: The Pillars of the Earth

WARNING: Here there be spoilers — When someone asks for a recommendation for an epic, sweeping multi-generational saga, The Pillars of the Earth immediately comes to mind. It’s a fantastically-researched tale of the building of a fictional Gothic cathedral in 12th century England. Which, I realize, doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s amazing what Ken FollettContinue reading “Review: The Pillars of the Earth”

Review: The Four Winds

This story broke my heart into pieces. The Four Winds was my first Kristin Hannah book, so I had no idea that I was supposed to be braced for impact. But I should have been – this book brought forth so many emotions for me. The Four Winds follows Elsa Martinelli and her two childrenContinue reading “Review: The Four Winds”

Review: Sankofa

This book was a lot of fun. It was a great story about a woman in search of her never-before-met father, who just so happened to be the former (and first) Prime Minister of Bamana, a tiny (fictional) African country. Anna, the protagonist, discovers her father’s journal among her mother’s things after her mother passes.Continue reading “Review: Sankofa”

Review: The Nightingale

If you’re read any of Kristin Hannah’s books, you know to expect something heart-wrenching that produces waterworks. But beyond just being emotional, her works are deep looks at the world around us during varying eras of human history. The Nightingale follows sisters Vianne and Isabelle Rossignol and their activities throughout the Second World War. ToContinue reading “Review: The Nightingale”