I’ve been meaning to read Mohsin Hamid for years now so when I found it right after it was added to my library’s collection, I took it as a sign. Sidenote: Can we talk about how beautiful this cover is? I can’t stop staring at it. The cover designer for the US version should be given a raise. I knew Exit West had something to do with immigrants, but that was the extent of my knowledge going in. Turns out I was in for much, much more and to be honest, no plot summary is going to prepare you for […]
Angela Flournoy’s debut novel The Turner House garnered many awards, including National Book Award finalist (2015). It’s the story of the Turner family — Francis and Viola and their 13 children — over two generations and their life in the house on Yarrow Street in Detroit. When the novel begins, it seems that life in that particular home is about to end, and the Turner family is divided over how to handle this. Yet the house is not the only issue that confronts and divides this family. Through parallel storytelling, Flournoy reveals secrets about Francis’ and Viola’s past histories, the […]
Not actually a cozy mystery! I think this one is technically a thriller.
The alternative world presented in Smoke is a fascinating idea, and a mix of ideas I was thrilled to be spending time with. In Vyleta’s altered Victorian England sinful thoughts and feelings are manifested as smoke that rises from your skin and leaves a unwashable soot behind. Breathing in the smoke of another can spread their feelings into you, and breed more and darker thoughts. The cleanest of people, who happen also to be the wealthiest, are seen as morally better people, and spend their lives learning to control and repress their Smoke. Two boys from a high class boarding school are sent […]
I might have to lay off cozies for a little bit. I didn’t highlight enough of this one for pull quotes, even.
Narfna told me to read this, so I did, and you should too. I blame the toddler for the fact that it took me three days to finish, because what I wanted to do was sit down and read straight through. I hesitate to give away too much of the plot because it was a joy to go in knowing nothing. So how about just a tiny summary? Ada adores her father David, a single father who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. When he begins to fade, she is compelled to a lifelong journey of discovery—about her […]
Lake Eden’s too small to have more than one murderer. (Kindle edition, location 3056) More cozy, more cats, more murder, all inside!
Jacqueline Carey has been one of my favorite authors for almost 16 years now, since the publishing of her first novel, “Kushiel’s Dart”. Full disclosure; I am a full on fan girl who named my eldest daughter after one of Jacqueline’s characters. I always get excited when she shares on her blog her current writing project. In 2015 she announced that she had written a new book that would be a retelling of “The Tempest” but told from Miranda and Caliban’s perspective. However, due to publishing schedules it wouldn’t be coming out until early 2017. Patience is the virtue of […]