2021 releases · fiction

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Goodreads blurb: A stunning, shattering debut novel about two Black artists falling in and out of loveTwo young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists - he a photographer, she a dancer - trying to… Continue reading Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

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What Was The Reason – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab Review

Goodreads blurb: Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of… Continue reading What Was The Reason – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab Review

2021 releases · romance

Book Review: Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

Goodreads blurb: Can you find real love when you've always got your head in the clouds? Maybell Parish has always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But living in her own world has long been preferable to dealing with the disappointments of real life. So when Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from… Continue reading Book Review: Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

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Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 Longlist Reactions & Feelings

I can't believe that Women's Prize season is upon us again so soon. Feels like we just wrapped up 2020 prize cycle and we're already back. Time continues to be a JOKE. Anyways, I made no plans to read the longlist this year after not having fun with it last year (you can check out… Continue reading Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 Longlist Reactions & Feelings

2021 releases

Book Review: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

Goodreads blurb: "We should have known the end was near." So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are… Continue reading Book Review: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

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Judging Books By Their Covers: March 2021 Releases

The old saying goes “Don’t judge a book by the cover” but that’s what we are here to do. Every month, I pick some books with pretty covers and then I show the ones with best blurbs to you. Basically, I spend a lot of time on Netgalley, and scouring the Internet for new releases,… Continue reading Judging Books By Their Covers: March 2021 Releases

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Recently Read: To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters & Lanny by Max Porter

Today, I thought I'd chat to you about two books I recently read and my thoughts on them. I wasn't sure I'd have to say a lot for individual reviews, so I am joining them in a recently read post! One is a historical romance, and the other is a literary fiction so we are… Continue reading Recently Read: To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters & Lanny by Max Porter

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Backlist TBR 2021 Update: The Guinevere Deception and The Song of Achilles

As you might have already seen, I made a Backlist TBR for this year, made up of 12 books from my backlist that I have to get to this year. This has been a failure every year that I tried to do it, so this year it's all about accountability. I made a couple of… Continue reading Backlist TBR 2021 Update: The Guinevere Deception and The Song of Achilles

2021 releases · fiction

Book Review: Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler

Goodreads blurb: On the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, a young woman snoops through her boyfriend's phone and makes a startling discovery: he's an anonymous internet conspiracy theorist, and a popular one at that. Already fluent in internet fakery, irony, and outrage, she's not exactly shocked by the revelation. Actually, she's relieved—he was always a… Continue reading Book Review: Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler

2021 releases · YA

Book Review: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Goodreads blurb: Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.But on the day of the ceremony, her… Continue reading Book Review: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna