2021 releases · women's prize for fiction

Women’s Prize 2021 Reviews #2: No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Goodreads blurb: As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms "the portal," where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a… Continue reading Women’s Prize 2021 Reviews #2: No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

2021 releases · fantasy

The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter Review

Goodreads blurb: In a daring and deadly heist, thieves have made away with an artifact of terrible power--the death mask of Louis Charbon. Made by a master craftsman, it is imbued with the spirit of a monster from history, a serial murderer who terrorized the city with a series of gruesome murders. Now Charbon is… Continue reading The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter Review

2020 releases · women's prize for fiction

Women’s Prize 2021 Reviews #1: Luster by Raven Leilani

Goodreads blurb: Luster sees a young black woman figuring her way into life as an artist and into love in this darkly comic novel. She meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage. In this world of contemporary sexual manners and racial… Continue reading Women’s Prize 2021 Reviews #1: Luster by Raven Leilani

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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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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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

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

2021 releases · fiction

Book Review: Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen

Goodreads blurb: A debut collection from an extraordinary new talent that vividly gives voice to the men and women of modern China and its diasporaGripping and compassionate, Land of Big Numbers depicts the diverse and legion Chinese people, their history, their government, and how all of that has tumbled—messily, violently, but still beautifully—into the present.Cutting between… Continue reading Book Review: Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen

2021 releases · fiction

Double Trouble: Kink edited by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell and Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz

There are two very exciting short story collections coming our way in February! I read and enjoyed both of them, but reviewing a short story collection extensively is hard for me, so I thought it'd be great to combine the two reviews!  Kink: Stories Edited by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell Goodreads blurb: Kink is a… Continue reading Double Trouble: Kink edited by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell and Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz