Book Review: Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*Title: Agnes at the End of the WorldAuthor: Kelly McWilliamsPublisher: Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersPublication Date: June 9, 2020ISBN: 9780316487337 Synopsis from Goodreads:Agnes loves her home of Red Creek. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled byContinue reading “Book Review: Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams”

Book Review: We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Title: We Have Always Been Here Author: Samra Habib Publisher: Viking Publication Date: June 4, 2019 ISBN: 9780735235007 Synopsis from Goodreads:Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up inContinue reading “Book Review: We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib”

Book review: One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan

*I received this book from PGC Books in exchange for an honest review.* Title: One Part Woman Author: Perumal Murugan Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat Edition Publication Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9780802128805 Synopsis from Goodreads:Set in South India during the British colonial period but with powerful resonance to the present day, One Part Woman tells the storyContinue reading “Book review: One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan”

Review: Wonderblood by Julia Whicker

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Title: Wonderblood Author: Julia Whicker Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Publication Date: April 3, 2018 ISBN: 9781250066060 Synopsis from Goodreads: Wonderblood is Julia Whicker’s fascinating literary debut, set in a barren United States, an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the landContinue reading “Review: Wonderblood by Julia Whicker”

Review: We Are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Title: We Are All That’s Left Author: Carrie Arcos Publisher: Philomel Books Publication Date: May 15, 2018 ISBN: 9780399175541 Synopsis from Goodreads: Zara and her mother, Nadja, have a strained relationship. Nadja just doesn’t understand Zara’s creative passion for, and self-expression through, photography.Continue reading “Review: We Are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos”

Review: Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Title: Strange Fire Author: Tommy Wallach Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Publication Date: October 3, 2017 ISBN: 9781481468381 Synopsis from Goodreads: They said that the first generation of man was brought low by its appetites: for knowledge, for wealth, forContinue reading “Review: Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach”

Review: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

Title: A Complicated Kindness Author: Miriam Toews Publisher: Knopf Canada Publication Date: 2004 ISBN: 9780676978568 Synopsis from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Nomi Nickel longs to hang out with Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull in New York City’s East Village. Instead she’s trapped in East Village, Manitoba, a small town whose population is Mennonite: “the most embarrassing sub-sect ofContinue reading “Review: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews”

Review: “American Dervish” by Ayad Akhtar

  Title: “American Dervish” Written by: Ayad Akhtar Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publication Date: 2012 ISBN: 978-0-316-18331-4 I’ve been flirting with the idea of purchasing this book for two years now. Seeing it on sale, I finally made the commitment and I don’t regret doing so. Akhtar’s “American Dervish,” told by the narrator, HayatContinue reading “Review: “American Dervish” by Ayad Akhtar”

Joseph Boyden’s “The Orenda”

Since I read “Three Day Road” a few years ago, I’ve come to expect wonderful things from the hand of Joseph Boyden. “The Orenda” is proof that he has produced yet another masterpiece. I read this novel faster than I’ve read any other novel in a very long time. I have this thing where whenContinue reading “Joseph Boyden’s “The Orenda””