Book Reviews

The Orphan Band of Springdale: A Review

The Orphan Band of Springdale: A Review

Anne Nesbet’s The Orphan Band of Springdale is a tale of family, patriotism and overcoming prejudice This year, I’ve become more interested in children’s fiction, especially realistic fiction. The Orphan Band of Springdale, set in 1940’s America, as World War II rages in Europe is […]

Gloria Chao’s American Panda: Straddling cultures and finding identity

Gloria Chao’s American Panda: Straddling cultures and finding identity

Gloria Chao’s American Panda on the courage to be yourself even when caught between cultures American Panda follows seventeen year old Taiwanese-American, Mei. Mei is a germaphobe, forced into a premed program by her very traditional parents. They believe that medicine is a secure and […]

BURY WHAT WE CANNOT TAKE IS AN UNSETTLING TALE OF SURVIVAL

BURY WHAT WE CANNOT TAKE IS AN UNSETTLING TALE OF SURVIVAL

Kirstin Chen’s Bury What We Cannot Take is the deeply unsettling story of what happens when your family abandons you. This is one of those books whose titles grabbed me before anything else. I’m pleased to report that the rest of the book is just […]

EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL IN MIRA T. LEE’S DEBUT NOVEL

EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL IN MIRA T. LEE’S DEBUT NOVEL

Everything Here Is Beautiful tackles mental illness, sisterhood and the true meaning of family in the most beautiful way This was one of those books that gave me a good feeling immediately after reading the blurb. Or maybe it was that gorgeous cover?! You know […]

Indian living, Religion and Humor in Diksha Basu’s The Windfall

Indian living, Religion and Humor in Diksha Basu’s The Windfall

An authentic picture of Indian Living in Diksha Basu’s The Windfall Diksha Basu’s The Windfall is a delightful story about the Jha family who suddenly come into money and have to adjust in middle age to a new life of luxury. Mr Jha is carried […]

Love, writing and a peek into Islamophobia in Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry.

Love, writing and a peek into Islamophobia in Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry.

Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry is an unusual, lopsided intersection of love, art and life’s inequalities. Asymmetry, n. lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something; lack of symmetry. * is Lisa Halliday’s first novel. The romance between twenty-something year old Alice and Ezra […]

Rivalry, Mind-games and Sabotage in Michelle Frances’ The Girlfriend.

Rivalry, Mind-games and Sabotage in Michelle Frances’ The Girlfriend.

Michelle Frances’ The Girlfriend: A mind-bending, suspenseful and thought-provoking thriller I have a love-hate relationship with thrillers. You see, I’m naturally on the anxious side, I stay low on caffeine and try to sleep enough every night. Thrillers make me a bit crazy. But I […]

EIGHT FAMILY SAGAS THAT YOU SHOULD READ

EIGHT FAMILY SAGAS THAT YOU SHOULD READ

Because, if family is everything, books about family are everything too. I love reading family sagas. My first taste of this (or what should be it’s own) genre was was Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Emma Harte series. The seven book saga begins with and ends with […]

16 Books to Look Out For in 2018

16 Books to Look Out For in 2018

16 Books to read in 2018 A wise man once said ‘To the making of books, there is no end’ and alas, here we are in a new calendar year already full of anticipated releases. So many sites have put up lists of books to […]

The repercussions of war and a new perspective on refugees in Sharon Bala’s The Boat People.

The repercussions of war and a new perspective on refugees in Sharon Bala’s The Boat People.

 ” by Sharon Bala will change the way you view refugees. The Boat People tells the story of a large group of refugees who arrive Canada from war ravaged Sri Lanka with hopes of a better life. However, their dream is interrupted because instead of […]