Book Reviews

Nine Picture Books I’ve Got My Eyes On

Nine Picture Books I’ve Got My Eyes On

Do you read picture books? Honestly, just a month ago, I would have laughed at the idea of reading a picture book. But let me me tell you, it is such a fun experience, especially as a very visual person. I am convinced that if […]

THE MAP OF SALT & STARS: A BREATHTAKING VOYAGE THROUGH TIME.

THE MAP OF SALT & STARS: A BREATHTAKING VOYAGE THROUGH TIME.

The Map Of Salt And Stars is a breathtaking voyage through time. Jennifer Joukhadar’s The Map of Salt and Stars is an alternate telling of the stories of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour’s family has to escape Syria during the war and the story […]

MAY RELEASES

MAY RELEASES

Five New Releases to Look out for this May Since I started receiving review copies from sites like Netgalley and Edelweiss, I’ve been swamped with so many great-sounding new books! Sadly, because there are many of them (relative to my schedule) and I also still […]

Six Middle Grade Books To Look Out For in 2018

Six Middle Grade Books To Look Out For in 2018

I’m officially a fan of middle grade books. It’s legit. Middle Grade Books and Me: A Brief History Well, maybe I’ve always been but I just never had the opportunity to read a lot of them? Growing up, I read very few middle grade books. […]

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 […]