I want to disappear into Tahereh Mafi's writing. She is an amazingly astute storyteller, and creates worlds in her novels that are transformative, informative and beautiful. WHICHWOOD is no different.
Having devoured FURTHERMORE, I had to read the sequel, and didn't expect such a disparate novel. Though they involve many of the same characters, Whichwood is a completely different place, and so this novel feels oh so different.
We meet Laylee, a girl with a burdensome job of caring for the city's dead all alone. Alice and Oliver must fulfill Alice's Surrender, and help her - of which, Laylee wants no part.
Mafi's engagement with the reader, and use of witty footnotes and explanations, only serve her ability to paint this ghoulish world in which one (oddly) feels like they belong.
I cannot recommend this work of Mafi's enough. I can't quite capture what it does to me, but I love reading her words. You will too.
I didn't have the highest expectations for this book, but having read some positive reviews I decided to give it a chance. I'm SO glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this YA novel, and I'm not quite sure why I haven't heard of Lily Anderson before now.
This novel was the perfect intersection of 90s rom-com, zombie apocalypse, and a Sherlock Holmes mystery... !!
Anderson's voice is pitch-perfect detailing the lives of Mila, a self-proclaimed Latina witch, her best friend Riley, and their fellow classmates, including Riley's dreamy brother Xander. I found myself forgoing other life duties to continue reading this sarcastically laugh-out-loud novel that managed to humanize these larger-than-life characters. And the romance was oh so painfully real.
The cover art is beautiful. The allusions to Harry Potter and Hocus Pocus were priceless. Mila's POC POV is important. And it's candid talk about teenage life is spot on.
PLUS you can never go wrong starting a book with a Sondheim quote... C'mon!
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I will be thinking about it for a good long while to come.
I’m judicious with 5 star (beer in my case) ratings, but this was a no brainer.
Lyndsay Faye has written a meticulously researched, intriguing, heart-wrenching novel that doesn’t shy away from our country’s difficult past. Narrated by “Nobody,” a grifter who can tailor her person to the situation/society group, we’re brought along on her (bullet-induced) flight from the Mafia-ridden streets of Harlem out to the unfettered frontier land of Portland, Oregon. When a young boy goes missing from her refuge at the all-black Paragon Hotel, Nobody is thrust into a battle between the races, a fight for what she believes in, and a struggle to escape the horrors of her past.
I straight up devoured this novel. Faye’s character development in this novel is effortless, and Blossom and Nobody are women that I lived with while reading this book. The incorporation of horrifying real-life quotations from documents, newspapers and people of the time consistently remind readers that everything on these fictional pages are grounded in the very real, very visceral past of our country.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Can not wait to give copies to this historical fiction fans in my life.
I received this book from NetGalley - courtesy of Penguin Random House - in exchange for an honest review.
I love love loved this book.
I chose it on a whim - the book art and synopsis seemed up my alley - and I'm thrilled that I picked it up!
Hamish is the ultimate anti-hero. I loved that he was brave enough to relocate to Boston, but couldn't see how much of what he was doing was so strong. Having a panic disorder and anxiety myself, I related with Hamish so much in this book, and applaud Rachel McMillan for having a protagonist with sometimes crippling, very real, anxiety issues. Reggie is another (v. progressive) character that should be acknowledged for her strength - defying her family, ignoring her "life plan" and embarking on a new journey in a new town.
The titular murder doesn't happen until more than 50% of the way through the book, but that isn't a complaint. I felt transported to Boston through McMillan's language, and wanted every detail of Hamish and Reggie's lives. And once the murder occurs, things REALLY begin to snowball.
I look forward to the next adventure with these two, and hope that it illuminates new corners and new people of Boston.
MISTER TENDER’S GIRL is a book I won’t soon forget. Carter Wilson has crafted a focal character in Mister Tender that is alluring yet spurs horrific action in the people he interacts with.
Alice, a London native, now living under a different name in America. She suffered a terrible attack at the hands of twin girls - classmates of hers - in the name of serving Mister Tender. Alice’s life in New Hampshire has been carefully constructed, from her coffee shop job to her limited interactions with her family. When she receives some indications that her past has somehow caught up with her Alice is devastated, and understandably afraid for her life. Again.
I love the twists and turns that Wilson orchestrated, and I applaud his ability to ground all of these characters in very real ways. This is one novel that undoubtedly deserves all the hype surrounding it.
I was quite intrigued by this novel. I seem to be reading a number of Victorian mysteries with a "Celestial" character - someone of Chinese descent - at the forefront (the most recent being MURDER ON MILLIONAIRE'S ROW by Erin Lindsey).
This novel takes place mostly in the drawing room of the Britannia, a gentlemen's club with rules aplenty. When a member is found murdered, Eric Peterkin's undertaking its solution, and soon finds many more mysteries afoot. I loved Huang's attention to detail, and his exacting character development. I quickly felt like Eric was a man that I knew and admired. I recommend this novel to historical mystery fans everywhere.
I received this novel through NetGalley, from Inkshares, in exchange for an honest review.
A lovely, yet harsher return to Three Pines.
Having truly enjoyed the first in the series, I wanted to read Penny's sophomore novel to gauge my continued interest in the characters. They did not disappoint.
Penny's creation of CC, the closest to a villain this town has seen, was the motor behind this book. CC's motivations, and her treatment of those around her is quite a character study. Gamache isn't afraid to delve into the ugly parts of people's psyches, and has quite a case after CC is found murdered. The suspect list is quite populated with folks young and old; Gamache has to get to work.
I am a fan of Penny's ability to create such multi-faceted characters, good or evil. I look forward to returning to the town of Three Pines.
This book was everything I wanted and more. A runaway bride, mysterious backstories, questionable mental states, and throughout it all, a badass PI. Macdonald’s writing is so sharp it can cut like a knife.
I wanted to live inside in the pages, traveling with him from California to Nevada and everywhere in between. His characters are well-defined, and they had me guessing after the murderer (or murderers) throughout.
I look forward to reading more novels of Archer’s exploits.
Anthony Horowitz is a master, and this was a very unique display of his talents. This quirky novel paints Horowitz himself as the narrator, and main player in a tale wrought with deaths, suspicion, and identity confusion amidst various London locales.
The reveals in the latter third of this book were nothing short of brilliant, and Horowitz’s unparalleled literary knowledge is what brings me back to his writings again and again.
I'm very impressed with this latest addition to the Bryant & May canon - BUT I did miss the old(er) full-blown idiosyncrasies of the gentlemen that are in the usual novels.
I love Fowler's take on the classic Christie conceit of the murder at an isolated mansion, and his ability to explode the genre. Bryant and May at the early stages of their partnership foreshadows how they will work together for the coming decades (and the origin of a very special scarf...). Fowler's quippy writing style married with the hyper-political and societal change of the '60s creates a layered, informative read. I'm a fan of anything Fowler writes, so I'm not exactly a fair reviewer, but this works as both a standalone, an intro into the world, or, as I'm reading it, a lovely throwback to the past. Regardless, you should pick it up! You won't be disappointed.