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2022 Year in Review

I wanted to start documenting the demographics of the books I read and review, and I intend to do this going forward as well. I already knew I read mostly women writers and strive to read more work by POC, but the below chart illustrates my author demographics for 2022. I also want to note… Continue reading 2022 Year in Review

book review, historical fiction

Review: Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman

Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman takes place at the close of 18th century in London and follows Pandora Blake, fledgling jewelry designer and daughter of late, renowned antiquities collectors. Twelve years after their death on an archeological site, Dora lives with her uncle, the greedy Hezekiah, who has made her parents' antiquities shop into a farce.… Continue reading Review: Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman

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Review: Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

I first want to mention that I picked this book to read while on vacation in Italy, just to make it more atmospheric. It's possible being in the place where the novel takes place influenced my reading of it. Mistress of Rome follows Thea, a slave of Jewish heritage, Arius, a gladiator from Britannia, and… Continue reading Review: Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

book review, sci-fi

Review: The Princess and the Scoundrel by Beth Revis

The Princess and the Scoundrel by Beth Revis takes place right after Return of the Jedi, finding Leia and Han on Endor on the eve of their wedding. At the suggestion of Mon Mothma and the encouragement of Han, Leia decides to pry herself away from her work to go on a honeymoon aboard a… Continue reading Review: The Princess and the Scoundrel by Beth Revis

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Review: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell is a novel about William Shakespeare and his family without ever saying the name William Shakespeare. Instead, Maggie O' Farrell weaves a world of natural wonder and splendor, as well as an acknowledgment of the unseen, through the eyes of Agnes (history knows her as Anne Hathaway) and their children Susanna,… Continue reading Review: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

book review, sci-fi

Review: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna is an original fantasy novel with rich world building and the classic hero's journey. Deka of Irfut is set to undergo her coming of age "ritual of purity" to tell if she bleeds pure (red blood) or if she has gold blood--the blood of women allegedly descended from demons.… Continue reading Review: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

book review, historical fiction

Review: The House With The Golden Door by Elodie Harper

The House With The Golden Door by Elodie Harper, the sequel to The Wolf Den, follows Amara after she has gained her freedom yet is still held under the control of her wealthy patron. Elodie Harper knocked it out of the park again with the sequel, and I am so invested and ready to read… Continue reading Review: The House With The Golden Door by Elodie Harper

book review, sci-fi

Review: Brotherhood by Mike Chen

Star Wars: Brotherhood by Mike Chen follows newly promoted Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi after the events of Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The entire plot springs from a line of dialogue at the beginning of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith when Anakin says he saved Obi-Wan's life for the tenth time, to… Continue reading Review: Brotherhood by Mike Chen

book review, historical fiction

Review: Things Past Telling by Sheila Williams

Things Past Telling by Sheila Williams is the sprawling of tale of Little Bird, or Maryam, a girl taken from her home in West Africa in the 18th century and transported to the Americas where she is forced to carve a new life path. The book is loosely inspired by the author's discovery of a… Continue reading Review: Things Past Telling by Sheila Williams

book review, historical fiction

Review: A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly

A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly tells the true, yet largely untold story of Titanic's rescue ship, the Carpathia. When Captain Arthur Rostron is woken in the middle of the night with an urgent message from the Titanic, he pushes his crew and twelve-year-old ship to their limit in a race… Continue reading Review: A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly