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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Review: A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa takes place in mid-19th century Puerto Rico and follows Pola, once named Keera, who is kidnapped from her home on the west coast of Africa and taken across the infamous middle passage. Pola/Keera grew up with a gift of being able to see ones' soul and past via… Continue reading Review: A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

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Review: Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

Booth by Karen Joy Fowler explores a family made (in)famous by the history-altering actions of John Wilkes Booth. While many know that John Wilkes was an actor, many still may not know (including myself) that he came from a family of actors. His father, Junius Brutus Booth, was a famous Shakespearean actor in London who… Continue reading Review: Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

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Review: The Maiden of All Our Desires by Peter Manseau

The Maiden of All Our Desires by Peter Manseau takes place about twenty years after the deadliest stretch of the Black Death in 14th century Europe, as well as incorporates flashbacks occurring just before the start of the plague. While the novel follows Sister/Mother John, Mother Ursula, and Sister Magdalene, the nuns sometimes feel like… Continue reading Review: The Maiden of All Our Desires by Peter Manseau