Book Review: Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Hurricane Summer was such an experience. I am overwhelmed by how much nuance and imagery this single story holds. This book is proof that we can sometimes learn just as much from fiction as nonfiction. The mentions of colorism and colonialism in particular were so poignantly and elegantly done that I could have spent a whole novel on the ins and outs of that alone. That plot though… I could feel it developing from page one – like a storm building on the horizon.

Book Review: Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur

Stationed at a research center on Antarctica, Elsa Park is confident that she’s finally put as much distance as she can between her and the generational trauma of her Korean-American family. When a “ghost” from her past reappears unexpectedly, Elsa must come to terms with her history – both myth and fact – whether she’s ready to or not.

Book Review: Band Sinister by K.J. Charles

It is a truth universally acknowledged that K.J. Charles absolutely slays at writing quality relationships and sex. The key to this all being that she nails the concept of consent. Every. Single. Time. Asking permission is sexy AF and don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. Everything Charles’ characters do to one another is done with trust and explicit assurances of pleasure. It’s honestly incredible. It also completely tramples the notion that such things did not exist in the past. Because, believe it or not, there was consensual sex happening during the Regency Period. 🤯

Book Review: You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

Whoa… This book is a treasure from SO many different angles. Loss is a messy process. Watching Julie sabotage herself with a deep and desperate sadness that bordered on frustrating for me as a reader, was honestly a brilliant move by Thao. You’ve Reached Sam will speak to anyone that has had to say goodbye to a loved one or, honestly, anyone that has watched someone else have to do the same.

Book Review: The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey, you absolute genius. Thinking of starting my own film studio over here because there is zero chance of this book not being optioned for a screen adaptation. It is that gosh darn original. 💍💍💍💍 Four stars as rated in wedding rings worn until death do us part, do us part, do us part, do us part…

My DNF List So Far In 2021 (And your chance to change my mind!)

I hit 100 followers this weekend (pretty much the best birthday gift a girl could ask for) and in honor that, I’m giving y’all a bit of sway over my TBR! So far in 2021 my DNF list stands at 12. And while I’m not super keep to revisit any of them, I’m also open to changing my mind. If you see a book that I was out of my mind to put down, give the thing a “thumbs up.” Whichever title has the most votes by one week from today (4/12) will get a genuine second chance from me. Scout’s honor!