Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer. #review Made me think!

Synopsis A fantasy series about a kingdom divided by corruption, the prince desperately holding it together, and the girl who will risk everything to bring it crashing down. The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal […]

The Last Green Valley by Mark T Sullivan . #2021AudiobookChallenge A tale of survival and resilience.

Synopsis From the author of the #1 bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky comes a new historical novel inspired by one family’s incredible story of daring, survival, and triumph. In late March 1944, as Stalin’s forces push into Ukraine, young Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision: Do they wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and […]

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco. #review Wrath was the saving grace.

Synopsis From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series comes the sizzling, sweepingly romantic sequel to Kingdom of the Wicked. One sister.Two sinful princes.Infinite deception with a side of revenge . . . Welcome to Hell. After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven […]

Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore. #review of a smart and enlightening romance.

Synopsis London banking heiress Hattie Greenfield wanted “just” three things in life: 1. Acclaim as an artist.2. A noble cause.3. Marriage to a young lord who puts the gentle in gentleman. Why then does this Oxford scholar find herself at the altar with the darkly attractive financier Lucian Blackstone, whose murky past and ruthless business […]

Mini reviews: She Who became the Sun and The Love Hypothesis

Synopsis Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in Shelley Parker-Chan’s She Who Became the Sun, a bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty from an amazing new voice in literary fantasy. To possess the Mandate of Heaven, the female monk Zhu will do anything “I refuse to be nothing…” In […]

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway . Ugly cry! #2021AudiobookChallenge

Synopsis Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including— Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, […]