Friday, October 11, 2019

Review: We Set the Dark on Fire

We Set the Dark on Fire We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dani is the top Primera at the Medio School for girls, but she has secrets. Destined for a life as the first wife to a high society government official (future president?), she knows she could live luxuriously and forget about where she came from. But things aren't that easy. When she's forced to spy on her new husband by rebels or have her true origins exposed, Dani is suddenly caught in the crossfire between what she's worked so hard for and what she knows is right.

Mejia's story has just enough rebellion, intrigue, and romance to have readers waiting for the next installment.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is 1922 when Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov's life is spared, and instead he is sentenced to spend his remaining days inside the walls of Moscow's Metropol Hotel. Over the next 30+ years, through the Count's daily interactions, love affairs, friendships, and even service as head-waiter, readers are given glimpses of history unfolding even as time somewhat stands still within the luxury of the Metropol. Through witty tales, charming encounters, and sly maneuvers, Alexander Ilyich finds purpose in what was intended to be purgatory.

Stick with this one to the end and you won't be disappointed!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review: When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paul Kalanithi didn't expect to spend a decade of his life fighting to become a neurosurgeon, only to find out that a rare form of lung cancer would derail his plans (and life). Written during the last year of his young life, Kalanithi not only chronicles his life but philosophizes about the choices he made and why he made them. Become a student of literature in order to understand life through the lens of fiction or become a student of medicine to understand life through the nuances of the human body? His choice to follow the path of science was one that led him to better understand life and death in ways that helped him to ultimately face his own mortality with grace and acceptance.

Kalanithi's memoir was touching and perceptive but at times his narrative proved to be almost too lofty for the average reader.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Review: Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Let Me Hear a Rhyme Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When their best friend, Steph, is gunned down in their Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Quadir and Jarrell, along with Steph's younger sister Jasmine, make it their mission to find out who killed him and to fulfill his dream of becoming a rap legend. Soon, Steph's music is being played on every corner and at every party, but people want to know who this new rapper is - who is The Architect? As his lyrics explode, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine realize they may have gotten in over their heads.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Review: With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emoni's story will make you cry, smile, and laugh. This is one girl who truly has a lot going on in her life but who tackles each and every day with style! With graduation approaching, a toddler to care for, her abuela trying to make ends meet, a father who visits once a year, a bff who is there no matter what, a potential budding romance, and her dream of sharing her love of food and cooking with the world, how can anything go wrong?

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