Review: The Story of Mina Lee – The Monotony of the Great American Dream

Title: The Last Story of Mina LeeAuthor: Nancy Jooyoun KimPublisher: Park Row Books Genre(s): Fiction, Historical FictionSubject(s)/Themes(s): Asian-American immigrantsRepresentation: Korean MCs (ownvoices) Release Date: September 1st, 2020Page Count: 384 (hardback)Rating: 4.0/10 Margot Lee's mother, Mina, isn't returning her calls. It's a mystery to twenty-six-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown, LA, and … Continue reading Review: The Story of Mina Lee – The Monotony of the Great American Dream

Mini Reviews (and a Reading Woe): The Shadows by Alex North & Red Heir by Lisa Henry

How does one...read a book? If anyone has suggestions, please feel free to mail out a note to my brain detailing step-by-step instructions, as the poor thing has clearly forgotten. Which, turns out, is a bit of an inconvenience when you're trying to run a book blog. It's not that I don't have the time … Continue reading Mini Reviews (and a Reading Woe): The Shadows by Alex North & Red Heir by Lisa Henry

Review: Burn by Patrick Ness – Dragons, Prophecies, and the Cycle of Violence

Title: Burn Author: Patrick Ness Publisher: Quill Tree Books Genre(s): YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction Subject(s)/Themes(s): War, Discrimination, Dragons Representation: Biracial MC, Gay MC Release Date: June 2nd, 2020 Page Count: 384 (hardback) Rating: 8.0/10   On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the … Continue reading Review: Burn by Patrick Ness – Dragons, Prophecies, and the Cycle of Violence

Review: Mayhem by Estelle Laure – A Gorgeous Chaotic Mess

Title: Mayhem Author: Estelle Laure Publisher: Wednesday Books Genre(s): YA Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Magical Realism Subject(s): Multigenerational, Abuse Release Date: July 14th, 2020 Page Count: 304 (hardback) Rating: 4.0/10 It's 1987 and unfortunately it's not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, … Continue reading Review: Mayhem by Estelle Laure – A Gorgeous Chaotic Mess

Joint Rainbow Review: Felix Ever After | Return of the Kathy (Again)

Hello everyone! I come out of hiding once again like an anxious little mole. The thing I learned about staying home during this darkest timeline is that "extra free time" comes with a HUGE disclaimer that's deviously written in tiny scrawl, and in Papyrus to boot. As free time goes up, productivity plummets. Hard. So … Continue reading Joint Rainbow Review: Felix Ever After | Return of the Kathy (Again)

Review + Giveaway (US): They Went Left – Beautifully Written But Incomplete

  Title: They Went Left Author: Monica Hesse Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers Genre(s): YA Historical Fiction Subject(s): WW2, Holocaust, Mental Health, Siblings Release Date: April 7th, 2020 Page Count: 384 (hardback) Rating: 6.0/10       I admit, I’m not exactly in the right mood for Holocaust fiction at this point in … Continue reading Review + Giveaway (US): They Went Left – Beautifully Written But Incomplete

Mini Reviews: Untamed Shore & Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – A Shark and a Wolf Walk(?) into a Bar

Publisher: Agora Books Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Crime Release Date: February 21st, 2020 Page Count: 339 (hardback) Rating: 6.5/10 This is an odd one. One of those books that send your brain into a bit of a lull. And I enjoyed it (with a faint question mark attached). But I think I enjoyed it as I'd … Continue reading Mini Reviews: Untamed Shore & Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – A Shark and a Wolf Walk(?) into a Bar