‘The Cage’ by Bonnie Kistler is a very enjoyable mystery that will keep you reading until late

The Cage by Bonnie Kistler I stayed up way too late finishing "The Cage" by debut author Bonnie Kistler. Because of the promo material, I was expecting a sort of "escape room" mystery. That's not at all what I got, and I'm not disappointed at all. I loved how Kistler alternated past and present, first … Continue reading ‘The Cage’ by Bonnie Kistler is a very enjoyable mystery that will keep you reading until late

‘Nectar of the Gods: From Hera’s Hurricane to the Appletini of Discord, 75 Mythical Cocktails to Drink Like a Deity”

Nectar of the Gods by Liv Albert and Thea Engst First a disclaimer: I don't really drink much. But after reading and reviewing author Liv Albert's "Greek Mythology: The Gods, The Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook," I knew that I wanted to see "Nectar of the Gods: From Hera's Hurricane to the Appletini of Discord, 75 … Continue reading ‘Nectar of the Gods: From Hera’s Hurricane to the Appletini of Discord, 75 Mythical Cocktails to Drink Like a Deity”

‘The Younger Wife’ by Sally Hepworth is an intriguing story about manipulation and how we deal with our imperfections

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth With "The Younger Wife," Sally Hepworth has created a story that at first seems like a simple tale of an older, wealthy man marrying a much younger woman—she is actually younger than his two daughters. To do so, he must divorce their mother who is suffering from dementia. They … Continue reading ‘The Younger Wife’ by Sally Hepworth is an intriguing story about manipulation and how we deal with our imperfections

‘Memphis’ by Tara M. Stringfellow is an ode to generations of Black women and a view into the conflicting issues of motherhood

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow In her historical fiction novel "Memphis," Tara M. Stringfellow introduces us to three generations of women. We meet Hazel, who was born in 1921; Miriam, born in 1957; her sister August, born in 1963; and Miriam's two daughters, Joan and Mya, born in the mid 1980s. It's through the eyes … Continue reading ‘Memphis’ by Tara M. Stringfellow is an ode to generations of Black women and a view into the conflicting issues of motherhood

‘The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames’ by Lisa McMann is the first in a new middle grade fantasy series

The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames In her new series, "The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames," Lisa McMann creates an action-filled fantasy with children who have supernatural powers but must survive on their own after the last adult in their group dies. The five children have always lived in a secret hideaway far from civilization … Continue reading ‘The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames’ by Lisa McMann is the first in a new middle grade fantasy series

‘The Way From Here’ by Jane Cockram is about family connections and family mysteries

The Way from Here by Jane Cockram A touching story filled with family secrets, "The Way From Here" takes us on a journey both in time and place from Australia to France to England as we witness family interactions now and decades in the past. Jane Cockram's story of two sisters whose lives were separated … Continue reading ‘The Way From Here’ by Jane Cockram is about family connections and family mysteries