Book Review: The Mothers

Overall rating: 5/5Pages: 288Genre: Bildungsroman, literary fictionPace: SlowRead if you loved: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Conjure Women by Afia Atakora, Homegoing by Yaa GyasiContent warnings: Abortion, infertility, domestic abuse, r*pe (brief), suicide (brief), islamophobia (brief) 17-year old Nadia Turner is reeling from the unexpected loss of her mother. Eager to dim the pain,Continue reading “Book Review: The Mothers”

ARC: The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Overall rating: 4/5Pages: 384Genre: World War 2 FictionPace: MediumRead if you loved: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Giver of Stars by Jojo MoyesContent warnings: Antisemitism, Holocaust I have been intrigued by the premise of this book yetContinue reading “ARC: The Forest of Vanishing Stars”

Book Review: From Blood and Ash

Overall rating: 4/5Pages: 634Genre: Adult fantasy, romancePace: FastRead if you loved: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiContent warnings: Predatory behavior, physical and psychological abuse, child loss Okay, I know I said I was taking a fantasy hiatusContinue reading “Book Review: From Blood and Ash”

Book Review: Later

Overall rating: 4/5Pages: 248Genre: Horror, thriller, noir fictionPace: Medium-fastRead if you loved: It by Stephen King, The Shining by Stephen King, Long Bright River by Liz MooreContent warnings: Gore, substance abuse, incest (brief) Jamie Conklin has always been different. He can see the dead. While his mother urges him to keep his gift hidden, unexpectedContinue reading “Book Review: Later”

Book Review: How Much of These Hills is Gold

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 How Much of These Hills is Gold tells the story of two newly orphaned siblings growing up in Northern California during the gold rush as they strive to find their place as first-generation immigrants. As someone who has never quite been able to call a country home, the thematic substance of thisContinue reading “Book Review: How Much of These Hills is Gold”

Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Overall Rating: 3/5 So many people love this book so I know I am in the minority when it comes to my feelings towards Where the Forest Meets the Stars. The story revolves around Jo and Gabriel, two individuals from seemingly different backgrounds brought together by an unusual child. It is a sweet and heartwarmingContinue reading “Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars”

Book Review: My Dark Vanessa

Overall Rating: 4/5 Trigger Warning: Pedophilia, Abuse Wow, I have never felt so glued to a book that simultaneously frustrated and disturbed me as deeply as My Dark Vanessa. Knowing the general plot of the story beforehand – a teenage girl being groomed by her school teacher – I would be lying if I saidContinue reading “Book Review: My Dark Vanessa”

Book Review: Educated

Educated by Tara Westover has been on my reading list for a while now but I immediately turned to it after I finished reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Perhaps it is because distrust (particularly in the government and authoritative bodies) is currently rampant, but there was something strangely comforting about reading these narrativesContinue reading “Book Review: Educated”

Book Review: Sex and Vanity

Overall Rating: 3/5 Okay, I have to admit my bias here before we get into this review. I adored Crazy Rich Asians. Maybe it’s because I spent my teen years in South-East Asia, privy to (but not a part of) the lives of the “hi-so” elites on top of the fact that I have notContinue reading “Book Review: Sex and Vanity”

Book Review: The Water Dancer

Overall Rating: 4.25/5 I have to be honest with you – when I sat down to write this review, I thought it would just flow. After all, this was one of those books that would not let me stop thinking about it. But over and over again, I was left unsatisfied with my words. EachContinue reading “Book Review: The Water Dancer”