Review: Her Body and Other Parties

Macabre, erotic, twisted, haunting, skin-crawling, timely, darkly comedic, elegant. I devoured these feminist fairytale horror stories over the course of the week during Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford's testimony before Congress about the sexual assault she [allegedly] sustained at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh. I can't decide if that was the best possible timing for reading these... Continue Reading →

Review: The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer-winning The Underground Railroad will sit with me for a long time. I'm not sure what my expectations were before digging in, but the result exceeded whatever they had been. This is a work of historical fiction -- more accurately, alt-historical fiction -- with a light dose of magical realism. Whitehead animates the... Continue Reading →

Review: The Last Place You Look

Did I ACTUALLY find a mystery series I like? I think so! Roxane Weary is a great protagonist in this fast-paced suspense procedural. Some of her is a cliche (detective with a drinking problem, relationship/attachment issues thanks to a Daddy backstory) but most of it's forgivable since she's a compulsively readable character. You'll root for... Continue Reading →

Review: Body Full of Stars

I'll get right to it. Body Full of Stars frustrated me to no end. The only thing that tempered my frustration and kept me from throwing it at the nearest wall was Molly Caro May's gorgeous, lyrical writing style. She used pretty words to tell an ugly story. I'm counting Body Full of Stars as... Continue Reading →

Review: The Last Black Unicorn

Oh, Tiffany. I wanted to love this. And I did love a lot of it. But the parts I didn't love, I actually loathed. Tiffany Haddish has exploded in the last year. Gaining fame for her hilarious, scene-stealing turn in the film Girls Trip, she's become a social media starlet for click-worthy bits like her... Continue Reading →

Review: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Mysteries aren't my favorite genre. The writing has to be really tight throughout the story -- including the ending -- for it to be successful. Too often, I find mysteries that hold my interest in the first three-quarters will fall apart at the end because of predictability, implausibility, or both.┬áLet's just say, this one wasn't... Continue Reading →

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