Valentine: A Novel by Elizabeth Wetmore – Review

Valentine: A NovelValentine: A Novel by Elizabeth Wetmore – Written with the haunting emotional power of Elizabeth Strout and Barbara Kingsolver, an astonishing debut novel that explores the lingering effects of a brutal crime on the women of one small Texas oil town in the 1970s.

Mercy is hard in a place like this . . . It’s February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town’s men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow. Continue reading

Sting by Cindy R. Wilson – Review

StingSting by Cindy R. Wilson – They call me the Scorpion because they don’t know who I really am. All they know is that someone is stealing from people with excess to help people with nothing survive another day.

But then a trusted friend reveals who I am—“just” Tessa, “just” a girl—and sends me straight into the arms of the law. All those people I helped…couldn’t help me when I needed it. Continue reading

Wild, Wild Rake (The Cavensham Heiresses #6) by Janna MacGregor – Review

Wild, Wild Rake (The Cavensham Heiresses #6)Wild, Wild Rake (The Cavensham Heiresses #6) by Janna MacGregor –  Her first marriage was an epic failure. Lady Avalon Warwyck never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry―that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town. Continue reading

For the Sake of a Scottish Rake (Besotted Scots #3) by Anna Bradley – Review

For the Sake of a Scottish Rake (Besotted Scots, #3)For the Sake of a Scottish Rake (Besotted Scots #3) by Anna Bradley – After a sheltered upbringing, Lady Lucinda Sutcliffe is finally embarking on her first season, eager to experience everything she’s missed. When Lucy realizes that her uncle plans to quickly marry her off in exchange for a slice of her fortune, she begs a favor of a new acquaintance, Ciaran Ramsey. If Lucy remains single until she turns twenty-one, she—and her money—will be out of her uncle’s power. All the charming Scot needs to do is woo her for six weeks, and then jilt her… Continue reading

Crave by Tracy Wolff – Review

CraveCrave by Tracy Wolff – My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all. Continue reading

Wild, Wild Rake (The Cavensham Heiresses #6) by Janna MacGregor – Review

Wild, Wild Rake (The Cavensham Heiresses #6)Wild, Wild Rake (The Cavensham Heiresses #6) by Janna MacGregor –  Her first marriage was an epic failure. Lady Avalon Warwyck never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry―that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town. Continue reading

This is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio – Review

This is My Brain in LoveThis is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio – Jocelyn Wu has just three wishes for her junior year: To make it through without dying of boredom, to direct a short film with her BFF Priya Venkatram, and to get at least two months into the year without being compared to or confused with Peggy Chang, the only other Chinese girl in her grade.

Will Domenici has two goals: to find a paying summer internship and to prove he has what it takes to become an editor on his school paper. Continue reading