A Touch of Jen

Get used to the idea of spending a few hours questioning why you decided to read about these boring petty people. For more than half the book, millennials Remy and Alicia obsess over Jen, a beautiful girl with an uber-rich and pretentious boyfriend named Horus. They visit Horus’ house inContinue Reading

No Hiding in Boise

There is nothing timelier right now than mass shootings, unfortunately. No Hiding in Boise shows how the aftermath of a bar shooting impacts three women: Joyce, Tessa, and Angie. Joyce was the bartender at the scene of the crime. She was in the backroom when the incident occurred. She hasContinue Reading

Sorrowland

Sorrowland is a completely unexpected, but ultimately disappointing, tale. Fifteen and pregnant, Vern runs away from everything she knows. The abusive husband and cult that she is fleeing hunts her down in the nearby woods, but she evades them. Meanwhile, Vern gives birth to twins while learning to live offContinue Reading

Final Revival of Opal & Nev

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is clearly in the same sub-genre of fictional 1970s music biography as Daisy and the Six. But this book layers on more of the era’s potent political activism and violent tendencies. Unfortunately, many of the issues are still relevant today. The characters withinContinue Reading

Good Eggs

In Good Eggs, Kevin Gogarty has 99 Problems and a light-fingered mum is one. Eighty-three year-old Millie is caught shoplifting in the local shop. But it was only a birthday card and a packet of crisps. What’s the worst that could happen? “A single horrid thought filters through: if theContinue Reading

The Kaiser's Web

In The Kaiser’s Web, two people are running for German chancellor: the incumbent, Marie, and her fiery opponent, Pohr. Pohr is a strict nationalist bordering on Nazism. However, when Cotton and Cassiopeia hear his claims that Hitler’s best friend and girlfriend both survived the bunker, they investigate. Can they alsoContinue Reading

Truly like Lightning

Truly Like Lightning is an engrossing tale of an unconventional family of polygamists who are forced to deal with modern society by a predatory real estate developer. There is so much description, character development, and hidden meaning here that I feel I may need a college literature class to decipherContinue Reading

Novel Advice

I love the premise of Novel Advice. “I’ll be the agony aunt for the unreal. You can call me Aunt Antigone.” The book writes Dear Abby letters from the characters of most classic fiction and a few modern books too. Then the book’s author answers them. For example, Aunt AntigoneContinue Reading

White Ivy

Ivy is a first generation Chinese immigrant who has totally internalized the American Dream of being in the top 1% regardless of the cost. It fact, Ivy is trying to be what she thinks rich, white Gideon wants in a wife by becoming White Ivy. The pacing is more atContinue Reading