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Synopsis: The dancers of the Order direct their floating world of Meriel with their movements, but are they steering it toward destruction? Calara spent her life learning dance patterns and seeking to become the perfect servant to her people. When she discovers the work of the Order is built on lies, she flees with a… Continue reading Book Review

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Synopsis: Told with gripping intensity, It Would be Night in Caracas chronicles one woman’s desperate battle to survive amid the dangerous, sometimes deadly, turbulence of modern Venezuela and the lengths she must go to secure her future. In Caracas, Venezuela, Adelaida Falcón stands over an open grave. Alone, she buries her mother—the only family she has ever… Continue reading Book Review

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How Fires End Book Review

Synopsis A dark secret born out of World War II lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption. After soldiers vacate the Sicilian hillside town of Melilli in the summer of 1943, the locals celebrate, giving thanks to their patron saint, Sebastian.… Continue reading How Fires End Book Review

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Sudden Traveler Book Review

Synopsis: "Featuring her signature themes of identity, eroticism, and existential quest, the stories in Sarah Hall's third collection travel far afield in location and ambition--from Turkish forest and coastline to the rain-drenched villages of Cumbria. The characters in Sudden Traveler walk, drive, dream, and fly, trying to reconcile themselves with their journeys through life, death, and love.… Continue reading Sudden Traveler Book Review

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Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

I finished reading Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia a couple of weeks ago and never wrote anything about it, so here are my thoughts on it. Synopsis ”The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore, for readers… Continue reading Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

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The Song of the Jade Lily

I received an ARC of The Song of the Jade Lily in exchange for an honest review. This book is wonderful in every sense of the word. The writing is easy to follow, the characters are all well developed, and the storyline itself is heartbreakingly beautiful. Themes of loss, love, friendship, identity, loyalty, and most… Continue reading The Song of the Jade Lily

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The Lieutenant’s Nurse Book Review

Synopsis November, 1941. She's never even seen the ocean before, but Eva Cassidy has her reasons for making the crossing to Hawaii, and they run a lot deeper than escaping a harsh Michigan winter. Newly enlisted as an Army Corps nurse, Eva is stunned by the splendor she experiences aboard the steamship SS Lurline; even… Continue reading The Lieutenant’s Nurse Book Review