Hooked by Emily McIntire

(content warning for Hooked: 18+ content, kidnapping, death) While I’m getting more into romance in general, dark romance is not a wagon I have hitched myself to in the past. Emily McIntire’s Hooked may have me… intrigued. You thought I was going to write “hooked” didn’t you? In Emily McIntire’s retelling of the classic Peter… Continue reading Hooked by Emily McIntire

Ricochet Day & Q+A with Noel Silvia

Everything we do, even the smallest of things, matters.” With Ricochet Day, author Noel Silvia delivers another sweeping tale of the interconnectedness of humankind. The stories we tell, the memories we collect, and the encounters we share with others reach farther than we can imagine. The further you delve into Ricochet Day, the more the… Continue reading Ricochet Day & Q+A with Noel Silvia

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

Fifty Words for Rain is at once achingly sad and poetically beautiful. I love a heart-wrenching plot and complex characters, and Asha Lemmie delivers in one sweep with her debut novel. Prepare to get lost in the range of emotions you’ll feel at every turn. Whether it’s friendship, siblinghood, parenthood, hope, or survival, there is… Continue reading Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

CW/TW: depression, suicide, death Nora Seed is trapped – in the Midnight Library. Matt Haig’s latest novel The Midnight Library tells the story of a woman named Nora, who finds herself in the ultimate position between choice and fear of the unknown. After a series of events leaves Nora feeling despondent, unwanted, and more alone… Continue reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Viaticum by Patrick Morgan

“Paradise has a price. It isn’t just a job, it’s his dream job. This is everything he’s worked for and everything he deserves. One job offer, and Ethan Birch’s life changes forever. Given immense creative control, power, and perks, Ethan falls deeply under the company’s spell. His Beverly Hills office is a modern mecca, complete… Continue reading Viaticum by Patrick Morgan

Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

Here for It was meant to be my next treadmill read – that is, the book I read while walking on my treadmill. Eventually, I became too engrossed in the book and gave up on the treadmill part. I know R. Eric Thomas would understand 🙂 This book is FUNNY! I laughed out loud multiple… Continue reading Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

The Last Tree Town by Beth Turley

In The Last Tree Town, Cassi Chord is coming to terms with growing up – identity, culture, heritage, sisterhood, friendships, family dynamics, and mental health are all important elements of Beth Turley’s latest work. “It’s been forty-seven days since our last night of s’mores and scary stories. The number forty-seven has too many sharp edges.”… Continue reading The Last Tree Town by Beth Turley

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Things The Sanatorium has: murder, mystery, history, anticipation, and an unforgettable ending. I finished this book on a cold, grey, drizzly night. Definitely spent the next hour or two feeling like there was someone watching me. Thanks a lot, Sarah! *accusatory but secretly thrilled stare in her direction* One of the reasons I like this… Continue reading The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Author Q+A with Alma Gray

Alma Gray is the pseudonym of Serenity Brame and the author behind Lucid Lies, a self-described collection of dark and passionate poetry. Released in 2020, Lucid Lies was a work years in the making and explores the rawest parts of ourselves. Poetry can be used to both escape and explore reality. I like to think… Continue reading Author Q+A with Alma Gray

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman tells the story of Maria Owens – a young witch, afraid to fall in love, afraid to let anyone have power over her being. I remember watching Practical Magic with my mom and my sister, thinking – obviously – how cool it would be to be able to do magic.… Continue reading Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Vicious tells the story of Victor and Eli: college buddies, roommates, handsome and intelligent, and striving for excellence. And it presents an ultimate question – What will you do to be a hero? Victor and Eli are ambitious. Their experiments in near-death experiences lead them down a path of no return. Will they go beyond… Continue reading Vicious by V. E. Schwab

The Binding by Bridget Collins

Happy 2021 to friends old and new! Oak + River Books’ first post of 2021 features historical fiction-meets-low fantasy novel The Binding. The author, Bridget Collins, has over a decade of published writing under her belt. Exploring more of her work is on my 2021 list of to-dos (note: not resolutions 🙂 ). I purchased… Continue reading The Binding by Bridget Collins

The Maiden of the Storm – My First Adult Romance Review

The Maiden of the Storm by Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Maiden of the Storm by Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple is a fast read full of depth, developed characters, and researched content. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and this story really delivers with the historical details, such as clothing, vocabulary, and scenery.… Continue reading The Maiden of the Storm – My First Adult Romance Review

Book Review: THICK and Other Essays

THICK and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom, PhD, was one of my August Book of the Month Club selections. It is eye-opening, descriptive, and academic (the 20 pages of notes and references rocked my world). THICK is not a history book. While McMillan Cottom draws on personal experiences, it is not specifically autobiographical enough… Continue reading Book Review: THICK and Other Essays

Nature in the Novel: Mexican Gothic

*ATTENTION* This is not a book review. It is a post about ecocritical topics within the novel. Do not read any further if you want to read Mexican Gothic with fresh eyes! Save this post to come back and delve a little deeper. 😊 To see a spoiler-free review, click here. Thanks! Synopsis reminder: Noemí Taboada travels to a mansion in… Continue reading Nature in the Novel: Mexican Gothic

Break Out Your Dustiest Earl Grey: A Review of Mexican Gothic

GREETINGS: Already read Mexican Gothic? Check out Oak + River Books’ first Nature in the Novel post, exploring ecocriticism within Mexican Gothic. Noemí Taboada travels to a mansion in the misty woods to keep tabs on her questionably ill and confused cousin who was recently married to the son of an old-wealth family. After some… Continue reading Break Out Your Dustiest Earl Grey: A Review of Mexican Gothic