recommendations and reviews for the aspiring reader

recommendations and reviews for the aspiring reader

Author: Melissa Ahmed

Review: The Belles

Review: The Belles

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton   Enter a world of delightful decadence and of pure, unadulterated perfection that has the ability to be shaped and molded at will. For a price. In the island city of Orléans, the Belles are curators of everything that is […]

Recommendation: My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined Beauty and the Beast

Recommendation: My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined Beauty and the Beast

My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined Beauty and the Beast by Jerry Mahoney   11-year old Maddie watched with equal parts relief and horror as a plague descended upon her home. The sickness was of the love variety, and brought with it a union between her father […]

Review: The Queen of Hearts

Review: The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin ” ‘You can’t reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.’ “   Queen of Hearts is a novel set firmly in the sprit of a world that appears […]

Recommendation: The Couple Next Door

Recommendation: The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena   Is it true that you never quite know what’s going on behind closed doors? For Anne and Marco Conti, the fact that they do their best to put their best foot forward is not as obvious as […]

Recommendation: Passenger

Recommendation: Passenger

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken Passage, n. i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes. ii. A journey by water; a voyage. iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.   There are some fantasy worlds […]

Review: Need to Know

Review: Need to Know

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland   When Vivian Miller woke up that morning, the sun dawned a day just like the ones before it. As always, she woke up from her slumber immediately wracked by the perpetual mom-guilt that clung to her like humidity […]

Review: Carnegie’s Maid

Review: Carnegie’s Maid

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict    Arriving on the pungent and crowded dock after a tumultuous voyage across the sea, Clara Kelley was happy to finally see the land she’d dreamed so much of. An immigrant from Ireland to America, she came to this new […]

Recommendation: The Son

Recommendation: The Son

The Son by Philipp Meyer ” He was no better. His people had stolen the land from the Indians, and yet he did not think of that even for an instant – he thought only of the Texans who had stolen it from his people. […]

Review: This is Not a Love Letter

Review: This is Not a Love Letter

The is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell   As an avid reader, I look for a lot of things in the novels that I choose to spend my time with. Reading is not merely a job for me, it is a way of […]

Recommendation: China Rich Girlfriend

Recommendation: China Rich Girlfriend

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan ” If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to. “ — Dorothy Parker   Happy New Year, friends! My first recommendation of the new year is the second […]