Flamer

FLAMER Written and illustrated by Mike Curato Published by Henry Holt and Co, September 1, 2020 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: I know I’m not gay. Gay boys like other boys. I hate boys. They’re mean, and scary, and they’re always destroying something or saying something dumb or both. I hate that…

The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones

THE INVINCIBLE SUMMER OF JUNIPER JONES Written by Daven McQueen Published by Wattpad Books, June 16, 2020 My star rating – 5 STARS! ALL THE STARS! THE SYNOPSIS: It’s the summer of 1955. For Ethan Harper, a biracial kid raised mostly by his white father, race has always been a distant conversation. When he’s sent…

My Calamity Jane

MY CALAMITY JANE (The Lady Janies #3) Written by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows Published by Harper Teen, June 2, 2020 My star rating – 3.5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Welcome ​to 1876 and a rootin’-tootin’ America bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou. JANE (a genuine hero-eene) Calamity’s her name, and garou hunting’s her game—when…

Pet Semetery

PET SEMETERY Written by Stephen King Published by Penguin Books, November 1, 1984 My star rating: 5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed’s rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat….

Goldilocks

GOLDILOCKS Written by Laura Lam Published by Orbit, May 5, 2020 My star rating – 3 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation. The team is…

The Trouble With Hating You

THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU Written by Sajni Patel Published by Forever, May 12, 2020 My star rating – 5 (thousand) stars! THE SYNOPSIS: Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents’ latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her…

The Bromance Book Club

THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB Written by Lyssa Kay Adams Published by Berkley, November 5, 2019 My star rating – 2.5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club. Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife…

The Nightingale

THE NIGHTINGALE Written by Kristin Hannah Published by St. Martins Press, February 3, 2015 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in…

A Dead Djinn in Cairo

A DEAD DJINN IN CAIRO Written by P. Djeli Clark Published by Tor Books, May 18, 2016 My star rating – 5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Egypt, 1912. In an alternate Cairo infused with the otherworldly, the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities investigate disturbances between the mortal and the (possibly) divine. What starts off…