Malibu Rising

MALIBU RISING Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid Published by Ballantine Books, June 1, 2021 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel;…

She Who Became The Sun

SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN Written by Shelley Parker-Chan Published by Tor Books, July 20th, 2021 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness… In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the…

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…

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…

The Fountains of Silence

THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE Written by Ruta Sepetys Published by Philomel Books, October 1, 2019 My star rating – 5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine….

Pan’s Labyrinth

PAN’S LABYRINTH: The Labyrinth of the Faun Written by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke Published by Katherine Tegen Books, July 2, 2019 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s…

Daisy Jones and The Six

DAISY JONES AND THE SIX Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid Published by Doubleday Canada, March 5th, 2019 My star rating – 5 stars! THE SYNOPSIS: Daisy Jones is a beautiful, broken girl growing up in L.A. with rich parents who barely know she exists. . . . But when she sings in a crowded, smoky…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ Written by Heather Morris Published by Harper, September 4, 2018 My star rating: 3.25 stars THE SYNOPSIS: This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. In April…