2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

Boy, Snow, Bird

** Unlike any of my other reviews, this review contains numerous spoilers. ** Boy Novak flees an abusive home and carves out a life for herself in a small 1950s American town in this novel based very loosely on Snow White. Boy falls in love with widower Arturo and his perfect, beautiful daughter, Snow. Boy and… Continue reading Boy, Snow, Bird

First Looks

First Look: Umami

"In prose that is dazzlingly inventive, funny and tender, Laia Jufresa immerses us in the troubled lives of her narrators, deftly unpicking their stories to offer a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico, as whimsical as it is heart-wrenching." Who doesn't adore whimsical melancholy? I've heard great things about Jufresa's ability to blend the sad… Continue reading First Look: Umami

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

Aunty Lee’s Delights

After becoming a widow, Rosie Lee devoted herself to her restaurant, Aunty Lee's Delights, where she serves Singaporean home cooking and folksy wisdom in equal measure. But when one of her dinner guests turns up missing and a body is found washed up on a beach, Aunty Lee discovers another passion: solving murders. Aunty Lee's Delights… Continue reading Aunty Lee’s Delights

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

Ink

In a near-future America, anti-immigrant sentiment has escalated. "Inks," temporary workers, permanent residents, and first-gen citizens, are tattooed on their wrist and submitted to interrogations, discrimination in the workplace, and traffic checks. Over the ten years of this novel, the repercussions of 'othering' this population transform into vigilante kidnapping, mob violence, and population control. The violence… Continue reading Ink

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

The Gustav Sonata: A Novel

In a post-WWII village in Switzerland, Gustav builds a deep friendship with the sensitive Anton.  Throughout childhood, Gustav tries to understand his widowed mother Emilie's cold indifference to him, his mythical father, Emilie's resentment of Anton's Jewish family, his own poverty compared to Anton's wealth, and the stark contrast between his and Anton's lives.  Through… Continue reading The Gustav Sonata: A Novel

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

The Star Touched Queen

Maya is a teenager that has high aspirations but low expectations for her life; as the most unfavored daughter of the King, Maya hopes to be left alone to study and learn for her whole life. But when her kingdom is ravaged, Maya agrees to marry the mysterious king of Akaran, Amar. But the kingdom… Continue reading The Star Touched Queen

Fiction, First Looks

First Look: Aunty Lee’s Delights

"This delectable and witty mystery introduces Rosie "Aunty" Lee, feisty widow, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore's best-loved home cooking restaurant." I've never really been one for mysteries, and especially not mystery series. But then again, I realized sometime last year, I've never really tried to read any of this type of book before. Enter… Continue reading First Look: Aunty Lee’s Delights

2017 Reviews, Fiction

The Reader

After a brutal murder orphaned Sefia as a child, she has lived her life running from authorities and anyone who may get too close. But when her mentor  is taken, Sefia is left to fend for herself using the only clue she has, a rectangular object full of paper. In Sefia's world, reading and writing… Continue reading The Reader