Book Review: Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (2016)

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss settlers for free. Trigger warning for violence, including animal abuse.)

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In the wake of his mother’s death, the boy was raised by wolves – Grandpa, Aunt Libby, Uncle Darren – but still isn’t sure whether he is one. Werewolves don’t turn until adolescence, you see.

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Book Review: The Accident Season, Moïra Fowley-Doyle (2015)

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Superb idea, so-so execution…

three out of five stars

(Trigger warning for child abuse, domestic violence, and rape railway planner for free. This review contains clearly marked spoilers.)

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— 3.5 stars —

I can’t remember the last time I had such mixed feelings about a novel.

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Book Review: The Serpent King, Jeff Zentner (2016)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley herunterladen. Trigger warning for offensive language, child abuse, and domestic violence.)

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Book Review: Burn Baby Burn, Meg Medina (2016)

Monday, March 7th, 2016

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free ARC for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program american truck simulator kostenlosen. Trigger warning for domestic violence.)

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In reality, 82% of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. They are our partners, our dates, our friends, our coworkers, and our classmates. How does walking home in a group help to prevent rape when the rapist is waiting for us at home?

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Book Review: Shallow Graves, Kali Wallace (2016)

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Horror With a Heart

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through Edelweiss herunterladen. Trigger warning for violence, including rape culture.)

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But not for her. Never for her, because Breezy has no memories of her death. Her murder remains a mystery.

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Book Review: The Merman, Carl-Johan Vallgren (2015)

Monday, December 7th, 2015

“Fairy tales with tragic endings.”

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss cursus excel 2016 gratis downloaden. Trigger warning for violence, including bullying, sexual violence, and animal abuse, as well as offensive language.)

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Mini-Review: Another Little Piece, Kate Karyus Quinn (2013)

Monday, November 16th, 2015

 

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four out of five stars

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Mini-Review: Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit (2014)

Monday, October 26th, 2015

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four out of five stars

(Trigger warning for violence, including rape and domestic violence.)

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Book Review: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir, Daisy Hernández (2015)

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The Personal is Political – and Also Poetic in Hernández’s Deft Hands

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program mario kart wii new stretches. Trigger warning for child abuse.)

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Book Review: The Weight of Feathers, Anna-Marie McLemore (2015)

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley herunterladen. Trigger warning for violence, including domestic abuse, as well as rape.)

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Book Review: Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon (2015)

Friday, September 4th, 2015

This Impossible Life

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley photofiltre studio xen nederlands. Trigger warning for domestic violence and child abuse.)

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Book Review: In Wilderness: A Novel, Diane Thomas (2015)

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

A Twisted Anti-Romance Set Against an Unspoiled Forest Wilderness

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program herunterladen. Trigger warning for rape, suicide, and racist and sexist language. This review contains clearly marked spoilers.)

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Book Review: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Fredrik Backman (2015)

Friday, June 26th, 2015

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review on NetGalley vorlagen geburtstagseinladungen kostenlos downloaden. Trigger warning for violence, including domestic violence and war.)

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Mini-Review: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (2012)

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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five out of five stars

(Caution: minor spoilers in the second paragraph.)

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Diversity: Not much. Betsy Bolt – defense attorney Tanner Bolt’s wife – is a 6′ tall, stunningly beautiful (and highly intelligent) black woman, which catches Nick off guard – he expected a WASP like her husband.

 

Book Review: The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan, Jenny Nordberg (2014)

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Engaging, Informative, Interrogative; Intersectional Gender Studies At Its Best

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(Full disclosure: I received a free ARC for review through Goodreads’ First Reads program.)

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Book Review: The Shadow Year, Hannah Richell (2014)

Friday, June 6th, 2014

A Tense Psychological Drama

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Book Review: The One I Was, Eliza Graham (2014)

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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Book Review: The First Days: As the World Dies, Rhiannon Frater (2011)

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

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Book Review: Escape from Berlin, Irene N. Watts (2013)

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

“For those who do not look away”

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program.)

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The Not-So-Curious Case of the Absent Referent

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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