Jee reviews a #scifi novel with strong characters and brilliant world-building: #TheVanishedBirds by Simon Jimenez #Spoilerfree @DelRayBooks @randomhouse #NetGalley #debutnovel #eARC #interstellartravel

Title/Author: The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez Publisher: Del Ray Pages: 400 Published: January 14, 2020 In a nutshell (Publisher): A solitary ship captain, drifting through time. Nia Imani is a woman out of place. Traveling through the stars condenses decades into mere months for her, though the years continue to march steadily onward for…

Jee’s Author Feature: Interview with National Book Award Finalist, Julia Phillips, on Kamchatka and her inspiration behind ‘Disappearing Earth’ #NationalBestSeller #NationalBookAwardFinalist #debutAuthor #AuthorInterview @jkbphillips #DisappearingEarth @AAKnopf

Julia Phillips is the author of Disappearing Earth, a National Bestseller and a National Book Award Finalist. Her debut is being published in thirteen countries and has been named one of the best books of 2019 so far by Vanity Fair, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly. And many sang its praises: Tayari Jones, ‘An “astonishing…

Jee reviews ‘The Ten Thousand Doors of January’ by Alix E. Harrow #UnpopularOpinion #eARC #NetGalley #RedHook @HachetteUS #HistoricalFantasy #MagicalRealism

Title/Author: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow Publisher: Redhook In a nutshell (Publisher): In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself….

Jee reviews #TheDollFactory by Elizabeth McNeal @esmacneal #eARC #NetGalley @EmilyBestler @AtriaBooks #Fiction #Debut #gothicFiction #psychologicalthriller

Title/Author: The Doll Factory by Elizabeth McNeal Publisher: Atria Books/Emily Bestler In a nutshell (Publisher): Obsession is an art. In this “sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art, and obsession” (Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train), a beautiful young woman aspires to be an artist, while a man’s dark obsession may…

Jee’s mini reviews of #HollowKingdom by Kira Jane Buxton @KiraJaneWrites @GrandCentralPub & #TheHauntingofTramCar015 by P. Djeli Clark @pdjeliclark @TorDotComPub #scifi #fantasy @DBookFestival #dbf2019

Title/Author: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton Publisher: Grand Central Publishing In a nutshell (Publisher): S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®. Then Big Jim’s eyeball…

Jee reviews #DisappearingEarth by Julia Phillips @AAKnopf @DBookFestival #dbf2019 #debutNovel #fiction

Title/Author: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips Publisher: Knopf In a nutshell: One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls–sisters, eight and eleven–go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community,…

Jee reviews #FruitOfTheDrunkenTree by @ingrid_rojas_c @doubledaybooks @dBookFestival #doubledaybooks #dbf2019 #comingofage #HispanicAmericanLiterature #fiction #war #PabloEscobar #femaleEmpowerment

Title/Author: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras Publisher: Doubleday Books In a nutshell (Publisher): Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo…

Jee reviews #TheAtlasofRedsandBlues by @DevisLaskar @CounterpointLLC #biographicalfiction #fiction Looking forward to meeting her at the @DBookFestival #dbf2019 !!

Title/Author: The Atlas of Blues and REds by Devi S Laskar Publisher: Counterpoint LLC In a nutshell (Publisher): When a woman—known only as Mother—moves her family from Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed since her childhood in a small Southern town. Despite the intervening decades,…