Books That Made Me Smile, Laugh, Inspired Me & Gave Me Hope…

This month has been chaotic with all that’s been going on with Covid-19; so many people are either directly or indirectly affected by it. To those risking their lives to help, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You are all heroes! As for the rest of us, we can help them by staying…

Jee reviews a stunning and enchanting #GothicFiction #ThingsInJars by @JessKiddHerself @AtriaBooks @NetGalley #NetGalley #eARC

Title/Author: Things in Jars by Jess Kidd Publisher: Atria Books Pages: 381 In a nutshell (Publisher): Bridie Devine—female detective extraordinaire—is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading…

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 reviews a beautiful, richly imaginative book: #TheStarlessSea by @erinmorgenstern @doubledaybooks #fantasy #fabulism #lgbtq #bookreview

Title/Author: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern Publisher: Doubleday Pages: 487 In a nutshell (Publisher): Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a…

Jee reviews a story of loss and survival, hope and humanity: #DearEdward by Ann Napolitano #NetGalley #eARC @RandomHouse #TheDialPress #literaryfiction #womenfiction

Title/Author: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano Publisher: The Dial Press of Random House Publishing Group In a nutshell (Publisher): What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?  One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los…

Jee reviews an uplifting, inspiring read for the new year: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie MacKesy @charliemackesy @HarperOne Happy 2020, everyone!

Title/Author: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie MacKesy Publisher: Harper One In a nutshell (Publisher): From the revered British illustrator, a modern fable for all ages that explores life’s universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole….

Jee reviews a heartbreaking yet powerful read – #TheRevisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton @MWilkers13 @CounterpointLLC #historicalfiction #AfricanAmerican #racism

Title/Author: The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Publisher: Counterpoint Press In a nutshell (Publisher): “[A] stunning new novel . . . Sexton’s writing is clear and uncluttered, the dialogue authentic, with all the cadences of real speech… This is a novel about the women, the mothers.” ―New York Times Book Review “A powerful tale of…

Have Yourself A Little Fairytale Christmas! Happy Reading and Merry Christmas! #fairytales #adultfairytale #folklore #HansChristianAndersen @ahoffmanwriter @JaneYolen

This Christmas, my mood called for fairytale-themed books, and being a fairytale lover, I already had a few in hand, and these were my choices. Honestly, this was a book-cover-buy. I mean, look at that illustration! And the story totally lived up to its beauty. (The illustrations are just as beautiful inside!) Easily slip into…

Jee reviews an unputdownable #thriller #TheKillClub by Wendy Heard (SPOILER-FREE!) @wendydheard @HarlequinBooks @harperbooks #blogtour #mirabooks #harlequinMira

Title/Author: The Kill Club by Wendy Heard Publisher: Harlequin Mira In a nutshell (Publisher): A haunting thriller about a woman who attempts to save her brother’s life by making a dangerous pact with a network of vigilantes who’ve been hunting down the predators of Los Angeles. Jazz can’t let her younger brother die. Their foster…

Jee reviews #WeAreAllGoodPeopleHere by Susan Rebecca White, who was recently at @ReadItAgain to talk about her book! @atriabooks #HistoricalFiction #civilrights #politicalfiction #racism #lgbtq #friendship #socialjustice

Title/Author: We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White Publisher: Atria Books In a nutshell (Publisher): From the author of A Place at the Table and A Soft Place to Land, an “intense, complex, and wholly immersive” (Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author) multigenerational novel that explores the complex relationship between two very different women and the…