ARC Review – A Strangely Wrapped Gift by Emily Byrnes

Poetry, YA | 192 pages | 03.10.2020 | Central Avenue Publishing 2 STARS I decided to review this ARC since it promised to reflect on mental illness and I strongly believe that poetry is a fantastic medium to do this. The author's foreword was beautiful and I felt extremely connected to her. I liked the… Continue reading ARC Review – A Strangely Wrapped Gift by Emily Byrnes

ARC Review- When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson

Chick Lit, Contemporary Lit| 400 pages | 03.05.2020 | Avon 4 STARS This was my first Fiona Gibson novel and I found it engaging, poignant, at times funny, at others a bit sad, and on the rare occasion even frustrating. All in all, this means, I enjoyed myself. We meet Viv, a middle-aged mother, wife,… Continue reading ARC Review- When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson

ARC Review – The Bear by Andrew Krivak

Fables, Magical Realism| 224 pages | 02.11.2020 | Bellevue Literary Press 5 STARS This is a heartbreaking fable of survival and death, of love and despair, of humankind and nature. Filled with magical realism, lessons, and whimsy; Andrew Krivak creates a masterpiece that lingers with you. This feeling of everness and immortality the reader experiences… Continue reading ARC Review – The Bear by Andrew Krivak

ARC Review – Nineteen by Makenzie Campbell

Poetry, YA | 192 pages | 03.01.2020 | Central Avenue Publishing 3 STARS This poetry collection features poems composed when the author was 19 years old. I think due to that I found myself only drawn to certain poems. Many felt very teen angsty and centered around topics that are important to you when you're… Continue reading ARC Review – Nineteen by Makenzie Campbell

ARC Review – The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

Poetry, Buddhism| 128 pages | 02.11.2020 | Shambhala Publications 4 STARS This is a new translation of poems by the first Buddhist nuns. This translation feels special.  It comes from the heart rather than being a technical one. I have not read any other versions of these poems but I deeply connected with Weingast's interpretations.… Continue reading ARC Review – The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

ARC Review – When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald

YA, Contemporary Lit | 336 pages | 01.28.2020 | Scout Press 4 STARS What a debut novel?! MacDonald just entered the literary world with a bang. We meet Zelda, a 21-year-old woman with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, who is in the throws of making sense of herself and the world around her. Socioeconomic struggles, as well… Continue reading ARC Review – When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald

ARC Review – The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Gothic Horror, Classics | 304 pages | 01.07.2020 | Poisoned Pen Press 5 STARS Poisoned Pen Press does a lovely re-release of this wonderful classic Gothic horror tale. I think the story is pretty well known but for anyone who has lived under a rock for the past 100 or so years, here is a… Continue reading ARC Review – The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux