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American Yellow by George Omi

Posted April 10, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
American Yellow by George Omi

George Minoru Omi was almost eleven years old when everything changed for his family. On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The United States was already an unwelcoming environment for those of Japanese descent and the deaths of 2,403 Americans only heightened the hostility. Two months after the attack, President Franklin Delano […]

The Cutaway by Christina Kovac

Posted March 20, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Cutaway by Christina Kovac

In Washington D.C., beautiful young attorney Evelyn Carney goes missing. She ran out of a restaurant after an argument with her husband and seemed to disappear into thin air soon after. Virginia Knightly, an executive producer at a news station, notices the city’s Criminal Investigations Division latched on to the case immediately, even though there’s […]

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar

Posted March 16, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar

Existence runs on energy, a fluid movement forward, yet we never stop seeking the point of origin, the Big Bang that set us upon our inevitable course. Jakub Procházka, the first Czech in space, is sent on a solo mission to collect dust from the mysterious Chopra cloud. The long journey through the cosmos gives […]

Weaponized Lies By Daniel J. Levitin

Posted March 9, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 3 Comments
Weaponized Lies By Daniel J. Levitin

The most important component of the best critical thinking that is lacking in our society today is humility. It is a simple yet profound notion: If we realize we don’t know everything, we can learn. If we think we know everything, learning is impossible. Who knew a book about numbers could be so entertaining? Weaponized […]

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Posted March 6, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

I was clueless about this book’s subject, so my eyes just about popped out of my head when a character blurts out the scandalous family secret! The Roanoke Girls is exactly the type of twisted tale that I’d sneak into my library book stack when I was a teenager, so it triggered a nostalgic feeling in […]

The Accusation by Bandi

Posted March 2, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
The Accusation by Bandi

4.5 Stars. The Accusation is a collection of seven short stories about life in North Korea. The manuscript was smuggled out of the country. It’s the first time a book critical of the North Korean government written by someone who still lives in North Korea has been published. Bandi, Korean for firefly, is the pseudonym the author uses; […]

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

Posted March 1, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

“Family is all we have,” my father said. “Yes,” I agreed. “Family is all we have.” The “war” is over. The divorce is settled and the custody battle is won. A father takes his two sons away from their home in Kansas to start a new life in New Mexico. It’s them against the world! […]

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Posted February 28, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

If she didn’t burn, she’d rot. When Jay was only two years old, his mother walked out on him and his father. Thirty-three years later, he’s feeling the strong urge to flee after the birth of his own child. The death of his father forces him to confront the mother who has always been a […]

Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz

Posted February 25, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 4 Comments
Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz

This book wasn’t what I expected at all! I really enjoyed the first third, but I was disinterested in the college drama and romantic escapades after that point. It became a story that I wouldn’t be interested in, regardless of the setting. If you’re looking for a story about college students navigating relationships during a […]

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez

Posted February 22, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 4 Comments
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez

3.5 Stars. Twelve macabre short stories set in Argentina. It’s very dark and disturbing. We all walk over bones in this city, it’s just a question of making holes deep enough to reach the buried dead. (No Flesh Over Our Bones) Tens of thousands of people were disappeared or killed from 1976 to 1983, when […]