Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis

Posted January 9, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 1 Comment
Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis

I’m beginning to think that I have a bias against books centered around college professors! (See also: Listen to Me, All Things Cease to Appear) I didn’t dislike Two Days Gone. I just couldn’t get into it. The writing was lovely, but the story and characters were just okay for me. Tom Huston’s wife and […]

The Dry by Jane Harper

Posted December 19, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Dry by Jane Harper

It was a cry that had come from too many lips since he’d returned to Kiewarra. If I’d known, I would have done things differently. It was too late for that now. Some things had to be lived with. Times are tough for the people of Kiewarra, Australia. Crops are drying out because of a […]

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Posted December 18, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Kindred by Octavia Butler

Without any warning, Dana Franklin is thrust back through time and space. It’s 1976 and she’s settling into her new California apartment when she starts to feel dizzy. Her modern surroundings fade away and suddenly she’s in antebellum Maryland. She seems to be inextricably linked with Rufus Weylin, the young son of a plantation owner. […]

Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

Posted December 5, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

Eighteen-year-old Hattie Hoffmann has big dreams of leaving her rural Minnesota town for New York City and becoming a professional actress. Hours after her well-received performance as Lady Macbeth in a high school play, she goes missing. The next day her body is found in an abandoned barn. It turns out that her acting was […]

The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

Posted November 21, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

Fast-paced and engaging story about the dark side of the chocolate industry. For 12 & up. I don’t count how many trees we pass because I don’t count the things that don’t matter. I don’t count unripe pods. I don’t count how many times I’ve been hit for being under quota. I don’t count how […]

Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation by Ken Liu

Posted November 16, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation by Ken Liu

Expertly curated anthology of short speculative fiction by Chinese writers. I’ve really enjoyed reading short science fiction lately and Invisible Planets is a fantastic addition to my collection! It features thirteen short stories from seven Chinese writers, collected and translated by writer Ken Liu. Liu is upfront about the book’s limitations and he cautions the […]

Nineveh by Henrietta Rose-Innes

Posted November 14, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Nineveh by Henrietta Rose-Innes

Katya Grubbs is the owner of Painless Pest Relocations, a humane pest control company. A successful pest removal at the home of property developer Martin Brand earns her the opportunity to tackle the pest problems at Nineveh, Brand’s residential sanctuary for the wealthy in the middle of bustling Cape Town, South Africa. The mysterious “gogga” […]

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Posted November 3, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian who currently hosts The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Born a Crime is about growing up in South Africa: living under apartheid when his existence was evidence of a crime, life after apartheid, the deep bond between a mother and son, the unique challenges of growing up mixed […]

Wild & Precious Life by Deborah Ziegler

Posted October 31, 2016 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Wild & Precious Life by Deborah Ziegler

Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in early 2014. She chose to die on her own terms in Oregon, one of the three US states that had enacted “Death with Dignity” legislation (California became the fourth in 2016). She used her situation as a platform to advocate for the rights of other terminally […]