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 […]

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa

Posted February 20, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa

A succinct guide to owning your creativity and overcoming negative thoughts. The ten chapters focus on a variety of common creative hurdles: finding inspiration, conquering self-doubt, ending the excuses, handling jealousy, dealing with critics, beginning again after failure, building a support system, and beating creative block. It’s filled with tips, anecdotes from professionals, exercises to spark […]

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Posted February 16, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Routine is comforting to you. It’s familiar, reassuring. Routine makes you feel safe. Routine will kill you. A new thriller from the author of the bestseller I Let You Go. What would you do if you discovered a photo of yourself being used to advertise a business that you’d never heard of? Zoe is flipping […]

Disaster Falls by Stéphane Gerson

Posted February 13, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Disaster Falls by Stéphane Gerson

True horror can prove so quiet that one almost believes nothing is happening. A harrowing memoir about a father’s grief. During a white water rafting trip with his parents and brother, eight-year-old Owen drowned in an area of Green River known as Disaster Falls. There was no way to transport the family back to town, […]