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After the Bloom by Leslie Shimotakahara

Posted September 10, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
After the Bloom by Leslie Shimotakahara

What good could come of knowing you’d fallen out of time, your whole life seized away from you? Toronto, Canada in the 1980s: Three days have passed since anyone has seen Lily. She has always been prone to wandering off, but she usually returns within a few hours. She has never been missing for this […]

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

Posted August 21, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

Without bees, the flowers were just flowers, not blueberries, not bread and butter. The three protagonists are multiple generations apart, but their lives are all linked by the fate of bees: • Sichuan, China in 2098: Pollinating insects completely disappeared from Earth over half a century before, so humans have assumed the bees’ job. In order […]

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Posted August 17, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Three astronauts embark on a seventeen-month training simulation in preparation for a real trip to Mars. During the hyper-realistic simulation, Prime Space will be studying the astronauts’ behavior and monitoring their communications with their families to see how they hold up on such a long mission. The goal is “not asking them to deal with […]

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Posted August 10, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Leavers by Lisa Ko

“I promise I’ll never leave you.” Deming Guo/Daniel Wilkinson has never had much stability in his life. He was born in New York to an undocumented Chinese immigrant, but was sent to live with family in China when he was only one year old. He was sent back to New York to live with his […]

The Education of a Coroner by John Bateson

Posted August 4, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Education of a Coroner by John Bateson

Coroners deal with death, but their purpose is to find answers for the living. Ken Holmes’s career at the Marin County coroner’s office spanned nearly forty years. He started out as a licensed embalmer at a funeral home, which led to him becoming a death investigator for the county. During the last twelve years of […]

Tornado Weather by Deborah Kennedy

Posted August 2, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Tornado Weather by Deborah Kennedy

Love is nothing but damage waiting to happen, collateral and otherwise. Colliersville, Indiana is a struggling small town where everyone knows their neighbor. They don’t always have an accurate view of each other, but they’re like family: “familiar, maddening, easy to take for granted.” Community tensions flare when the owner of the local dairy farm […]

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Posted July 27, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

It’s been thirteen years since Josie’s father was murdered and twelve years since his murderer was imprisoned. The tragedy destroyed the family. Josie hasn’t talked to her mom or twin sister in over a decade. She thought she left all of that baggage in the past, but blogger/journalist Poppy Parnell is hosting a hit serial […]

We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy

Posted July 26, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy

When the Heron landed on the Seven dock and the lines were down, he stepped carefully out of the boat. Majestic cliffs rose up behind him. Birds called. A flock of sheep tumbled down the hill, and the smell of cut grass and smoke ran alongside the ethereal salt. The sun was hot and the […]

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Posted July 25, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 4 Comments
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

“Endure. I have done it and so can you.” Years ago, the ancestors escaped the ravaged Wastelands to colonize a small island and start a new society. They wrote Our Book to line out the strict hierarchy and structure that would dictate their lives. Their descendants still follow those rules. Life in the agrarian society can be […]

It’s Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice

Posted July 21, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
It’s Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice

It’s only important that you remember that behind every disease is a person. Remember that and you have everything you need to travel through my country. One month after his film was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival, Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice’s foot began going limp. The sensation passed, but his symptoms continued to escalate until […]