Genre: Fiction

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 […]

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Posted August 24, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

There are things even love can’t do. Before I got married, I believed love could do anything. … If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s […]

In This Moment by Karma Brown

Posted August 22, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
In This Moment by Karma Brown

With one wave of a hand, everything changes. Meg is picking up her daughter Audrey from school, just like any other weekday afternoon. She sees her daughter’s friend Jack waiting to cross the road, so she stops and signals to him that it’s okay to cross. As the teen makes his way to the next curb, he […]

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 […]

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 […]

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Posted July 31, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe. Maybe there’s no difference between wanting and needing. I don’t know. What I do know is that the truth can evade us, hiding behind our blind spots, our preconceptions, our hungry hearts that long for quiet. Still, it is always there […]

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 […]