Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung

For anyone that enjoys mythology or the novels of Madeline Miller, WAKE, SIREN: OVID RESUNG is perfect for you! It provides a bold, new twist on the classics! The book is a retelling of the famous myths of Ovid’s Metamorphoses from the perspectives of the nymphs, demi-goddesses, seductresses, and she-monsters! Whereas Ovid’s women are passive…

Orpheus Girl

I am a sloooow reader so it means a lot when I say I finished ORPHEUS GIRL by Brynne Rebele-Henry in one sitting! This queer YA love story is painful and deeply saddening yet empowering and hopeful. A lot is crammed into this poetic novella! A reimagining of the Orpheus myth, the story follows teenagers Raya…

The Need

Long listed for the 2019 National Book Award, THE NEED by Helen Phillips starts out as a standard home-invasion/domestic horror thriller but quickly takes a strange turn into the speculative fiction/sci-fi realm! While her husband is traveling for business, Molly – an paleobotanist and mother of 2 young children – finds herself confronted by an…

Pigs

PIGS takes place on an island on which all the Earth’s trash washes ashore. Four children must collect the trash (plastic, uneaten food, nuclear waste, unwanted advise, ect.) and feed it to six monstrous pigs. This cycle has seemingly been going on forever. Oh yeah, on the island there are also adults whose sole purpose seems to be just to torment…

Severance

I feel like I am super late to the party on reading SEVERANCE by Ling Ma, but better late than never especially when the book is this good! It’s a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic storyline and would def be enjoyed by those who love the genre and those who don’t! The story centers on…

Miracle Creek

I’ve been seeing so many rave reviews for Angie Kim’s debut novel MIRACLE CREEK that I just had to see for myself what the buzz was all about! The story begins with a deadly explosion at a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (aka HBOT) chamber. HBOT is a very real treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in…

The Saturday Night Ghost Club

I’m a total sucker for coming-of-age stories, especially ones set in the 1980s: there is just something about the nostalgia that gets me every time! THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB by Craig Davidson follows Jake in the magical time in a boy’s life: he is twelve, its summer break and everything feels possible. Led by…

The Rule of Many

THE RULE OF MANY by sister/author duo Ashley and Leslie Saunders is the second book in the fast-paced, dystopian series The Rule of One. Picking up right where the first book ended, THE RULE OF MANY follows as twin sister rebels Eva and Mira Goodwin advance the Common’s revolution against the single-child law by directly…

The Old Drift

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell is one of the most ambitious novels I have ever read, and it’s her debut! The sheer heft of the book – in length, scope, and subject matter – is jaw dropping. What Serpell accomplishes is truly something special and I highly recommend you grab a copy ASAP! Told through four generations…

Red, White & Royal Blue

To end the summer with a bang by book club chose to read RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston. As a book club consisting of all gay men, this love story between the First Son of the US and the Prince of England was an obvious crowd pleaser! RW&RB is a perfect summer…