Book Review

K.F. Breene’s FATE OF DEVOTION (FINDING PARADISE #2)

A review of K.F. Breene’s Fate of Devotion (Finding Paradise #2), published April 11, 2017 by 47North.

*NOTE: SPOILERS FOR FATE OF PERFECTION (FINDING PARADISE #1)*

After rescuing Marie and escaping with Ryker from corporate-controlled America/Earth, the three thought they were safe on their off-planet home of Paradise. But while they have been gone, Toton – one of the three major conglomerates, thought by everyone to be the weakest – has been making significant strides in their drive for domination over the other two conglomerates (Moxidone and Gregon Corp). Realizing that it is only a matter of time before Toton comes for them and their gifts (especially Marie’s), they go back to Earth to try and stop the rogue conglomerate before it is too late.

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Book Review

K.F. Breene’s FATE OF PERFECTION (FINDING PARADISE #1)

A review of K.F. Breene’s Fate of Perfection (Finding Paradise #1), published January 1, 2017 by 47North.

In a future where three major conglomerates (Moxidone, Gregon Corp, and Toton) essentially rule the world, they genetically engineer their employees to have the desired traits needed to keep their respective companies running. When Moxidone’s Millicent Foster – a brilliant coder and head of the weapons development department – gets chosen as a breeder, she starts to realize that maybe her life isn’t as perfect as she thought. Along Ryker, the master of security, she must devise a way to get her daughter Marie to safety, whatever the cost.

Book Review

Jeff Wheeler’s THE KINGFOUNTAIN SERIES (BOOKS 4-6)

A review of the last three books in Jeff Wheeler’s The Kingfountain Series, all published by 47North. This includes The Hollow Crown (June 13, 2017), The Silent Shield (August 22, 2017), and The Forsaken Throne (November 14, 2017).

This “second trilogy” in the Kingfountain series focuses on Tryneowy (Trynne) Kiskaddon, the daughter of Owen Kiskaddon and Sinia Montforte. Both of her parents urge her to follow in her mother’s footsteps to become a powerful Wizr, but Trynne knows, in her heart (and from the Fountain), that she is destined to be a knight and protect the king – so she studies under her mother’s tutelage while also training in secret. But when her mother has a vision that shows a threat to the future of Ceredigion, Trynne must learn to maneuver the political landscape to conquer an enemy that has the power to take away everything she holds dear.

Book Review

Samantha Silva’s MR. DICKENS AND HIS CAROL: A NOVEL OF CHRISTMAS PAST

A review of Samantha Silva’s Mr. Dickens and His Carol, published on October 31, 2017 by Flatiron Books.

Samantha Silva’s holiday tale Mr. Dickens and His Carol told the story of how Charles Dickens wrote his famous Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. Although much of this was fictionalized, the basis of the story was true: Dickens was commissioned to write his book “out of financial necessity” as his most recent publication of Martin Chuzzlewit was a flop as well as the incessant hounding by his relatives for money.

Book Review

Bianca Marais’s HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS

A review of Bianca Marais’s book Hum If You Don’t Know the Words, published on July 11, 2017 by PENGUIN GROUP (Putnam).

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words took place in 1970s Johannesburg, South Africa, during Apartheid rule. When nine-year-old Robin Conrad’s parents are tragically killed, she is sent to live with her aunt who, though loves her niece dearly, chooses to keep her job as a flight attendant. In her absence, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman from a rural village, cares for Robin as she searches for her own daughter after the Soweto Uprising. Told through alternating perspectives, both Robin and Beauty find in the other what they desperately craved – love, acceptance, security, and family.

Book Review

Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST

A review of Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, published on March 14, 2017 by Riverhead Books.

Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West focuses on a young couple, linked by the intimacy of their shared experiences, and how their relationship changed during wartime. It tackles the issue of the refugee crisis, putting forth the societal question: where do refugees belong?