Book Review

Jamie Ford’s LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES

A review of Jamie Ford’s latest novel, Love and Other Consolation Prizes. Published by Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine on September 12, 2017.

In the early 1900s, young Ernest (at that time, Yung Kun-ai), was taken from his homeland of China after witnessing a horrific act from his mother. As a five-year-old with a mother unable to care for him, Ernest is taken to America, desperately in hope of a “better life.” He became a charity case at a boarding school, but as a half-Chinese boy, he didn’t quite fit in. In 1909, during a visit to the breathtaking Seattle’s World Fair, he is raffled off as a prize to the person with the winning ticket. It is here that he finally finds what he’s always wanted – a place to belong.

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David Baron’s AMERICAN ECLIPSE

A review of David Baron’s American Eclipse, published June 6, 2017 by Liveright (text) and HighBridge Audio (audiobook).

The eclipse of 1878 brought together the disparate accounts of three astronomically different figures of history as they sought to unlock the sun’s mysteries. Told in five parts, David Baron’s American Eclipse wove together a history of scientific discovery from multiple points of view, both leading up to and resulting from the eclipse.

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Jeff Wheeler’s THE KINGFOUNTAIN SERIES (BOOKS 1-3)

A review of the first three books in Jeff Wheeler’s The Kingfountain Series, all published by 47North. This includes The Queen’s Poisoner (April 1, 2016), The Thief’s Daughter (May 31, 2016), and The King’s Traitor (September 6, 2016).

The following books in the series include The Hollow Crown (June 13, 2017), The Silent Shield (August 22, 2017), and The Forsaken Throne (November 14, 2017). There is also a prequel entitled The Maid’s War (January 3, 2017).

The first three books tell the story of Owen Kiskaddon, who first comes to Kingfountain as a hostage when he is a boy. After he proves his worth to the King of Ceredigion (Severn), he becomes one of his most trusted advisers.

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Dennis Lehane’s SINCE WE FELL

A review on Dennis Lehane’s Since We Fell, published May 9, 2017 by Ecco.

David Lehane’s Since We Fell tells the story of Rachel Childs who suffers a mental breakdown during her time as a(n) (investigative) reporter. Although she lives as a relative shut-in, barely able to walk outside her own door, she lives a relatively idyllic life with a kind, compassionate, and understanding husband. However, the perfection in her life is not all as it seems. She discovers her husband has a dark secret and must follow her instincts to figure out what he is hiding.

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Charlie N. Holmberg’s THE FIFTH DOLL

A review of Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Fifth Doll. Published July 25, 2017 by 47North.

In Holmberg’s The Fifth Doll, Slava, the local tradesman, has a secret collection of nesting dolls that bear an uncanny resemblance to the townsfolk. When Matrona accidentally stumbles upon this secret, he forces her to be his apprentice to learn the secret of the dolls. As his apprentice, she must open one of her own dolls every three days. But nothing has prepared her for the revelation of opening the fifth doll.

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J. Kyle McNeal’s BIRTHRIGHTS (BOOK 1 IN THE REVISIONS TO THE TRUTH SERIES)

A review of J. Kyle McNeal’s Birthrights (Book One of the Revisions to the Truth Series). Published June 6, 2017 by Elevate Publishing.

J. Kyle McNeal’s Birthrights (Book 1 of the Revisions to the Truth Series) tells the story of Whym, who accepts an apprenticeship under the man whose father betrayed his grandfather to the Council of Truth. Along with his master (Stern) and fellow apprentice (Kutan), they go on a dangerous journey to locate the last known Steward, a race who once used to roam the lands but has faded into myth. At the same time, Quint joins the army fighting oat the Fringe, abandoning his religious faith in Bothera. As war creeps closer and plots become more sinister, both Whym and Quint have to figure out their own Truths and where their allegiances will lie in the war.

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Tracy Chevalier’s NEW BOY

A review of Tracy Chevalier’s book, New Boy. Published May 11, 2017 by Crown Publishing (Hogarth Shakespeare).

Chevalier’s take led us to a schoolyard in the 1970s, a time when racial tensions are running high. Osei is the new black boy in this predominantly white school, and he knows that in order to survive, he will need to make a friend. He quickly meets Dee, who talks to Osei, and they become fast friends. However, Osei soon learns that you can’t trust everyone, and as tensions increase, so do the stakes.