Book Review

Tiffanie DeBartolo’s GOD-SHAPED HOLE

A review of Tiffanie DeBartolo’s God-Shaped Hole. Originally published in May 2002. Re-released May 16, 2017 (15th Anniversary Edition) by SOURCEBOOKS Landmark.

When Beatrice (Trixie) Jordan answers a personal ad in the paper – “If your intentions are pure I’m seeking a friend for the end of the world.” – she doesn’t know that her whole world is about to change. In Jacob Grace, she finds what she didn’t know what she was looking for: a friend, an ally, a lover. These two creative souls – Trixie makes jewelry, Jacob is a writer – join together so they don’t have to face their demons alone.

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Rin Chupeco’s THE BONE WITCH

Title: The Bone Witch Author: Rin Chupeco Format: eBook, courtesy of NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire Start Date: June 8, 2017 End Date: June 12, 2017 Rating: 3 stars   I understand now why people fear bone witches. Theirs is not the magic found in storybooks, slaying onyx-eyed dragons and rescuing grateful maidens from ivory towers.… Continue reading Rin Chupeco’s THE BONE WITCH

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Jeff VanderMeer’s BORNE

A review of Jeff VanderMeer’s latest book, Borne. Published April 25, 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Jeff VanderMeer’s latest book, Borne, tells the story of one woman’s struggles in a horrifying dystopian future: where she (Rachel) must scavenge for biotech to survive, where a giant bear (Mord) and the Wizard vie to rule, and where any weakness will kill you.

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Kate Moore’s THE RADIUM GIRLS

A review of Kate Moore’s nonfiction account of The Radium Girls, originally published by SOURCEBOOKS on April 18th, 2017.

This relates the account of the so-called “Radium Girls” and their fight for justice after prolonged exposure to radium. They suffered from radium poisoning, they fought a groundbreaking case, and they ultimately prevailed and found justice, though not in time to benefit all those girls affected.It is a powerfully resounding story of determination even in the face of adversity, and it’s a story that needs to be told.

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Sarah Shoemaker’s MR. ROCHESTER

A review of Sarah Shoemaker’s debut novel, Mr. Rochester. Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 9, 2017.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

A gorgeous, deft literary retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s beloved Jane Eyre–through the eyes of the dashing, mysterious Mr. Rochester himself. […] It is impossible not to watch enthralled as this tender-hearted child grows into the tormented hero Brontë immortalized-and as Jane surprises them both by stealing his heart. Mr. Rochester is a great, sweeping, classic coming-of-age story, and a stirring tale of adventure, romance, and deceit. Faithful in every particular to Brontë’s original yet full of unexpected twists and riveting behind-the-scenes drama, this novel will completely, deliciously, and forever change how we read and remember Jane Eyre.

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Charlotte Brontë’s JANE EYRE

Review of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, Jane Eyre!

Originally published on October 16, 1847, Jane Eyre tells the well-known bildungsroman of our heroine, Jane Eyre: as she grows from a young girl under the care of her cruel aunt, to a student at a boarding school where she is later a teacher, to a governess for the young charge of Mr. Rochester. There are so many themes in this book, from class disparity to women’s rights to poverty vs. wealth to religion to the diagnosis and treatment of mental health. It is a bold novel with a main character who is similarly bold, strong-willed, intelligent, and female.

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Elizabeth Kostova’s THE SHADOW LAND

A review of The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova (author of The Historian, The Swan Thieves), which was published on April 11, 2017 by Ballantine Books.

The Shadow Land is about Alexandra Boyd and her journey to Bulgaria to cope with the death of her brother; she planned on travelling for several weeks and then teaching English in Sofia. However, on her first day in Sofia, she found she had accidentally kept one of the bags of a family she was helping into a taxi: a bag containing the ashes of Stoyan Lazarov. On her journey to return this treasured urn, she unfurls a secret about this man that might not only destroy his family, but her as well.