Novella Review: The Melody of You and Me (Lillac Town #1) – M. Hollis

After breaking up with her girlfriend of three years, and dropping out of college, Chris’s life is a complete mess. Her parents keep pressuring her to go to school again, when all Chris wants to do is figure out her life herself. But then the new girl starts at work, and Chris thinks that their quick friendship could be something more.


Why this book?: I think the e-book was on sale, and Taryn from Novel Paradise is always raving about it on Twitter. I finally got a chance to start it!!

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Review: Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

Following half-sisters Effia and Esi, they are separated from their home-villages early in their lives. Effia is married to a British slaver, but stays in Ghana — Esi, however, caught by slavers, is sent to America’s plantations as a slave. Homegoing follows Effia and Esi’s descendants, one through the wars for independence, and the other through the Civil Rights era.


Why this book?: Mainly because it’s the Keep It Diverse choice for Black History Month.

 

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Review: Huntsmen – Michelle Osgood

While at a nightclub with her cousin Jamie and Deanna, Kiara watches as her ex-partner Ryn walks out on stage during a drag king show. Suddenly, the four are ripped away when Jamie spots the tattoo of the fabled werewolf killers: the Huntsmen.


Why this book?: I was approached because Ryn is nonbinary, and the author was looking for nonbinary reviewers. Also, it just sounded awesome.

I would like to thank Michelle Osgood and Interlude Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarer’s #1) – Becky Chambers

After running away from her previous life, Rosemary Harper isn’t sure what she expected when she joined Captain Ashby’s crew. Being an interspecies crew, there’s a wide variety of people, ranging from Ohan, the Navigator, to Kizzy and Jenks, the excitable and friendly Engineers. When Ashby signs them up for a long haul, the crew must get ready for more chaos than usual on their ship.


Why this book?: I’ve heard wonderful things about this book, and I’m in a sci-fi mood.

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Review: Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour

After promising her brother she would do something epic with his apartment while he was away, Emi finds a letter meant for the daughter of a Hollywood Icon named Clyde Jones. Except, Clyde is known for having no descendants, and never marrying. Emi and her best friend Charlotte decide to find this daughter, which leads them on a hunt all over Los Angeles.


Why this book?: The January book of the month for the Keep It Diverse book club!

 

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Review: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) – Seanan McGuire

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children takes in those children that have fallen into new worlds, and only want to go back. When Nancy show’s back up from her Underworld, a student is brutally murdered–and Nancy is suspected.


Why this book?: I had heard about the asexual representation in this book. I was also looking for a magical realism book that would catch my attention.

 

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Review: The Woman in Black – Susan Hill

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Upon the sudden death of Alice Drablow, Arthur Kipps, her solicitor, travels to the town she lived near, Crythin Gifford. From there, he travels to Eel Marsh House, Drablow’s house, to sort through her paperwork. While there, he witnesses inexplicable happenings that stay with him for the rest of his life.


Why this book?: I really enjoyed the movie, and I was interested in how the book was.

 

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