I read The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon on a business trip to St. Kitts fraught with delayed flights. When I finally lifted my eyes from the book I found that friends from home were sitting near me in the airport. When I approached them their faces filled with concern.
Three Stars. I read Time Sphere: A Timepathway Book as a NetGalley reviewer. I was intrigued by the setting which moves between the modern day and ancient Egypt, and by the time travel aspect of the novel. I was not blown away by this book, but I read it through to the end mainly because of the charming main character Rhory. Continue reading “YA Review – Time Sphere”
Renata’s life is a bit more complicated than the average teen’s. This is so not just because she is still dealing with her father’s sudden death or because her boyfriend plans to go abroad for college. It turns out that she is being hunted by a ruthless killer who is determined to destroy her and everyone she loves. Continue reading “YA Review- Patchwork by Karsten Knight”
I am a big fan of Edwidge Danticat and this young adult novel does not disappoint. Set in the US, it tells the tale of sixteen-year-old identical twins Isabelle and Giselle who are involved in a tragic accident on the way to a school orchestra concert. Continue reading “Review – Untwine”
Struck by lightning, twelve-year-old Seamus is thrust into medieval times. Confused and physically unable to tell anyone that he is from another time, he struggles to adjust to the speech patterns and the new skills (archery, horse back riding) he is expected to know. He finds that he is part of a troop on a quest to conquer a dragon and steal the spoils, a quest which does not sit well with him, especially when he discovers that he is mysteriously and magically connected to the nature around him. Continue reading “Middle Grade Review – The Dragon’s Cave”
Sydney Lincoln is a lawyer who is searching to find her place in life. “I can’t decide what I want which is the story of my life,” she says.
After following her best friend, Loren, to DC, she finds herself working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Sydney struggles to come in to her own in her job, her relationships, and her life goals in general. Loren appears to have it all and, in a conflict that will be familiar to many, Sydney is both happy for and jealous of her friend’s success. She is so caught up in that cycle of emotions that she is unable to recognise her friend’s life as a façade that will crush Sydney when it comes crashing down. Continue reading “Review – Butterfly”
Don’t be fooled by the cover, there is a lot to like about this book. David Chelmsford, a journalist attempts to solve a 100-year mystery of women disappearing during Trinidad carnival’s J’ourvert celebration. Continue reading “Review-The Obeahman’s Dagger”
Set in St. Croix, this book is about a boy, Bamidele, who sees two moko jumbies outside of his window. “They folded their hands together and leaned their heads on their clasped hands. They looked like one perfect shell split in two.” Continue reading “Look! A Moko Jumbie”
Homecoming revolves around two sisters born in Ghana around 1760 under circumstances so different, that they are barely aware of each other’s existence. As one character says of separated sisters, “they are like a woman and her reflection, doomed to stay on opposite sides of the pond.” Continue reading “Review – Homegoing: A Novel”
In Here Comes the Sun: A Novel, we read about people living in a rural and poverty-stricken area of Jamaica, trying in their own way to survive and improve their lot. The author, Nicole Dennis-Benn, struck a good balance in the dialogue, using patois enough that it is authentic but not enough to dissuade non-Jamaican readers. Continue reading “Review – Here Comes the Sun”