The critically acclaimed and Whiting Award–winning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returns with Libertie, an unforgettable story about one young Black girl’s attempt to find a place where she can be fully, and only, herself.
Coming of age as a freeborn Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie is to go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else—is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it—for herself and for generations to come.
Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new and immersive novel will resonate with readers eager to understand our present through a deep, moving, and lyrical dive into our complicated past.
This book comes out today March 30th 2021 from Algonquin Books.
A violent ex-con forces his son to commit crimes in this unforgettable memoir about family and survival.
Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his three siblings idolized their dad, a self-taught Cherokee who loved to tell his children about his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder. Intimidating David with beatings, Thurston coerced his son into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn’t protect him.
Through sheer determination, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to refuse his father’s criminal demands, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a deadly showdown with Thurston Crow. David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.
Raw and palpable, The Pale-Faced Lie is an inspirational story about the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit.
My Thoughts: This one was pretty hard to get through. All the violence and triggering moments. It was heartbreaking overall. I gave it 3.5 stars just because of the triggers for me but, I’m glad I read it.
Thanks to Love Book Tours for the free review copy for this blog tour!
Thanks to Love Books Tours for sending me a free review copy for this book tour!
Synopsis: Tarō is the heroic tale of Japan’s legendary boy samurai. Author Blue Spruell reimagines traditional Japanese folklore in a historical fantasy adventure filled with samurai swords, martial arts, and mythical Japanese creatures from old Japan. . . .
Lost in the mists of Mount Fuji. But no one can escape destiny.
The year is 1596 when samurai warlords fight for control of the Imperial throne. Tarō does not want to be a samurai-like his father, but fate takes a hand when a witch enchants the boy. Gaining supernatural powers, and befriending the magical forest animals of Mount Fuji, Tarō saves a powerful warlord’s life and discovers his destiny—as he hurtles headlong into the total war for ultimate control of Japan.
Author Bio: Born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Blue Spruell lived and worked in Japan for several years before returning to Atlanta. A trial lawyer and certified mediator, he runs his own firm, The Outlaw Firm, specializing in family law and civil litigation. An internationally recognized black belt instructor, he also owns Peachtree Aikikai, a dōjo for Japanese martial arts.
From the author of the critically acclaimed Gracefully Grayson comes a thoughtful and sensitive middle-grade novel about non-binary identity and first love, Ami Polonsky’s Spin with Me.
In this elegant dual narrative, Essie is a thirteen-year-old girl feeling glum about starting a new school after her professor dad takes a temporary teaching position in a different town. She has 110 days here and can’t wait for them to end. Then she meets Ollie, who is nonbinary. Ollie has beautiful blue eyes and a confident smile. Soon, Essie isn’t counting down the days until she can leave so much as she’s dreading when her time with Ollie will come to an end.
Meanwhile, Ollie is experiencing a crush of their own . . . on Essie. As Ollie struggles to balance their passion for queer advocacy with their other interests, they slowly find themselves falling for a girl whose stay is about to come to an end. Can the two unwind their merry-go-round of feelings before it’s too late?
My Thoughts: This lovely book is about a young girl who befriends a boy. The boy is a non-binary; she was born a girl. This middle school story is quite a unique romance for young readers. It tackles labels and gender roles. I loved the overall story and the cute cover. I gave this 4 stars. It’s available now!
About Ami Polonsky:
Ami Polonsky is the author of the critically-acclaimed GracefullyGrayson and Threads. She is a middle school English teacher and a parent of two kids, one of whom exists happily beneath the trans umbrella.
All I knew about this book was that it was historical fiction involving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and an Irish immigrant woman who marries someone she doesn’t know. Wow, it was a lot more than that! It involves lies, thriller and mystery, false identities, women empowering each other, and a life threatening disease.
I may be biased but historical fiction is my favorite genre. Even though I had to read it on an advanced electronic galley via Netgalley I still enjoyed it. I’d just rather have the physical copy because I’m old fashioned like that. The cover of this book is so beautiful too! I’ve rated this a 4/5 stars only because there was some repetitiveness with parts of the story and the length.
Thank you to Berkely Publishing & Netgalley for this advanced electronic galley. This book comes out today February 2, 2021!
This was about a Chinese girl named Ivy who lies, steals and gets with an American boy from her middle school years. I found Ivy’s character very annoying along with Roux. The ending was sub par boring and unexpected but not in an exciting way. This is a coming of age immigrant story that involves a bit of a thriller aspect and domestic violence.
I’d seen a lot of hype around this book on Bookstagram and not one person gave it a bad review. None that I had seen anyway. This dragged on and I don’t know if it was because it was an over 11 hour audio book or the voices. I am very picky about voices and this was my first audio book I’ve ever completed and listened to.
I rated this 2 stars.
Thanks to Librofm for this free ALC for review purposes.
Raina is approaching 30 and let’s her grandmother play matchmaker to find her perfect Indian husband. She goes on dates but, soon a horrible lie is told . It was hard to keep reading because I don’t believe you should lie about this topic and it seriously wasn’t funny AND wrong.
I liked the Indian culture throughout the book but, that was about it. From the cover art it looks like a fun rom-com but it wasn’t. Raina gets her happy ending but, the big lie really ruined it for me. I wish the author would have not made the lie drag on and also the focal point of this story, it should have been completely omitted. For these reasons I rated this book 2/5 stars.
*I received a free copy from Berkeley Publishing for this Blog Tour review.
Olivia has a successful husband and a comfortable life. As the story unfolds, it’s not what it seems. There are secrets from her past and present, family drama, a missing girl, drugs, and murder. This thriller is one not to miss. It will keep you on your toes until the very end!
Read this if you want a unique thriller with very good character development and a plot that you can’t get enough of.
I finally was able to read this months after I received it and should have way sooner because it was unique and entertaining. I definitely want to read more by this author.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
*I received a free review copy from the author for reviewing purposes.
Seven Days of Us is told in chapters from each characters point of view. It’s the holidays and The Birch family must be under quarantine for a week because Olivia has just treated a very contagious epidemic in Liberia. This Christmas is pretty messed up. An unexpected guest arrives and turns the family upside down. A lot of surprises happen like, long lost secrets and new beginnings.
This book was entertaining but I tended to hate a few characters, like Andrew, Phoebe, and George. I’m pretty sure these characters were meant to be hated or slightly be annoying. I could mostly guess the ending which was kind of a let down. The writing was good and the story did not drag on too long. This was a funny Christmas/holiday story you could read during the holidays to get away from your stress or sadness during the winter months. Overall I give this book 3.5-4/5 stars.
This paperback copy came out October 16, 2018 from Berkley Publishing.
*I received this free copy from Berkeley Publishing for this Blog Tour review.
Today is my blog tour stop with TLC Book Tours. This story started out slow for me but, redeemed itself after about 50 pages. It touches on marriage, death, mental illness, strangers, forgiveness and small towns in the winter. It even has some mystery to it, I really couldn’t guess what would happen next.
I liked how well it was written, the short chapters, and the mystery aspects. This would be a good book to read during the winter or anytime you would like to be reminded how grateful you should be!
I give this book 4/5 stars!
*I received a free finished copy for this blog tour with TLC book tours.