character-driven

Nov 29, 2021

The year is 1983, and Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party is just around the corner. It’s always the wildest event of the summer, attracting both celebrities and people just wanting a glimpse of the famous Riva siblings, the children of legendary singer Mick Riva. There’s Nina, who, after being abandoned by her husband, just wants a quiet place to lick her wounds and rest for a moment. There’s Jay and Hud, the inseparable brothers who have a unique bond threatened by an impending confession. And then there’s Kit, overlooked and underestimated, yet harboring her own secrets. By dawn, Malibu

Oct 21, 2021

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the world the truth. Over the span of her six decades as an Old Hollywood movie star and icon, she has become known for glamour, scandal, and of course, her seven marriages. But nobody really knows what happened over the course of her journey from daughter of poor immigrants to household name. Now aging and reclusive, Evelyn summons unknown journalist Monique Grant to her Upper East Side apartment to write her biography — a tell-all detailing the truth behind her facade of a life.


I absolutely adored this book. The depth was spectacular, and the writing

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal

5
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Oct 21, 2021

Opal is Jennifer L. Armentrout's third addition to her Lux series, and it's the most intense installment yet. After Dawson's return, rescuing Beth becomes everyone's newest mission, but it won't be easy. Daemon, Katy, and the others struggle to invade a DoD facility, but more importantly, they don't know who to trust.


This story is fast-paced and crammed with emotion, but it ends with a giant cliffhanger. My favorite part of Opal is that it was a clear point of character growth for many of our main characters. Readers get to see Dee mature and lose her bubbly naivety, while Daemon begins to

The Goose Girl

By Shannon Hale
5
Rated by Anne G
Jul 10, 2020

“... If we don't tell strange stories, when something strange happens we won't believe it.”
― Shannon Hale, The Goose Girl


The Goose Girl is a nice Grimm fairy-tale inspired piece of fiction. The fantasy fiction is well written, and quite creative in its own way. I stayed up all night reading this leisurely paced book. This is absorbing, exciting, and has a descriptive writing style. It is a slow moving tale at first, and some might be tempted to stop reading in the opening chapters where we are introduced to the excessively timid Princess Ani. Ani is a girl taken from her position as

Just Ella

By Margaret Peterson Haddix
4
Rated by Anne G
Oct 21, 2019

                “Why did everyone like that story so much when it wasn’t true?  Why was everyone so eager to believe it?  Was it because, in real life, ever after’s generally stink?”


Just Ella, a book for reluctant readers, is a retelling of Cinderella, and it is about a girl named Ella who has already won her freedom from her stepmother at the ball and moved into the palace.  But training to become a princess is not what Ella thought it would be like in this fairy- tale and folklore-inspired fiction.  While being constantly told to act like a “proper lady” by an evil decorum instructor and

Good Morning, Midnight

By Lily Brooks-Dalton
4
Rated by Maryana K.
Jun 24, 2019

Good Morning, Midnight is an atmospheric story told from the perspective of two flawed characters who have struggled with or avoided human connection most of their lives. From a remote arctic research station to the vast openness of space, the settings evoke a feeling of stillness and quiet that, as I sat reading, had the effect of blocking out the world around me.


Augustine and Sully are seemingly some of the last people left alive after an apocalyptic event. Sully is a mother and astronaut racing through space on her way back to earth after a two year mission aboard the Aether. The earth