Moody Reads BOOK REVIEWS
The generational story telling and unique vehicles give this novel a fresh and engrossing take on the effects of racism and colorism. I swallowed this book whole! My only issue is that it ended on the character it did. Read it, then let's talk!
Tried out an #indie novella and absolutely loved it. The Matriarch begins when a very old woman wants to tell one last story from her death bed. I usually steer away from fantasy, but the writing ensnares you and the magical elements are presented in a realistic fashion. A surprising and fun read!
Wow, this book takes the series in a very different direction. The world building is incredible, but Naomi's character outshines it. No, she still doesn't get her own close third perspective, and she only has a few lines. And yet, those quick interactions do so much! Her relationships with Havelock and Basia show her deep sense of justice, her kindness, and her strength. Anyone else in love with Naomi?
When a Nigerian refugee and a British magazine editor find their lives colliding, we find beauty in their vivid memories, seamlessly woven into the narrative. Cleave can turn the most mundane into something gorgeous. Pleasantly surprised by the gritty personalities and plot in this unique tale.
A Psalm for the Wild-Built
Wowza! This novella is an absolute delight. A perfect blend of science fiction, dystopia, and literary fiction. The prose are delicious as you explore a completely new and beautiful future society. It imagines that the best of humanity is possible even as it recognizes our inherent and unavoidable internal dilemmas. This adventure of a monk and a robot makes me want to write poetry, climb a mountain, and hug my loved ones. It makes me want to plant a tree, sing a song, and relish a good cup of tea. In short, it makes me appreciate life. I can't recommend A Psalm for the Wild-Built enough.
Sabrina & Corina
Sabrina & Corina is short fiction at its absolute finest. How can you make me so invested in these characters, so immersed in their world, in so few pages? With beautiful set details, layered characters, and heart-wrenching plots, the stories in this book will stay with me for a very long time.
Bellows Fables from the Musical Underground
For the Love of Many
This book is largely a love story; a passionate, all-consuming, and forbidden love story. Although a lot of the book is focused on the relationship between Billie and Nadine, Dunn manages to weave in many harsh realities of the era. She looks at abortion, segregation, prostitution, Mafia, addiction, and childhood trauma. These tough topics are seamlessly interwoven into the women's lives, painting a harsh picture of the 20s through the blurry lens of someone who has fallen madly in love with someone she is not allowed to be with.
Devil in the White City
We tried out this nonfiction novel that follows the lives of two men living in Chicago at the same time - the creator of the Chicago World's Fair and a serial killer. If you're a history buff, this is a no brainer win. The detail of the accounts are unmatched. We learned so much! If you are into architecture OR crime stories, buckle in to sit through a lot of the other one. You have to be interested in both to fully enjoy this book. A little dry at times, but overall I give this book a solid recommendation. It taught me a lot more about US history than I expected it to!
This book has a shockingly unique plot. Plus, Black’s writing is rich with detail, humor, and innovative diction. With interesting characters bringing you along for the strange ride, it’s hard to put down Skelly’s Square!
There were a few moments where I wished there was more explanation, but I have a feeling he's saving those reveals for book two.
If you're into wartime historical pieces, good vs. evil fantasy, or a healthy dose of modern day Irish skepticism, you will enjoy this wickedly weird combo of all three.
Blood of Beasts
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