Category Archives: Book Reviews

Looking for a new read? Want to know which books to avoid? Want to know how the latest released was reviewed? Book reviews cover a wide range of book genres, including fiction, nonfiction, young adult, fantasy, new adult, romance, memoirs, self-help, and business / success books.

Book Review: Love Warrior

Love Warrior Book Review

Synopsis:

Title – Love Warrior  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Glennon Doyle Melton (Goodreads)

Published – September 6th 2016

Genre – Nonfiction; Memoir

Summary – Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.

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Book Review: The Mothers

Synopsis:

Title – The Mother  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Brit Bennett (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 11th 2016

Genre – Adult Fiction

Summary – It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance–and the subsequent cover-up–will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

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Book Review: Where Am I Now?

Where Am I Now

Synopsis:

Title – Where Am I Now?  (Goodreads)

Author – Mara Wilson (Website)

Published – September 13th 2016

Genre – Nonfiction; Celebrity Memoirs

Summary – Known for her “cute” roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Melrose Place, and Matila, Mara Wilson stole the hearts of many fans. 

Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now? introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.

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Book Review: Talking As Fast As I Can

Talking As Fast As I Can

Synopsis:

Title – Talking As Fast As I Can (Goodreads)

Author – Lauren Graham (Twitter, Goodreads)

Published – November 29th 2016

Genre -Nonfiction; Memoir

Summary – In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

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Book Review: In The Country We Love

In The Country We Love

Synopsis:

Title – In The Country We Love: My Family Divided  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Diane Guerrero (Website, Goodreads) & Michelle Burford (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 3rd 2016

Genre – nonfiction

Summary – Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.

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Book Review: Carve The Mark

Carve The Mark

Synopsis:

Title – Carve The Mark  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Veronica Roth (Goodreads)

Published – January 17th 2017

Genre – Young Adult Fiction

Summary – In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

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Book Review: Success Intersection

Success Intersection

Synopsis:

Title – The Success Intersection  (Goodreads)

Author – Pat Williams (Goodreads)

Published – January 31st 2017

Genre – nonfiction; success; self help; leadership

Summary – From the age of seven, Pat Williams’s greatest passion was baseball. However, after two years in the minors, he had to admit it was not his greatest talent, and his career as a professional baseball player was at a dead end. But a phenomenally successful career in sports was just beginning. When he combined his passion for sports with his greatest talents–leadership, salesmanship, and promotion–he found his success intersection

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Book Review: The Royal We

The Royal We

Synopsis:

Title – The Royal We  (Goodreads)

Author – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (Website)

Published – April 7th 2015

Genre – Fiction

Summary – American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

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Book Review: The In-Between

The In-Between

Synopsis:

Title – The In-Between

Author – Mahmoud Farraj

Published – October 10th, 2016

Genre – NonFiction

Where to BuyiBooks

Summary – In The In-Between, Mahmoud Farraj talks about the drive to do your best, positive thinking, the importance of networking and mentorship, and why passion is so critical.

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Book Review: Small Great Things

Small Great Things

Synopsis:

Title – Small Great Things  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Jodi Picoult (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 11th 2016

Genre – Fiction

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Summary – Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

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